Over the last 6 months I have read various posts about people having “lighter” footage after using Apple’s Compressor. This happened to a friend of mine recently…he was sending a self contained HD file out of Compressor and hey presto it was a lot lighter than it should be.
Strange…everything he was doing was the same but for one important difference…HD footage. He had only ever compressed SD DV footage up until this week.
Knowing the type of man he is Norrie set out to discover why this was…the solution !
If you are using FCP with HD footage and you come across the same problem “lighter” footage you must do the following…
Send your footage from FCP as a reference file NOT as a self contained file, it seems that compressor gets upset with certain self contained HD footage which lifts the Gamma causing the footage to look lighter than it should.