Differences between Preview and rendered video

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Julian Wegmann

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Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostThu May 18, 2017 2:55 pm

Hello there!

So i just tried out Davinci Resolve to edit and colorgrade a music video. My problem is that the preview of the
video in D. Resolve looks really good but after rendering the video seems to lose some of the colorgrading and saturation. I rendered with the custom options and youtube 1080p standard options. How can i fix the differences? Hope somebody can help me, thank you!

I made some screenshots of the problem but i'm not allowed to share urls here.


ps.: I'm working with Davinci Resolve 12.5.5.026 on an Macbook Pro 2013 with Mac OS Sierra 10.12.4.
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostThu May 25, 2017 8:14 pm

Alright, nobody seems to face the same problem :|

Today i tried the same thing on my windows pc with Davinci Resolve 12.5. Preview in Davinci and rendered video looks excatly the same. So it seems to be a "Mac problem" i guess..
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostThu May 25, 2017 10:35 pm

What happens if you import your rendered file back into Resolve ? Does it looks good again ?
And what are you using to play your rendered files : Quicktime 7, Quicktime 10, VLC, Youtube ?
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 1:31 am

Two points:

1) don't try to compare what you see in the GUI to what actually gets exported. Only rely on an an external calibrated monitor with a color-managed output.

2) when in doubt, export a few seconds of color bars through the same signal path, then check it on the scopes. If the bars are identical, then the image has not changed. If there is a shift, you'll see it in the levels.
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 2:30 am

Marc Wielage wrote:1) don't try to compare what you see in the GUI to what actually gets exported. Only rely on an an external calibrated monitor with a color-managed output.


That's where we're headed tough and BMD already implemented changes to encourage relying on the GUI.
IMHO when coloring web-only content it's perfectly fine if your software+hardware setup is right.
For web content, the digital photography and graphic design industries have been going forever without depending upon external monitoring.
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 5:41 am

I had the same issue but I didn't compare between DR preview and my reference monitor in iMac, I tried as Marc he mentioned by using the color bar and import it to DR and I checked the scopes and my reference monitor, and I there were a different in the saturation level (the export version less saturated than the original).
And when I turned off the broadcast safe in the preferences and re-export again the issue is solved.

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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 8:44 am

Antoine Grasset wrote:For web content, the digital photography and graphic design industries have been going forever without depending upon external monitoring.


Photography and graphic design aren't comparable to grading when it comes to color management and color pipelines. You CAN grade by using the GUI preview if you, or a possible client, don't care that the footage is correct to a certain specification.
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 9:56 am

Why are they not comparable?
Both rely on same principle- work is done on a monitor calibrated to some specification. The only difference is that video is moving, pictures not :)
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 2:26 pm

Tero Ahlfors wrote:
Antoine Grasset wrote:For web content, the digital photography and graphic design industries have been going forever without depending upon external monitoring.


Photography and graphic design aren't comparable to grading when it comes to color management and color pipelines. You CAN grade by using the GUI preview if you, or a possible client, don't care that the footage is correct to a certain specification.


I'm on board with Andrew, I think they are comparable.
Photography and graphics for web/digital communication are worked and approved on calibrated display with proper GUI color management.
Further more theses days photos and videos can be captured by the same device, processed on the same software, and delivered to the same media (website/instagram/online ads/etc) : pipelines are very much alike.

That being said, there are specific cases where external monitoring is needed :
- color grading for TV/broadcast/cinema = monitoring on external monitor Rec709/projector P3
- photography intended for print = printing Fogra CMYK proofs.


Back to the subject : Julian how is your problem going ?
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Re: Differences between Preview and rendered video

PostFri May 26, 2017 10:00 pm

You might want to try unclicking the box "use mac display for preview" in color management tab of the project settings. I know, it sounds strange, but this is exactly what helped me with this problem.

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