Stills exports are washed out

Get answers to your questions about color grading, editing and finishing with DaVinci Resolve.
  • Author
  • Message
Offline

coryvetter

  • Posts: 1
  • Joined: Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:49 pm
  • Real Name: Cory Vetter

Stills exports are washed out

PostThu Nov 10, 2022 11:16 pm

Hey all,

I've recently run into an issue with exporting stills from the color tab (grab still, go to gallery, export jpegs/pngs), and have had very inaccurate results from this. I've included some screencaps of what I'm seeing in Resolve's viewer vs opening the jpeg in photoshop. For client reviews I'd like to stick to these two file formats, either .jpeg or .png.

Anybody else running into this issue? I'm on a 2022 M1 specd out Macbook running Resolve 18.0.4.

Thanks,
Cory
Attachments
VIEWER.jpg
VIEWER.jpg (759.2 KiB) Viewed 595 times
JPEG.jpg
JPEG.jpg (783.49 KiB) Viewed 595 times
Offline

Jim Simon

  • Posts: 31173
  • Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:47 am

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostFri Nov 11, 2022 5:17 pm

A Data/Video levels issue in Photoshop maybe?
My Biases:

You NEED training.
You NEED a desktop.
You NEED a calibrated (non-computer) display.
Offline

Daniel Rheaume

  • Posts: 110
  • Joined: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:40 am

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostMon Aug 07, 2023 10:40 pm

Just searched through the forums to find out if anyone else had been experiencing this as well -
not very encouraging to see almost no replies.

I too am experiencing some sort of color space/gamma shift with my stills exports.
I recently was asked to share stills of two different color versions for comparison.
After exporting the stills, I found them to be lower contrast and less saturated than the viewer, my calibrated OLED reference monitor (r709/2.4) which is bypassing GPU through an Ultradeck, as well as even the rendered videos played back in quicktime or other players.

This is really problematic when trying to demonstrate changes through stills.
I ended up having to work around it by taking a screenshot of the fullscreen viewer in Resolve.
This seems to me to indicate that it's not a problem with the Mac Preview software, but seems to be something in the way that Resolve is tagging (or not tagging) the exports?

Hoping that someone out there has some advice to workaround it, or at least an explanation of what may possibly be occurring.

Thanks!
Daniel

Resolve 18.5 Studio | Mac OS Monterey | M1 Pro Macbook
Offline

Daniel Rheaume

  • Posts: 110
  • Joined: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:40 am

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostMon Aug 07, 2023 10:43 pm

For clarification on my last post,
I am managing my own colorspace transforms in CST nodes in the timeline, but the project timeline is set to a log working color space. Perhaps this is my issue? If so, can someone elucidate on a better workflow and the why's behind it?

Best,
Daniel
Offline

Aaron Green

  • Posts: 252
  • Joined: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:08 pm

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostSun May 19, 2024 3:16 am

I’m having the same issues here. I updated to 19 beta 2 and still the same issue. Whenever I have my timeline set for ACES and transforming to REC709, i can export quicktime videos with no issues. However, when I’m exporting Stills from the Gallery I get a lower contrast image. I’m on a Mac M1.
Offline

Steve Alexander

  • Posts: 4718
  • Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:15 am

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostSun May 19, 2024 12:53 pm

When stills are exported, what color space and gamma do they use?
aka Barkinmadd
Resolve Studio 19.0b3 | Fusion Studio 19.0b3 | Win 11 Pro (22H2) | i9-7940x, P4000 (536.96, 8GB VRAM), 64GB RAM, M.2 boot, SSD scratch, RAID10 data | (laptop) 16" MacBook Pro M1 MAX, 32 GPU cores, 64 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD, Sonoma 14.5
Offline

Jim Simon

  • Posts: 31173
  • Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:47 am

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostSun May 19, 2024 2:08 pm

Based on my experience, I believe the same as the timeline.
My Biases:

You NEED training.
You NEED a desktop.
You NEED a calibrated (non-computer) display.
Offline
User avatar

KrunoSmithy

  • Posts: 392
  • Joined: Fri Oct 20, 2023 11:01 pm
  • Real Name: Kruno Stifter

Re: Stills exports are washed out

PostSun May 19, 2024 6:26 pm

What about if you simply go to export, current frame as a still. That is in color and edit pages, easiest way. Otherwise in Fusion just right click on the image and choose save as. Do you still have the color issues?

Return to DaVinci Resolve

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], borisforeal, i want to know, Majestic-12 [Bot], Nick2021, Whiskersofsteel and 102 guests