[Tig] Apple Color strange behavior

color correction dwooldridge at mac.com
Thu Aug 12 20:04:12 BST 2010


I have been using mac color for about 5 years now in my home office. 
As Joe said "Color has more than one strange behavior" Many things are going on in the background to "help you" Unfortunately changing the gamma does not help anyone and mac is aware of the problem. 
If you search the forums you will see many rants about this exact issue.   SDI out to a pro calibrated monitor is key.  The dvi or vga outputs cannot be trusted.   

I look forward to getting my new resolve in the mail and plan to stay far away from fcp Color. 

Best of luck. 

Darin Wooldridge
Freelance Colorist
Technicolor Digital Intermediates
d.i.colorist at mac.com

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On Aug 12, 2010, at 10:10 AM, Joe Owens wrote:

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>> Instead, I see a curve that appears to have a gamma of 1.22.
>> However, when I render it out of Apple Color without any grading, the line is linear again (see figure below)!
>> Can anyone explain why Apple Color is adjusting the gamma on input?
> Here's some really interesting math:
> Rec 709 is supposed to be somewhere around gamma 2.2, but for purposes of argument, its what Apple COLOR is aiming for.
> Apple Quicktime (up to Snow Leopard) regarded all video as "linear" with a gamma factor of 1.8.
> Divide 2.2 by 1.8 and it comes out to:    1.22222222222  ... coincidence?  Its driving every COLOR operator attempting to judge images on their Cinema Displays (or other VGA monitor) crazy.
> This might not be the exhaustive underlying reason (because COLOR has more than one strange behavior), but Occam says its a good candidate.  Do not expect Apple to comment.  The users of this application are your first, last, and only line of defense.
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