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#1 Travis Gray

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Posted 18 March 2014 - 10:55 AM

Strange problem I'm having. Maybe someone has seen this before and/or has some insight.

 

 

I'm working on a shoot and did all the editing in FCP, then did my usual routine and sent to Apple Color from FCP. Loads into Color no problem, I do my grade, everything looks good. The render took waaaaaayyyy longer than I thought it should have for a 5 minute clip. But, figured maybe system resources were low or something.

 

Roundtripped to FCP, and everything was black. Dug into the render files in the Color folder in Finder and all the files were black as well.

All codecs are the same, settings, etc, as the stuff in FCP and I double checked other projects I've done successfully and all settings match.

 

So I tried popping over a previous project into Color, same method, and just did a quick 4 second clip to check. When I popped that over into Color, nothing even shows up on the viewer. Scopes show everything as black. The clip in the timeline has a thumbnail on it, but not getting anything. I didn't even try to render anything because I just figured it would come back black, but, I've also never seen this happen before, so figured I need to fix something anyway.

 

Is this something I can fix easily in settings somewhere? Or, should I just uninstall/reinstall everything.

 

 

One weird thing that I did do differently maybe, was I had some graphic slates that we were using for titles, and they were rendering pixelated, so I read up and saw the animation codec is supposed to work better. I duplicated that sequence and tried it and confirmed, but this was not the sequence I sent over to Color. I didn't want to mess with anything just yet. So the Animation codec was only applied to a separate sequence. Could this have changed something in a global FCP setting somewhere? The settings for the sequence in FCP all read ProRes 422, 1080, etc, as well as Color settings.

 

Very confusing and frustrating.

 

 


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#2 Chris Burke

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 07:17 PM

perhaps there is an issue with a LUT. Have you started again with the source footage or were you always working with it and not an editing dupe?


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Posted 25 March 2014 - 08:42 AM

I could never quite figure out what the issue was. I tried starting the sequence from scratch and sending it over and had the same issue.

I just started getting frustrated, quit Color, opened it back up, and it was fine. Everything was back to normal. Normal rendering speed, clips weren't black. Weirdest friggin thing.


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