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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 17:02 #42827

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Is there some setting that i am missing..?
FCPX.1 and Mavericks.

Everytime I use the eyedropper in fcpx, the color never matches correctly.
Is there some setting somplace or is this a bug?

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 19:30 #42842

Hey Kurt,

It's a bug. It's hardly noticeable with the naked eye, but a bug anyway. Send feedback to Apple and add a screenshot.

-Ronny

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 19:45 #42846

Could you post a screen shot of what you're seeing in the color shift. Are you using the default Color display in System Preferences?

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 20:34 #42852

Hi Tom, here are some screenshots:

Original title on a REC 709 monitor over HDMI:



Pasted color onto lower title shows different values:



Original title on a calibrated 30" Apple Cinema Display:



Pasted color onto lower title shows different values:



The colors in the titles seem the same to the naked eye, but when you put two squares side by side and you paste the color of the left square onto the right square using the color dropper you can see the difference:



Same results no matter what Color Display settings I use.

After Effects, Pixelmator and Photoshop do not have this issue on the same systems, the Color Meter values between the original color and the pasted one are perfect matches. Motion 5 does have the same issue.

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 21:07 #42858

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im not at the system now but for me they are obvious with the naked eye..
i had a 4x3 solid color (light pink and also a grey one) to fill the screen on a 16x9 project.
i put a custom solid generator below the 4x3, then used the eye dropper on the custom solid generator and picked the grey upper clip.. the color difference is very obvious.. use an image that is one color with straight line edges..

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 21:53 #42862

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Absolutely send feedback. here is a workaround though. Using the color picker:

Select the clip/text etc. that has the color to be copied/matched
Open the Color Picker from the inspector
Drag the Color displayed at the top of the Color Picker into an open swatch at the bottom (little squares)

Select the clip/text etc on which you want to change the color
Open the Color Picker from thee inspector
Drag the swatch you just saved to the color display at the top of the Color Picker

Doing this preserves the original color exactly... :-)
Can't sleep? Try this: fcpxpert.net ;-)

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 22:40 #42865

So the monitor isn't using the default color System Preferences. Only the default display will use Color Sync to maintain color in FCP.

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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 22:44 #42866

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So the monitor isn't using the default color System Preferences. Only the default display will use Color Sync to maintain color in FCP.

Can't speak for others here, but I get this color shift issue using the default monitor. It's not just FCP X though, try it with any app that uses the Color Picker...
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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 22:59 #42868

I see a different color display in every device. This is Photoshop, with the Photoshop color picker showing the RGB values and the color meter showing different color values on the same image.





This is the PSD file in the FCP view using the Apple Color Picker





This is the color meter representation of the viewer





Take your pick.
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eyedropper 17 Mar 2014 23:08 #42869

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"Take your pick."
I see what you did there... :-) Anyway, the only way I can get an exact color match with text, gfx, whatever, is to use the swatch. Open the Picker on the clip/text, whatever your source color is, and drag that color to a swatch and use that to set your "matching" colors... Try this..

...With a custom color solid in an app that uses the color picker. Open the picker and adjust the RGB sliders to get a color, any color. Then, select the eyedropper/magnifying glass and click on the color in the color picker. When I do this the RGB values change. without doing anything, click that color again, the values change again. Use the tool on the image, they change, do it again, they change. somethings messed up with that tool...
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eyedropper 18 Mar 2014 03:52 #42887

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Sorry.. I am not understanding the work around..

Select the clip/text etc. that has the color to be copied/matched
Open the Color Picker from the inspector


The clip that has the color that i want, is a 'clip', an image..
So where is the color picker in the inspector?
In the inspector I just see the normal stuff.. crop, transform etc... there is no color picker..

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eyedropper 18 Mar 2014 04:01 #42888

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Sorry.. I am not understanding the work around..

Select the clip/text etc. that has the color to be copied/matched
Open the Color Picker from the inspector


The clip that has the color that i want, is a 'clip', an image..
So where is the color picker in the inspector?
In the inspector I just see the normal stuff.. crop, transform etc... there is no color picker..

thanks
kurt

I should have been more clear I guess... This will work in the examples above, such as with text or a color solid. In those cases the (original) color selection would be in the "face" tab of text, or in the generator tab in the case of a solid. If you're trying to grab a color from a clip of video or something then you're stuck with the eyedropper/magnifying glass to get the original color... Does that make any sense? Sorry If I'm not explaining it well...
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eyedropper 18 Mar 2014 04:14 #42890

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Thanks..
Here is what I see when using the picker..
In your workaround, yes I guess it wount work in my case.
However I did find another..
Open Digital color meter in the utilities folder.
set it to 'display in generic rgb'
in the picker in fcpx, in the clor sliders, select rgb sliders.
copy and paste the values in digitalcolor meter (well you cant copy and paste them, you need to go back and forth and type in the values one at a time).

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eyedropper 18 Mar 2014 04:25 #42891

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i forgot to mention.. make sure that the picker is also selected to generic rgb (just to the left of where you select what sliders you want, there is an icon. Click it to setup there)

BTW.. how do you have so many rows of little white squares?
I only have one row, and I cant drag them up to make more... and cant figure out how to delete one of the colors in the little squares either.. they dont drag off an 'poof'

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i forgot to mention.. make sure that the picker is also selected to generic rgb (just to the left of where you select what sliders you want, there is an icon. Click it to setup there)

BTW.. how do you have so many rows of little white squares?
I only have one row, and I cant drag them up to make more... and cant figure out how to delete one of the colors in the little squares either.. they dont drag off an 'poof'

kurt

Good workaround as well. :-) As to the swatches (squares) you have to drag the bottom of the picker down, make it longer... And you're right, you can't delete the colors, just replace with another, or white if you want it to look cleared.
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eyedropper 18 Mar 2014 11:07 #42901

These are fine workarounds, but there definitely is something wrong with the color picker. Here's some screenshots I made on a 30" ACD with the standard Monitor Color Profile settings.

Photoshop color picker leads to perfectly matching colors:






The FCPX (and the Motion) color picker shows differences between the original and the pasted color:







And this difference is clearly visible when you compare them side by side:



This not only happens with 10.1/Mavericks but also with earlier FCPX and OS versions. So I guess it's not related to FCPX or Motion: it's the old color picker that needs to be fixed.

-Ronny

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