QuickTime Color-Correction

Last night’s episode of Heroes came with a nice surprise bonus – an extended preview of Spider-Man 3. I was antsy the entire episode to see the preview and when it finally aired, not only was I treated to some new footage, but I was also encouraged to go to to check out a seven minute preview! Seven minutes? It seems that more and more movies these days are offering extended trailers online, just to get people hooked. If it’s a good or anticipated movie, I’d say it’s working.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch from my home last night, traffic must have been insane right after the Heroes episode. So, instead, I decided to watch it at work today. And that’s when I remembered that my copy of QuickTime on my office computer blows. Aside from the occasional audio drift, it plays movies just fine and dandy.

So playing movies is fine. I can Pause them. Rewind. Fast-forward. Everything. It’s just the viewing of them that blows – click on the thumbnail at the top of the post. What you see is a screenshot of two different instances of my glorious QuickTime player. On the left is how nearly any .mov file shows up when I first open and play them. On the right is the normal image. Imagine trying to watch movies like that. The first time it happened I thought it was some cool visual effect. It wasn’t.

I searched around the internet trying to find out what was going on. I couldn’t find squat. I un-installed and re-installed. Nothing. Same ol’ crapped up colors.

Then it hit me, maybe my visual controls were messed up. Upon first look, everything looked normal. So I started to mess around with all of the different bars that I could. The instant I clicked on the Brightness bar, the video switched from the weird colors to normal. I moved the bar MAYBE two pixels and it fixed the problem?

It wasn’t a glitch, either. I could move the bar back into the default spot and the colors would revert back to the squirrely zone. I could also move any of the other visual controls and it would make the picture normal.


+ original post date: March 6, 2007 02:26 PM
+ categories: Computers, Movies, Television, WTF, Web Stuff


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How 'bout those last 2 episodes of Heroes! They were great! I'm bummed about the 2 month break they're taking...but I'm too hooked to get TOO mad at them. Everyone needs a vacation.

+ author: Nelson
+ posted: March 6, 2007 08:36 PM

Yeah, it's really starting to wind down and it's a gret show. What I really love, however, is what Kring said about Season Two. I'm happy about that decision.

+ author: Seth
+ posted: March 6, 2007 10:43 PM

Holy cow! Thanks for that article...though I would be sad to leave a lot of these current characters behind, I really like the idea and format Kring proposes.

+ author: Nelson
+ posted: March 7, 2007 06:37 PM

You use a PC at work, right? ;)

+ author: Todd Gill
+ posted: March 11, 2007 12:35 AM

I had the same problem and tried this:

  • Go to Edit->Preferences->QuickTime Preferences
  • Under the "Advanced" tab, look at the video section.
  • My default setting was DirectX, but after I changed it to "Safe Mode (GDI Only)," the color was normal!
  • Hopefully that solves your problem as well.

    + author: laux
    + posted: April 23, 2007 07:55 AM

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