After uploading to YouTube, the green in my video is being processed with a weird tint (like a sea foam green). In the image below, I'm hoping for the blueish/green color on the left, but that color only shows in Safari (and sometimes Chrome) - otherwise it's mostly showing the color incorrectly.

Even more strange is when I use Quicktime on my Mac to screen record the video when the color is displaying incorrectly on YouTube, the end result when I play it back in quicktime shows the correct color. For example, watch my YouTube video:

, then see the screen capture here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7-2T7XJFKEKdklRQUpDaTdUYVU/view.

This is only happening with the green color, all the other colors are correct. I'm exporting from Final Cut Pro on a Mac, I've tried my color display on my Mac at Color LCD and Color LCD Calibrated. Any idea why the color is being processed incorrectly once it's playing in YouTube?

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  • Just some considerations, the reply to your answer itself is a bit more extended and I have not the whole vision to suggest you except of check the profile you are using. But the variables are a lot, consider that this can differ if the video is played as flash player or html5 and also different browsers handles and apply color profiles in a different way. This is true also for images with embedded ICC profile. About the "green" but other colors, well, that green is shifted in a more visible way but i'm pretty sure all the colors get a slight modification. Jan 20, 2016 at 20:24

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I see the correct color on Youtube. via Flash player on Windows 7.

Sounds like either a gamma issue with the errant players, not Youtube. Try VLC.


Your FCP output isn't properly tagged. Its colorspace is Rec 709 but it's tagged as Rec 601 (or something else).

  • On a mac, when I open VLC > Open Network > paste my youtube link youtube.com/watch?v=heuPCADkS0o, then I see the correct color. But still don't see the correct color in Chrome on YouTube. Would you suggest changing the FCP output to Rec 709?
    – evan
    Dec 21, 2015 at 19:56
  • Yes, that should be the default.
    – Gyan
    Dec 21, 2015 at 20:13

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