Rendering issues

Hello, ppl

I’m trying to add and audio track to my screencast (some programming video, mainly text editor, 1920x1080 avc1 constant framerate) video with shotcut.
However, despite export quality settings, the resulting exported file has blurry text, if it is itself colored (highlighted keywords in text editor) on colored background (looks like compression-artifact). Black text on white background stays crisp.
I wonder if it is a problem of shotcut’s rendering engine or if any workaround exits.

p.s. i have pictures from src video and from dst video of the same fragment
p.p.s. video mode is set to 1920x1080. also tried exporting as bmp-stills, and artifacts are still there

it seems like the red is duller in the destination.

I wonder if the color range is being detected incorrectly. You can try to override that in the properties panel.

Are you applying any filters or transitions?

Have you tried a simple open/export from src->destination without using timeline/transitions/filters/

Yes, that is what i’ve done to avoid filters messing with frames: open src and export it without timeline

btw, the artifacts can be seen in preview
but i definitely do not see artifacts when playing src-vid with media player - image looks crisp and readable, like it is a screenshot

also tried fallback to software (vs opengl) - no change

Can you share a screenshot of the properties panel for your source clip - showing the video tab? I wonder what the chroma format is.

Just recorded another one, here it is:

changing “Color Range” from “Limited MPEG” to “Full JPEG” also changes slightly palette in preview (everything becomes slightly lighter), but artifacts are still there

I see the format of your source is yuv444. That means the chroma format is 4:4:4 - one Y, Cr and Cb sample for each pixel. Your export is probably 4:2:0 - one Y for each pixel, but Cr and Cb are shared for 4 pixels. So your chroma resolution will be reduced.

The Shotcut preview window also operates in 4:2:0. so you will not be able to see the full chroma resolution in the preview pane.

For export, you can open the advanced panel, click on the “other” tab, and add this line:




Other additional parameters may be needed to make those work properly. For example, you may need to choose the H.264 High Profile preset to start with.

Sub-sampled Chroma is the standard way that video is distributed and delivered. You can output non-subsampled chroma from Shotcut to avoid this, but some players and devices may have a problem. Certainly, if you upload it to a web video service like YouTube or Vimeo, it will be down-sampled for their deliveries, which is always 4:2:0.

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