YouTube Video is Darker than Original Content

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I've created several videos as of late for my YouTube channel using Camtasia Studio.  One such video can be viewed at http://youtu.be/yKmRLwv1SYA, but as one can see, the video is dark, making it look gray and dark blue.  However, in my actual video, the one I created with Camtasia Studio, those colors are a perfect white [rgb(255, 255, 255)] and the blue is a bright and brilliant blue [rgb(0, 168, 255)].  Why are my YouTube videos so much darker and lower quality than in Camtasia?
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Hi there

I think you first need to identify whether it's Camtasia or YouTube. To do that, just play your produced video on your PC. Do the colors look accurate? If so, you know Camtasia created the output properly and something about YouTube is messing with them.

Additionally, I'm not sure if it's still this way or not as I've not really noticed lately. But it used to be that YouTube would make a few different "passes" at the video. You would see a low quality one if you watched pretty much immediately after YouTube finished. Then later on, you got higher quality videos. So it might be worth checking to see if this is happening too.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I've looked at three older videos that had very similar intros as this video that I just posted as a demo.  They, and the newer videos suffering from this lower quality and darker colors, look exactly the same from the produced .mp4 files created by Camtasia Studio.  However, even videos that were uploaded weeks ago still suffer from this discoloration on YouTube.
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To illustrate the problem moreso, please look at the following links:

http://code.theoremed.com/Video/Introduction%20to%20Scripting/Your%20First%20Script/2

http://code.theoremed.com/Video/Introduction%20to%20Scripting/Arguments%20and%20Parameters/11

The first of these two videos was uploaded to YouTube the exact same way as the second.  However, the first was uploaded before this problem began.
As you can see, the first video, being bright and accurate in its colors, looks far better with my website's template than does the latter.  This is one of the many reasons that this is such a problem.
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Hmmm, I opened the links in two different browser windows so I could compare side by side, While I actually DO notice a difference, both appear pretty bright. Actually, for me, the second video (episode 11) appears to actually be a bit BRIGHTER than the first. Maybe it's a browser issue?

Just to ensure my eyes weren't deceiving me, I used ColorCop to sample the blue. And the first image actually samples as a slightly darker shade of blue. The whites sampled the same.

Not sure what's happening there... Rick :)
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@noahwillcrow, 

Your issue made me curious. I upload to you-tube myself. I've never had an issue with color accuracy that I am aware of.
 
I can't find any noticeable difference between your three videos at all. I took screen shots of all three videos. I made sure they were displaying at there highest selectable resolution before capture. The first video was 720p but the other two were 1080p.

 I combined them into one Image. When I looked at them closely, I did not see any noticeable difference between them.

 White indicated an RGB of  "  254, 254, 254 "  on my computer in Photoshop. 

Blue  indicated an RGB  of  " R: 0  G: 156  B: 255 "

 You can see that Image below. Click to Enlarge.

 I used Internet Explorer.  The screen shots were extracted from the You Tube web site.

 I selected  "Watch on You-Tube" when I looked at the additional two links you provided. I did not take screen shots directly from your web page. Although I thought they looked normal when viewed there as well.

I don't know what you are seeing or why. But the videos and uploads appear to be OK to me.

Regards, Joe



 
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Strange.  On Google Chrome,. the latter two videos are considerably darker.  The first is just as you two are seeing, but the other two are so dark that some items are hard to see.  I tested this on two separate Windows 8 computers and one Windows 7 computer, each with Chrome, and had the same issue each time.

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