Lightroom 5.3: regression in slideshow color rendering

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Hello.

I see a regression in Lightroom 5.3. When I start a Slideshow, I definitely don't see the correct colors on the screen - something such as a color profile is not correctly applied. The colors of the photo are ok in Loupe, Editor and even Loupe Full Screen. Exporting the slideshow e.g. in mp4 seems to be ok. I didn't see the problem in the previous version of Lightroom.

I'm running on a MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011, Mac OS X 10.8.5.
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Fabrizio Giudici

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aezng zenagli

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Yes, I have this problem too; same symptoms, different hardware. OSX 10.8.5. The crops and exposure on the slideshow seem to be correct, but the colors are....muted, or washed out. Regressed to 5.2 and things are fine again.
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Fabrizio Giudici

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"muted, or washed out"

Exactly. I hope Adobe will address us a soon as possible.
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I am also experiencing desaturated / washout-out colors when playing a slideshow in Lightroom 5.3 - the colors look fine in Library, Loupe, Full Screen Preview, and even in the Slideshow module while editing Slideshow settings; colors just go bad when you play the slideshow.

I saw the problem on two different model MacBook Pros, both on their built-in screens and when hooked up to an Epson projector. I've also seen it with a Mac Pro hooked up to an Apple Cinema HD display. One of the Macs was running Mac OS X 10.7.5, the others Mac OS X 10.8.5.

All the displays have been calibrated.

With Lightroom 5.2 I had experienced problems with reds and oranges being over-saturated when playing a slideshow on certain displays (see http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh... ); while I'm not seeing that problem any more, the Lightroom 5.3 problem of all the colors desaturated is even worse, and I reverted to Lightroom 5.2.
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I am experiencing the same issue with LR 5.3 on a calibrated NEC PA241W monitor, running on a Macpro with OS X 10.9.1. I like to run a slideshow to review my work after processing a batch of raw files. At first it freaked me out and made me feel there was something wrong with my processing. But the colors are richer and the contrast is stronger if you view the images in Loupe or full screen mode. I don't know whether or not this just started happening with 5.3, but it has been concerning me most recently, since I installed 5.3. I don't want to roll back to 5.2.

Does anyone know if this is a known bug?
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Fabrizio Giudici

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Bill, as others also said, I can confirm that it started with 5.3; in fact, with 5.2 I had started to use the slideshow to review batches, as you did, and it worked.

Now I'd like Adobe to acknowledge the problem and plan a fix, hopefully.
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I'm also experiencing the same problem. I'm using Windows 7 Professional, a Nvidia 560 ti video card, and an old Dell 2007WFP monitor that is calibrated with Spyder 4 Pro. In the LR 5.3 slideshow module, it makes no difference whether I'm previewing or playing edited NEFs or Jpegs that have been exported with a SRGB color profile; the colors are washed out. I finally reinstalled LR 4.4 and it has absolutely no problem whatsoever previewing and playing the same images in the slideshow module with full, rich colors. Hopefully Adobe will fix this issue in its next iteration of LR.
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I'm trying to use LR 5.3 on a Mac Pro (2007 version) running OSX 10.7.5. It has a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT video card. Playing a slideshow w/i LR5 works without issue. My problem occurs when I export my slide show to video. The mp4 video produced, however, is completely washed out, .e.g. blue borders are white, red stroke borders and the image are nearly whited out. I've attached a screen shot of a mp4 frame. My laptop (MacBook Pro) running the same OS has NO issues.

I cannot find updates to the NVIDIA card -- the closest I came is a statement that the card "does not require a firmware update". The Apple Genius Bar techies point to the Mac Pro video card as the issue. Is rolling back to 5.2 a realistic option? I would also hope that Adobe would act quickly.....
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In case other folks who posted here haven't heard yet, the Lightroom 5.4 update does fix the problem with washed out colors when playing a slideshow in full screen mode that was introduced in 5.3. (At least it does for me, and a couple of other people in another thread.)
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Thanks - I was just guessing about that. I'll install it as soon as possible on my backup laptop and play a bit with it, just to be sure that there are no new bugs...
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Scott - Thanks for the post. I just checked out the latest version of LR I downloaded off the Adobe cloud site and the slide color preview problem is indeed solved. Now I can uninstall LR 4.