Exported movie has muted colors

When I export a movie it always has colors different than in TBS (8.1 for mac). The colors are muted, blacks not as deep, other colors also are a slightly lighter shade. I’ve tried avi and mov. With mov I’ve tried h264, mpeg-4, ProRes 422 (LT, HQ), no luck.

What seems to work is swf, but unfortunately my NLE doesn’t know how to import swf files, and it appears that most NLEs don’t handle swf files. So swf seems to generally require some little add on utility to convert it to mov or mp4 https://showbox.bio/ https://tutuapp.uno/.

I did find that exporting as sequence allowed my NLE to import the sequence and produce an mp4 with colors well preserved, but then the problem is how do I get the audio?

So…2 questions:

  1. Is there a movie export format that doesn’t mute the colors?
  2. If not is there a way to export the audio?