Color Managed Workflows Tutorial

Color Managed Workflows in After Effects

Learn how you can use color managed workflows in After effects.

This is a practical After Effects tutorial where we will explore color managing and basic compositing in 4 different color spaces: Display, Log, Linearized, and ACES. We will examine the workflow for each, what settings to check or uncheck, and the Pros and Cons.

We will also see typical and practical use for each of them in real world projects, where each workflow that was chosen is depending on the task at hand and post production requirements.

This is a practical after effects guide which is a 2 part series:

In Part 1, I will explore color management and basic compositing in 4 different color spaces: Display, Log, Linearized, and ACES. I will show a workflow for each, how to set it up, what settings to check or uncheck, what are the limitations, and show you comparisons.

In Part 2, I will implement these workflows on real project scenarios, and show a full workflow, with color managing and compositing, to see exactly how to do it, what to watch out for, and share when would I typically use each workflow.

Please share your experience with these or other methods in the comments, any feedback or observations about this will be appreciated. Thanks for watching!

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Installation:
OCIO Plugin for After Effects:
fnord software blog: OpenColorIO for After Effects
http://fnordware.blogspot.com/2012/05…
Instructions: Place the plugin (OpenColorIO.aex) in your After Effects Plugin folder

OCIO Configuration Files:
https://github.com/colour-science/Ope…
Instructions: Press “Code” Link, Download Zip, Extract the two folders: nuke-default & aces_1.2 to:
Windows:
C:\ProgramData\OpenColorIO\
Mac:
/Library/Application Support/OpenColorIO/

Samples used in this tutorial:
Camera Sample Footage – Demo shots for workflow tests | Arri.com
https://www.arri.com/en/learn-help/le… (ALEXA LF Footage – ProRes)

Collection of images associated with the OpenEXR distribution
https://github.com/AcademySoftwareFou… (MultiResolution Folder – Bonita.exr)

Reading resources:
Why Every Editor, Colorist, and VFX Artist Needs to Understand ACES
https://blog.frame.io/2019/09/09/guid…

Linear Light, Gamma, and ACES — Prolost
https://prolost.com/blog/aces

Color Spaces of the VFX Pipeline Part 5: Workspace | The Wright Stuff – www.fxecademy.com
https://www.fxecademy.com/color-space…

What is Color Management? – Netflix | Partner Help Center
https://partnerhelp.netflixstudios.co…

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