Most of the talk here is tech talk but my topic is more creative side i would say.
Wanted to share my experience with ACES and a job i did not so long ago.
Here is the video (lingerie commercial for lady’s so male persons use caution):
I had fashion job shot Red Epic that i needed to grade with relatively natural
tones and clean imagery out of the camera. As always due to camera adjustment or
location material tend to be tinted and not very clean. Variation in color from product to product is intentional to separate locations and themes in edit if you look at the final result.
As i work in Resolve Studio i do use ACEScc for my colorspace. In Resolve now if i go with ACES all RED “secret sauce” profiles are directly converted to ACEScc and i have relatively clean material out of the camera that makes my job much faster, precise and clean. Now if i go to camera raw tab and adjust temp and tint i’m almost there. Some adjustments with offsets and then really in the end some augmentation of product colors or adjustment on skin tones slightly and i’m done.
I have done now some food commercials and feature films also in ACES and i really like how fast and how clean imagery i get out of nice cameras like RED, Alexa or UM46 (any BM camera actually). I can share screenshots of food spots in separate thread if anyone would be interested.
So for now i would say ACES is my go to color system for TV commercials and feature films.
Specially for feature films as VFX pipeline can be so much more manageable compared to mayhem of lut’s usually and going mad managing all the luts every department uses separately.
Hope this gives nice opening to Creative section here.
Margus Voll, C.S.I.