I work for a vfx company. We currently use the Adobe line of products, namely After Effects and Photoshop, our artists are slowly starting to make the switch to Nuke. I would say we are 70% of the way there. We were hoping to avoid working in ACES until this transition was complete, as I’ve been told we might run into problems working ACES in AE, however, we finally had a client ask us for ACES.
I’ve done a fair bit of research into the workflow, and read up on the forum as much as possible, but I still have questions about that the workflow that remain unanswered. We’ve tested a few workflows, and we’ve settled on one that works for us, assuming this adheres to the standard.
We are relying heavily on OCIO to provide any colour transforms needed. I’m unsure yet if this will cause problems when we have heavier comps, and how to render/caching times will be affected.
Also, what is currently the accepted practice? Is it preconverting all our assets to ACEScg before ingest, and converting them back to ACES2065 for delivery or should we ingest everything in ACES2065 and use OCIO to convert to ACEScg, and then apply the ODT for viewing on top of that?
Lastly, what is the proper way to convert footage to ACES colour space? I’ve managed to do this in Resolve, but I was hoping that this can also be done in AE (in 32bit PIZ EXRs), since we already have scripts in place that facitate this process, but that would mean OCIO would be used to provide this colour transform. Can this do the job?
Any input is greatly appreciated.