Your Guide to Understanding ACES (Part 2)

Let’s delve further into ACES with our ongoing series.

ACES is very popular these days as a post-workflow is increasingly used by high-end productions. But what exactly is it, what does it have to offer and how can we best use it?

We’ve explored these questions in this series, and today we move on from the basic color science we discussed in Part 1 to focus on setting up our ACES workflow in DaVinci Resolve 17.

Setting up ACES in DaVinci Resolve

One of the best things about Resolve is the flexibility it offers when setting up ACES. In addition to the standard ACES workflow that is available to us in the project settings, we also have the option of setting up our color space transformations manually using nodes and the ACES Transform OpenFX plug-in.

As we saw in the first part, this method makes it much easier to understand each stage of the color space journey of our image.

But now that we have this understanding, we’d like to tweak our setup a bit so that we can maintain the flexibility of a manual ACES workflow while keeping our node tree neat.

We will do this using the timeline section of our node chart, as well as Resolve’s group feature, and set up a group for each input color space. We’ll also look at an example of the challenges we sometimes encounter when using color managed workflows and discuss best solutions.

What’s next?

In part three we will look at the assessment process itself and provide an overview of the tools you need to successfully assess an ACES workflow.

Do you like what you learn? Let us know in the comments.

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