Matching Multiple Cameras in ACES Color in Davinci Resolve 14. If you even wonder how to match different cameras in ACES space, look no further!

ACES Color Science still remains a mystery for many filmmakers. I used to be one of them, trying to understand what kind of sorcery is it. What is ACES anyways?ACES stands for Academy Color Encoding System.

The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is becoming the industry standard for managing color throughout the life cycle of a motion picture or television production. From image capture through editing, VFX, mastering, public presentation, archiving and future remastering, ACES ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the filmmaker’s creative vision. In addition to the creative benefits, ACES addresses and solves a number of significant production, post-production and archiving problems that have arisen with the increasing variety of digital cameras and formats in use, as well as the surge in the number of productions that rely on worldwide collaboration using shared digital image files.  (From Oscars.org)

 

Let’s translate all this technical term into a simple answer. WHAT IS ACES?

ACES designed to bring all cameras to single color space. Basically if you grading a project with multiple cameras, such as ARRI, RED, CANON etc, in old fashion way, you first have to match their basic look, before you can continue your color grading, with ACES, all those cameras conform to single color space, meaning you can grade shot in CANON and immediately paste the same grading to RED camera and get amazing results.

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