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OCIO / ACES Color Management in Media Encoder?

Participant ,
Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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The new native OCIO color management in After Effects works great for me - but only if I export using the Render Que, where I can control the final Output Color Space using Color Tab of the Output Module.  This allows me to export my ACES footage as ACES/sRGB (olor_picking: Output - sRGB and Output/Output - sRGB options also work).  Using that export setting makes my exported footage match my working settings in After Effects using the OCIO ACES color management.

 

But I see no way of doing this in Media Encoder.  The footage is always exported way too dark.  And the only output color options I see are greyed out.Screen Shot 2023-04-06 at 11.38.32 AM.png

 

See screenshot.

 

I am using macOS 12.6.3

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Apr 06, 2023 Apr 06, 2023

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Apr 11, 2023 Apr 11, 2023

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That was the help page I originally referenced (along with he Adobe video tutorial) to get ACES working with my footage.  Unfortunately, it dosen't address Media Encoder - which is not properly outputting my footage the way the internal render queue does.  So back to my original question: Is the new OCIO Color Management System working with clips exported via Media Encoder?  And if so, how to set that up?

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Jun 03, 2023 Jun 03, 2023

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BUMP.  Still no answer for how to export OCIO / ACES workflows from Media Encoder since the Export Color Space option is greyed out on my M1 Mac Mini. Guess I will have to contact support directly. 

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Sep 12, 2023 Sep 12, 2023

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Hi! Have you found the answer? I have the similar problem

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Participant ,
Sep 15, 2023 Sep 15, 2023

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No I have not seen a solution. However, the beta version of AE has implemented a bunch of OCIO features which I have not yet explored.  Maybe the functionality has been aded there?

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Jan 07, 2024 Jan 07, 2024

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I've found a workaround for this. Though the OCIO workflow is integrated in AE 2024, there's no option I found in media encoder. So what I did is adding an adjustment layer with OCIO display transform and set the display color space to ACES/raw to correctly preview it. Voila!

 

You can then just hit render in Media encoder and it will come correctly.

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Apr 20, 2024 Apr 20, 2024

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I just discovered that if the auto detect log video color space was enabled (as xr7621822 said), I could just set the h264 preset in ME to custom (without making any changes) and everything matched. 

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Jan 12, 2024 Jan 12, 2024

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Hi !

You should go in the Media Encoder Preferences panel and check the box Auto detect log video color space.

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