At NAB 2015, The Foundry announced its formal partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES). ACES is a color management and image interchange system that is altogether free, open, and device-independent. Color management and color workflows have evolved over many years. Moving forward, ACES sets the global industry standard for motion picture and television production.
What Is ACES?
From image capture through editing, VFX, mastering, public presentation, archiving and future remastering, ACES enables a consistent color experience that preserves the filmmaker’s creative vision. It 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, along with the surge in the number of productions that rely on worldwide collaboration using shared digital image files.
What’s the Challenge?
On a typical production there might be three or four different digital cameras as well as a film camera in use, all recording to different devices and media using different data formats. ACES solves numerous integration challenges by enabling consistent, high-quality color management from production to distribution. ACES also provides a soon to be universal production standard. To summarize, ACES provides the tools needed for data integration, and a standard by which to measure the over-all quality of the integration.
Again, this past week at NAB, The Foundry announced plans to partner with ACES and integrate the ACES workflow into their technologies.