How to Color Manage and Composite C4D Octane to After Effects

SilverwingVFX shows his compositing and color management workflow from C4D Octane to After Effects using AOVs and ACES.

Color is a complicated thing. Working with a few different applications complicates it even further. ACES set out to unify color in a modern workflow. Still, even using ACES, you need to know how color management works and how to composite renders in your favorite application, like Adobe After Effects.

Here, SilverwingfVFX (Raphael Rau) shows us his typical After Effects workflow of comping CGI projects. That includes working with ACES color transforms as well as how to get optical lens effects into your composition with things like chromatic aberration, vignetting, and more.

Rau often takes specific rendering and general CG techniques and does a deep dive, showing off things like working with nested dielectricsray switch nodes, and working with cryptomatte.