I have given this quite a bit of thought and I think this is more of a request for a feature in Adobe After Effects, here goes:
Parameters: Imagine a team of AFX Artists with different equipment with regards to monitors. Working with sRBG colorspace source files. Final delivery to REC.709 colorspace.
Current state: To simulate REC.709 color space in the preview window for a project one needs to open the Project Settings, Select your Specific monitor profile, uncheck "Compensate for Scene-referred Profiles", select "Use Display Color Management" option from the View menu or from the icon in the View-port and then select the desired output. Unfortunately, each Artist needs to select their specific monitor profile in the project setting for each AE file they open because the previous settings remain. Fortunately, the rest of the settings are retained once set.
Request: A Color space Simulation Override that could be activated that would display any Project opened at the desired output color space via the specific monitor profile for the monitor attached to the system no matter what the color space of the project is, until deactivated.
I think this would help many people with color accuracy and mitigate surprises at delivery. Sadly, I don't know if many people take the time to think about and properly set up color space.
In my example, the team works on almost a hundred project files a day and they each have different monitors. Remembering to check and select the correct monitor profile when one opens a Project is prone to error. With the Override we could have more confidence that we are all looking at the same thing once we calibrate our brightness and contrast settings on the monitors.
A script I could edit and disseminate to each artist (to set their specific monitor profile at the push of a button) could help but this really doesn't solve the problem.
Thanks in advance, Dan.
ps. Tips, tricks and suggestions are welcome.
While this is a good discussion idea for a user-to-user forum like this, I'm sure the AE team would really like to hear this sort of suggestion too. I would highly recommend that you file a feature request. Feature Request/Bug Report Form