When I import a .cr2 (camera raw) file into After Effects it behaves like an 8 bit image once past the Import Dialogue box where you can set things like Exposure, Temperature, Tint etc.
Is there any way to not 'commit' and render these settings but rather bypass and leave the decision making to INSIDE After Effects, so I can retain superbrights and color depth?
Marc: Canon RAW files are 12 or 14 bpc. I don't think they record values above white, they just record more values closer to white 1.0, compared to non-RAW files (would be happy to be corrected). If you click the color space information at the bottom of the Camera RAW dialog, you can set the bit depth to 16 bpc and retain everything.