2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 29, 2012 2:02 PM by WolfgangHansJoachim

    AE, ICC color profiles, QuickTime player and wide gamut displays

    Simon Cam

      Hey there!


      I was inspired by @AdobeAE 's recent tweet about color management to look further into the subject.  We've historically not bothered with it, but are keen to enter the color managed world!


      I started in Photoshop, doing tests with working spaces and destination spaces to get my head around how the whole thing works.  One thing I quickly gathered was that our Monitors (Eizo S2243W) are wide gamut, which can create problems.  For example, if you make an image in the sRGB space in PS, then save it out as a jpeg without embedding the profile, the colours become over-saturated, as any viewing application won't know how to translate the colors. Images created in the Adobe 1998 did not display the same shift when saved 'untagged' - I assume because the gamut of the monitor is closer to Adobe 1998, so even if no transformation occurs the colours are perceptually similar.


      For still images all this is fine though, as you can always embed the profile so the viewing app knows how to translate the colours for your particular display.


      The problem comes with video.  It seems as though it is not possible to embed a color profile with, say, a ProRes QuickTime.  If you create a comp in AE using the sRGB colour space, then export the movie you'll potentially have the same over saturated colour problem when viewing the resulting file on a wide gamut display.


      So how is one supposed to overcome this, except for turning colour management off?


      Any help greatly apprecaited!


      Cheers, sCam


      Simon Cam

      Creative Technical Director