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Lena Meyer
2K reference monitor for after effects
on Oct 14, 2008 at 4:50:25 pm

Hi all,

we use the After effects CS3 Digital cinema workflow to create 2K title sequences for theatres. We plan to ad a 2K reference monitor into our workflow. With the Blackmagic Decklink HDExtreme2 and Blackmagic HDLink Pro.
The problem is that the video-out path from After Effects for preview on reference monitors is not color-managed. The LUTs provided by blackmagic are not what I need.

1. Where can I find the needed LUTs which fit to my after effects workflow?
2. Which monitor do You recommend?
3. Has anybody good experiences with the after effects 2K workflow and blackmagic?

I use After Effects CS3, Mac OSX 10.5.5, 2x2,8 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xenon, 6GB RAM, Blackmagic HDExtreme2, Grafic card ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT




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Margus Voll
Re: 2K reference monitor for after effects
on Oct 14, 2008 at 8:29:45 pm

Hi.

Something like cineSpace should help.

I do not remember if they supported AE derectly.

Check out here if you find eny word about AE.

http://cinespace.rsrhq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=63

In tehory you should be good with Dell 3008 or Apple 30"
if all works out with cineSpace.

This is something i'm trying to get hands on with color and shake.

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Margus

http://iconstudios.eu


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Lena Meyer
Re: 2K reference monitor for after effects
on Oct 15, 2008 at 4:29:11 pm

Hi,

cine Space doesnt support AE directly. I am now searching to find a way to convert icc colour profiles into 3dl or itx files to load them as LUTs directly into the Blackmagic Card, so that I can view logarithmic files on the reference monitor in linearised preview. I need the Adobe Kodak 2383 Theater Preview.

For Monitors I got another recommendation for HP Dreamcolor:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/de/de/sm/WF06a/382087-382087-64283-444767-44...

and in one thread at creative cow

http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/124/869100

I looked at the apple and dell monitor, but I think for our use they are not the right solution. Well I think it depends on what You need. Until now I didnt found the right Monitor for us.
Perhaps I turn back on CineSpace in the End just to get a precise viewing.




http://www.lichtrausch.com


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Tim Kolb
Re: 2K reference monitor for after effects
on Oct 21, 2008 at 5:37:41 pm

If you are outputting for theaters, I'd consider a projector...

cineSpace interacts with the display card in the case of AE...NLEs like PPro, etc have a problem using cineSpace, at least with NVIDIA QuadroFX because the video 'overlay' is treated as a separate (for lack of a better description) 'layer' from the UI...meaning the overlay sneaks through the LUT...but the video panel in AE is not an 'overlay' to the best of my knowledge.

I use a Dell 30"...it's not optimal relative to a DreamColor, but then the DreamColor didn't exist back then...I also have an SDI-fed Sony Broadcast CRT for checking the fussy stuff...

But I don't do any work intended solely for projection...



TimK,
Director, Consultant
Kolb Productions,

CPO, Digieffects


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