I'd like to seek professional advice regarding delivery format of a RENDER.
I just finished compositing & color grading a short film. It was shot on a DSLR, so .mov h264 is the shooting format, 1920x1080, 25fps.
I worked it heavily on post, real heavy (the final look is somewhat vintage damaged film, with heavy grain, and lots of compositing fixes).
I set up AE as 32bpc, sRGB IEC61966-2.1 (my monitor covers 100% sRGB but not more, no rec709).
I rendered it all as a PNG sequence, embedding the sRGB color profile.
PNG sequence seem to me retain all details and being the best possible MASTER RENDER format.
I have to deliver this "MASTER RENDER" to people who'll finalize it: they must include it on a Final Cut Pro sequence, and they asked me to deliver ProRes.
Since I work on a windows machine I can't encode ProRes, so it occurred to me I can deliver them DNxHD.
Point is, I am making a lot of assumptions while I'd like do be sure to deliver a format which doesn't f*** up contrast, gamma or color so they'll be able to include it in their Final Cut Pro without any alteration.
1 - (AE) Is it right to render in PNG Sequence, 8bpc? Are other image format better (EXR, TIFF?...)
2 - (AE) Should I embed the sRGB IEC61966-2.1 color profile, so they could be able to convert it if needed, say to rec709 without clippings and other problems?
3 - (AE, Quicktime Pro) Should I encode DNxHD from the MASTER RENDER Image Sequence and deliver them that, as a windows alternative tro ProRes?
4 - Should I follow a different plan altogether?
Thanks a lot, every bit of advice will be extremely appreciated.
My 2 cents, from my experience with TV and film productions, is that you wand to preserve as much as you can and meet postproduction standards - DPX sequence.
Verify with the crew that you deliver to, but I’m 99% sure.
Export a DPX sequence for them. You can export a few frames for them to verify.