"Managed" option in Fusion 16 for viewer LUT?

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"Managed" option in Fusion 16 for viewer LUT?

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Post by bryanfordney » Fri May 17, 2019 12:23 pm

I'm trying out Fusion 16. One of my beefs with Fusion 9 was color management. I'm a bit spoiled coming from the Adobe world which uses ICC profiles, which are very easy to deal with.

I'm wondering what has changed in this area for Fusion 16. The "Managed" option certainly sounds interesting, but not sure how it is any different from a Gamut View LUT.

My hope would be a way to use the ICC profile created via calibration software in order to get color-accurate previews in the viewers, given that I state somewhere what my "working space" is, and that I conform all my source material to that space (which I am fine with doing manually).

Thanks for any help!


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Re: "Managed" option in Fusion 16 for viewer LUT?

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Post by gez » Wed May 22, 2019 5:59 pm

ICCs are pretty much display-referred and might be unsuitable for modern scene-referred workflows.
Using LUTs and OCIO may sound daunting and weird when you come from ICCs but it's not that hard once you get the hang of it (I'd say it's easier than ICCs, because up to certain point ICCs have lots of "secret sauce" going on and you can't really tell what they are doing).
Sure it's easy to grab a colorimeter or spectro with its factory software and produce a screen ICC, but that's not that useful for vfx/cg.

Take a look at displaycal (https://displaycal.net/), that can be used pretty much as the software from your measuring device but with some cool extras, like producing 3D Luts from your display profile you can use later on Fusion.

Personally I kind of like to have control over the view and CM options and find the Adobe approach way too "managed" for my taste, but YMMV :-)


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Re: "Managed" option in Fusion 16 for viewer LUT?

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Post by intelligent machine » Wed May 22, 2019 9:27 pm

Hi @gez. You seem to know a great deal about LUTs, OCIO, and scene-referred workflow.

Since this topic comes up quite a bit, when you have some free time, would you be interested in putting together an in-depth workflow breakdown in a new topic (that could possibly be pinned)?
With generalized details, steps, definitions and maybe outside reference or imagery and then how it relates within Fusion?
I know a lot of people out there just know enough to get by which is fine in many cases. Also, the information available on the internet is scattered, inconsistent, incomplete and many times software specific.


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Re: "Managed" option in Fusion 16 for viewer LUT?

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Post by gez » Thu May 23, 2019 9:10 am

Sure, I'm not an expert by any means but I'll do my best (also luckily I have a few very kwnoledgeable friends who can peer review what I write so we're all sure I don't screw it up) :-D

It may take some time, though.
...
Meanwhile, here's a nice read from Troy Sobotka where he covers the basics of digital colour in his particular style:
https://medium.com/the-hitchhikers-guid ... tal-colour
It's a nice warm up read because it asks many questions that we think we know the answers already, but might surprise us.