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<QUESTION: I'm choosing to use sRGB IEC61966-2.1 as my working color profile in AE. When I select this profile, the AE project colors immediately appears a little washed out. I add an adjustment layer to the final project and adjust the contrast, brightness and a couple of other color teaks to make it look the way I want in After Effects. Then I render it  and the resultant video looks completely wrong, with around 15% more contrast, and over-saturated.

Sometimes I think AE color management should be renamed "Color MANGLEment". LOL. The problem you’re describing relates specifically to either GAMMA or BLACK/WHITE levels.

Read more: Scene Referred Colorspace

QUESTION: I need to take footage of a subject against a pitch black background and create a luma matte from this. If I mess with the levels, I will always end up with a thin black line around whatever I am transferring into the finished matte. 

To answer the question you asked, use a matte choker, such as "Simple Choker", plus blur, and if needed, masks. Mocha can be very helpful here.

Read more: Working With Black Screen

QUESTION: I’m doing a spoof of the Wizard of Oz, the scene in which the Wicked Witch sends off her flying monkeys. This will be done completely on (green/blue/magenta?) screen and the environment composited in post. The Witch's face is green, and the monkey's faces are blue and there is red on their suits. I need to figure out what color screen I should use.

Read more: Green on Green

If you haven't handled turning over end roller credits before, we can help! We can provide you with an easy to use template to make sure your credits are entered efficiently and accurately. 

Read more: Preparing Your Credits

QUESTION: I really just wanted the red sweater and the picture frames to stand out, which is why I kept it so underexposed. I should have just done the underexposing in post,

When you are capturing images that will require later work such as compositing, you want to capture with an eye toward maintaining detail, and minimizing noise.

Read more: Green Screen

QUESTION: I’m trying to achieve an effect similar to the recent Green Lantern movie, where the actor would be wearing a chroma key suit and I would then key it out and track the effect to it. Could a regular chroma key suit work? Would I need to place tracking markers of some sort on it?

Read more: Green Suits

What's the difference between Rec. 709 Gamma 2.4 and HDTV (Rec. 709) in AE? Which one should I use for advanced VFX when working in linear color space?

You can use any of those or even sRGB in a linearized workspace, as the gamma in the profile is not used, only the color coordinates of the primaries and white point.

When you are working in LINEARIZED space, your gamma is 1.0

Read more: Rec709 Profile

What we need to get started on your project:

At the very least, we need the following pre-turnover items so we can begin developing the workflow.

Read more: VFX & Titles Turnover

QUESTION: I have tried converting the movie but have I still get the frame skip every second...i cant seem to get the imagery converted to 24 fps correctly.

I've used AE to covert feature films shot at 25 fps to 24 with no problems.

History: back in the days before inexpensive 24P cameras, independent filmmakers would shoot in PAL DV, and then convert that 25 to 24 fps, and this would result in a *very* film-like look. In fact, the very first version of "Magic Bullet" was targeted at this specific task.

Read more: Converting 25fps to 24fps

QUESTION: When I play the two outputs side by side the 24fps is noticeably less smooth than the 30. 

This is probably related to your computer's monitor refresh rate. 

Read more: 24fps and Flicker

QUESTION: 4k 3840x2160 is only 2x more than 1080p, so it is really 2k?

Well first, the "4K" or "2K" refers to the horizontal resolution, not the vertical resolution. 

Read more: Why is 4K Less Than 4K

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