I have some water splash elements I need to composite over log footage in After Effects before sending it to the colorist for grading.

As I understand, the correct workflow is to convert the log footage with Cineon Converter to linear, composite the elements, and then I guess pre-compose everything and convert it back to log with Cineon Converter and export it? I'm not sure about this and all tutorials I could find are pretty vague.

(For the output format I use Cineform 10-bit YUV).

Thanks in advance!

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    Ask the colorist if they'd prefer log or not. If you're exportign 10 bit yuv you should be ok without converting it. You could also export as say a 16-bit tiff sequence if you want to make sure that there's lots of room for grading.
    – stib
    Dec 10, 2020 at 2:46
  • Thanks for the reply. I'll ask the colorist, but you're saying, in general, I don't need to convert it back to log at the end?
    – kurajber
    Dec 11, 2020 at 11:15
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    No, it just adds extra processing. As long as what you output has a neutral grade and enough bit-depth to give the colourist the dynamic range to adjust it.
    – stib
    Dec 12, 2020 at 4:28


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