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Colour Grading: Intro to ACES

Learn the theory and practice of ACES developed by the Science and Technology Council (STC) of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS). See how ACES is set to improve and simplify post-production workflow, restore and preserve current motion picture assets, and create a standard that is ready for future technologies. It can be quicker, cheaper and better quality than conventional workflows.

Get an introduction to ACES (Academy Color Encoding System)

Understand the benefits of ACES and when and how to use it

Learn about colour managed workflows, different colourspaces, EOTFs and delivering multiple output formats

Is the Colour Grading: Intro to ACES right for you?

This one-off (for Sydney) class is suitable for experienced cinematographers, DITs, post production professionals and supervisors. It assumes a basic knowledge of post production techniques but no previous colour science knowledge is needed. Netflix and many VFX departments prefer ACES, find out why.

Includes how ACES is best applied to the DI pipeline from on set to TV set and how it aids CGI/VFX integration. Learn to use input transforms (IDT), output transforms (ODT) and how to create your own ACES LUTs.


This is a specialist masterclass. If you are more interested in a general colour grading class, please look at our Industry Certificate: Colour Grading. Kevin Shaw is also presenting HDR Masterclass and the Colour Science and Calibration course in the same week. These two classes are more advanced but recommended as companion classes for anyone taking An Introduction to ACES.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw, CSI is a consultant, instructor and colourist with 35 years of experience. He is currently President of Colorist…

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What you will need

A basic understanding of post production techniques is expected but no previous colour science knowledge is required. Resolve will be used for demonstration but information applies to any ACES compliant software.

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.


This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

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For more information and to get a copy of the course outline email: shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.