Better Renders with ACES in Octane in Under 5 Minutes

Learn how to use ACES in Octane, fast.

by Chad Ashley

Let’s Learn ACES

We all know how much Chad Ashley loves ACES! Now he’s showing you how to set it up in Octane in under five minutes. No fuss, no muss. Follow along and bring your Octane renders to the next level of filmic realism.

Download the ACES config file here.


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  1. Robbie LawsonFebruary 1, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Hi Chad,

    I get this error when i try and render:

    device 2: Failed to build OCIO LUT: OCIO error: The specified file reference ‘Log2_48_nits_Shaper.RRT.sRGB.spi3d’ could not be located. The following attempts were made: G:\CG RESOURCES\ACES\luts\Log2_48_nits_Shaper.RRT.sRGB.spi3d

    It seems like it is not just the config.ocio file we have to download? Can you please let me know how to solve this? I would love to get this working

  2. Robbie LawsonFebruary 1, 2022 at 4:56 am

    Hi, I am having problems with Octane crashing when i try and duplicate this process. I wonder whether I am correctly using the config file. I am accessing the file here:

    Is that correct? Also, I seem to have to copy and paste the text in the file and then paste this into notepad. Is this correct? There doesn’t seem to be a way to download the .ocio file…

    • Deirdra WisniewskiFebruary 15, 2022 at 2:21 pm

      Sorry you’re having trouble! You can reach out to support for assistance. Send a message to support@greyscalegorilla.com

  3. Paul NordMay 16, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Hi Chad! Thanks for the amazing tutorial. I have read elsewhere that the diffuse (and specular) textures need to be converted into ACEScg space before rendering. Is that still right? (ACES workflow in Octane seemed to have changed a lot during the last year)

  4. Zachary EstercamMay 11, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Chad, thank you for the info! As Vassilis, I have the same problem when I try the baked LDR-PNG export. In HDR all looks correct. Thanks!

    • Zachary EstercamMay 11, 2021 at 6:01 pm

      I figured it out. You have to use the save option of C4D itself and not of Octane under render passes.

  5. emily playApril 13, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Hello chad thanksx1000 cristal clear, witch Octane do you use mine i cant see any color management in the settings? could you hel, regards. alexandre

  6. emily playApril 13, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Hello Chad! thanks for this cristal clear tut, witch version of octane do you use, Octane tell me i run the latest version and i have no color ma

    • Deirdra WisniewskiApril 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      In this tutorial Chad is using version 2020.2

  7. Vassilis MitsiopoulosApril 9, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Hello Chad! Thank you for the tutorial. I am trying to replicate the baked LDR-PNG export but when i open the image it looks all faded. Do i miss something here? Have you checked the LDR image in photoshop? Thank you in advance. Vassilis

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