This might be a very blunt question. As much as i am trying to understand the ACES workflow I am getting confused. Here is my case.
I am a director and I have shot my film in Alexa Mini with a REC 709 viewing monitor. It is a near final look we achieved. When the Alexa footage flows into ACES, the IDT transform results in contrast and saturated look which is muddy. I know the extra contrast and saturation is expected but even with the graded version from my post house I still see the muddy look.
How can i achieve the REC709 ARRI equivalent look in ACES a starting point ? We only need basic corrections as we have already achieved the intended look almost on the set. With ACES i feel, to go back to an equivalent REC709 look as a starting point seems impossible. Is there a transform that we can use inside ACES that can help us to get the REC709 equivalent look ?
Here is a screenshot about the muddy and smoky issue I was talking about https://www.notion.so/pprasanna/ACES-vs-REC709-405a7129f40149098c4aee18d3216c5f
Even if there is no way to bring the REC709 equivalent ; tell me how can i match the ACES image (second image) to mimic the first image with a smooth wall gradient and skin tones as a starting point ?