A color management system (CMS) describes how it translates the colors of images/videos from their current color space to the color space of the other devices, i.e. monitors. The basic problem is to be able to display the same colors in every device we use for editing and every device on which our work will be viewed. Calibrating and keeping our hardware under control is feasible, but when viewed on the internet or DVD, etc. it will be impossible to maintain the same colors. The most we can hope for is that there are not too many or too bad alterations. But if the basis that we have set up is consistent, the alterations should be acceptable because they do not result from the sum of more issues at each step. There are two types of color management: Display referred (DRC) and Scene referred (SRC).

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