Color Banding: Bit Depth & Chroma Sampling

TL;DR If you’re seeing color banding in your exported video, it’s almost certainly because you’re using an encoding profile that specifies a color depth of 8 bits. Use a codec, such as H.265 / HVEC, DNxHR or ProRes, that supports 10 bit color and configure it to use a 10 bit encoding profile.

What is Digital Color?

The discourse around digital color is complex and confusing. If you care about color at all and you work in digital, you should probably spend at least a whole day of your life on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Digital Colour, which gives several messianic fucks about making this difficult stuff clearer.