🎨 Colorist Newsletter #503

Published: Sun, 12/12/21

Issue DIII: The ADE Edition
The Color Grading Newsletter
News, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays. Curated by a professional color grader.
From The Publisher
The holidays are approaching. Stress levels are rising as deadlines pile up with last-minute requests. So let's not waste a moment more: Take a deep breath. Exhale slowly. Put all of that out of your mind. Enjoy this week's read!

Happy Grading! I'll see you next week.
- Patrick Inhofer
Colorist | Publisher

(and remember - if you have a story that's a fit for this Newsletter, hit reply or email it to 'newsletter@taoofcolor.com'! Include a quick reason for the suggested link.)

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The Craft
Featuring the work of creative craftsmen, the theory of color, and industry news. Learn practical workflows, useful theories, and actionable insights from existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.

(videos) Good friend of the Newsletter and frequent contributor, Marc Wielage was interviewed in this excellent writeup about the craft of film restoration. I especially like the embedded video interviews of other colorists and filmmakers, which are well selected.

(livestream replay) A friend of the Tao, R Neil Haugen, interviewed your Newsletter Publisher about being a colorist, my career, and the future of Mixing Light. It's oriented to a more general creative audience but readers may find this interesting.

This item was emailed to me by Marc Wielage, who found it from a Facebook posting by editor & writer Steve Hullfish. Click through and scan the document on this page. I LOVE this document. Kudos to the ADE team and their supporters.
"Kim Libreri was the bullet time supervisor on the original 1999 Matrix film. Today he is the CTO of Epic Games, and he and the team have just returned to the Matrix." A story about a tech experiment of creating a fully digital version of the Matrix using Unreal Engine 5.
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It supports both PQ and HLG EOTFs making it suitable for practically any HDR workflow.
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The Tools
Our craft keeps changing. And growing. Learn about updates to your favorite software. Discover new tools to help you work faster or more creatively. Build your toolchest with new techniques and approaches. 

(video) A walkthrough on the process for customizing a stock Fusion title and saving it out to the Effects Library for future re-use. (via Rich Roddman)

(video) In this tutorial Bernd is very informative (as always): "The 3D Keyer in DaVinci Resolve was not designed for green screen work, but it can offer a quick solution for simple scenarios. Understanding the keying principle it uses and the role of color spaces in chroma keying helps you get the most out of this tool."

Interesting: "Graphic designers can store their assets and projects and catalog them, enabling teams to easily access, edit on-the-fly and send back content into Avid production workflows."

If you find yourself needing a seat of Avid to support your clients' workflows then this sale (running to the end of the year) may be interesting to you.

There are a few useful tools in here for colorists. But what if you're looking for something to distract you over the holidays but is related to our craft? Check out the ACES-compliant web-based machine learning color grading tool that Scott Simmons highlights in this roundup.

Philip Hodgetts has just released a very useful workflow extension for FCP that any finisher will find useful. It loads multiple previews of a wide variety of document and image formats, while working in FCP and never switching out of it. You only need to load the original app if you want to edit it or copy/paste text.

"Microsoft has released Windows 11 ...This process would be considered an "In place upgrade" and is not advised as it often causes problems with software/services/drivers. With that said, we have had success lately with the upgrade process. Here are the instructions."
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Pushing Photons
These stories are from MixingLight.com's membership Library of color grading articles, tutorials, and podcasts (Tao Of Color is co-Owner). Do you want to read a story listed here but not a member? Sign up for a free 7-Day Test Drive.​​​ There's also color correction Practice Projects for purchase. 
(video) "Cullen Kelly wraps his 10-part intro series about Coding DCTL. It's a live Q&A session answering questions, while Cullen learns something new!"
(video) "This Insight provides an orientation on the Baselight Student user interface. Plus, learn the terms Host, Job, Scene as used by Baselight."
"Mixing Light announces a change of ownership with Patrick moving up as owner/CEO as Robbie and Dan step away. Get the full story."
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Gear Heads
Stay updated on the latest hardware that's shipping - because the craft of color grading isn't just about software. Plus, keep an eye on future equipment trends and hardware odds-and-ends.

An especially interesting set of benchmark results if you're comparing the base M1 option to the M1 Max options.

(video) Here's a bit of Newsletter Sponsor love that's comprehensive: "An overview of the OWC lineup of video workflow solutions as presented at the 2021 Final Cut Pro Global Summit." There's gear in here very relevant to finishers and colorists.

(video) How effective is a short-throw UHD projector as a substitute for the those high-end LCD volumes that have become the rage? It's an indie old-school rear projection solution for the modern age. Definitely fun.

Sunday Fun(nies)
Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff that caught my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya got'ta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.
A fascinating infographic and article on the explosive amount of data generated by the users of the major tech platforms in a single minute.

What's not fun about this: “The key concept of light field rendering is that once you record all the rays of light coming into [a scene], you can use the pixel values and the RGB values of each image to create images from different perspectives and views where you never actually had a camera,” Click through for a more detailed explanation of where this technology stands today - both for filmmakers and for general usage.

Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next week.