🎨 Colorist Newsletter #504

Published: Sun, 12/19/21

Issue DIV: The Lasso 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
Welcome to the final Color Grading Newsletter of 2021!  In one week we'll all be rushing to return the gifts we don't like and exchanging them for what we wanted all year long. In two weeks we'll be recovered from staying up too late celebrating the start of 2022.

That means this Newsletter will be back on Sunday, 9 January 2022.

Thank you all for subscribing, reading, and supporting both my efforts and the Sponsors of this Newsletter.

Be safe. Make some joy. Merry Grading!
- 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.
This is a new interview series penned by a long-time Colorist Newsletter reader: "Brian Singler joins Colorist Snapshot, an interview format with a fixed structure of questions that Colorists will answer their own way." It's a fun set of questions and I look forward to sharing more of these with you.

An interesting write-up: “I understood how the Color Warper works in principle,” he recalls, “but I hadn’t used it. So I started to try some things out with the old apartment portions of the sequence, and [Alice and I] both responded.” (via Marc Wielage)

(video) "The winners of the first-ever FilmLight Colour Awards were announced at a special ceremony as part of EnergaCAMERIMAGE on Sunday, 14 November 2021."

(video) "FilmLight Image Engineer Daniele Siragusano examines the complex relationship between brightness, lightness and contrast perception in the context of creative digital image processing."

"MovieLabs, a technology joint venture of the major Hollywood studios, has published the first version of the Enhanced Content Protection for Production (ECPP), providing a set of best practices for production services vendors, cloud services providers, studios and productions." The article has a link to the free PDF download. (via Marc Wielage)

The gates are open: "Registration for the 2022 NAB Show, taking place April 23-27 in Las Vegas, starts here." But given what just happened with IBC's cancellation at the last nano-secomd, how much of a gambler are you?
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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) If you're not using wildcards when naming out your renders, you should be. This is a good explanation of that feature.

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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) "In Part 4, dig deeper into setting up a Baselight 'Scene'. Some options can't be changed later and others will force your media offline."
(video) "Learn how to use the original SDR color grade as a reference for a new SDR Dolby Vision trim from an HDR re-master (gulp!)!"
(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!"
Flanders Scientific XM312U Professional HDR Grading Display
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It supports both PQ and HLG EOTFs making it suitable for practically any HDR workflow.
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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.

Interesting: "The benchmarks demonstrate how serious Apple is about its ProRes performance. It surpassed the top-spec 2019 Mac Pro single-handedly due to the decoders and encoders found in M1 Max. Not only that, but it will also greatly improve the playback performance of multi-stream 8K content."

(videos) "Earlier this year, Dave released a five-part video series that provided insight and context for the many third-party parts and pieces of hardware that editors and other creative professionals need to better understand to optimize Premiere Pro. The series was actually created for Adobe System Integrators (SIs) with the idea being that they’d be tested on the information provided." This article embeds all 5 videos in this series.

How do you know if an industry standards organization is merely an industry marketing machine with no regard to their customers? How about this as an example: "Be vigilant if you are planning to buy a TV, monitor or media player in 2022. The HDMI organization now lets manufacturers advertise HDMI 2.1 compatibility even if no HDMI 2.1 features are supported." I had to read this twice due to how truly despicable it is.

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.

Friend of the Tao, Hector Berrebi, has written the best gift guide for colorists that I've seen in years! There are a TON of great ideas. Just forward this to a loved one and anything they pick for you will be a winner.

(video) This is a nice, fun'ish way to end 2021 here on the Colorist Newsletter! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a safe and terrific New Year!

Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you in 2022.