🎨 Colorist Newsletter #505

Published: Sun, 01/09/22

Issue DV: The Quickstart 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
Happy 2022! I hope you had a great holiday. For me, it's been busy. So, it's a quick Newsletter this Sunday.

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.

Two interesting Machine Learning companies as it relates to dialog processing and foley.

Book review: "It is packed with practical editing tips and tricks as well as career building gems of wisdom. It is well written and well edited, which (sadly) gives it a huge leg up over many other books on film editing out there, and, most importantly, it is funny."

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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. 

Blackmagic just released a new batch of training videos for Resolve. Including for their control surfaces and broken down into useful, broad topics for the four major disciplines.

(video) "Making flexible and reusable motion graphics is challenging. You need to be able to adjust and position elements from the edit page, animations should stretch to the final length of the timeline segment and your effects should work for every resolution and aspect ratio."

(video) "Emulating film is one of the most common tasks you can undertake as a colorist, pretty much no matter what type of videos you're coloring. The better you know film, the better you can emulate it."

The headline says it all.

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It supports both PQ and HLG EOTFs making it suitable for practically any HDR workflow.
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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. 

"Colorist Robbie Carman looks forward to 2022 and the steps he's to improve his color grading skills, business, and personal well-being."

"In Part 4, learn how to QC and deliver your Dolby Vision HDR and SDR masters, including Video- or Data- level settings for ProRes exports."

"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."
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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.

If you like keeping up with trends in display manufacturing, this article gives you bits like this: "Although QD has got the headlines, phosphor makers have continued to develop the materials and GE has a new green that will help to get to 100% of DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB." It's a good primer going into 2022.

(video) From MrAlexTech: "We talk Specs, AMD Ryzen 5950x, Nvidia RTX 3090 and put it to the test in Davinci Resolve and even see how it runs a handful of games!"

A good analysis of the current Apple Silicon and how Apple will need to solve RAW image processing for the workstation crowd.

"One interesting piece of information about Panasonic’s VR Glasses is that they offer Inter-Pupillary Distance (IPD) and diopter adjustment options, which has been a key request from users in new models of VR headsets." But to my eyes, these still look silly.

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.

Definitely fun.

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