🎨 Colorist Newsletter #506

Published: Sun, 01/23/22

Issue DVI: The Don't Panic 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
After a super-busy 6-week stretch, I had to take last weekend off - hence, no Newsletter. But we're back today, so let's get to it...

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.)
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.

Your Newsletter Publisher recently hosted a discussion with cinematographer Edu Grau, ASC and colorist Roman Hankewycz about their critically acclaimed black & white film - currently streaming on Netflix.

"Why do so many TV shows and movies look like they were filmed in a gray wasteland?" This article making the rounds then spends 4,000 words trying to figure this out, blaming everything from The Matrix to LUTs.

Swear words ahead: "Ever wonder just what is happening when you are pushing pixels around? This is a series of articles to help you, the image maker, survive in a world full of bulls*it regarding digital colour. If you are confused about digital colour, it’s not your fault." (via Martyn Bull)

"The database was established through a collaboration between the Visual Effects Society (VES), the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and a host of industry experts, with support from Epic Games and Netflix. Given the evolving nature of virtual production, the glossary is intended to be an industry-propelled effort rather than a static document."

"In 2021 media companies demonstrated solid examples of how machine learning and AI can deliver reduced costs and faster workflows." This article is an interesting overview of those companies.

Registration for attendees is open. The Exhibitor map is available from the page I've linked to. As you'd expect, it's a small show compared to decades past..

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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. 

"In this post I wanted to share some fantastic new training from Blackmagic Design itself on learning to do all those things; edit, sound mix, colour grade and create visual effects in DaVinci Resolve 17."

(video) Like the headline says, with colorist Cullen Kelly.

(video) "This video we go over how to use the Planer Tracker and the various ways you can track objects in your footage. This is helpful for screen-replacements, sticking callouts to items, or any other instances where you need to attach something to an element in your video." (via Rich Roddman)

Scott Simmons: "First I provide a short answer that you can give to the person asking you to accomplish this task. Hopefully, that will suffice. There is also a long answer if you need to get into more detail as to why this isn’t easy, often doesn’t work and can end up costing more money than you might save."

In case you have the programming bug...

"Moxion’s platform enables professionals to collaborate and review camera footage on-set and remotely with the immediacy required to make creative decisions during principal photography in 4K HDR quality and with studio-grade security."

"For many experienced DITs, the following scenario is not new: The main unit and a splinter unit shoot two independent scenes at the same time. Here’s the problem: A) You’re the only DIT on set. B) You only have one Livegrade system available. So what now?"

(video) I found this via a Philip Hodgetts blog about Unreal Engine. I haven't taken the course so I can't vouch for it. But it looks interesting.

This link is to the latest patch for FilmConvert. If you use Cinematch you'll want to get the latest update from their website.

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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) "This is our first Office Hours Livestream. Four Mixing Light Contributors take and answer questions from members in a livestream."

(video) 'Subtractive saturation' is a hot topic with colorists. Learn how to manually build this tool in DaVinci Resolve for more natural results."
"Luke Ross shows you how to add edits into a single video file, breaking it into individual shots for easy color grading in Baselight Student."
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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.

"Buyers may not have to resort to treasure hunting for elusive GPUs in the second half of this year as semiconductor companies expect supply and prices to start normalizing."

"If you are mostly gaming, the price premium on the Seagate FireCuda 530 is not really worth it, however if you intend to frequently write huge amounts of data the longevity of the flash and the sustained writes make this drive a good investment."

An good overview of this product linie if you've been thinking about it: "This NAS solution is available in four different configurations that fit all team sizes from small video teams on the go to large video workgroups ... Let’s look at the family tree."

"Though the OWC's Accelsior 8M is not always the fastest, it's certainly wins the 'bang for the buck.' "

Sunday Fun(nies)

This is definitely fun: "Unlike a keyboard, CharaChorder switches detect 3-D rather than 1-D motion. Easier to learn, more ergonomic, and less wasted motion than a keyboard."

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