🎨 Colorist Newletter #513

Published: Sun, 03/20/22

Issue DXIII: The MMB 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.
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Curated by Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
In case you missed it from last week:

This a quick note for those of you who may be interested in picking up a Mixing Light membership. We lowered our price last summer and offered an introductory discount for the first term of Premium memberships.

The first term discount offer ends tonight, March 20th (bringing an Annual membership down to under $16/month).

Just in case you're interested.

I'll see you next Sunday. Happy Grading!

patrick inhofer
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.

"While we won't be having the 'full' MediaMotion Ball this year we did want to bring together for our extended MediaMotion friends & family! This is a more informal and casual gathering at Beerhaus with light food and 2 drinks + 1 prize entry included in the ticket price." Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Registration required.

(video) "Have you ever stopped to think about where RGB values came from? We all use digital color pickers every day, and seeing colors defined by a RGB value is something we take for granted.  In Part 4 of this series on color management, we look at the way they were discovered – after years of painstaking work by the Scottish genius James Clerk Maxwell."

(podcast) "On the latest Go Creative Show podcast, Ari Wegner ACS, The Power of the Dog director of photography shares how her cinematography communicates loneliness in the Oscar-nominated Netflix film."

"Recent releases including “Euphoria,” “The Batman” and “Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as classic films including “Alien,” “Taxi Driver” and “Seven” all utilize dark imagery, but what if the visuals are simply too dark to see everything in the frame?" (via Marc Wielage)

If 3d and effects are your thing, you may enjoy this.

"First came the expansion of Hollywood with Amazon, Apple, Netflix and others, and now comes the consolidation. Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox and Amazon now owns MGM." Click through for the pithy summary of who owns what.

If you can't fight 'em, charge 'em...

It's a solid write-up.

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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) Like the title says.

(video) "John Montgomery chats with Warren about the differences between what is called "color grading" and "color correction" -- with some insights as to how correction can make the creative process easier."

(livestream) "This month's Livestream will see our instructors and guest speakers discuss everything Dolby Vision ... [with] Aby Mathew Worldwide Tech Lead for Dolby Vision - Post Production as well as Head of Training and Certification, so he's the man to ask!"

(video) An overview of their updated platform and workflow.

(video) Because still image techniques can be adapted to moving pictures: "Although there are a variety of ways to retouch an image, using frequency separation is the most common method and is considered one of the best. In this article and the accompanying video, I detail the process I use to retouch my headshots and portrait work."

"Let’s look at three methods for releasing and sharing your dailies using Frame.io. Each has access control, permission schemes, and functionality that can serve your needs across different productions."

For my on-set friends: "Optimized for HDR: Manage looks with Output Colorspaces, configure video scopes" and more.

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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) "Team Mixing Light discusses member questions including: TrueNAS storage, archival footage artifacts, budget HDR monitoring, and security."

(video) "Luke Ross teaches you how to use Blending Strips in the free Baselight Student. Plus, go down the rabbit hole of the Blending Control Panel."

(video) "In this new series, build the foundation to evaluate & implement ANY Film Print Emulation (FPE) - with the Kodak 2382 film stock as baseline."

(videos) Just released for Mixing Light members: "We’ve organized this Flight Path around the different sets of tools in Color Page User Interface. Beginner concepts start each section."
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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.

(video) "A quick video looking into which are my favourite keyboards for editors and colorists. Some tips on Printer Lights and which keyboard I am using daily."

"Which Apple Mac is right for you as a professional video editor, colorist or DIT? What’s the difference between the various M1 Apple Silicon chips and which should you choose? What’s happening to the existing Mac desktop machines, like the iMac Pro and the MacPro, and is it still worth buying one?"

Scott Simmons was surprised to be shipped a Mac Studio for review: "The Mac Studio is smaller than the trash can was ... Connectivity is better with a combined 12 ports and slots, six of those being Thunderbolt 4 if you opt for the M1 Ultra chip. That includes two ports on the front which is exactly what professionals want." Lots more at the link.

(video) This got my attention in the article portion of this blog post: "There’s also a VESA mounting option (for no additional charge) that will let you attach the display to a wall or mounting arm. And while Apple says that the display’s mounts are not user-serviceable, it’s my understanding that if you take a Studio Display to an authorized Apple dealer and pay a fee, they should be able to swap on a different mounting element." Oh. How awesome is THAT?!?

(podcast) "Nvidia still dealing with hacked data, AMD asks for no OC on their 5800X3D and fixes stuttering due to onboard TPM, Threadripper releases, plenty of Apple M1 Ultra to go around, and the Dirty Pipe Linux hack. Oh, and plenty of gaming bundles for your enjoyment."

"If you would prefer to avoid all the uncertainty and be certain that whatever you plug in will “just work,” we suggested that you get a Thunderbolt 4 cable." Click through for a rundown of the costs.

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.

You'll need a free account to read this story. But, just the headline is fun! Right?

(video) "Here are some ways to make and make use of physical prototypes to work out the problem-solving of design and put your ideas into a tangible form!" Fun.

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