🎨 Colorist Newsletter #515

Published: Sun, 04/10/22

Issue DXV: The Command 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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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.
(webinar) "Live Grading of "Bertie" : A visual treatise on the Negative-Positive Color Model by veteran Hollywood senior colorist Walter Volpatto." This is a paid event that requires registration.

(video) "There were some incredibly beautiful films this past year, and with the Academy Awards having just happened, I thought it would be a great time to review them and take a dive into their grades..."

"Having such a range of specialists around the world—East coast, West coast, UK, and Singapore—offered its own challenges, with the project requiring some agile thinking. The systems in play included DaVinci Resolve (Fusion), After Effects, Modo, Octane Renderer, and even Lightwave (which was what the original film was created on)."

(video) From a regular contributor to this Newsletter: "Here’s a very interesting 35-minute video interview with Grant Petty of Blackmagic Design, including some brief shots of their company headquarters in Melbourne, Australia" (via Marc Wielage)

"NABiQ Challenges are set to explore covid accelerated hybrid production, new ways of working, changing demand for content, and much more. With seven time-slots per challenge category (21 options in total, which run 10.30am-12pm and 3pm-4.30pm daily) participants are encouraged to sign up in advance."

"Typical projects involve both hero actor scanning and ‘catalog work’ of scanning all props on a production for later reference. They provide capture and initial model creation in Reality Capture and supply low, medium or high res. project files and source material." A great read.

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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) "Learn in this tutorial how to quickly preview and cycle through different 3D LUTs, and even create your own look, export that as a 3D LUT and load into an Atomos Ninja V/V+!"

I'm not sure when this deal ends, but it's a 40% discount. They also just released support for RED Komodo.

(video) An overview from a recent LAPPG User Group meeting featuring the excellent Mary Plummer.

"Created with data wranglers and digital imaging technicians (DIT) in mind, Altera helps to streamline the editing or creation of metadata archive files such as ALE and EDL with tools to accelerate the process and minimize mistakes."

This article is very 101. But if you've never given any thought to security, this is a good place to start (and then move on to a good password manager and 2-factor authentication).

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "In Part 11 of 'Learning Baselight Student', Luke Ross teaches how to stylize your images with popular techniques and customizable tools."

(video) "Continue developing your critical eye for evaluating Film Print Emulations (FPEs) by breaking down Pixel Tools Post's 'Film Lab PowerGrades'."

(video) "50 years later, the simple EDL is still useful for sharing timelines! Get more tips and tricks on integrating EDLs in colour managed projects."

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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.

Neat-O: "The Speed Editor had seemed pretty locked down, at least as far as software interface goes, and accessible only when running the Resolve software. But leave it to smart engineers like the father of CommandPost Chris Hocking to get it working."

"The Allegro Pro USB-C 8-Port PCIe Card enables users to connect and power up to eight high-performance USB peripherals to their computer at the same time, all while providing a full 10Gbps connection through each port."

"If matching Apple’s SSD hardware design is all that’s necessary, we expect that vendors like OWC will eventually offer compatible Mac Studio SSDs. However, there could also be Apple-proprietary chips involved that may prevent such products."

"The Vizio TV that you bought with hard-earned cash has a new feature; Jump Ads. Vizio will first identify what is on your screen and then place interactive banner ads over live TV programs." Apparently, they're not the only ones doing this... because no eyeball shall ever be wasted.

(video) "Watch as Shawna carefully unboxes and tears down the new M.A.C. Studio. We think you’ll be surprised at just how durable this product truly 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.

(video) "The completed stitched image is an eye-watering 925,000 pixels wide and 775,000 pixels tall and has a resolution of 5 microns. If you weren't already impressed with those huge numbers, a resolution of 5 microns puts the pixels of Rembrandt's digitized painting at a smaller size than that of a human red blood cell."

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