🎨 Colorist Newsletter #507

Published: Sun, 01/30/22

Issue DVII: The Main Title Credits 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
Have you wondered if colorist credits will ever make it to the main title sequence of films? Then scroll down and read the story of colorist Oliver Ojeil, who has accomplished that goal - with the approval of the DGA.

Let's not tarry and get right 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.

"Everybody talks abut the color of films, the whole industry relies on color as part of the narrative, and yet, despite the face that the work of colorists every frame that appears on the screen, colorists often find their names listed far down in the end crawl or maybe not included at all. Los Angeles-based colorist Oliver Ojeil, wants things to change," Read about his win and DGA approval to appear on the opening credits!

(podcast) "Cullen Kelly is your host, and in this episode he talks with Peter Doyle about the art and craft of color grading."

(video) "We’ll also take a look at how color temperature applies to white balance and your own lighting schemes and color palettes." (via
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"Flim is the world’s largest image database. This unique bank of image/database gathers more than 450 000 high-definition images and the collection grows each week." This article reads like a press release, but you may find it interesting anyway.

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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) "This Beginners guide is designed for people who just have no idea how to get started in Fusion. We break down what nodes are, the different types, and how to use them within Fusion." (via Vivian Pimenta)

(video) "In part one, we'll dive deep into project setup and setting up a look for your project that works scene-referred in your pipeline!"

(video) "Steve shows you how to use Topaz Lab's Video Enhance AI to upscale and de-noise HD video." For UHD delivery.

Interesting: "With free pricing available for small teams and freelancers, media organizations with complex workflows and large staffing numbers can ... schedule, assign and manage projects and tasks; track status and report time; and collaborate efficiently with anyone, anywhere by coordinating resources and sharing files in one central hub."

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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) "Colorist Joey D’Anna shares with you new custom tools for batch rendering, automatic backups, and a 3D motion control template."
(video) "Learn how to build Color Warper 'Pin Patterns' for flexible saturation fixes in DaVinci Resolve and integrating them into fixed node trees."
(video) "Learn essential features of Baselight's 'Shots View' to prepare a scene for grading, including the 'Group Grading' hotkey for bulk changes."
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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.

This link walks QNAP admins through the process.

Scott Simmons has a nice writeup about this latest QNAP attack: "This QNAP attack is called deadbolt and seems to encrypt and lock files and asks for a ransom to be paid in bitcoin for release."

Like the headline says, with benchmarks.

Coming to you in 2024: "MediaTek even went as far as to call WiFi 7 a true Ethernet replacement."

Think: 'Play Still' or "Previous Node / Next Node" using your feet. S-weet. (via Arthur Ditner)

A good approach to selling your pricey gear: "as we’re selling to a company whose goal is to make money off what we’re selling, opposed to a private buyer who intends on using the lens for personal use, there’s a slight undercut in the market value. However, most of the time, that isn’t too drastic." More at the link.

An interesting discussion: "I guess our mission is to provide an amazing experience to people who are interested in tuning the performance or overclocking their processor. So we want to give them controls, capabilities, everything possible to make that a good experience."

"They are available with either DisplayPorts or HDMI Ports. The adapters support up to two 4K 60Hz displays using a single computer port and they also provide bus-powered operation."

An update: "The power management integrated circuits (PMICs) that are needed for each stick of DDR5 memory are in still in shortage as of early 2022. That limit on production capacity is the primary reason that we haven't yet been able to launch DDR5."

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. And funny. (via Dimitrios Papagiannis)

"The restored and remastered version of the original film will get a limited theatrical release in Dolby Cinema in the US and select international territories beginning February 25. The trilogy will arrive on UHD Blu-ray on March 22. The trilogy will also be released online in 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision on March 22."

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