🎨 Colorist Newsletter #508

Published: Sun, 02/06/22

Issue DVIII: The Macbeth 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
Technically, next weekend is my birthday. I may decide to take a long weekend off. If so, the next Newsletter ships Sunday, Feb. 20.

If I decide otherwise, then I'll see you next week.

Either way?

Happy Grading!
- 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.

(video) An interview with the winner for best colour grading in Theatrical Feature 2021 : Eric Weidt with 'Mank'. (via Vivian Pimenta)

A really good read. Lots of interesting details. (via Vivian Pimenta)
(podcast) "Cullen Kelly is your host, and in this episode he talks with Steve Yedlin about the art and craft of color grading."

"YouTube is closing its original content group, citing the explosive growth of its revenue sharing YouTube Partner Program, which now has more than two million creator participants."

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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. 

Updates across these three tools add: "Dealing with unorganized media that requires custom-built metadata fields; RAW transcoding; and ensuring individual media archives can span multiple LTO tapes."

If you're looking for something to try, they've got an educational version.

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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) "Join colorist Joey D'Anna as he answers node-based color management strategies for ACES and RCM workflows (including groups and shared nodes)."

(video) "Learn an alternate method for creating masks limiting adjustments to particular luminance regions, using Curves and Splitter/Combiner nodes."

(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.

If you click through, scroll down to get your eyes on the new looping Waveform screensaver for your Streamdeck XL.

Includes: "new OBS Studio compatibility; improved 12-bit, 444, RGB workflows for 4K/UltraHD; upgraded LUT functionality; new codec and special playback support in Control Room; and expanded multichannel audio."

"Some MacBook Pro and Pro Display XDR users might notice that their display is limiting its brightness." Click through.

"We want to give you a basic understanding of storage; including the various types of local storage (HDD, SSD, & NVMe), internal vs external storage, as well as ideal storage configurations depending on your budget and workflow."

It's been a while since a drone story has made this Newsletter. This got my attention: "Autel’s Dragonfish Series (below) is ideal for professional applications. The Pro model can stay aloft up to 180 minutes and travel up to 180 km per hour. It has an 18-mile range."

"Researchers have now confirmed that there is a new high accuracy method of identifying users: GPU fingerprints." Burner GPUs, anyone?

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.

I've been waiting for Augmented Reality displays to take a step forward. Magic Leap was an AR unicorn not too long ago. Now? Not so much. This is a detailed review of the recent reveal of their v2 glasses. If you're interested in this sort of thing - lots of bytes are used to explain the display technology. (via Poppa Tao Inhofer)

"Scientists at the University of California, Riverside discovered a rare new species of a worm that attacks and kills tarantulas. The research team dubbed the worm “Tarantobelus jeffdanielsi” " If you can't guess why then click through. Definitely, fun.

"AMC Networks is taking a big swing at the ongoing mania for nonfungible tokens — with a multiyear NFT strategy aimed at keeping the undead franchise alive long after the show leaves TV."

Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday. (or the Sunday after that)