🎨 Colorist Newsletter #509

Published: Sun, 02/20/22

Issue DIX: The Trumball 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.
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.
Trumball's work had a profound impact on me during my formative years, "Trumbull was Oscar-nominated for Close Encounters, Star Trek and Blade Runner. He was also given two honorary awards by the Academy. The first was a shared Scientific and Engineering Oscar for his work on the CP-65 Showscan Camera System. The second was the Gordon E. Sawyer Award in 2012 which recognizes “an individual in the motion picture industry whose technological contributions have brought credit to the industry.”

"The Colorist’s Ten Commandments was written to help you elevate those aspects of your creative practice, whether you’re an ambitious beginner trying to get the best start possible, or a seasoned pro who, like me, is committed to growth and loves learning with their peers."

"The aim of this course is to equip colorists and post professionals with pertinent concepts and methodology to start grading in HDR and work downstream to master and QC deliverables (HDR10, SDR, Cinema48 nit trim, IMF) using the Dolby Vision Workflow. The course is divided into two sections..." Click through for more details, registration, and pricing. Saturday, Feb 28, 9am Pacific.

A look breakdown: "Cinematographer Jarin Blaschke also used custom filters that emulated early-1900s orthochromatic stock, which was sensitive to ultraviolet, blue and green light, but not red. So skin tones appear way darker."

(webinar) From the SMPTE Florida Section, "This presentation will cover cyber security events in broadcasting; hacking methods and cyber protection common misconceptions; effective cyber protection". Registration required. Thursday, March 17, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern.

A look at the state of PAs: "Even among the proletarian ranks of the PA, there are tiers that denote tenure, status and responsibilities. Normally it’s a fair, even self-correcting meritocracy."
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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) "In this super quick Baselight tutorial, copy this terminal command directly after you've restarted your Mac to fix the offline thumbnail error: sudo fl-service restart tnd"

This link to the Read Me has the list of bug fixes and performance improvements.

(video) A-List Colorist Walter Volpatto demos his approach to building and managing node trees in DaVinci Resolve - using his work from Dunkirk as an example. This is from a presentation he gave to a Peru color grading Facebook group.

(video) "Learn how to composite a sky replacement shot using Mocha Pro flexible planar tracking data together with Blackmagic Fusion. Transform a dull overcast sky into a gorgeous sunset." Includes project files and practice footage.

A neatly organized collection of DaVinci Resolve-related resources for those at the start of their journey.

(video) If you're new to the concept: "This series is my attempt to provide a broad background on the topic of color management, to help make it more accessible.  By breaking down the topic into a series of smaller topics, it will provide a historical background for how we got to where we are today."

"This update is comprised of added support for the celebrated Aurora Color Engine and HDR custom tone curves, as well as updated workflows with projector-specific instructions and projector-specific Grayscale AutoCal points." Click through and choose the 'release notes' option to read the various new displays and bug fixes also included in this release.

I'm unclear how and wherefor of this tool, but they have a free Alpha testing program - if you've got a Mac, Premiere Pro installed, and access to log footage: "TONEO is a software tool that ... performs a technical grade that closely matches the manual results of professional high-end colorists, and empowers the creator with tools to create a superior image"

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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) "In Part 3 of this series, Jason Bowdach demonstrates how to use Colourlab Ai in a color-managed workflow in Resolve and shows new features."
(video) "In Part 8 of our series, learn the three colour space options that are essential to correctly colour grading in Baselight Student."
(video) "Learn how to isolate the color impact of a LUT from its luma component to craft the image to your preferences, all within DaVinci Resolve."
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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) "I launched TWB 2 some months ago and it's way better now. There are thousands of new functions, you can control a lot more on Davinci Resolve." Currently, Windows-only.

"The Apple M1 can't compare to a beefy editing PC, but the chip provides a reliable and snappy editing experience that you can take anywhere."

An interesting set of tools for verifying the health of your SSDs.

"The design is similar to the popular TS3. However, the insides are all new with Thunderbolt 4, added microSD slot, and USB4 98W charging, to name a few."

Interesting and mildly amusing: "PCIe Express 5.0 specs define a new power connector and cable officially known as 12VHPWR spec. The problem is that power supply makers have no idea how to call it."

"On paper, it looks great: a bright projector with wide color gamut coverage beyond BT.2020, and a sound system by Dynaudio. However, it falls short in the crucial areas of color accuracy and adjustability."

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) This is funny, if a bit long: "We can now exchange those boring green presidential napkins for sexy computer cash that’s easier to lose, far more volatile, slaughters the environment, and can’t be exchanged for the vast majority of goods and services! Honest!"

"Hanging directly over LA’s SoFi Stadium field in an open loop, the Infinity Screen defies categorization. Not only is it the largest stadium display in the world, according to Samsung, but it is designed differently, hanging on the horizontal, with images displayed on the interior and exterior vertical surfaces, so fans can get a clear view no matter where they’re sitting. Totaling 80 million pixels, the panels soar as high as 40-feet (about four stories)."

Definitely fun: "Season 4 will have a runtime nearly twice the length of any previous season and be split in two. Netflix has announced the release dates and confirmed that season 5 will be the last."

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