🎨 Colorist Newsletter #510 🦅

Published: Sun, 02/27/22

Issue DX: The Eaglely 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.
Chris Zwar is producing an excellent video primer on modern color management, staring with its origins. It's an easy, enjoyable, and informative watch: "Although there have been many people involved in the history of color theory and science, Newton is our starting point as we head towards the CIE1930 diagram."
An interview with the restoration artist as The Godfather is about to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Frequent Newsletter contributor Marc Wielage adds: "They don’t mention that all the final color was done in 4K by Jan Yarbrough over at Warner MPI in Burbank using Baselight X." Note: This article is behind a blocker.
On the new 'Reacher' series from Amazon:

"We also prepared multiple speeds of our footage so that on the day we could easily swap in faster footage as required. This was in addition to the live grading work being done on-set for the final adjustments and any key-stoning of the footage to perfect the perspective. In addition to the grading work, we also implemented a system for pixel-sampling portions of the plate for the output of color data to DMX lights on set. This creates an authentic feeling to the set lighting as it reacts to the playback."
Yes, it's just a matter of time until you're also grading plates for virtual sets. So click through and read on...
There's more like this in the article: “A percentage of the scenes are built sets, so grading helped to keep these looking used and lived in. With three different but complimentary DP’s working in blocks meant having to keep an eye on continuity for an overall cohesive look.” (via Jamie Dickinson)
Word: "When you complain about the cost of outfitting a high-end computer that will likely be paid for in a few jobs – or the cost of the annual Adobe or Avid subscription – just think about what the industry used to be like."
Oliver Peters takes you down memory lane to those classic days of post-production in the 80s and 90s. By measuring backward it's clear (and gratifying) how far we've come in such a short period of time.
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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) "Cullen Kelly answers your questions on shot matching and creative and technical color balancing as we dive deeper into our DaVinci Wide Gamut workflow series. DaVinci Wide Gamut is DaVinci Resolve's color management solution, and provides a powerful scene-referred workflow ideal for color grading today."
(video) A good introduction by Darren Mostyn for those trying to grok Resolve's color management system, without too much complexity.
(video) "Apply a 3D LUT to the NDI stream, quality and performance improvements and new review tools!"
This is a terrific write-up of a promising learning platform that teaches the skill of editing without getting bogged down in also teaching a software platform.
(video) This native Mac app for taking screenshots is a real workhorse for me when dealing with clients and customers. An embedded video gets you going with a useful utility available on every Mac.
If you're looking for a reason to test your music mixing skills - after all, music is its own form of color - then click through and join Oliver Peters on his musical interlude.
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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 9, you are ready to start color correcting! Learn how Baselight arranges your corrections using and interacting with layers."

(video) "Colorist Joey D'Anna shares his thoughts on adding the Elgato Stream Deck pedal and Xence Labs Quick Keys to his color grading suite."

(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.
An interesting write-up on how Apple Silicon is rejuvenating Apple's 'classic' platform, the desktop computer. The numbers from Apple's latest fiscal year surprised me.
"Testing that we have done shows that lowering the GPU power limit, to less aggressive values than the default, can have very little impact on compute performance."
I've long been a fan of eInk and this write-up doesn't just get us all up-to-speed on that display product, it's also fun: 

"Just a few weeks ago, at CES, BMW showed the use of the film to change the colour of a vehicle from white to black, electronically. At the moment, this is just a concept, but in the future a surface on a car like this could be used to signal the intentions of a car, for example, to pedestrians as well as allowing individuals to 'express themselves in graphic ways using the film." 

Click through for a picture of that concept paint job.
I've had audio on my mind recently and enjoyed this article: "Recap about 16-bit integer and 24-bit integer audio; what is 32-bit float recording/1528 dB dynamic range in a nutshell; the two reasons you might want to record 32-bit float."
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 one of my favorite show opens in many years. It perfectly sets the tone for this series, which is my favorite out of the DC Comics family (partially, because they spared us the continuous tedium of blood splashes that DC seems to be making its trademark).
(video) Bram: If you're reading, this fun video is for you! Also embedded is a behind-the-scenes of this most excellent animation.
(video) Definitely fun: "HYPERDOLLY is a motorized dolly system that was primarily designed so users can capture unique hyperlapses."
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.