🎨 Colorist Newsletter #520

Published: Sun, 06/05/22

Issue DXX: The Alexa 35 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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Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
I don't have much to say this week other than: Thanks for being a reader!

I'll see you next Sunday.

Happy grading!

- Pat Inhofer
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) "I introduce the concept of gamma and demonstrate three different scenarios where gamma correction has played a critical role in the development of television and digital video."

(video) "Cullen [Kelly] and his business manager (and fellow colorist) Kevin discuss the path of the independent colorist, how Cullen went from a color newbie to working with huge brands, coloring Academy Award-nominated films, designing color tools for pros and production houses, and a being a leading colorist educator."

These ideas work for all sorts of post production creatives: "You’ve likely heard that as a freelancer, you need to treat yourself like a business. But while managing your books and paying your taxes is certainly crucial, it’s just as important to spend time on the people-side of the business.

So let’s take a look at actionable things you can do right now that will help make you successful when working with agencies and studios all over the map."

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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) "Tracking in Fusion allows you to attach masks and effects, composite images, or build graphics around moving objects."

(video) This post is a summary of an embedded YouTube video on this subject.

"Reverator Soup works in over 45 Camera and workspace gamuts, including ACES and DaVinci Color Managed. For best outcomes, Reverator’s Log, Gamma, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and Linear processing is 100 % LUT-free. At 32-bit GPU floats per channel, Log clips can be processed in Linear, and Linear clips processed in Log."

Details at the link.

(video) "Arri's new camera comes with big changes! It's time to explore and keep current as a colorist as we dive into Arri's new color science, sensor, and look file system!"

"One of the newsworthy [Frame.io] integrations recently announced was the addition of C2C capabilities for iPhone and Android users with the Filmic Pro camera application ... Frame’s C2C feature requires Filmic’s Cinematographer Kit (an in-app purchase), and a Frame.io Pro or Adobe Creative Cloud account." Click through for the workflow breakdown.

I featured LensKit in the last edition of this Newsletter. The developer wrote in and thought post professionals might find this app interesting, as well. Among other features, "See how well each camera and format performs with the latest versions of Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Assimilate Scratch and DaVinci Resolve. Also see if it’s been approved by Netflix for original programming."

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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) "Flanders Scientific's CEO visits with Mixing Light members answering questions in this Office Hours conference call."
(video) "Learn how to use Layer Mixer nodes to recreate a LUT's contrast curve for further creative manipulation in Part 6 of the Visual Math series."
"In Part 3 of Hector Berrebi's 'Texture Management' series, learn what blur is doing to your images and build an Unsharp Mask using nodes."
(video) "Learn how to use the new ResolveFX 'Depth Map' on the Color and Fusion pages - and get a range of ideas showcasing its fantastic versatility."
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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.

Registration required: "In this 45-minute webinar, Matt Bach will cover the best hardware for DaVinci Resolve - from CPU, GPU, RAM, and storage - and how your decision may change depending on your workflow." June 16, 11 am Pacific.

"You can pretty well summarise every comparison of miniLED displays ... against OLEDs ... as saying that miniLED provides better peak brightness but OLED has less haloing."

Because this worked out so well for Volkswagen: "Samsung has been caught cheating by designing its TVs to recognize and react to test patterns used by reviewers. The company promises to provide software updates to address the situation."

"In this interview, Ben shares detailed insights into his setup and an important piece of advice: Don’t let anyone with a bug zapper near your cart."

Marc Wielage writes in about Arri's new camera that is all the buzz: "At 23:23, their in-house colorist talks about highlight detail and what can be done in traditional color correction (and he’s on a DaVinci Resolve system). Terrific presentation -- but note the camera won’t be out until I think the fall and the base price is around $80,000-$90,000."

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.

Just plain fun, and educational: "For quite some time VFX artists have used 3D digital doubles and complex compositing to replace stunt faces with those of the leading actors. The process is complex due to matching lighting, expressions, skin textures, and other factors. Swartz and Wētā FX set out to provide a more reliable, faster, and visually authentic way of achieving this using the latest machine learning (ML)."

"Here's the ultimate fate of all [spacecraft to leave the solar system], plus what it will take to eventually catch and/or overtake Voyager 1."

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