🎨 Colorist Newsletter #521

Published: Sun, 06/12/22

Issue DXXI: The MetaHead 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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Curated & Published
by
Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
It's a short Newsletter this week. Enjoy the extra time today. 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) "We were joined by veteran Colorist Nick Hasson! Join us as we talk with Nick about starting his career at ILM, his journey toward working as a Colorist, his current work, and much more!"
Keeping you abreast of interesting developments in related crafts: "Epic Games has released a major update to its MetaHuman Creator. This new early release allows user to import their own mesh and create photorealistic digital humans, complete with hair and clothing." Go deep-fake yourself!
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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. 
This forum post has the changelog for Beta 4. It's mostly bug fixes but there is this new feature: "Support for Resolve FX Surface Tracker in the Fusion page".
"Colorfront is showcasing a brand-new Colorfront Engine Plug-In for Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve color grading/non-linear editing system. The new plug-in supports ACES AMF workflow, as well as the application of Colorfront Engine parametric looks and transforms during post-production operations, ensuring perceptually matching simultaneous SDR/HDR deliverables."
(webinar) "See how Media Composer | Distributed Processing enables editors to offload processor-intensive tasks to other computers, so you can keep working instead of waiting." Registration required. Thursday, June 16.
(video) This Livestream introduces the new features in their latest update including: "Adobe Premiere Advanced Color Managed Workflow that enables you to do: One-click SDR/HDR conversion; ACES support for Adobe Premiere Pro; Davinci Roundtripping."
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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. 
"Learn an advanced compound timeline use-case for Dolby Vision deliverables - without ever rendering & replacing the original HDR timeline."
(video) "In Part 2, Igor Ridanovic leverages the stabilization work of the new Surface Tracker plugin to execute beauty work on the Fusion page."
(video) "Team Mixing Light, and members, discuss streaming Dolby Vision mp4s; Rec. 709a (what is to be done); and consumer displays for grading."
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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.
'While the new products look nice it’s the upcoming Reference Color and Reference Mode on the 12.9″ iPad Pro with the Liquid Retina XDR that is most intriguing."
The headline says it all.
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) Another remarkable transformation that's perfect for starting a lazy Sunday morning.
 
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.