🎨 Colorist Newsletter #522

Published: Sun, 06/19/22

Issue DXXII: The 16:18 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
I have an announcement to make in this space next week. Until then, have a good week and enjoy the stories below.

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) "In this episode we talked with Anthony about his experiences with legendary Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, his career and experiences in Color and much more!"

"Longtime movie and video technology giant Technicolor is looking to move forward under a new more streamlined operation and a new name — Vantiva."

"But probably not as colour accurate as you think they are." A quick roundup of a few concepts about human perception.

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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. 
(pdf) This link is a direct download of the user manual, updated two weeks ago for the Resolve 18 Public Beta.

(video) "Want more control over your Fusion comps while working quicker? Expressions can help! Expressions are a tool that allow any parameter to use math to generate results, or link values to another control."

(video) "How to set up DaVinci in project-based configuration to Work in ACES 1.3 and the main differences and improvements in comparison with previous ACES versions and why you should always use ACES 1.3." From Colourlab.ai.

(video) Friend of the Tao, Luke Ross, has released an icon pack. Check it out.

"In response to the recent outages Frame.io has experienced, I wanted to personally acknowledge the issues you’ve encountered and transparently share the steps we’re working on to improve the situation."

As a service to Adobe-using readers: "At first it was unclear what was going on, but watching some screen recordings of these issues revealed that at least some of the problems were self-induced and avoidable. Use the right workflow and Dynamic Link will most likely work flawlessly."

"Not only can you use Lightroom’s editing capabilities to make your video clips look their best, you can also copy and paste edit settings between photos and videos, allowing you to achieve a consistent aesthetic across both your photos and videos."

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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 7 of Cullen Kelly's 'Visual Math' series, rebuild Resolve’s RGB Mixer with splitter/combiner nodes to control with Custom Curves."

(video) "In Part 4, Hector Berrebi shows how to add clipping and range controls to our basic Unsharp Mask node tree in DaVinci Resolve in LAB and RGB."

(video) "Team Mixing Light, and members, discuss Log Gamma curves, revisit Rec-709a, Premiere Pro 2022's color management, and declining job offers."

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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.

A roundup of various storage solutions for post production professionals.

(videos) "With Day 1 of Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles 2022 in the books, here’s a single post with all of PVC’s first day coverage of the show."

"The success of [Apple's] PR campaigns have led people to overestimate just how invulnerable that Apple product they purchase actually is.  The latest example of that is the hardware vulnerability PACMAN, which targets the new M1 chip from Apple, completely bypassing some security features on it."

"Just because the second generation of Apple silicon is here, does that mean the first generation has reached the end of the line?"

"This is creating a new problem for board partners who already had an excess of GeForce RTX 30 and Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards at their hand, but also giving gamers a lot more choice to find new graphics cards."

This is fantastic: "The 28-inch LG DualUp Monitor is the first of its kind with a 2560x2880 resolution in a 16:18 aspect ratio designed for multitasking workflows."

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.

An enjoyable writeup of "The most significant historic maritime discovery since raising the Mary Rose in 1982."

This is kind of fun: "Most people can’t remember events from the first few years of their lives—a phenomenon researchers have dubbed infantile amnesia. But why can’t we remember what happened to us when we were infants? Does memory start to work only at a certain age?"

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