🎨 Colorist Newsletter #516

Published: Sun, 04/24/22

Issue DXVI: The NAB 2022 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
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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.

There's no Colorist Mixer at NAB this year. But they are reprising their virtual version of the Mixer: "Sessions from industry experts will cover color grading techniques, industry careers, monitor displays, show looks, technology, and news from NAB, plus the Big Interview between two industry titans. AND win big in the quiz, and chat with friends old and new in social hours." Click through for the details and registration.

If you're at the show, this may be interesting: "A video created by the producer of the film MANK will showcase specific scenes from the movie to highlight the value of capturing at higher resolution. An audio voice over will clearly delineate what to look for in shots rendered at 8K vs. rendered at 4K." Booth details at the link.

"Maybe it’s just me, but I always wanted to understand how that shape was made and why it was significant. You don’t end up with an image like that by accident, so presumably there’s some hidden logic behind its design. In this video, we begin by comparing the CIE 1931 diagram to RGB values."

"We’ve asked questions of both product makers and users — including Insecure editor Nena Erb, ACE; colorist on the Oscar-winning Summer of Soul, Yohance Brown; and VFX supervisor and Thrive colorist Matt McClain, just to name a few — about the state of remote collaboration as well as where things can improve and advance."

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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. 

As usual, the new features list is long. This link is to the Read Me for the full list of headline features. Enjoy the read!

If the Read Me is too dry for you, this is the official marketing page for What's New in Resolve 18 - straight from the horse's mouth.

(video) Resolve 18 may be scoring big with this important update to the Collaborative workflow between editors and colorists working remotely from each other, live-sharing the same project and database:

"We transfer an existing project into Blackmagic Cloud and start a multiuser collaboration within the project ... Finally, I am using the Resolve Media Manager to extract and share selected camera original files, that can relink into the working project."

"With the launch of Blackmagic Design’s new cloud service, let’s discuss what it offers, and how easy and affordable is it to use."

(video) Enjoy Grant Petty, et al working through a long list of new products, workflows, and feature updates in this 90 minute presentation released earlier this week.

"The integration allows you to upload timelines and import comments directly from within the Baselight Scene menu. You can add marks with comments onto the Baselight timeline and then add the sequence to the render queue. Rendering and uploading take place in the background so the colorist can keep working."

(video) A new version has dropped: "Improving integration with trending content creation pipelines and postproduction workflows – Onset, Review, VFX, Color Management and Delivery."

Friend of the Newsletter, Oliver Peters: "The latest version of Premiere Pro and After Effects adds an integrated interface panel called Review with Frame.io.

Now your individual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription includes a Frame.io account at no additional charge. This includes 100GB of cloud storage (separate from existing Creative Cloud storage) for up to five projects, use by two collaborators, and unlimited access for reviewers."

Click through for the fine print and a point of potential confusion.

"The bigger features include Frame.io for Creative Cloud; Auto Color and improved UI for Premiere Pro; and native support for Apple Silicon, Scene Edit Detection, and Extended Viewer for After Effects. You can find linked discussions on Adobe blogs and fine details in Help for particular apps." Many more links and details at the story.

"Hedge now integrates with iconik, and EditReady features a new color pipeline as well as Sony RAW and X-OCN support."

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Pushing Photons
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"50 years later, the simple EDL is still useful for sharing timelines! Get more tips and tricks on integrating EDLs in colour managed projects."

(video) "Learn how to install and configure Postrgres database servers in a Linux virtual machine across an internal network for DaVinci Resolve."

"In Part 2, Arthur Ditner digs into various workflows helping you sidestep a few issues while thinking through color management."

(video) "In Part 5 of our 'Visual Math' series, learn how 'vs. Curves' work from within Resolve's node graph by building your own in HSL space."

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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.

By the time you read this, I'm sure that Newsletter Sponsor Flanders Scientific will have updated their website with what's showing at NAB. But this is a good place to start - including their upcoming 22" OLED and their new 31" 5000nit 4K HDR Mastering Display.

Our Newsletter sponsor has a full slate of new releases for NAB. This includes new Jellyfish NAS solutions, thunderbolt storage, media transfer and verification software, docks, and LTO hardware.

In case you've been thinking about getting a new GPU: "Prices have dropped and availability has increased for all in-demand Nvidia and AMD graphics cards, as well as PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, since January. If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy, it might finally be here."

A good article worth setting up a free account to get the details: "We had a chance to see their new line up of glasses-free 3D displays.  This includes the new 7.9” Portrait display, and Generation 2 versions of the 15.4” 4K model and the 32” 8K monitor. After a 2-year hiatus in showing their products, the company was very happy to start showing off these new displays."

For my DIT friends: "Do you occasionally transfer many memory cards at the same time? Do you also need a Thunderbolt dock that allows you to attach multiple peripherals to a computer with a single cable?"

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.

This study from an MIT phD student is definitely fun.

Oh! If you're looking to upgrade your web cam, this is a great idea. And I vouch for the app they're using. Once you set it up, it's fun: "When in Single App Mode (sometimes also referred to as “kiosk mode”), the iPhone will only be able to launch a single app and the app will automatically be launched when the phone is unlocked."

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