🎨 Colorist Newsletter #519

Published: Sun, 05/22/22

Issue DXIX: The Aussie 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
Just a quick programming note: Next weekend is a national holiday so this Newsletter will return on Sunday, June 6.

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.

"This year, the programme features five categories: colourist in a theatrical feature; colourist in a non-theatrical or television series production; colourist in a commercial; colourist in a music video; and a new category ‘Spotlight’ open to colourists in a lower budget feature."

Blackmagic's Grant Petty is profiled: "If clubbiness, opaque accounting and exorbitant costs epitomize companies in Hollywood’s ecosystem, then Petty and his defiant, do-it-yourself approach make Blackmagic Design a tear-down-the-walls revolutionary." (via Marc Wielage)

"With Stereoscopy’s demise, are Holograms the way forward to true 3D? If so, how can you get involved? Let’s find out."

An interesting discussion.

(videos) "Available on VOD are 25 of the most popular sessions from this year’s NAB Show conference."

"if you want to know which flower color represents love, healing, loss, sadness, and hope, then make sure you understand the language of flowers and their colors to learn their hidden meanings and symbols."

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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 is the forum posting listing the new features and fixes in beta 3.

(video) "Learn how easy it is to set up and use DaVinci Resolve 18's Cloud Project Libraries to share projects and edit videos remotely with your team."

(video) "Tripped up by difficult footage? Mocha Pro 2022.5 introduces preprocessing tools to help solve even the most tricky clips. Simply apply filters like adjust gamma, contrast, blur, sharpen, denoise, or remove flicker from footage before tracking."

(video) A reader sends in this video. I've shared it in the past but it's worth sharing again in case you missed it: "This video explains how to utilise Apple's colour management system, ColorSync, to generate QuickTime files that look as intended on any Apple-based display device by applying the appropriate NCLC tags."

In case you've been following this, an update from Apple: "While we believe we have plans in place to help address your important feature requests, we also recognize the need to build on those efforts and work alongside you to help support your film and TV projects and keep you posted on important updates. This includes taking the following steps..."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "Joey D'Anna gives you a taste of his NAB 2022 demo artist skillset, sharing the 5 new features he likes the most in DaVinci Resolve 18."

(video) "In Part 12 of this series, learn to apply and manipulate shapes to grade layers and use the MatteTool for the ultimate in shape edge control."
(video) Free, in front of the paywall from a new Mixing Light Contributor, London-based Zeb Chadfield: "Use compound timelines in DaVinci Resolve for speed and efficiency when managing separate versions of timelines and multiple creative teams."
(video) Free, in front of the paywall from a new Mixing Light Contributor, LA-based Igor Ridanovic: "Resolve 18's Surface Tracker combines a multiple-point tracker and a warper in one tool. Learn how it works while prepping a retouch job."
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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.

"This could increase peak brightness to 1200 nits. However, it would still be lower than Samsung Display's QD-OLED TV panel."

Lots more like this with a click: "Intel's current offering in this segment is two and a half years old. Since then, they have released three full generations of mobile and desktop CPUs but have not refreshed their supposedly "high performance" lineup at all ... AMD, on the other hand, has been knocking it out of the park with its HEDT products over the last few years ... systems based on it have made up nearly 20% of our workstation in the last six months."

"Given how quickly GPU pricing is changing these days, and the fact that this chart is based on May 10th pricing from Newegg (so one store only), it may no longer reflect the current situation precisely. However, it is a good opportunity for us to see how AMD sees the current market situation."

"A new set of tests not only aims to see how the M1 Ultra and M1 Max compare in real-life usage, but also when performing tasks specifically suggested by pro app users …"

Click through for recommendations and reasoning: "To sum up our testing, the AMD Ryzen 5800X3D is at best on par with the Ryzen 5800X for content creation, and at worse, significantly slower."

Memory lane: "Apple still doesn't have a proper Mac Pro for sale, so we look back on legendary professional Macs from the glory days of Mac towers."

An interesting roundup of gear for the camera department.

"LensKit is a massive lens database where you can search thousands of lenses from Angenieux, Arri, Cooke, Hawk, Leica, Zeiss, etc." Click through to see images of the types of interesting information this app provides.

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.

Start brushing up on your technique as we get into summer grill season: "Smash burgers, hamburgers whose beef patties have been pounded or “smashed” until they’re super thin during the cooking process to keep the edges crisp and the interior juicy, are particularly hot right now."

Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you in two Sundays.