🎨 Colorist Newsletter #528

Published: Sun, 08/21/22

Issue DXXVIII: The August 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
From The Publisher
Point of personal privilege:  I skipped two Sundays, making this the first Newsletter in August. A quick look at the calendar confirms that next Sunday is the last Sunday of August, but since I'm skipping it - this is the only Newsletter for this month.

As a result - the Newsletter is a little longer than usual. There's been good content these past few weeks - so enjoy! Don't feel compelled to get through all this in one sitting.

Just don't miss the item about FSI's updated lineup for professional displays in the Gear section. If you're in the market, supporting them supports this Newsletter!

I'll see you again in September.

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 is an interesting write-up.

"In this video, we’ll look at the general theory of a color managed workflow.  In the next part in this series, we will look specifically at After Effects."

"Light Iron colorists Ian Vertovec and Ethan Schwartz detail the big-screen look of the FX series The Old Man."

"What can we learn from RED Digital Cinema’s lawsuits? We’re referring to two lawsuits although there’re more ... What’re the differences between them? How many patents are involved? Can RED win? Let’s talk a bit about the patent war for raw (backward of war :-))"

"If this sounds like your kind of jam, read on!"

"Throughout “The Sandman,” distorted images show the cast with elongated faces and stretched visuals, giving the series a surreal feeling. Will Baldy, Sam Heasman and George Steel serve as the show’s cinematographers. The group has yet to comment on the type of lenses they used to film the production." (via Marc Wielage)

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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. 

I may have mentioned it in the previous Newsletter, but it's worth mentioning again: Resolve colorists, finishers, and developers should check out the latest docs released over the past 3 weeks - including a new Fuse Plugin Guide and Reference for Fusion.

(video) "Learn the key things you need to think about and address when using noise reduction so it actually helps your image instead of hurting it, making it look weird or leaving an obvious mark that you've done something to it."
(video) "One of the Colorist's Ten Commandments is working with broad tools instead of narrow whenever possible to get the job done. In this video, we’ll talk about that principle and how you can use it to make targeted adjustments to your images instead of using harsh qualifications/masks to solve the same problem."

(video) "In this short video, learn how to quickly and easily lasso control points of shapes in the colour tab of DaVinci Resolve. I didn't know this one for an embarrassingly long amount of time - so hopefully this helps a few folks out!"

(video) Cullen Kelly: "Saturation is important, but the default tool in Resolve doesn't really provide us with the best option. Watch to dive deep into getting better saturation, and other options within Resolve to get the color you want."

"Avid and Amazon Studios have announced a three-year agreement to bring cloud-based editorial to Amazon Studios’ slate of more than 300 original movies and series.

Creative teams will get the same experience and performance as an on-premises editorial bay — including collaborative workflows with shared storage and end-to-end media management — without the complexity and time required to set up and tear down traditional hardware."

"Masv Multiconnect allows the MASV app to combine multiple internet connections, for example, 5G + Wifi, Ethernet + Starlink, or Ethernet + 5G, etc., to send and receive files at up to 3X faster speeds."

"Adobe shares how to handle blown out HDR footage in Adobe Premiere Pro and where the footage is currently handled best: the public Beta version."

"Final Cut Pro recently introduced some advanced tracking, masking, and color grading tools, so I wanted to see how well they worked when combined with a difficult color adjustment. And I had just the thing."

"The larger the team, the more complex the data flow, with different versions of the same software, different operating systems, different file storage, and different workflows ... My goal with this article is to provide an understanding of the common pitfalls that you’re likely to experience, and to provide a checklist you can use to troubleshoot common issues."

"We look at the best virtualisation and virtual machine software, and consider other ways you can run Windows and Windows apps on a Mac"

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(video) "Colorist Joey D'Anna breaks down his color grade of an indie feature - showing how he executed the goals & technical challenges of this film."

(video) "In Part 3 of Cullen Kelly's 'Flexing Fundamentals' series, learn how to think about organizing contrast adjustments to improve your results."

(video) "Mixing Light Contributors talk with Hedge.video's Isaac Terronez about affordable remote collaboration using Postlab and Postlab Drive."

(video) "In Part 17 of our 'Learning Baselight' series, Luke Ross compares grade versions using Baselight's powerful 'cursor' and Jobs manager."

(video) "In Part 2 of Jason Bowdach's series on glow effects, get a close look at the Sapphire S_UltraGlow and the additional options it 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.

Click through for the lineup: "FSI is pleased to announce that we are replacing our popular 21.5" - 55" BM series monitors with even more powerful DM series equivalents."

"Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty has issued a statement on the company’s Facebook page announcing that they have had to increase the prices of their products across the board due to inflation."

"It features two redundant power supplies and an M.2 NVMe SSD drive array, which is configured as RAID-5 for data protection in case of drive failure. Cloud Store integrates an internal 10G Ethernet switch for up to four users connected at 10Gbps speeds. It also supports port aggregation for a combined speed of 40Gbps."

Oliver Peters: "I’m not a fan of either the Resolve database format for projects nor parking your projects in the cloud. However, the storage products don’t require the Blackmagic Cloud and that opens up a number of possibilities."

(video) Luke Ross' icon set and button layouts are very clean. If you run with a Stream Deck (or thinking about it), this is worth a watch.

"This video shows you how to enable the Elgato Stream Deck with SCRATCH and Live FX."

Some interesting ideas in this article: "This beginner/intermediate article documents swap-out, archiving, and reloading RAID sets; my actual experience as it happens. In detail."

"Certain lights have the ability to display CIE x,y coordinates. If you have two different lights that have this ability can you simply just dial in the same x,y values to get a good match between different fixtures? Well, let’s find out."
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.

"Engineers at Nvidia have teamed with Stanford University researchers to develop a virtual reality headset that looks and feels more like a regular pair of eyeglasses, according to a research paper presented at SIGGRAPH 2022."

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

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