🎨 Colorist Newsletter #529

Published: Sun, 09/11/22

Issue DXXIX: The IBC 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
The Newsletter's August recess is over. As usual, we bump against IBC.

There are quite a few items in this edition. So I won't belabor things. Let's get right to it!

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 Michael McHugh, from Met Film school, Toby Tomkins from Cheat, Thomas Urbye from The Look, and iColorist founders Warren Eagles and Kevin Shaw will answer any questions you have getting a start and getting into the industry."

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the Visual Effects and Title Design Emmys!

"Four days of presentations, Q&As, roundtable discussions, networking, social events." There are some interesting panels. Click through for session details & pricing. October 24-27. Early registration pricing ends October 15.

"Unfortunately, the big takeaway is that no matter what we do, our playback devices won’t all agree, but color management is helping them to stay closer than they would otherwise." True, and this article may help you understand why.

"As we inch towards the Fifth Industrial Revolution, there’s a growing consciousness about impact. We understand that AI can make us better, but if we don’t exercise human judgment, we run the risk of relinquishing our humanity."

FXPodcast: "Star Trek: The Next Generation and the Trek shows that followed, pioneered many of the visual effects that today are commonplace. The central to the VFX story of those shows is the seven-time Emmy award winner Dan Curry. Celebrating a career of creative problem-solving in the Trek universe is a new book by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson." The blog post has a nice summary. The embedded podcast is a good listen.
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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. 

(videos) "As part of our Baselight Learning Programme, FilmLight is offering a series of free online training courses. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is open to anyone interested in learning Baselight. Each week one of our in-house training staff covers a different aspect of the system."

If you're running Resolve 18, you'll want this bug fix.

(video) Cullen Kelly: "There have been some big changes to ACES since my ACES Explained series, so we're due for a video highlighting the biggest changes to know if you're using ACES or learning ACES and following along with my ACES explained series."

(video) "With this package, I have created an overscan-look that offers some freedoms that other packages do not offer. It was important to me to separate sprocket holes, dirty matte elements and edge codes. Only by separating those elements it is possible to correctly integrate halation and other effects." Click through for the demo.

"Beauty Box 5.0 can retouch skin while maintaining real-time playback on 1080p footage on most machines and real-time playback or close to it on 4k footage on faster machines ... Here are some things you can check to ensure you’re getting the best performance out of Beauty Box."

(video) This discussion is around still photography but works for moving pictures: "Black and White photography might lack colors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t use the colors of a scene to improve our images. In this video, I show you some examples of how tweaking the colors made some of my photographs better."

(videos) A round-up of links and embedded videos for the latest news from Adobe at IBC.

"Mimiq’s bin locking means that Media Composer editors can work collaboratively, using any non-Avid storage." Click through for details.

"Avid demonstrates the future of collaborative, distributed workflows for post production and TV News at IBC2022 show, and here is a guide to some of the real-world examples the company is showing."

(video) I include this item only to put this concept into your mental map because it's just a matter of time: "Cloud native Blackbird is a professional level video editing and publishing platform accessed through any browser. Enabling fast, scalable and collaborative production, the app provides instant access to video content for the easy creation of clips, highlights and long form content for rapid publishing to digital channels."

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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. 
"Announcing: 5 new DaVinci Resolve courses, a credit system allowing members to unlock them, and an upcoming 'All-Access' membership level!"
(video) "Learn to use optical flow for more than speed changes. In this Insight, fix a corrupt frame and repair archival footage pull-down artifacts."
(video) "In Part 17 of our series, Luke Ross shows how to stabilize footage in Baselight Student / LOOK using the Area and 2-point trackers."

"Why do professionals create and maintain a YouTube channel? How do they use it to support their business, and what is the payoff?"

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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.
FSI introduces new editorial and finishing displays to IBC, plus new integrations and software updates. FSI is an OS (Original Sponsor) of this Newsletter. If you're at IBC, stop by their booth and thank them for supporting the Colorist Newsletter (for nearly a decade)!

"Continuing ColourSpace development has added a host of new features and capabilities over the past year, both greatly enhancing the accuracy of any display calibration, as well as adding totally new options."

"The results are in from the 2022 Laser TV Showdown hosted August 4th by ProjectorCentral and ProjectorScreen.com that faced-off 14 laser UST (ultra short throw) projectors"

A short overview, review, and opinion.

"This is being touted as an advanced professional 4K HDR monitor with 1,000 cd/m² full-screen peak brightness. It also features Canon’s local dimming technology which is claimed to give an ultra-low black level of 0.001 cd/m²."

"This leaves us with 215,011 hard drives grouped into 27 different models to analyze for the lifetime report."

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.
Maybe a little too close to home to be funny? (via Marc Wielage)

Read this to the end, and you'll be smiling. Be sure to play the video embeds - they are value-adds.

The last line of the article has a Dropbox link to high-res images of the final timeline, and by reel. I think that's fun.

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

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