🎨 Colorist Newsletter #530

Published: Sun, 09/18/22

Issue DXXX: The Future 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'm under the weather this weekend, so it's a shorter edition.

I'll see you next Sunday.

Happy Grading!

Sincerely,

Pat Inhofer
Publisher
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.

"Camera manufacturers are sacrificing important capabilities for the sake of 8K. Is trading crucial factors like dynamic range and image quality for more pixels legit? Well, if your goal is to engrave the 8K symbol on the camera, then yes, it is. However, cinematography-wise, it’s not always worth it."

"Most of the fallout from IBC ... [is] about avoiding the need to install the huge infrastructure of a television studio and replace it with the considerably reduced infrastructure of IP networking."

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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. 

(video) Luke Ross sits down with "Filmlight's Bob Chorley explain the rationale behind the new software Baselight LOOK, the new features, the future of Baselight V6 with machine learning and why Filmlight doesn’t offer a price-competitive, permanent licence of Baselight to compete directly with Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve." (via Vivian Pimenta)

This is a small bug fix update, but one item may be of interest to readers of this newsletter, "Addressed supplemental IMF render issue with Dolby Vision 2.9 metadata."

(video) "Dado is going to try to clear the cloud of doubt and dive deep into Secondaries and will explain the mathematics behind it and how parallel nodes are being deployed by some of the world's colorists."

"Film Convert’s Nitrate film emulation plugin is straight forward to use, easy to understand and generates a very pleasing looking cinematic image, in just a few clicks and with a fistful of fun."

I have mixed feelings about Dropbox, but I've been using it for a decade and this article has some great tips, including this gem: "Second, and this is critically important, make sure this external volume is a volume you are basically NEVER GOING TO REMOVE FROM THE COMPUTER." Click through to learn why.

"When preparing clips for the editorial department, it’s crucial to ensure that the metadata from the ALE can be linked to the related clips. Therefore it’s worth taking a closer look at how an ALE is composed and which settings affect its usability."

"While requiring a dedicated server, its web browser interface easily handles searches through hundreds of thousands of assets without breaking a sweat ... And its customization options are excellent."

If you're not familiar with MASV yet, then I definitely recommend this blog post: "In this sponsored post, I’m going to explore 5 Post Production workflows that demonstrate just how powerful and useful MASV’s file transfer service is for film editors, colorists, and DITs."

A good look at the pros and cons of Apple's codec, especially if you're new to the concept.

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "If you’re a small shop or solo, using correct hard drive metrics ensures you’re buying the performance you need (and buying smartly)."

(video) "Colorist Cullen Kelly explores vignettes: What they do, when they’re appropriate, & how to deploy them in a motivated and photographic manner?"

(video) "Get started with DaVinci Resolve 18's Cloud-based Collaboration workflow. In Part 1, begin sharing media and projects with a remote team."

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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 is interesting: "The whole idea behind the Mimik VR is that you can take the exact same light being emitted from a video wall and then use that to light your subject."

"As one who has to often format Mac OS drives I’ve always wondered about what the difference in speed might be between these various formats."

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.

(video) This is a demo of a fun, free effect.

"So you finally took the dive into buying a VR headset. Whether it’s an Oculus (er uh Meta Quest), HTC Vive, PSVR, or another headset, here are some of the best VR movies you can find and where to watch them."

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


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