🎨 Colorist Newsletter #525

Published: Sun, 07/17/22

Issue DXXV: The Timecode 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
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.

"With entries now being accepted, the judging panel is building up for the 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards. The awards, which recognise the finest work from colourists using any technology platform and working in any genre, will again be presented at EnergaCAMERIMAGE in November."

"Timecode underpins every production, but the SMPTE ST-12 standard we all rely on was never meant for cloud workflows. It's time for a change."

"This video breaks down the various elements that directors and directors of photography use to convey their intent."

If this concept is unfamiliar to you, this blog post offers a good explanation, "Simplified hand-off, less technical limitations, and proper bandwidth allocation are just a few ways that shared storage makes this workflow straightforward so that you can focus on elevating your story."

"Film.io partners with Serialify to bring interactive storytelling into the hands of creators, as blockchain technology is providing all kinds of unique opportunities to democratize the film industry."

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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. 

"Explore the details of Blackmagic Design’s new cloud workflow—a robust and much-needed solution rather than a simple product."

Mononode's Stefan Ringelschwandtner has put together a simple - and free - Fusion effect for magnifying parts of your image very easily. Some of you may find it useful.

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly: "A live Q&A answering your questions about nodes their uses, the different kinds, constructing node trees and more."

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly: "Even our favorite LUTs don't look great on every project. You could just dial back how much the LUT is being applied, but then you lose some of everything the LUT is doing instead of just pulling back the parts that aren't working. Watch now as we dive into pro techniques for modifying LUTs so they work great for any project you need them on."

"On the surface, this wouldn’t seem unusual as other non-linear editing applications have long included default mappings for competing NLEs but this is the first time Avid has done so ... But this has never been a thing in the Avid world so I was surprised to see this. It’s also the first time I remember seeing Resolve as a competitor keyboard shortcut option."

(video) "DaVinici Resolve has some Color Space Aware Grading Tools. How to use them, which ones are they and how to use the Timeline Color Space and set it up correctly all shown here by Senior broadcast Colorist Darren Mostyn."

(Press Release) "ShotHub makes a complete repository of collected on-set metadata available in the cloud, where it’s continuously updated and remotely accessible 24/7. Therefore, opening up ShotHub’s capabilities to users in facilities creates novel opportunities for improved set-to-facility communication and information transfer."

"Portrait Displays has advocated for the preservation of creative intent and providing consumers with exceptional image quality resulting in a superior viewing experience. Aligned in their missions to enhance the consumer experience, bringing Portrait Displays’ voice and perspective to the UHDA was inevitable."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "In a new series on Primary color corrections, Cullen Kelly explores the hidden strength of the Offset Wheel - when working color-managed."

(video) "Are you pulling a key for color grading and Resolve's HSL keyer isn't doing it? This dive into the 3D Keyer may get better results, faster."

(video) "In this deep dive into the Filmbox OFX plugin learn its basic operation, features, and how it compares to alternate film print emulators."

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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.

(video) "In this video, we'll be grading two RED shots using the Elgato Stream Deck."

"With this pack and your Loupedeck CT or Loupedeck Live device you have access to and can control most parameters in the Color Room workspace." Windows-only at this time.

"What he loves most about his job is the constant need to keep evolving – whether in terms of knowledge, skills, or equipment. In this interview, Yusuf gives detailed insights into his current setup and most-loved gear!"

"It’s the perfect on-set footage dump drive, which, again, can sync directly to the cloud and store proxies generated by Proxy Generator. A really useful configuration would be to have one of these and then a regular external USB drive, back up your footage on both and have the Cloud Store Mini generating proxies and syncing your footage to the cloud. With the proper internet connection, you’ll be amazed at how seamless the whole thing is."

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.

Much fun: "The largest dinosaur that ever lived was as long as a 13-story building. We show how the sizes of dinosaurs measured up."

"Scientists we spoke to at the Webb launch event suggested that everyone was aware that aesthetics matter and that officials would be experimenting with different methods to do this processing in a way that balanced scientific accuracy with the "wow" factor everyone expects. The results are finally being made available, and they definitely managed to wow."

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

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