ūüé® Colorist Newsletter #526

Published: Sun, 07/24/22

Issue DXXVI: The 12th Anniversary 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
This Newsletter was launched on July 17, 2010 - twelve years ago last Sunday.

That's 525 Saturdays of curating and scheduling this Sunday morning email.

43 weekly deliveries per year! For twelve years. Whew!

Thank you to my lovely wife, the Tao Treasurer. She has amazingly given up those Saturdays to my email writing for this publication. Without her support, it would ship occasionally. Monthly, maybe? Quarterly, more likely.

And a special Thank You to Flanders Scientific! They have been with me for 11 of those twelve years! Their continuous support has been integral to keeping this effort alive.

If you enjoy this Newsletter, then keep FSI - and all my Sponsors - at the top of your mind when you're shopping in their product categories.

Finally, my thanks to YOU for subscribing and reading.

Who knows where we'll be 12 years from now? But I look forward to finding out together.

Happy Grading!
I'll see you next Sunday.


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.

"The approach was similar for the scenes inside the ship. Although the lighting was more dramatic and moodier, with candlelight and rays coming through the windows, we still wanted to maintain the soft contrast."

Netflix's roadmap continues to unfold: "Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last year in the Netflix Q2 Earnings Report that Netflix is building out its animation unit with the hopes of competing with the Disney Animations studios in the area of family animation."

Interesting: "if we are able to predict or analyze the Out of Memory kills, we can take device specific actions to pre-emptively lower the performance in favor of not crashing ‚ÄĒ aiming to give the user the ultimate Netflix Experience within the ‚Äúperformance vs pre-emptive action‚ÄĚ tradeoff limitations."

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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. 

Resolve 18, Fusion 18 (and the Studio versions), Resolve Project Server 18 are out of Public Beta. This links to the Support download page.

Blackmagic just dropped updated manuals for a range of their software and hardware products. New manuals include DaVinci Resolve 18, Fusion 18, a Supported Codecs Guide, ATEM Guide, and more. I'm linking to the BMD support page. (via Marc Wielage)

](video) "While [Resolve's Magic Mask masks are quick and easy to create, they often lack precision for compositing. Nonetheless, it can be useful to access those masks in Fusion. The highest level of precision is not always required. Sometimes we want to start with a rough preview or have loose masks as garbage or solid masks for keying."

(video) Mr. Alex Tech shares a Fusion expression.

"I wanted an intuitive blanking option where you can change the aspect ratio fast using sliders for the edit page, so I created my own ‚ÄúBlanking Generator‚ÄĚ. Free for download."

(video) Luke Ross: "FilmLight has just replaced Baselight Student with Baselight LOOK! In this video, we take a look at the new features and the software restrictions ... "

A roundup of LUT modification tools: "While bringing color to your images is best done manually, LUTs accelerate things. Here’s how I customize LUTs to get the best of both worlds in a pinch."

"Live FX features a basic toolset aimed at indie filmmakers who are predominantly filming on greenscreen setups, allowing them to build complete 3D environments and simple camera-tracked green-screen replacement setups in real time."

"This article takes a closer look at ShotHub’s user management, including available user roles as well as their respective permissions and restrictions. We also discuss a few exemplary production scenarios to illustrate how those user roles might be assigned in different contexts."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "This lively Office Hours answers questions on extending the life of an old computer, becoming a Contributor, and impressions of Resolve 18."

(video) "In Baselight Student, learn how to copy and paste grades to shots & scenes, including the ‚Äėintelligent paste‚Äô & using the Playback Filter."

(video) "Learn why colorist Cullen Kelly loves Contrast-Pivot for his contrast adjustments - and how you can upgrade them for more nuanced control."

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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.

Interesting: "Apple trade-in rates for used devices were cut three times this year. Is it still worth it to trade? What other options exist?"

"If your Mac is beginning to sound like it has a jet engine spinning up inside it’s not just annoying, it may also be a sign that something is wrong ... Here’s what to do if those fans keep whirring even if nothing appears to be wrong."

"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."

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.

Mr. Spock would say: "Fascinating."

This graphic shows a timeline of when 15 different animals became domesticated, based on archaeological findings.

Fun. "This technology relies on an artificial intelligence algorithm that was so advanced that it could cancel the sound of the hair dryer. It seems that AMD will finally have something similar."

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

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