🥠 The Colorist Newsletter #543

Published: Sun, 01/22/23

Issue CDLIII: The Cameras 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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Enjoy this week's Newsletter! See you next Sunday.

Happy Grading!


Patrick Inhofer
Colorist & 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.

"The winners of the 2023 Golden Globe Awards were shot only on ARRI and Panavision cameras. The dominant camera is the ultra-popular Mini LF. Check out the list of the winners and their cameras below."

An interesting write-up with Carlos Conceicao, BG Prep Department Supervisor, talking rotoscoping, paint, and tracking with Silhouette and Mocha Pro. I found this an interesting read, especially with Carlos' interest in developing new talent for VFX work.

Very cool. A study on filmic looks via blue, green, red, yellow, and pink.

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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. 

This is the course that Josh Petok has created for learning Baselight Edition for Avid.

It's not mentioned on their website, but I got an email this week about these software scopes: "The Pro version of Nobe Omniscope provides the same features you know and love, now with the ability to choose how many machines your license can be used on. Perfect for production companies or studios with a team of post-production professionals."

(video) Colorist Darren Mostyn: "In this episode I'm going to show you how I grade 8-bit footage from an iPhone - this applies to any phone or 8-bit device and shot in REC 709 NOT LOG."

(video) Like the headline says.

Not AI, but Machine Learning systems, trained on fixed data sets. But aside from the unnecessary AI marketing BS of all these systems, it doesn't mean you won't find a few very useful. Machine Learning is getting very powerful. This is worth the read.

Like the headline says. Some useful services in this roundup.

A set of downloadable BMD 4K Pocket Camera sample footage with liberal rights usage.

New: "Timecode generation; RED anamorphic support; Improved ARRIRAW playback and transcodes; PLUS Phantom CineRAW with the new EditReady Pro "

(video) The video review is embedded: "I love the modularity and sturdiness of the components, and thanks to the integration with Command Post, setup is straightforward and there are an incredible number of commands you can map to buttons, dials, sliders, and other hardware components."

Interesting: "Disney Studios collaborated with Avid to transform the offline Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) editorial archive into a real-time editorial library accessible by current productions and marketing teams. The system is a prime example of implementing key elements of the MovieLabs 2030 Vision to deliver an innovative archive experience with a secure, cloud-based search capability that streamlines production and marketing workflows."

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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 7-Day Test Drive.​​​ There's also color correction Practice Projects for purchase. 
(video) "Explore how to get better results from Resolve’s Film Looks LUTs by leveraging the ACES ADX standard — even if you're not grading in ACES!"
(video) "Colorist Patrick Inhofer shows you the three different and distinct behaviors of DaVinci Resolve's two Contrast-Pivot controls."
(video) "Colorist, finisher, scripting/automation developer Igor Riđanović begins a 2-part dive into creating custom Fuse FX for complicated effects."
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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) On the Portrait Displays YouTube channel: "Dave Abrams – the originator of Patterns™, takes you step by step through how to calibrate an Apple XDR display. Patterns™ is the first macOS test pattern generator that is HDR and color management compliant." (via Marc Wielage)

"In sight of these changing dynamics, we reduced the field of HD Guru’s Best of Show Awards to just five products or model series that were on display at the show and promised to arrive some time in 2023."

"Let’s take a look at the new capabilities available with the Mac mini thanks to the new M2 Pro chip, how it stacks up next to the Mac Studio, and how OWC’s miniStack and miniStack STX complement the M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis."

"There are some interesting things to know about these chips before you decide to buy one of the new Macs. Here are five of the key characteristics worth noting."

"This slide confirms that new generation of workstation series will support PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 memory for the first time. Furthermore, the W790 chipset will support both Xeon CPU series."

"Building a new computer? You may want to check the new high-performance PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD from Samsung. The PM9C1a is not only more power efficient it reaches speeds of 6,000MB/s."

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.

"Connected easily to a PC via USB-C for PCVR and supporting wireless over WiFI 6E, the VIVE XR Elite is also your own personal cinema screen, with a dimension of 300 inches."

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

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