🎨 Colorist Newsletter #544

Published: Sun, 01/29/23

Issue CDLIV: The WETA 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
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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.

Good read: "What a year for Wētā Fx, – they have nominees represented in 3 of the 5 nominated films for Visual Effects. We spoke to Wētā VFX sups from all three films on the morning they were nominated."

A deep dive summary: "A new white paper from Sony and Epic Games examines the impact of LED wall technology on workflow and final picture performance."

(webinar) Click through for registration details: "Why would you bring your project to SMPTE and how you can initiate a standards project? How does the SMPTE standards process work and what’s the new public Committee Draft (CD) process stage? The presentation will give answers to those questions, talk about what tools are being used and what SMPTE is doing to make standards more accessible, and introduce Sally Hattori, the new Standards Vice President."

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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) "Rendering your videos for YOUTUBE within Davinci Resolve is pretty easy really once you nail the basics! Plus there's a few additional bonus tips to save you even more time." I haven't verified AlexTech's recommended settings - so be sure to test for yourself before implementing them on client jobs.

(video) The video demoing this DaVinci Resolve tool is embedded at the bottom of this page: "Not being happy with the native tools like “Color Warper” and “Hue vs Hue”, I developed a tool to shift and manipulate colors in a broad way. I was very inspired by FilmLight’s Baselight “Hue Shift” tool, where you have the option of first shifting hues into neighborly colors and then, in a second step, adding more saturation, changing the brightness or desaturating a specific hue value."

(video) "The internet is full of crappy grading advice. Worse, some colorists try to share the advice like it came from some colorist bible. In this episode of Grade School, we're debunking all of it (that we can in 1 hour)."

(video) "Punch up your glows with Continuum 2023’s new secondary glow option found in the popular BCC+FilmGlow effects. You’ll be a pro in just 3 minutes."

"RV is an industry standard, native review and playback tool used worldwide by VFX, animation, and content creation teams.  The new open source version of RV allows users and studios to review any media with largely the same features as the commercial version, and customize, modify, and implement new core functionalities tailored to project demands or workflow needs."

"The BRAW Toolbox adds native BRAW files to Final Cut Pro and its developer answers our questions about the development, raw files and building a Mac App."

A good overview from an editor's perspective.

This could be a good article to send to your indie filmmaking or documentary clients: "Amazon Video Direct takes much longer than you might expect to have videos approved. Delay your promotion until yours are approved. For example, you should allow at least six weeks for the first approval and then about two weeks for subsequent ones within a series."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "Colorist, finisher, scripting/automation developer Igor Riđanović begins a 2-part dive into creating custom Fuse FX for complicated effects."
(video) "Learn how to use shading layers, add intro/outro animations, and package your Fusion animation as a *.drfx template for easy sharing."
(video) "Learn to leverage GoPro labs firmware and Resolve colorspace transforms to color manage footage from the new Hero 11 cameras in 10 bit log."
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Gear Heads
Stay updated on the latest shipping hardware - because the craft of color grading isn't just about software. Plus, keep an eye on future equipment trends and hardware odds-and-ends.

"We were unable to find complete documentation on which H.264/5 variants have hardware decoding support in DaVinci Resolve Studio, so we decided to do our own testing to find out. If you want to test your own system, we also have instructions and media download in the Run this Test on your System (Windows) section."

Just in case you're in the market for an assist station.

"if you are looking for a simple Resolve workstation, especially for the free edition which can only utilize one video card, the NUC 13 Extreme looks to be an excellent option compared to a more traditional desktop."

"An ultra HDR sensor, that consumes less power, and is capable of an exceptionally high value of DR. This new methodology revolutionizes capturing technology which can be implemented on high-end video cameras as well."

This is nuts: "Seagate this week confirmed plans to launch the industry's first 30+ TB hard drive that uses its heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology, as well as reaffirming its commitment to release HDDs with capacities of 50 TB and higher in a few years."

This article includes a chart of HDMI specs for different combinations of resolutions, frame rates, refresh rates, and bit depths: "8K TV sales are not taking off, so perhaps a better use for all of the processing power required for 8K60 is to switch attention to 4K240."

(video) A review that also features DaVinci Resolve and FCP.

I hadn't known about this feature, but it does have a limitation: "Connecting to an external display in extended mode is limited to iPads powered by an M-series processor, such as the M1 or M2." A few uses do come to mind after reading this article.

Sunday Fun(nies)
Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff that caught my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya gotta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.

Fun. Funny. And, apparently, true: "This highly scientific approach to thermal testing provides answers to questions no one even dared to raise. How well would edible and bathroom products perform as thermal conductive materials."

(video) Fun: "Join along for the restoration of a severely damaged frame and see how technology joins with craft and aesthetics for a stunning result."

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

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