🎨 Colorist Newsletter #545

Published: Sun, 02/12/23

Issue CDLV: The Capitulation 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
Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
I was busy wrapping up a series last weekend so I had to skip the Newsletter.

Enjoy it this week. The internet was interesting the last two weeks and I'm still catching up. 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.

There are interesting details in this Q&A.

"Steve Yedlin ASC, sat with Zeiss to discuss the cinematography behind the beautiful film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery."

PVC writers offer their thoughts on the dangers and opportunities of Machine Learning. One thing I learned, the term AI seems to be unquestionably accepted. Corporate marketing wins. What will we all be asked to call it when software becomes intelligent?

Still, it's a good set of thoughts and definitely worth the read.

"As lawsuits fly over rights, 'The Briefing' pod's lawyer-hosts talk Superman, LeBron's tattoos and Jerry West."

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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. 

"I’ve had the chance to try it out and it’s very simple to use, and also effective. Just enough options to adjust exposure of the overall image and controlling the shadows as well. One big advantage of using the DCTL is that you can map it to be used on the Resolve Mini Panel for very quick adjustments."

The developer of this DCTL is a long-time reader and brought my attention to this new product (which I haven't tried yet): "This new look pack reimagines film emulation completely! With this DCTL you'll be able to apply just the hue, saturation or luminance of the mentioned profiled film LUTs below. ... You can even adjust the strength of each component and mix between different stocks."

Almost two dozen DCTLs were developed by Kaur Hendrikson, who helped develop the code for the demystify-color DCTL. I'm linking to the Demo pack with: "Almost all of my DCTLs, but with a watermark. This is your chance to try them out before buying!"

(video) "Follow along with a [Cullen Kelly] as he shares his tips for grading less-than-ideal footage, regardless of its limitations."

(video) "This isn’t so much a tutorial, but a walkthrough of an incredible number of features, nodes, modifiers, and functions that will hopefully expand your mograph horizons."

Is anyone out there using Lightworks? Interestingly, it's still under development, but I'm wondering if it's gotten any penetration at all?

(video) Click through for embedded videos of each of these features: "Assimilate Play Pro Studio offers ProRes RAW to CinemaDNG conversion (all cameras supported), as well as Backup & Offload functionality (incl. checksums and MHLs)."

"This update allows users to export Media Composer sequences directly into Pro Tools. Avid users can now export complex sequences with video, audio and metadata in a single step, combining everything in one export — .ptx file — that can be opened directly in Pro Tools."

I read the above and think: How long has Avid owned ProTools???

The headline question isn't why I recommend reading this article. It's the description of the technique of color grading in layers of curve adjustments and the resulting images. Click through, and you might find some inspiration for experimentation.

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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) "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."

(video) "We're happy to introduce our newest Contributor, colorist Kali Bateman. She's relaunching our interview series. Starting with Vincent Taylor."

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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.

"In this article, we will be using our PugetBench for DaVinci Resolve 0.93.1 benchmark paired with DaVinci Resolve Studio 18.0.2 to examine the performance of the new Intel Core 13th Gen CPUs. As a comparison, we will be including the previous generation 12th Gen processors, as well as their primary competition – the AMD Ryzen 7000 Series."

"The RTX 4070 Ti rounds out the initial trio of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 40 series GPUs, and we are excited to see how these cards stack up in DaVinci Resolve Studio against both the previous generation RTX cards and their competition from AMD."

(forum) "The Warp Engine allows the user to map any control, on any of their Tangent panels, to any application. This is done through assigning a script to a control which can be programmed to emulate mouse click, drags, and scrolls. The Warp Engine is built into, and programmed through, the Tangent Mapper." Click through if you want the details in this invitation to early access. (via Marc Wielage)

For my DIT friends: "By the end of the course, attendees will have acquired extensive knowledge of the camera system and its functionality, encompassing technical, operational, and creative aspects that they can implement in their daily work."

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.
A cartoon that hits a little too close to home. (via Marc Wielage)
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.

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