🎨 Colorist Newsletter #546

Published: Sun, 02/19/23

Issue CDLVI: The Color Grading Avatar 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
For our new readers, your Newsletter publisher is the co-founder and owner of the post-production and color-grading website, Mixing Light.

At Mixing Light, we've spent a decade recruiting like-minded professionals who enjoy sharing their hard-earned discoveries and workflows. We aim to replicate the experience you'd get working at a large post house - where learning what NOT to do is as important as what to do, where challenges and workflows solutions are shared during lunch and coffee breaks.

I'd like to congratulate colorists Tashi Trieu and Peder Morgenthaler for representing that ethos.

Tashi is the DI colorist for the recently released Avatar: The Way of Water. Colorist Peder Morgenthaler is a Mixing Light Contributor. They worked together on a 2-part Q&A style written series detailing the finishing and delivery of Avatar.

Part 1 was released this week. Part 2 is scheduled for release on Friday. In this series, Tashi and Peder manage to represent the best of what I think Mixing Light brings to our community.

Also deserving a shout-out are the fine folks at Disney, Lightstorm, and Park Road Post, who approved these two articles with no significant changes.

This behind-the-scenes look is in front of the Mixing Light paywall. Definitely check it out!

I'll 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.

Marina was recently nominated in two categories at the 2022 FilmLight Colour Awards.

I missed this when first released. It's an effort funded by Google to define a broad range of skin tones in images for Machine Learning image-tagging usage. What I'm linking to is the color palette page that lets you choose your color model (Hex, HSL, RGB) and copy/paste those values - so you can build your contact sheet of skin tones - as defined by this Monk Skin Tone Scale, "This page provides users with the Monk Skin Tone Scale Pallete to copy and paste to their clipboard." (via Joe Stern)

Mwah! "Last week I investigated if there was a link between the number of people thanked in a movie’s credits and the quality of the movie. This week I am testing a related industry truism; namely, that a greater number of producers is an indication that a movie is more likely to be bad."

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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) "David Abrams explains how-to use Calman with Patterns for Mac to calibrate monitors connected to macOS. He’ll address optimizing monitor controls, Apple color management, connecting and configuring both Calman and Patterns, building an ICC Color Profile with 1D LUT, and validating for the color space you’re working in.

Patterns is the first macOS test pattern generator that is HDR and color management compliant."

(video) "In this video from Fred Trevino, you’ll learn about: Why the default saturation tool isn’t always the answer; HDR Saturation tool; Hue vs Saturation curve; Hue vs Lum curve."

"The biggest change is probably the way multi-core scores are calculated, measuring "how cores cooperate to complete a shared task" rather than assigning different tasks to each core. This is meant to better reflect how actual multi-core workloads operate, especially for hybrid CPU architectures that mix big, fast cores and small, power-efficient ones, an ever-growing category of chips that includes most modern ARM processors and Intel's 12th- and 13th-generation CPUs."

"Featuring the incorporation of Disguise Previz — a web-based app used to import, previsualize and share 3D interactive scenes of a production — the new solution will make it easier for users to create and collaborate, regardless of location."

For those Windows tools that Mac users need to run.

(video) I'm about to do this for a 2019 MacPro that's returning to the leasing company. So I figure a few others out there are in the market for this walkthrough: "Ready to sell your Mac for cash so you can upgrade to new Mac goodness? Or maybe you just want to start fresh on your Mac with a clean hard drive."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "Colorist Luke Ross demos a creative technique he used recently, adding colour contrast to make a night image pop using foreground separation."
"Get a detailed look at Colorist Tashi Trieu's work color grading 'Avatar: The Way of Water'. His background, gear, workflow, & deliverables."
(video) "Cullen Kelly shows how you can explore the candidate ACES 2.0 output transforms. Learn the differences compared to the current ACES release."
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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.

Just be ready for severe sticker shock: "We expect lower-priced models to launch in the future, but we are excited to look at how the RTX 6000 Ada performs in various content creation workflows, as the raw specifications of the card indicate that it should do extremely well."

Because who doesn't like reading about how DITs set up their carts? "In the past, Lucy worked as an on-set editor, juggling many different responsibilities at once. These days, she’s fully focused on her role as a near-set and on-set DIT for diverse projects. Check out the full interview!"

"Geekbench 6 should hare more comparable data between platforms and devices, not to mention better handling of the graphics hardware. The software will also take better advantage of the hybrid architectures, such as Apple’s, Intel’s or Qualcomm’s. Furthermore, the new benchmark takes more time to finish, which should give more in-depth understanding of how each device performs under longer workloads."

"A newer option on the market is the UD90, a PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD from Silicon Power (SP), and it undercuts the price of just about everything out there right now in the 1TB capacity – which happens to be the version in for review."

More details at the link: "Intel’s recently released Sapphire Rapids server CPU technology, built on the “Intel 7” process, forms the basis for its new Sapphire Rapids workstation platform. These processors come in two tiers, the Xeon W-2400 processors with quad-channel DDR5 memory and up to 24 cores, and the Xeon W-3400 processors with 8-channel DDR5 memory and up to 56 cores."

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.

(video) Definitely fun: "Paul Trillo used Runway’s new Gen-1 experimental model to create a Cubist Simpsons intro video."

The fun part: “You must read this book. And then watch The Shining again the second you put the book down. And I don’t care if you’ve seen it 50 times, you will never see it the same way again. It’s going to change everything” said Steven Spielberg,"

The funny part? Click through to discover the price tag of this limited-edition book.

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

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