🎨 Colorist Newsletter #547

Published: Sun, 02/26/23

Issue CDLVII: The Infringement 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 think the internet is in a quiet period as we approach NAB. It's a short newsletter this week.

Be sure to check out the two-part breakdown of Avatar 2 in the Pushing Photons section. Both articles are in front of the paywall.

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.

(video) This home video was created in 2003 to help a telecine colorist explain his job to his mom (which his siblings also created), "[My behind the scenes] was Law & Order film dailies at The Post Group in Hollywood. The facility is long gone, but now this small collection of raw footage we shot for that video stands as a bit of a memorial for our wonderful facility. Apologies for the focus mostly being on me, but that's what it was being shot for!" (via Marc Wielage)

(video) "I tried to find scenes where we can observe highlights, mid-tones, shadows and the skintone. Please watch in 4k. On my vimeo site you can download the video with less compression."

" 'Avatar: The Way of Water' swept the feature categories at the 21st Visual Effects Society Awards.."

"A class action was filed against Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt for DMCA violations, right of publicity violations, and unlawful competition. Artists must be compensated and protected. All details are below."

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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. 

(videos) A collection of YouTube tutorials on the fundamentals of Fusion.

A few hundred new actions have been added.

(video) "This video covers the new adjust track features, and how to solve problems with drifting Surface points. We cover the in-depth controls for setting your Adjust Track Points, talking about what the different transforms do, setting your reference frame, and adjusting your reference points."

Except for the fact that AI doesn't exist, this listing of current Machine Learning tools that creatives can use is very good.

(video) "A step-by-step guide for installing Windows 11 on Mac using Parallels Desktop for Mac 18. Is it a good Boot Camp alternative?"

(podcast) "In this episode, we talk to Anthony Ganjou, co-founder of Move.ai. In the episode, we discuss how to get the best out of their Machine Learning software as well as some of the future directions the company will be exploring such as cloth and face performance capture. The discussion zeros on the company’s new multiple iPhone capture system ($365)."

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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. 
"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."
(video) "Fill a vertical 9:16 image into a 16:9 horizontal frame - by painting it in using RunwayML.com's 'Infinite Image' machine learning tool."
"In Part 2 we dive into Tashi's color management pipeline, Resolve project setup, and the kind of color work he did on this VFX-heavy film."
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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.

"According to Apple’s Trade-In program, a perfectly working specced-out Mac Pro bought for more than $52,000 is now worth less than $1,000."

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.

"Netflix’s most watched show of all time, Squid Game, is coming to Sandbox VR locations only,  who already offer a Star Trek VR experience, but Stranger Things, also from Netflix, will be playable home."

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

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