🎨 Colorist Newsletter #548

Published: Sun, 03/05/23

Issue CDLVIII: The Linux 6.2 Kernel 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
The folks at Tangent seem to have cracked the code for user-mapping their control surfaces to DaVinci Resolve. I need to send my Mini Panel in for servicing - so I'll be giving it a spin.

I'm curious to see how responsive the mappings feel and where their limitations lie.

The link for details about the Tangent Warp Engine is in the Gear Head section.

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.
It looks like the Mixer is back for NAB. Tickets are not yet available, but you can sign up to be notified.
For those new to the craft, click through for more details on the history and evolution of finishers: "Attention to detail is the hallmark of a good finishing editor. Having good color and VFX skills is a big plus. It is, however, a career path in its own right and not necessarily a stepping stone to becoming a top-level feature film editor or even an A-list colorist. While that might be a turn-off to some, it will also appeal to many others and provide a great place to let your skills shine."
"The survey differentiated between “client-side” VFX workers, who work for the production companies, and “vendor-side” workers, who work for effects houses. The benefits for vendor-side workers are somewhat better..."
(video) "Evan Puschak argues persuasively that the 3D effect actually has the opposite effect, for four main reasons..."
I enjoyed this look at the resurgence of Star Wars fiction that serves as one of pillars of Disney+, "Filoni has delivered a super fan's vision of the Star Wars universe—the difference is that he's done it with the backing and resources of the franchise's corporate owners. "
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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) From an Adobe workflow perspective: "While this video focusses on explaining what log files are and why they were invented, it stops short of demonstrating exactly how to deal with them.  The simple answer is to just use the “interpret footage” settings, but depending on what type of footage you’re dealing with (and from which manufacturer) that might not actually be so simple." 
"The Asahi Linux team have been able to get the Linux 6.2 kernel to boot on M-series hardware, but they are still working on making it usable.  As it stands you wouldn’t be able to get any of the major distros to run perfectly on an M1 or M2, but that should change in the not too distant future." Click through to read about the challenges.
"Want to find out if your Mac has slowed down and how it would compare to a newer model? Find out with these Mac benchmarking apps. We'll show you how to test the speed of your Mac or MacBook's CPU, GPU and hard drive."
(video) "In this video we will show you how you can offload your footage from the recording media 100% secure, including checksums and media hash lists to verify your copies."
An interesting article about the LastPass breach and the author's experience of switching to 1Password- which also makes me feel good about using 1Password since v3. But as the author says, I also eagerly anticipate 1Password's support for Passkeys.
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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) "Igor Ridanovic shows how to write a reasonably complex Fuse, and save it as a Fusion Macro to access it in Resolve's Edit Page Effects panel."
"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."
(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."
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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) An embedded video demos the new software, that also allows custom mapping of DaVinci Resolve: "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." (via Marc Wielage)
Price reductions are significant in the higher-capacity versions.
For my DIT friends: "This review takes a detailed look at the performance and value proposition of the 1TB version of the new OWC Envoy Pro Mini, with a particular focus on how it stacks up against the incumbent leader in the segment."
"This week, consumer-grade PCIe 5.0 M.2 drives have finally hit the U.S. market, well over a year since the first client PC platforms supporting PCIe Gen5 became available. The new drives offer higher performance than the flagship PCIe 4 drives they supplant, albeit with some trade offs such as high prices and a greater need for good cooling."
"Most people just leave the NVIDIA Control Panel settings at their defaults—and that’s fine—but if you’re thinking about tweaking things, you should know what those defaults are actually doing before you start pressing buttons."
(event) Free registration required. Wed, March 8. Sherman Oaks,, California: "With new tools, techniques and a bit of R&D, we are about to see some fascinating developments that allow creatives to emulate better backgrounds, foregrounds, AR objects and overlays. The results are more accurate, more realistic and closer to what audiences expect. Learn how Lens Metadata is quickly becoming a way for filmmakers to get the “look” right, when it comes to visual effects workflows."
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.
"Very intriguing tests were performed by Vision Research to show what’s the ideal FPS (Frames Per Second) needed to capture/film a bullet shot from a handgun and assault rifle. The answer is below."
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.

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