🎨 Colorist Newsletter #550

Published: Sun, 03/19/23

Issue DL: The M2 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
From The Publisher
This is a re-send of last week's Newsletter.

My weekend is occupied catching up on other matters, so I'll return next Sunday with an all-fresh edition.

Here's one bit of fresh content: I've spent the past week refreshing my computers, including a new assist station that hosts software scopes.

I was never thrilled with the last round of Intel MacMinis. I set mine up with an external GPU enclosure, but I always felt there was a barely perceptible lag between my physical inputs on the control surface and the visual update on the scopes. It was an annoyance that seemed to come and go.

When considering the new MacMini, I was worried about the lack of support for eGPU enclosures on Apple Silicon machines. That enclosure was the only gear that made the previous Mac Mini useful for software scopes.

After seeing how well the Mac Studio M1 Ultra works (with internal GPUs only), I took a chance on the new MacMini M2. Unfortunately, you've got to pick the right GPU at purchase because you're going to live with it for its lifetime.

So, I ended up spending a little extra on the 19-core GPU on the M2 Pro silicon.

I am happy to report that I'm not disappointed. The few extra millisecond delays are gone. As I push the controls, the scopes look like they're directly connected to my hands. I'm unsure if I could have gotten away with the less expensive 16-core GPU. But since I hope to keep this machine in production for at least 4 years, I think it was a decent purchase, even if it incurs the ever-present 'Apple tax.'

If you've been thinking about a similar purchase for similar reasons, I figured you'd appreciate hearing about my initial experience.

I'll see you next Sunday with fresh content. 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.
"The Colorist Mixer is ten years old, and finally back at NAB! Come drink, quiz, hang out and win some prizes!" Registration Required. Sun, Apr 16, 2023 at 6:00 PM
"Colorist Alex Bickel did a fantastic job on this film. Surprisingly, he used “technically wrong” color temperatures to create some of the extreme looks for the film." (via Marc Wielage)
"Picture Shop senior colorist Doug Delaney started his career in post production shortly after moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles in 1995, when he began learning the art and science of film imaging"
"Petok believes that being a colorist is artistic as well as scientific. He strives to make beautiful pictures, and equally enjoys diving into the details of color management, HDR, and staying current on all the new tools and software. Equally important is goal being supportive of all his clients’ needs and desires."
Marina Starke is a Berlin-based freelance colorist who uses her own grading suite while working on short-form projects. “For long-form projects I usually work at different post houses, depending on…
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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. 
A variety of performance enhancements and bug fixes.
New in v4 is: "Support for DaVinci Resolve 18; support for RCP files; Better progress bars; Windows support"
"Take part in a DaVinci Resolve contest, create a short animation, learn something new, get feedback and win prizes!"
"The first in a series providing insight into the current broadcast environment, created in partnership by Broadcast and FilmLight."
"In this training course you will learn how to edit, sweeten, mix and deliver professional soundtracks in the Fairlight Page of DaVinci Resolve 18."
For my DIT friends: "Hedge and ProGrade Digital have partnered up. The integration with ProGrade represents Hedge's first attempt to fully optimize camera ingest."
"In this blog article, we look at four examples how you can benefit from using the custom RAW development settings inside Silverstack Lab."
"The February 2023 (23.2 and the 23.2.1 patch) After Effects release officially includes support for OpenColorlO (OCIO) color management that enables you to work natively with the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) in After Effects." Plus more...
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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) "Colorist Cullen Kelly wraps up his 'Custom Color Management' series showing you how to build a custom transform by combining a film print LUT with basic color science - to add style to images."
"Colorist Peder Morgenthaler is back with Part 2 of his interview with colorist Tashi Trieu. They dive into Tashi's color management pipeline, Resolve project setup, and the kind of color work he did on this VFX-heavy film. Plus, Tashi offers his thoughts on High Frame Rate and the future of professional colorists."
(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."
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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.
"Profits dropped to a third of 2021 levels last year and the company has had to turn to the grey market to source components."
"The RTX 6000 Ada is the first of NVIDIA's Ada Lovelace professional GPUs, and we are excited to see how it stacks up in DaVinci Resolve Studio against both the previous generation RTX cards and their competition from AMD."
Nasty: "The malware registers it’s own machine owner key as valid, in combination with a shim loader signed by various Linux distributors.   At that point, every reboot fires up the bootkit ensuring the attackers are still able to load in any infections which your antivirus manages to remove."
A colorist friend asked me if this new form factor may foreshadow a new DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel? What do you think?
"In this report, we’ll show the Annualized Failure Rate (AFR) for these drive models over various periods of time, making observations and providing caveats to help interpret the data presented."
"In experiments, the holographic display system demonstrated a viewing angle of 57.4 degrees, which is 7 times that of a conventional system using a single SLM.  The system demonstrated that it could magnify the size of an image by a factor of 4.2."
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.
"The game is built around four teams of three people, assuming it can match you with two other players and you aren’t stuck on your own or as a dynamic duo."
It's a fun analysis.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next Sunday.

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