🎨 Colorist Newsletter #560

Published: Sun, 06/25/23

Issue DLX: The M2 Ultra 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
by
Patrick Inhofer
 
From The Publisher
Next weekend is the July 4th holiday weekend - so I'll take that time off.

Happy Grading! I'll see you next on Sunday, July 9.

Sincerely,

Pat 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 our industry's existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers.

The submission deadline is the end of July 2023. Projects graded on ANY software platform are accepted. Click through for details.

I enjoyed Troy's answers and perspective.

Congrats to team ICA, "The new Amsterdam room is open for training! Students can access a fully equipped professional color workstation, and work with ‘original camera footage’ in LOG or RAW."

"We show that a relatively simple, supervised sequential model (bidirectional LSTM or GRU) that uses rich, pretrained shot-level embeddings can outperform the current state-of-the-art baselines on our internal benchmarks."

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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 tool chest with new techniques and approaches. 

"If you are running iOS 16, macOS 13 Ventura, iPadOS 16.5.1, macOS 13.4.1, and watchOS 9.5.2 you had better get patching! There are two zero days out there you are vulnerable to and they are rather nasty."

Colorist Josh Petok is releasing a new DCTL at a 20% discount during the launch, "Effortlessly create cinematic palettes with PixelTools hueShift DCTL Plug-In for DaVinci Resolve. Shift all primary and secondary hues, manipulate colors with filmic properties, and adjust skintones. Compatible with log formats and ACES. Keyframe support, no subscription. MacOS and Windows."

(video) "A generic approach to achieve the Technicolor 3 Strip Look in DaVinci Resolve without generating noise, just a very clean 3-Strip for the Technicolor Look. I break down the node tree and explain a bit about the Technicolor process and give you a general approach which you can use with every footage on a single click if you save it as a grade version or a LUT." (via Rich Roddman)

(video) "In this video from Darren Mostyn, you’ll learn about: RGB Mixer basics, creating a monochrome image, balancing the image, additional corrective adjustments."

(video) "Follow along to see some tricks on how to manipulate 2D images in fusion, create repeating, tileable textures, and pick up some animation tricks along the way."

"A new upgrade of Mistika Boutique ... adding BRAW SDK 3.0, ARRI SDK 7.0.3 with new HDE Codec, Open JPEG 2.5.0" plus bug fixes.

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly discusses, "Ahat a LUT is, the single biggest drawback and the ultimate benefit of using them in DaVinci."

From post production specialist Arthur Ditner, "Whether this is your first film receiving a proper finish, or if you are an assistant editor moving up the ranks and need a refresher, follow along with our online editorial preparation guide to ensure the conform process runs as smoothly as possible."

I'm extensively quoting the description for this tool because, well, I like the prose. The disclaimer is also pretty good if you click through:

"An easy-to-use, free, broadcast-quality video converter which performs state-of-the-art deinterlacing, frame rate/standards conversion, upscaling and downscaling.

My motivation to develop this tool stems from my intense hatred of major record companies and their insistence on continuously defecating out these shitty, AI-upscaled, so-called "remasters" of music videos that were originally recorded to very high-quality analogue videotape.

This tool takes any video file and preserves the original silky-smooth motion rate of 50/59.94 Hz, whilst also enabling you to convert the frame rate if needed, and can cleanly upscale the output to HD or 4K resolution (for YouTube, for example) without any nasty artefacts as produced by all the leading AI video upscaling tools."

"Use this handy guide to educate yourself on the terms and technologies at play in Virtual Production." It's a good overview.

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "The Color Timer speaks with award-winning colorist Ana Escorse about; her unlikely career path, love of Brazillian Baroque art, and judging the FilmLight Color Awards."
(video) "Jason Bowdach shows why you might use Topaz Video AI for difficult video manipulation tasks such as upscaling, retiming, and stabilization."
(video) "Learn colorist Cullen Kelly’s favorite uses for node-based Color Space and Gamma context menus available within individual nodes in Resolve."
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Gear Heads
Stay updated on the latest shipping hardware - because the craft of color grading isn't just about software. Plus, keep an eye on future equipment trends and hardware odds and ends.

"Allan Legarth Nielsen has been navigating the complex Danish film industry as the only Danish DIT since 2016. We got the chance to speak with him to learn more about the obstacles he faces regularly, and how his mission to educate his professional peers on the importance of proper data management drives him forward as a DIT despite the challenges."

"Apple is releasing the M2 version of the Mac Studio this week, and even though it's being launched alongside a brand-new Mac Pro, it still might be Apple's most compelling professional desktop ... partly because Apple Silicon Macs are designed in ways that make Mac Pro-style expandability and modularity impossible."

A perspective from a Mac-loving media professional.

(forum) "Overall highly impressed, but it's not a simple slam dunk. I would think the audio side of the house will appreciate getting fairly maxed out 2019 Mac pro's from the editor/compositing/vfx people moving to the ultra."

"After sharing with PVC readers how to bring an old Haswell machine to life for VR experiences, it’s time to share a PC build for VR experiences, productivity and gaming that costs $1647.87."

"Samsung has essentially merged two QHD (1440p) screens into a single 5120 x 1440 resolution, 1800R curved display."

"Crucial have taken the Phison PS5026-E26 controller further than any other PCIe 5.0 drive, with insanely fast advertised read and write speeds. They have also managed to do so without active cooling, you can buy a Crucial T700 with a heatsink or you can get one without as the M.2 cooler which comes on your motherboard should be enough to handle the heat."

Sunday Fun(nies)
Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff catching my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya gotta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.

Colorist and Newsletter contributor Marc Weilage writes in, "I suspect this is not in proper P3/XYZ space, nor DCI-certified." Agreed. But at least the passenger was good enough to enable subtitles.

 
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you in two Sundays.
 


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