🎨 Colorist Newsletter #561

Published: Sun, 07/09/23

Issue DLXI: The PixelTools 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

In the last edition, I attributed PixelTools' new DCTL to the wrong colorist! The new Hue-Shift DCTL was created by Jason Bowdach, who also owns PixelTools (and has a nifty collection of Resolve PowerGrade presets, too).

My sincere apologies to both Jason and Josh for the unforced error!

BTW - as of yesterday, it looks like the introductory 10% discount is still active! Check out (or purchase) the brand-new Hue-Shift DCTL here.

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Happy Grading! I'll see you next week.


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 existing (and emerging) leaders and teachers in our industry.

"Client feedback can be the worst part of a job. But it doesn't have to be, as motion designer Karolin Chen explains."

An interesting article that's not directly geared to our industry. But it explains the fundamentals of training generative AI and the issues you need to consider.

(video) "Last time I talked about the frame of the human eye - this time I tackle the frame rate needed to completely eliminate all the artifacts associated with discrete frames."

(video) Learn how a video or photo is mapped onto a light or an array of lights to create interactive lighting for virtual sets. (via Tony Salgado)

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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) Colorist Darren Mostyn, "I've just discovered this great plugin from Mononodes.com and it is so simple to use and looks fantastic!"

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly, "Dig into properly using and understanding the use of color charts in DaVinci Resolve."

(video) "When I’m learning any VFX software, this effect is usually one of the first I try to do. It’s a great exercise for learning compositing, as it involves lighting, making a shape, animating, roto, motion blur, and many other important principles to know as a VFX artist."

(video) "Need to replace the contents of a screen in your footage? Or perhaps composite artwork onto a wall? ... These techniques will work with any recent version of Davinci Resolve."

"When you need to compare two versions of an edit, Avid Media Composer's List Tool can generate a Changelist immediately."

(video) "Technologist Joseph Thio has provided an in-depth look into various file formats and why using them instead of the traditional JPEG might be advantageous."

(video) A good walkthrough on a new feature for manually adjusting your 1D LUTs.

A new version of ColourSpace has been released, including the ZRO package. Includes "First iteration of multi-threading operation – LUT Generation."

(forum) New color grading toolsets pop up from time to time. This forum thread discusses another one. But is it new or a re-branding? And who's behind it? If you have time and want to read a back-and-forth on the value of LUTs plus some internet sleuthing... click through.

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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.​​​

(video) "Build a low-contrast, targeted saturation look inspired by Wes Anderson’s 'Asteroid City', by learning how to evaluate the production stills."

(video) "VFX artist Bernd Klimm imports one frame of a painted Photoshop still (removing an object) and shows how to composite it into a moving image."

(video) "The Color Timer speaks with award-winning colorist Ana Escorse about; her unlikely career path, love of Brazillian Baroque art, and judging."

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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.

"The company has plans to extend storage to 36 terabytes and 40 terabytes in the near future, and is testing 50 terabyte drives in lab already as well."

Newsletter subscriber and Contributor-At-Large, Marc Weilage sent me this item with a comment, "My joke: This makes it more affordable and convenient than ever to lose a massive amount of data!”

"A whopping 54% faster than the competition in productivity, the Intel Core i5-13600K, here paired with a RTX 3080, is the core for a powerful – and affordable – PC built with Virtual Reality experiences in mind."

"The Legend 970 pairs Phison's high-end controller with a sophisticated, active cooling system that promises predictable performance even under high loads. The Legend 970 SSD is aimed at high-performance desktops that can take advantage of fast storage devices."

The card isn't released yet. This article shares early test results.

(video) I bet you can figure out a few uses for this!

"LG says that the main advantages of MLA are increased brightness and improved energy efficiency – the two being directly related in OLEDs – as more of the existing light in the OLED pixels can be directed towards the user. Our fear has been that MLA would increase brightness mainly by further boosting the white subpixel, but luckily this is not the case." Click through for their calibration results and opinions on the new technology (which is why I included it here).

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.

(video) "Hidari is a stop-motion animation of an inventive fight sequence between a lone warrior/craftsman and a boss & his minions. The vibe of the animation is at once halting and buttery smooth, a wonderfully expressive combination."

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

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