🎨 Colorist Newsletter #558

Published: Sun, 06/04/23

Issue DLVIII: The Quantum Dot 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
I'm under the weather this weekend. So I'll just quickly mention that Flanders Scientific has announced our industry's first QD-OLED reference level mastering display, the XMP550.

Basic specs of the FSI XMP550:

- Quantum Dot OLED
- Native Resolution: UHD
- Contrast Ratio: ~2,000,000:1
- Viewing Angle: 179°
- Max Luminance (Typical): ~2,000nits @ L20 patch
- Screen Size: 55" diagonol

Here's my write-up and video interview with Bram Desmet, CEO of FSI. And yes, quantum dots are a real thing. ChapGPT confrimed :-)

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.

"The key to all of this is understanding that a film look isn’t just about color. If it was, a LUT could do it—and a transform would be even better. But film has more than that."

"The 2023 edition of HPA Awards introduces some changes, with additional recognition for Outstanding Restoration, refinement in honors for animation in VFX and color grading for feature films and episodic non-theatrical work."

(PDF) I linked to this when it first came out. It's a terrific thesis paper and I'm pleased that it was recently re-shared with me,  "It’s an interesting read, plus it gives a lot of references at the end that cite specific films and how they achieved the look of many of these productions, particularly on the actors" (via Marc Weilage)
(pdf) From one of the top commercial post production houses in the world: "This white paper looks at how color affects storytelling, psychology, trends, culture, and on-set practice. Experts from across the world explore how color changes everything for brands in dedicated new research."

(podcast) A very interesting discussion for anyone interested in content creation, "The Universal Music Group is accusing a TikTok creator of copyright infringement after they published an AI-Generated song that was made to sound like a Drake and Weeknd collaboration. Scott Hervey and Josh Escovedo discuss this dispute in this episode of The Briefing by the IP Law Blog."

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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. 

(forum) This is the list of bug fixes, new features, and enhancements. One thing I've noticed, automatic English transcription seems to now default to US English with 'colour' now being (correctly) spelled as 'color' ;-)

(video) An introduction to DaVinci Color Management.

(video) A pithy overview from Stefan Ringelschwandtner of Monodes.

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly, "Start treating clipped footage like a pro, and if you're new to Resolve, get started on the right foot and avoid the many mistakes and pitfalls of overcomplicated YouTube education."

(video) "These DCTLS are designed to shift and manipulate colors in a broad way, offering an alternative to the "Color Warper" and "Hue vs. Hue" tools."

"The “RGB Crosstalk DCTL” maintains the total color value in each channel, meaning the sum of the color contributions to each output channel always equals 1, regardless of how you adjust the sliders. This feature provides precise control over the color grading process, allowing modification of color tones without disrupting the image’s overall color balance."

(video) Like the headline says.

"But nodes are the building block of everything we do when grading in Resolve, so we have to cut through that complexity and reach a simple understanding of how nodes work."

"With the explosion of “AI” based tools (really its machine learning folks!) available today there are a huge range of apps and services that you could be using, but which ones are actually worth your time and money?"

Like the headline says - for those of you that might find this useful.

"The post-production internet has been all abuzz in the last day or so as it was reported that Media editing software vendor Avid explores sale -sources, according to Reuters." Click through for a summary and collection of social media responses.

"When you queue up your composition to render and choose a Prores or MP4, or a TIFF or a JPG, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is if rendering one format is faster than another… But the performance differences between the various formats are quite significant,"

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Pushing Photons
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(video) This is free, in front of the paywall: "Get a FIRST LOOK at our industry's first Quantum Dot 2,000 nit reference display, the Flanders Scientific XMP550. We chat with FSI's CEO."
(video) "Colorist Jason Bowdach on regaining control over your multiple computers while ditching the keyboard and mouse and gaining new efficiencies."
(video) "Freelance colorist Eric Weidt has worked exclusively with director David Fincher since 2015. Tune in for a talk about ‘Mank' and his career."
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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.

This is the product page with the full feature set and a link for detailed specifications.

(podcast) This is worth the watch if you're trying to figure out QD-OLEDs, "We’re talking about Samsung’s new QD-Display, which was introduced at CES in January 2022 in new products from Dell, Samsung and Sony. Sometimes called "QD-OLED," Samsung's new QD-Display technology combines the Quantum Dots with OLED technology to create a new category of display.

This month's guest is Chirag Shah of Samsung Display. Chirag is speaking to us from South Korea, where he leads the go-to-market team for QD-Display at Samsung Display Company."

"Samsung greatly improved QD-OLED yield throughout the year in 2022, the average yield for the year for 65” QD-OLED panels was only 68% in 2022. We expect that to improve to 84% in 2023 and 85% in 2024, and the big jump in yield in 2023 allows for a substantial improvement in total cost per unit, as shown on the next chart here."

"It seems that after long sustained writes, the file system on the drive corrupts and all data is lost. In some cases users were able to use data recovery tools to regain at least some of their files, but many have not been able to successfully restore anything."

Editor Scott Simmons finds an amazing deal for a multi-port dock. After doing a full review, he asks (and then answers), "Do I really trust this cheap dock in mission-critical situations?" It's a good answer.

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) "A whimsical and visually stunning fan-made fake trailer that reimagines the classic Star Wars universe through the eccentric lens of Wes Anderson." This fan trailer is gaining so much traction because it's generated via generative machine learning. To me, it works mostly as a Wes Anderson parody mashup.

Definitely not fun: "Because AI voice clone tools are so cheap and available, it’s fast and easy for malicious parties to create voice clones. And the way they get sample audio to do that is from people sharing their voices on social media. And the more you share your voice online, the easier it is for threat actors to find and clone your voice."

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

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