🎨 Colorist Newsletter #559

Published: Sun, 06/18/23

Issue DLIX: The Resolve GPT 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
Last week I unexpectedly needed some downtime - so we've got another edition of the Newsletter with two weeks of content.

Happy Grading! I'll see you next Sunday.


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.
"Participants of the Virtual Production Accelerator program will have access to state-of-the-art production facilities at ZeroSpace’s headquarters in Brooklyn. Over the course of a week, the program will offer unique learning opportunities that are not readily accessible to most, providing trainees with the tools and knowledge to create cinematic content on a large scale."

Marc Weilage writes in about this website, "It’s a free service, and if nothing else, it puts things in perspective and might provide some inspiration for new looks and ideas. The “Timeline of Historical Colors” is a fascinating read for people into the theoretical side."

"By shooting on IMAX 70mm film, you’re really letting the screen disappear. You’re getting a feeling of 3D without the glasses. You’ve got a huge screen and you’re filling the peripheral vision of the audience. You’re immersing them in the world of the film."

Click through to see if Oppenheimer will be playing in 70mm film at a theater near you. It's only about 30 theaters worldwide. Since the movie was shot on film - and being projected from film at these locations - it's an increasingly rare chance to watch true digital intermediate image processing.

We all love working on short films. It's also important to remember what our clients' end-goal are. This is an interesting conversation on the topic of the business-case for short films, "The premise behind any short film was that it wasn't just a calling card, but it was a transactional piece of IP. That’s what Prospect was. The short film was the IP for the feature film."

Scroll down halfway through the article to get the details on what one Hollywood audio mixer says is the problem, "Specifically, it has everything to do with LKFS, which stands for “Loudness, K-weighted, relative to full scale” and which, for the sake of simplicity, is a unit for measuring loudness."

Marc Wielage writes into the Newsletter, "Fincher has some very interesting comments about the mastering process. Having worked in this area a lot over the past decade, I can say it’s possible to “coax out” more detail from the negative than you might think, but I concede that HDR is a challenge for films shot on 35mm negative."

If indie films are a big part of your business, you need to keep paying attention to this: "Most of the prestige titles from last year were box-office flops, and no art-house movie has cracked $20 million in the US this year."

An interesting and seemingly honest discussion of the writer's strike from a streamer's perspective that boils down to, 'What's the least amount we can get away with paying for everything?'

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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. 

Click through for the full list of bug fixes.

(video) Igor Radinovc, "In this video series, I'll demonstrate proof-of-concept OpenAI GPT and DaVinci Resolve integrations, starting with a virtual Resolve assistant."

From Stefan at Monodes, "The “Hue Twist” DCTL works by ‘twisting’ hue values towards their neighboring colors, but the interesting aspect here is that it does so based on the brightness value of the respective hue. Darker areas are automatically shifted towards the opposite adjacent hue value than lighter areas, adding a depth of complexity to the color manipulation process that goes beyond standard hue shift methods."

"The company has had its Gen-1 tool, which modifies existing videos to make them look different (ex: turning people into Claymation), available to everyone for months, but Gen-2 takes simple text prompts such as "robot drinking a beer" and turns them into clips."

(video) "In this step-by-step guide, we'll cover the basics of creating a map animation, including how to import and animate map images, add icons or markers, and adjust camera movements for a more dynamic effect."

"OffShoot is essentially Hedge but with a new name, new price, and many new features." The beta period discount ends June 23.

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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) "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) "Get tips for solving common - but challenging - mistakes when conforming an offline reference, including eye-matching variable speed changes."
(video) "The Color Timer speaks with a spiritualist who has spent 40 years learning to interpret the color auras she's been seeing since childhood."
(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 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) A good, pithy overview, "Yesterday Flanders Scientific announced a new XMP550 55" QD-OLED HDR Mastering Monitor and today at Cine Gear 2023 we got to see it in person."

The problem as they see it? Samsung Display isn't shipping these in large enough sizes yet. I guess I agree; I have an alert set at B&H Photo for Sony's 77" version for the Tao HQ home theater.

"A smart short-throw projector that takes up minimal space and offers up to 120 inches of clear, crisp 4K video" with HDR-10+ and Dolby Vision support. But the article has no details on colorimetry.

"The devices can connect via Bluetooth ... to up to three computers with a dedicated switch to choose which computer you currently want to toss input at."

"The “i” era is over, but the re-branding is very minor considering a Core i9 becomes a Core 9, and so on."

Click through for the Press Release, in case you missed it.

"If you need Pro 25GbE for the recently announced 2023 Mac Pro, then Sonnet has a solution."

"At the fxguide tech lab we have been lucky enough to have been using the new M2 Ultra Studio for a couple of weeks – and here’s why you, as a VFX professional care ... it is really suited to VFX machine learning. And just to prove it – the Foundry’s Nuke (with machine learning / CopyCat) now runs natively on M2 Silicon and flies on the Apple M2 Studio."

"The reason for the massive performance improvement is that Apple added a memory controller chip to the M2 generation that balances the load between all of M2 Ultra’s cores – M1 Ultra required the ram to be maxed out before using all cores." The rest of the article is worth reading if you use Apple gear.

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.

Perfect Father's Day gift for the right dad.

If you're young enough (or old enough) to have some extra downtime then you'll find something fun in here.

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

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