🎨 Colorist Newsletter #566

Published: Sun, 09/24/23

Issue DLXVI: The Coffee Grounds 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
It's been a while since I've done this in the Newsletter: A flash sale for MixingLight.com

Until this Saturday, 30 September, you can use the following code to save 20% on the first term of either a Mixing Light Premium membership - or on the non-subscription 1-year DaVinci Resolve Accelerator (click the links for more details):


Put that code in the Coupon section of the checkout page. For Premium memberships, you'll renew at full price.

Note: These codes only work on the website's checkout page - not the Mixing Light app (I'm still figuring out how to do this type of stuff on the iOS and Android app stores).

I won't be sending out follow-up emails to this list!

So, if you're interested, sign up while it's on your mind :-)

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.

(podcast series) I missed Season One of this. They just started Season Two, "Portrait Displays presents COLOR MATTERS, a fascinating investigation behind the post-production process of acclaimed Hollywood creatives."

"When Amazon Web Services has a booth as large as some of the major equipment suppliers at a big, international film and television trade show, something interesting is happening."

"Today we talk a lot about Unreal Engine, virtual production and lighting."

(video) "[Dive] into Bolter’s journey, from his humble beginnings as a self-taught cinematographer devouring YouTube content to his pivotal role as a Director of Photography on The Last of Us (Episodes 3-5). He shares insights on how he harnessed his naturalistic style to beautifully enhance The Last of Us’ narrative."

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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.

ColourSpace has had several updates these last few months. I'm linking to a forum post earlier this month with many fixes and new capabilities.

"Blackmagic Design has sent their new schedule of free online courses! They don’t post it online, only email to attendees of previous trainings, so here’s a reference you can bookmark or share! View the schedule below and click on the links to register or learn more."

(video) Mr. Alex Tech, "There's so many different effects within Davinci Resolve (yes even the free version!), that its really easy to overlook alot of them! Some often have a few different users. Here's some surprisingly useful effects, that have some surprising uses!"

(video) Casey Faris, "In this video I'll show you how to take any logo you've created in another software, import it into Fusion, and make it a 3D logo that you can use to make some super slick stuff with!"

The fix? Update to the most recent Desktop Video drivers (v12.6). If Puget felt it necessary to write an article like this, it must be because many Windows users are upgrading to v11 without updating their drivers... sigh. Click through if you must.

(video) An overview of how to set up this new workflow. Personally, I'm considering this workflow to be in Beta (even if BMD doesn't call it that). Try it. Play with it. It's nifty. BUT tread carefully running mission-critical projects on their Cloud storage. I've had a few heart-stopping moments that turned out to be nothing - but it indicates they have some work to do before I'd call this on par with the Adobe or Frame.io solutions.

"Added RED SDK (8.3.1) support to seamlessly integrate with the RED V-Raptor XL camera." Plus, some fixes.

"Editing, audio, 3D, roto, with AI credits and small price increase."

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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) "Luke Ross helps you master every Base Grade operator control in Baselight - and challenges Resolve users to figure out equivalent operations."

(video) "Learn the fundamentals of alpha channel manipulations, including tonal adjustments, blurs, and combining masks from VFX artist Bernd Klimm."

(video) "Discover Senior Colorist Kali Bateman's dynamic partnership with her former Assistant, Emily Reid, on this The Color Timer Podcast episode."

(video) "Images in Fusion can look different to the Edit and Color pages when color management systems clash. Here's how to fix that in ACES workflows"

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 interesting, "The Image Sequence Probe capability within ColourSpace enables any patch image sequence to be used to generate a profile ... [it] has many applications, from Virtual Set calibration, to film profile generation via telecine or film scanner transfers ... [it] effectively enables cameras, scanners, telecines, and more, to be used as virtual probes." Click through for details.

"Overall, whether the A2000 or W7600 is best will depend on your exact workflow, while the W7500 is the best value mid-range professional GPU available." One of their tested workflows was the DaVinci Resolve Studio Edit Page.

"In the absolute worst case (PCI-e 3.0 x4), the video editing and motion graphics scores averaged 75% baseline performance, with GPU effects and H.264 media showing substantial performance degradation."

"With its support for CPU and GPU rendering, expanded platform compatibility, and the ability to provide a more comprehensive hardware assessment, Cinebench 2024 is poised to become an invaluable tool for optimizing hardware configurations in the dynamic 3D content creation and rendering world."

(video) "So, what is the new spec from Intel that you can expect from upcoming Thunderbolt 5 products? We’ve covered everything you need to know in the article and video below..."

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.

"If you’ve no idea what any of this is about, kindly step off the lawn so us old fogies can reminisce for a moment."

"If you're looking for a truly novel application for coffee grounds, consider using them as a sustainable material for 3D printing, as suggested by a recent paper published in DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference."

Are you a Meatball or a Worm? Click through for the fun discussion. I also enjoyed the link to the NASA Graphics Standards document.


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