[TaoColorist] Sunday Morning Reading (The Fitness in Post Edition)

Published: Sun, 06/01/14

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The Tao Colorist

Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor 
for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sunday.

    Issue CXCVII                                                                             A TaoOfColor.com Publication

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The Craft

  • [video] Color Management 101 -an introductory explanation about color spaces and calibration. A good overview to send to clients who get confused about these issues. (youtube.com)
  • How to master color theory - clear, basic concepts and terminology are laid out in a way and in words that nonprofessionals can understand. (creativebloq.com)
  • Why that color? - pink is for girls and blue is for boys is well known. But why those colors? And why gender specific? You are a click through away from learning why we have been conditioned this way ...and what happened when they tried to change it.  (munsell.com)
  • Abstract, Beautiful, And Garish - the ways that Americans play is an amazing buffet of colors. Aerial Photographer Alex MacLean is in a class by himself. Click through and be inspired by the colors. (alexmaclean.com)
  • [video] Color Illusion - A fun little optical delusion. (youtube.com)

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The Tools

  • Speedgrade CC Looks - following up on his popular Final Cut Pro X Color Board presets, Oliver Peters does the same with Adobe SpeedGrade CC Looks. Read, learn, and download free looks for Speedgrade. (digitalfilms.wordpress.com)
  • In Action: Indie Essentials (featuring DaVinci Resolve) - An advanced tutorial on using Dust, Smoke and Embers assets from the new Indie Essentials to add mood and texture while color grading. A free Insight from MixingLight. (mixinglight.com)
  • [video] Quick & Easy White Balance - Chris Meyer has a nifty way to white balance your video. He's using Adobe Premiere Pro CC but this can be done in any image processing app that supports the 'Divide' function (Resolve colorists, you're out of luck). (provideocoalition.com)
  • Noise reduction - a central question for many Colorists is, how much can you fix badly exposed footage before noise stops you in your tracks? Using the Blackmagic Production Camera, this test records 3 ISOs and then compares the noise to the fix. (provideocoalition.com)
  • [DaVinci Resolve] Round Trip or One-Way? - One post house tries to finish a job in DaVinci Resolve, rather than sending it back to the NLE. (thefilmbakery.com)
  • [video] 3D LUT Creator Introduction - Interesting app for quickly adjusting your images and then saving out those adjustments as a LUT to import into your app of choice. Just jump halfway in and watch for a few minutes to get a sense of what it does. (youtube.com via @tparish)
  • Review and Approval Options for Video Pros - Is Vimeo's new automated Copyright Match takedown 'service' going to hamper your Review and Approval process with clients? This blog post has an update on Vimeo's stance toward forcing private videos through Copyright Match. Plus a roundup of dedicated Review and Approval services.  (provideocoalition.com)
  • [an almost update] Oops! - somebody at Apple is having a bad week. Apple forgot to renew its SSL Certificate, which resulted in breaking the OS X software update. If you can't update automatically, you will have to manually download the update. (macrumors.com)

The Business

  • [video] ARRI Alexa 4K Anamorphic Workflow - if you couldn't attend NAB 2014, or missed this presentation by Light Iiron's Michael Cioni, fear not faithful Colorist. See how Michael says you can maximize ARRI's 3K sensor for a 4K world. (vimeo.com via Marc Wielage)
  • Tarantino Blasts Digital Projection - "The fact that most films aren't presented in 35mm means that the world is lost. Digital projection is just television in cinema." Here's to transcending your tools! Or not. (indiewire.com)
  • Uh Oh, Time Warner Cable & AT&T - Google fiber is winning 75% of customers in Kansas City. This after the cable companies have spent years telling us no one wants high-speed fiber. (stopthecap.com)

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  • [audio] What's The Tangent Element Like In SpeedGrade? What Is Good Skin Tone?  - Two questions asked (and answered) by Team MixingLight. (mixinglight.com)
  • [Video] Working With Raw - An alternate approach to 'developing' your RAW digital negative. (mixinglight.com)

Outside 'The Box'

  • On Giving Software Feedback - Colorist and professional software documentation writer Alexis Van Hurkman, gives his POV on the do's and don'ts of giving software feedback. If you want your feedback to software companies to be taken seriously, read this twice... and then execute the advice faithfully.  (vanhurkman.com)
  • Lytro Changed Photography. Now Can It Get Anyone To Care? - "Lytro's first camera was a toy, but it made us think differently about what a photograph might someday be. Now it's making those ideas truly achievable with the Illum, a professional-grade tool." (mobile.theverge.com via @markchristiansn)

Edumacate Yer'self

  • Fitness in Post! - Sitting all day is literally taking years off our lives. If you think it's time to take control of your health and are wondering how to do so while working in the demanding post-production industry, then this That Post Show podcast is: Must Listen. (itunes.apple.com)
  • The impact of color on character development - join Moviola June 5 & 6 for an online webinar. Colorist Jean Michel Petit and Director Ritesh Batra will be interviewed about their new film, 'The Lunchbox.' (moviola.com)
  • FilmLight Demonstrates Complete Digital Dailies Workflow - June 3 - 6, Mexico (filmlight.ltd.uk)

Current Colorist Control Surface Drivers
JL Cooper Eclipse: Software v2.9.9 | Updated February 24, 2013

Tangent Design: HUB v1.1.6 | Wave Firmware v1.12 | Updated January'ish 2014

Avid Artist Color: Mac v3.1.2 | Win v3.1.2 | Updated March 3, 2014
Sunday Morning Fun(nies)

  • [video] Speed Retouching - it takes a lot of work to create anything. Check out how much work went into creating a beer ad using Photoshop and Lightroom. Composition and color, straight from the camera to finished product. And, in one minute. (youtube.com)
  • [video] From a Whisper to a soar - meet Whisper.. The world's first Wingsuit BASE jumping dog. The Tao Treasurer has problems with this video. Decide for yourself. (youtube.com)
  • 12 Creative and Colorful Staircases Around The World - (visualnews.com)
  • [video] The Expert - Comedy sketch about the danger of being a specialist. (youtube.com via @5tu)
  • An Alternate Take On 'Gravity'  - The scene that didn't make the film... and fills in all the plot holes in the film 'Gravity'. (filmmakeriq.com)
  • THIS? This IS modern dance - This stunning dance performance is only made more remarkable by the fact they only won 2nd place. You'll need to watch the 1st place performance to the end to see why they didn't take top prize. (youtube.com)

Gear Heads

  • Mounting the Mac Pro - Sonnet introduces an xMac Pro Thunderbolt 2 enclosure. 4U rackmount enclosure securely holds the computer allows you to add 3 PCIe cards. Engineered for RED Rocket cards as well. The enclosure can be taken on the road, or added to a server rack. (sonnettech.com)

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Getting Ahead

  • Promotion - Austin Kleon, is the author of the New York Times best seller: 'Steal Like an Artist - 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative.' His new book, 'Show Your Work!' tackles the touchy subject of self-promotion. A subject every creative should know. (99u.com)
  • [Video] Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius - All of history's greatest figures achieved success in almost exactly the same way. They played the Long Game. An interesting video essay. Part 1 | Part 2

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  • [video] Light my fire - DP Johan Lehman was the big winner at the RED Film Festival 2013, and rightfully so. Check out his fire video. Beautifully shot, well crafted, and solid colors throughout. (vimeo.com)

The Next Step Is A Doozy

  • Oculus Rift - "Oculus has found a way to make a headset that does more than just hang a big screen in front of your face. By combining stereoscopic 3-D, 360-degree visuals, and a wide field of view-along with a supersize dose of engineering and software magic-it hacks your visual cortex." (wired.com)

Th- Th- That's ALL Folks! See you next week. 

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The Book Shelf
  • Color Correction Handbook, Updated - Alexis Van Hurkman has updated his Color Correction Handbook, which has set the standard for learning all things color correction. (amazon.com)
  • Color Correction Look Book - This is the second part of the Color Correction Handbook, exploring the creative techniques for over 200 different visual looks. A sort-of recipe book for colorists. (amazon.com
  • The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction - Read how a dozen different colorists grade the same footage with the same gear, differently. A fantastic approach to learning the craft of color grading by Steve Hullfish. (amazon.com)
  • Autodesk Smoke Essentials - Walk through grading a short sci-fi film (with downloadable ProRes4444 source material) while learning the ultimate online finishing app...  Autodesk Smoke. (amazon.com)
  • Color Grading with Avid and Symphony - Written for version 6. Fully applicable to version 7. I was a contributor. (amazon.com)
  • Adobe Speedgrade CC: Classroom in a Book - A solid book for a solid grading app. (amazon.com)
  • Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows - Don't let the title fool you. I'm only a third way through this book and its explanations of how digital images are recorded, sampled and viewed is essential knowledge for anyone who's craft intersects with digital images. Not light reading. But not filled with math either. I highly recommend this book. (amazon.com)
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