[TaoColorist] Sunday Morning Reading (The Who Says 4K OLED is Dead? Edition)

Published: Sun, 06/29/14

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The Tao Colorist

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for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sunday.

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Publisher: Pat Inhofer                                                            Managing Editor: Jim Wicks

From the Publisher

  • Very quickly...
  • My Fibre Optic Internet connection is about to be turned off
  • And I'm about to make the 17-hour drive South-ward
  • This means I only have time to tell you two things:
  • One - I had to skip a few of the 'human interest' sections of this Newsletter. So enjoy the laser focus on our business (but I did have time for a few Funnies)
  • Two - Next week, here in the U.S.A. we celebrate our Independence from England. This means the Newsletter's semi-annual 'Most Popular Newsletter Stories' will be published next week.
  • You'll have a chance to catch up on those old stories that you missed earlier this year.
  • I'll see you in two weeks with a brand new content

Happy Grading!

The Craft

  • The yRGB of X-Men - go behind the color of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', an interview with Colorists Adrian DeLude and Stephen Nakamura (provideocoalition.com)
  • [video] Through the Lens - sit down for a 21 minute chat about the craft of Cinematography with DP Adam Kimmel. There is a lot to like in this video, including the way it begins - worrying about changing light conditions. (youtube.com)
  • Filmmaking Pointers - Oliver Peters discusses some of the key things that a good indie filmmaker needs to know. We like #4. (digitalfilms.wordpress.com)
  • Culture... Why That Color? - "There's fear and loathing of color in the West, or to be precise, of strong and saturated colors. Color is something primitive, vulgar, feminine, queer, sinful, decadent, pathological (add your own bias) and it has to be controlled and tamed." Plus the colors of national flags. (munsell.com via @tparish)

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The Tools

  • Now Shipping: Resolve 11 Public Beta - DaVinci Resolve 11 Public Beta is now available for download from Blackmagic Design's (newly redesigned) Support page. Literally hundreds of new features. My favorite? The newly redesigned Render Cache. (blackmagicdesign.com)
  • Resolve v11: The Features - you might want to take a short break from using v11 to read what Alexis van Hurkman thinks about the new Resolve. After writing version 11's User Manual, he's got a good perspective on this new release and the features you'll likely notice most. (vanhurkman.com)
  • Calibrating your monitor with CalMAN RGB - An extensive How-To. (tomshardware.com)
  • [iOS apps] PhotoMix and Lightroom Mobile - Adobe released several new mobile apps, including PhotoMix and Lightroom Mobile. Both apps are free for 30 days, subscription required after that. PhotoMix: (itunes.apple.com) Lightroom Mobile: (itunes.apple.com)
  • Speedgrade CC 2014 - Adobe also released Creative Cloud 2014. Included in this version, improvements with inter-app integration with the rest of the CC lineup. New is applying a single global color correction to every instance of a clip. (studiodaily.com)
  • [forum] AMA Relinking - a thread from the Avid-L mailing list that covers an oldie-but-goodie topic for any Avid finishers out there. (groups.yahoo.com)
  • ShotPut Pro v5 for Windows is released - a new version of this professional file copying utility. (imagineproducts.com)
  • ScopeBox and Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - If you're a ScopeLink user (allowing live scopes on the host computer running Creative Cloud or FCP X), then you'll want to take a quick glance at this pithy post about support for After Effects CC 2014 and a potential problem with SpeedGrade CC 2014. (divergentmedia.com)
  • Red Giant Bulletproof Update - new features released for Red Giant Software's media management utility. (nofilmschool.com/)
  • [podcast] Discussing Red Giant Universe - a roundtable discussion focused on the new Red Giant Universe, how it works and a peek into its future. (thatpostshow.com)
  • [forum] Creative Black & White - a thread about going beyond the simple 'desaturate' to creating interesting and creative black & white Looks. (liftgammagain.com)
  • [video] Lens Flares in After Effects - a round-up of video tutorials on creating custom lens flares in After Effects. The upshot: NEVER just go with a preset... for the sake of our profession, customize them please! (provideocoalition.com)
  • [podcast] Chatting with SMPTE: The evolving standards of UHD - from the Home Theater Geeks podcast. (twit.tv via @smpteconnect)

The Business

  • BBC 4K World Cup Trials - "While the BBC isn't going to broadcast anything publicly this time around, those who wish to see 4K Ultra HD footy action can do so courtesy of Sony at [selected] retail stores". Read on for technical details of their 4K production and a link listing those Sony retail locations... in England. (hdtvtest.co.uk)
  • Aero and the strange case of the broadcasters who don't want to be broadcasted - This newsletter has been following the story of start-up and disrupter hopeful Aero for the past two years. The Supreme Court finally heard their case... and Aero lost. This blog post from Harvard Business Review is probably the most interesting write-up I've read of this whole story. (blogs.hbr.org)
  • Son of Aero: Illegal in America - a more straight-forward analysis of the Supreme Court decision that kills Aero and its business model. (stopthecap.com)
  • This ain't no game - the video game industry is big business and they just could become your client. Click through to find out why. (indiewire.com)
  • [video] Flying The 4K - take one Octocopter drone. Add in a 4K Blackmagic Production Camera. What do you have? 4K in the air and a test flight worth watching. (provideocoalition.com)
  • Turning HD into 4K - Turns out it really isn't that big a step up. Discover how you can make it look right. (redsharknews.com)
  • SMPTE and Hollywood Post Alliance Agree to Merge - I'm unconvinced that this merger is good for anyone other than those involved. But then, I don't really know the players... Still - color me sceptical. (audiomedia.com)
  • How Dolby Vision Works - and how it could revolutionize TVs forever. It's all about the pixels, baby. The money is in the 3rd from last paragraph on how Dolby Vision is designed to be grafted onto the existing HD signal. Nifty. (gizmodo.com via @stevensantos)
  • New Display architecture may revive Samsung's 4K OLED TV - "advancements include the development of a new AMOLED display architecture, a new colour-tunable W-OLED lighting panel, plus methods to make single-layer encapsulation technology more efficient." (hdtvtest.co.uk)
  • Panasonic may use LG's WRGB Panel for 4K OLED TV - "Earlier this week, the agency cited several unnamed sources as saying Panasonic is in talks to source large-sized OLED panels from LG Display." (hdtvtest.co.uk)

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Friends & Family

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  • [Video] Part 3: Color Trace in DaVinci Resolve - In the third part of the Color Trace series, Patrick shows how to perform a Manual Color Trace workflow, sometimes needed for when the Automatic Mode fails. (mixinglight.com)
  • [Video] Resolve 11: Dan's First Thoughts - It's a jam-packed Insight with a quick tour of the biggest new Resolve 11 features, focused on the color grading toolset. (mixinglight.com)

Outside 'The Box'

  • [video] GH4K review - the Panasonic GH4 was so impressive the writer titled his review: 'GH4 Review and Why I am Leaving Canon.' At 45 minutes, the review is approximately 10 minutes per K. We like the chapter makers. Click through to watch. (learningdslrvideo.com)
  • Lightworks for Mac - the legendary feature film NLE is now available for Mac. The public beta is a free download.  (lwks.com)
  • Son of Lightworks for Mac - after you download the app, dive into editor Jonny Elwyn's pithy post that is chock full of video tutorials to get you up and running in no time. (jonnyelwyn.co.uk)
  • Costume Test Photos - 50 test photos from famous motion pictures are featured in this off-beat post. From The Ten Commandments to Giant to Star Wars the costumes look great. But the actors sure don't look happy with this part of the job. (flavorwire.com)

Edumacate Yer'self

  • Discover Baselight for Avid - at the root6 Tech Breakfast. Wed, July 2. London. You must email to register. (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] The Longest Jump - an attempt at the world's longest car jump doesn't go according to plan. Which is to say, things go very wrong. Thanks to GoPro, every angle is covered. See it for yourself. (digg.com)
  • [video] The Revolving ColorRevolution Watch - the watch that changes color each second your watch changes time. Fun. (coolhunting.com)
  • [video] I dare you to watch this entire video - I did it. Can you? sort'a funny. (kottke.org)
  • [video] Fast food ads vs. reality experiment - Can fast food joints re-make their burgers to look like they do on their websites? Cute. (neatorama.com)

Gear Heads

  • Samsung: New 85-Inch UHD TV - plus two new curved sets. (mashable.com)
  • Update: DreamColor and Blackmagic HDLink - got a DreamColor Monitor and want to color correct in DaVinci Resolve? Then you'd normally need Blackmagic Design's HDLink Pro 3D DisplayPort which for the DreamColor engine to work. A recent Blackmagic update now allows some versions of BlackMagic I/O devices to feed 10bit RGB directly in the DreamColor. (provideocoalition.com)
  • Convert unused USB Thumb Drives into an SSD - got a USB thumb drive you're not using? How about several? Learn how you can convert unused USB thumb drives into your new, favorite SSD. (fstoppers.com)
  • Philip Launching 2-in-1 Monitor this fall - as in two displays seamlessly connected with a single base. Just in time for Resolve 11's new dual screen mode. (tomshardware.com)
  • Best Graphics Cards for the Money: June Update - Like the title says. Focused on high-end gaming... which tend to work for us colorists as well. (tomshardware.com)
  • The Latest on the USB vs Thunderbolt Arms Race - "At least one USB architect at Intel says the protocol may one day be able to scale beyond 40Gb/s. Check below for more details, plus some allegedly leaked info claiming that speed for a future Thunderbolt 3 interface." (nofilmschool.com)
  • [review] PCIe to Thunderbold 2 Expansion Chassis - "The main advantage of the Magma ExpressBox 3T over less expensive PCIe expansion boxes is the ability to support three full-length PCIe cards and the inclusion of auxiliary power connectors for cards that require more than bus power." (barefeats.com)
  • [roundup] Multi-drive thunderbolt enclosures - "real world transfer rate is lower -- often much lower -- depending on the kind of drive(s), the number of drives, the RAID configuration, the model of Mac, Thunderbolt interface overhead, etc. The graphs above illustrate the real world transfer speeds as well as the dramatic variance." (barefeats.com)
  • MacPro 2013 review - while still referred to as 'new,' Apple's MacPro 2013 has been on the market for a year. Master Editor Oliver Peters calls the MacPro a tour de force. But is it right for you? (digitalfilms.wordpress.com)

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Getting Ahead

  • Get Paid What You're Worth - getting paid is one thing. Getting paid what your worth is something else. Learn why one of the keys to making more money is to think more like your client. (blog.chasejarvis.com)


    • [video] My Type - the art of the music video is on display in Saint Motel's latest. Produced by L.A.-based Anthem Films, the video is an homage to an earlier time. Colorist Jeremy Ian Thomas keeps the style and pace moving with beautiful grades. (vimeo.com)

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

    Happy Grading!
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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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