🎨 Colorist Newsletter #494

Published: Sun, 09/26/21

Issue CDXCIV: The Down With Fractions! Edition
The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter
Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays.
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Happy Grading!

I'll see you next Sunday.
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- Patrick Inhofer
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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.

(video) "[Filmmaker U] had the privilege to speak with another super talented Colorist, Billy Hobson. Billy's various projects include "FBI" series, "Lady and the Tramp," and the film "Suicide Squad."

A reader sends in this 1700's color-matching tool for measuring the blueness of the sky - with an insight you can use when grading: "When looking toward the horizon, an observer looks through up to 40 times as much atmosphere compared to looking overhead. Therefore, more Mie scattering is seen when viewing parts of the sky closer to the horizon. A darker blue sky will be observed if less wet haze is in the observer's line of sight." (via Joseph Bridgers)

The normally very exclusive live event is going virtual and free: "Join us for an extraordinary virtual experience to find inspiration, connect with creatives from around the world, and learn the best ways to bring your best ideas to life. Open to all, at no cost." Registration required. October 26-28.

"The film and video production industry might be on the verge of a complete shutdown. Let's discuss the ins and outs of why."

I love the domain name! They want to remove 23.976, 29.97, and all the iterative fractional frame rates. I can't say I disagree: "This should include displays, recorders, playback devices, and cameras among others. Here are some of the issues created by fractional frame rates..." (via Marc Wielage)

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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 tool chest with new techniques and approaches. 

(Livestream) This free event is happening today, September 26, "A relaxed color related chat with a different subject every month. This month we discuss Show LUTs - why you need them and how to make them."

(video) The headline says it all.

On-set or in post-production, this is Color 101 for consistent images: "Maintaining your DP’s creative intent consistently over many weeks of shooting in different locations and light situations may sound like a very challenging task. However, it doesn’t have to be, thanks to a little helper: Reference media."

(video) I'm wrapping up grading 30 spots that had a ton of roto work. I ended up doing most of it in Resolve's Power Window & Tracking interfaces. It drove me nuts. I either need to up my game in Fusion or add Mocha Pro. I've been talking about this for years. I'll be watching this presentation this Sunday Morning with my coffee to help me decide the direction I want to go.

If you're unfamiliar with FilmConvert or CineMatch, this recording of a recent Livestream should get you started. I really like the work they're doing. The link takes you to 5:36 where the demo begins.

"[Machine Learning] is already in upscaling, noise reduction, frame rate conversion, colorization (of monochrome footage), intelligent reframing, rotoscoping and object fill, color grading, aging, and de-aging people, digital makeup, facial emotion manipulation ..." If you click through you'll find examples and links to each of these types of Machine Learning uses.

VPNs are super-popular for the readers of this Newsletter. But you've got to be super-picky. ExpressVPN users should click through to this summary of an article detailing their new owner and why you might get concerned.

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "What does binary logic have to do with color grading? Colorist Joey D'Anna shows you how to build switches and logic into your Resolve node structure."

(video) "In part 6 of his ongoing series, Cullen Kelly explores how to combine two separate DCTLs for increased user functionality without adding complexity."

(video) "ACES is an extremely popular color management pipeline but its RRT can impose a ‘look’. In this Insight learn about OpenDRT & how to implement it."

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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.

"The BM241 is equipped with live side-by-side viewing for two signals, look LUT support, dual-link SDI compatibility, an advanced Video Data Analyzer, and HDR Preview modes."

(videos) "Transform a cheap midi controller into a pro level grading panel and edit controller with this software kit." There are multiple tutorials in this post showing various setups - including a newer video on adding Dolby Vision trim controls for those of you with paid DoVi licenses but without the 'big boy' control surface. (via Vivian Pimenta)

If you're thinking about storage solutions then you've heard about FreeNAS. But how is that different than TrueNAS, which seems to have come out of nowhere? "We wanted to take the opportunity for one last comparative review of FreeNAS and TrueNAS, and discuss why now is the time to upgrade if you haven’t already."

"Even if you are familiar with the different panel types it is worth taking a peek at the current state of the market." Click through for a summary. If you want to dive deeper, they have the link to the original full-blown article.

Sunday Fun(nies)
Random thoughts, tidbits, and fun stuff that caught my attention this week. Maybe it's color grading related. Maybe not. Ya got'ta read to the end of the Newsletter to find out.
(video) "Okay, I still don’t understand the math here—but I feel closer now! Freya Holmér has done a beautiful job of visualizing the core workings of what’s a core ingredient in myriad creative applications."
I'm excited about the new Foundation series on AppleTV+. This was one of the first sci-fi books I ever read - and its scope set my expectations for all sci-fi for the rest of my life. I was going to re-read the books in anticipation of the series but decided against it. I want to see how well this series stands on its own - and will re-read the books at the end of Season 1. I'll be subscribing to this podcast and hopefully, it'll be fun for those of us who work in the business.

I really enjoyed watching this movie. I equally enjoyed reading this behind-the-scenes write-up. Yes, for me, this counts as fun.

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