🎨 Colorist Newsletter #496

Published: Sun, 10/10/21

Issue CDXCVI: The Chosen 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.
From The Publisher
We are jam-packed today so let's get straight to it...

I'll see you next Sunday.

Happy Grading!
- Patrick Inhofer
Colorist | Publisher | Coach

(and remember - if you have a story that's a fit for this Newsletter, hit reply or email it to 'newsletter@taoofcolor.com'! Include a quick reason for the suggested link.)

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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) "This week, Company3 colorist Walter Volpatto (Dunkirk, The Master, Green Book, Star Wars VIII, and so many more) joins me to discuss the future of color grading, and how where the industry can best place its focus to truly make better images."

(podcast) Mike Seymour is joined by Andrew Glassner of WETA Digital and discusses Andrew's new book on ML: "He’s written or edited a dozen technical books on computer graphics, his newest book is Deep Learning: A Visual Approach." I'll be listening to this with my Sunday morning coffee.

"The November 18 Gala Will Honor Excellence in Color Grading, Editing, Visual Effects and Sound." Click through to see which of our peers are nominated. There's beautiful work represented there. It's nice to see some variety in the non-Theatrical nomination category. Now, I know Company 3 has amazing talent, but you're telling me no one outside of Company 3 does outstanding color work for Commercials? I suppose... maybe no one outside of C3 sent in entries? (via Marc Wielage)
"Learn show lut design, suite-set roundtrip workflow and look development from Hollywood veteran Mark Todd Osborne."

"Join us for cocktail hour - or four. Wish we were meeting up at NAB, but instead we can all get together in cyberspace for a global catch up." Registration required.

From a Newsletter I'm now subscribing to, explaining the origins and implications of the IATSE vote to allow a strike: 

"The disagreement mainly stems from negotiations a decade or so back when, to let some guild crew work on early internet (think YouTube) and both sides agreed to create a new window called “New Media” that had smaller residuals and relaxed work standards than theatrical or broadcast distribution. In a world, though, where streaming companies have billion dollar valuations, this seems anachronistic." 

Lots of great details when you click through to the story.
(video) "Is the NFT boom a bubble about to burst? What is the outlook for the industry? How does it need to evolve to secure its longevity?" This on-demand replay (click through and scroll down for the link) does require your email. If you're wondering if NFTs are for real? Or if they're a fad? This seems like a good place to start.
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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. 

Resolve 17.3, "adds support for a completely new processing engine that transforms the speed of DaVinci Resolve to work up to 3 times faster on Apple Mac models with the M1 chip." This looks to be mostly a maintenance release for non-M1 setups. With a fix for an HDR Tool problem when using DaVinci Wide Gamut.

(video) Like the headline says. (via Rich Roddman)

To my editing readers: This tutorial shows one or two methods of dual-source syncing in Resolve you probably weren't aware of. (via Rich Roddman)
(videos) Toolfarm has done a really nice job here embedding a series of Autodesk videos highlighting the various new features in Flame; including expanded support for Tangent colorist control surfaces and NDI support.

(video) From the official channel for Color Finale: "Learn how to adjust multiple clips at once in our new Essential Series video."

"When it is released, Auto Tone will replace the current Auto adjustment button in the Lumetri panel, providing more sophisticated color correction, with better results, with a single click." It'll be interesting to see if readers of this Newsletter agree with that opinion...

My link takes you directly to their performance charts for DaVinci Resolve. But if you generate income using any of the tools they tested, you should definitely hold off upgrading for a while... so you won't see many Windows 11 stories in this Newsletter for the foreseeable future (except, perhaps, to highlight specific game-stopping problems of interest for Tao readers).

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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 free 7-Day Test Drive.​​​ There's also color correction Practice Projects for purchase. 

(video) "Colorist Joey D’Anna shows you his methodology for nailing challenging power window tracks in DaVinci Resolve."

(video) "Colorist Patrick Inhofer shares a behind-the-scenes look at color grading an animated short film - and how it differs from live-action." This is in front of the paywall.
(video) "In Part 7, Colorist Cullen Kelly shows how to add split-toning into the custom DCTL. Then he debugs and commits it to the main GitHub branch." This one is also in front of the paywall.
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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.
"Things are happening with Apple's Macs. Let's take a look at what Macs you should think twice about before buying." After clicking through, scroll down to read their advice on the Mac Pro workstation - I concur with their analysis.

"This is the first in a series of articles that will explore computer networks and how to get the most out of them in the post environment."

(podcast) "Nvidia, Intel & AMD GPU Rumors, Vulnerabilities, Epic EPYC, HyperX Solocast Mic Review + MoRe!"

I'm sure a few readers will find this interesting: "Today’s release of the Surface Laptop Studio is significant. With Thunderbolt 4 support, the Surface Laptop Studio can now support eGPU and a vast amount of other accessories."

If you're going to buy a consumer TV for your client viewing, then why not make sure you can game in maximal enjoyment of DoVi during downtime? "LG brought Dolby Vision 4K 120Hz gaming support to its 2021 OLED models (C1 and G1) in June. Starting next week, owners of LG CX, GX, WX, and RX OLED TVs will also be able to enjoy Dolby Vision at 120Hz – up from a maximum of 60Hz previously."
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) Are you looking for a reason to smile today? "125 drums. 3 drum sets. An ice rink. Ever seen someone skate and drum?"

(video) "Tauntauns & wampas & Sno-Cats, oh my!"

This is funny: "We have C, and we have V. I’m not sure what the third button is supposed to do. That’s fine, of course, because the three keys are actually programmable — you can map them to do whatever task you want." I'll be amazed if at least one Newsletter reader doesn't buy this. It's actually kind'a cool.

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