🎨 Colorist Newsletter #498

Published: Sun, 10/24/21


Issue CDXCVIII: The Linear 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
Today's Newsletter is short as I've been wrestling with DaVinci Resolve 17.4 (just released) trying to edit the CIE Webinar I moderated on Thursday. Unfortunately, I lost the struggle trying to work in multicam on the Edit Page. And then trying to work with Sync Bin multicam on the Cut Page.

Then I downgraded. Then I tried to see if my problem was hardware-related (I don't think it is). Then I re-upgraded - which didn't solve anything.

Then I meditated.

Then I went old-school and did a normal linear edit. 30 minutes into the timeline I had to stop because it was evening and this Newsletter needed to be written and shipped.

That's a long way of saying: Today's Newsletter is short out of necessity.

If you missed that CIE Chromaticity webinar it'll be posted on Mixing Light by dinner tonight, East Coast time.

Have a great week and I'll see you next Sunday.

Happy Grading!
- Patrick Inhofer
Colorist | Publisher | Coach

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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.

I'd been looking for the right piece to include in this Newsletter about the tragic accident resulting in the death of DoP Halyna Hutchins. Click through to read about her.

"The post describes banding artifacts, when do they appear in video encoding, and our solution to reliably detect them in scenarios relevant to streaming (range of resolutions, qualities, and bit-depths, type of content, ...)." Interesting.

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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. 

This is a big release with lots of new features throughout the app. The easiest way to learn if there's a new feature for you is to click through to the Read Me (which is what I've linked to).

(video) "Each and every effect in the OFX library detailed. I'll show you which Resolve effects are FREE and which require the STUDIO version and why you need these effects." In 17 minutes - whew.

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly: "This week we're going behind the scenes as I walk you through my personal Resolve tool-set, from plugins to power grades, sharing what I have (and don't have) and why, how I came to choose the tools, how often I use them, and more!"

(webinar) "SMPTE Hollywood will explore the intricacies of lighting and color science for On-Set Virtual Production at its next virtual meeting. The free, monthly Zoom meeting is slated for October 27."

(video) "Final Cut Pro 10.6 is here! Join Steve & Mark as they showcase the cinematic editing mode tool and the awesome object tracker! "

This is an interesting PR announcement: "Assimilate announced today an open beta for its new and innovative Live FX software that enables real-time, live compositing for green-screen and LED wall-based virtual productions on set. Live FX is also ideal for creating quick comps when scouting locations."

(video) If the previous item about LiveFX from Assimilate is interesting to you then click through to this YouTube playlist for a 6-part series about this toolset and workflow (including using Unreal Engine).

If you're into film emulation then you'll be interested in this review of software that has 84 emulations for you to use and tweak.

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"DaVinci Resolve 17.4 is a substantial update. Colorist Joey D'Anna explores his favorite features, big and small, on the Color & Edit Pages."

(video) "Colorist Joey D’Anna shows you how to move an SDR grade into HDR using a Custom ACES fixed node structure."

"In an application as deep as Resolve it's easy to forget about a feature or not even know one was there! Colorist Robbie Carman explores some of these."
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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.

"With the announcement of the M1 Pro and M1 Max, Apple has connected the dots and revealed two new chips that propel the MacBook Pro to new heights. Two connected dots make a straight line–and that line points to the future of the Mac. Here’s a look at what might be coming next."

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.
At over 9,000 pieces it'll take a few fun Sundays to build this baby: "It divides into three sections, which means you can showcase its intricate interiors, including the grand staircase and boiler room. The exteriors feature the promenade deck and swimming pool. To make it extra special, this working model allows you to turn the propellers to watch the piston engines turn inside, as well as raise the anchor and adjust the tension line between masts." (via Robbie Carman)
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you next week.