🎨 Colorist Newsletter #497

Published: Sun, 10/17/21

Issue CDXCVII: The Color Science 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
The last few Newsletters have been jam-packed with stories. This Sunday? Not so much. It was a quiet week for my Inbox and RSS feed. As a result, I've finally included a few items today that I've been holding back for a 'slow week'.

There's a really interesting item (in Gear Heads) on a specification for calibrating HDR displays from a standards body (IDMS) I wasn't aware of. If you're into that sort of thing, the article has a link to a PDF of this specification. But beware: It's over 800 pages long!

I suggest downloading and saving that PDF.

I scanned the PDF's Table of Contents and paged through a few topics that seem interesting to me. You can skip the math and still get an understanding of the gist of things. I do like the 'Tutorial' section (starts at around page 636), but mostly reads like the classic Quantel Digital Fact Book for HDR and color gamut-related terms (but with math and graphs). Again, skip the math and you'll probably still learn something.

I've also got a few interesting items about the Unreal Engine, obligatory Resolve tutorials, and an attempt by a few Hollywood studios to get us to all agree on what to call things and how to chart production and image pipelines and workflows (the MovieLabs Guide for Ontology and Visual Language for Media Creation).


Is that too much? Two standards to read through on a Sunday? I'll try better next time - which will be a week from today!

But wait - there's more!

This Thursday, Team Mixing Light is hosting a webinar on the 1931 CIE 'horseshoe' chart. It's presented by colorist Hector Berrebi and features a guest panelist, the famous color scientist Dr. Charles Poynton!

The point of the webinar is to explain the chart's history, current relevance, and how working colorists can use it to their advantage. The webinar is free to the internet (but replays will be on the membership side of Mixing Light's website). If you're interested, click this link to sign up (registration is required).

Enough color science talk for a single week! 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.

A live event: "Our three free courses cover the fundamentals of color grading, color spaces and media management in Baselight. Each day will also include a comprehensive presentation by Dolby of the Dolby Vision mastering process for HDR and SDR delivery." November 16-18. Registration required.

For my UK readers: "The NFTS Virtual Production Certificate is a six-month course. Participants will be introduced to the core technical and filmmaking required to work on virtual production projects using Unreal Engine." (via Willian Aleman)

This is worth knowing about: "MovieLabs, a technology joint venture of the major Hollywood movie studios, has published the first version of a common ontology for production technologists ... a conceptual framework and a set of defined terms to enable both people and software to communicate unambiguously with greater data interoperability."

(video) What the heck is 'ontology' and why should you care? This is very geeky but it has the potential to be very very useful, even if you're not a software designer. Check out this overview video for the low-down. Or read the previous item from Post Perspective that explains things in article form.

"The super-smart assistants coming our way are just that—assistants—and the people who adopt these tools will become more creative, not less. And there will be more of us, too."

(video) Friend of the Tao, Sam Mestman, is joined by OWC's Steven Niedzielski in this previously recorded webinar about the present and future of remote collaboration: "Keeping teams connected is the goal, and new technology is simply the means to get there. Join the conversation to see what Steven and Sam are seeing as current-day best practices and where they see these trends going over the next few years."

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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. 

(video) "This week we're going to look at expanding your Resolve repertoire and find tools your may be overlooking in your workflow."

(video) "Here's my attempt at explaining Davinci Resolve 17s new composite modes: Foreground, Alpha and Inverted Alpha. Really cool way to do Edit Page Masks. They're super useful!"

If the software scope OmniScope Pro is too expensive for you but the less expensive Photo version is too feature restricted then take a look at their new Video version. In my opinion, for full-time colorists, the HSL scope, blanking detection, and HDR stats are worth the price of the Pro version. But for others, the Video version may be just what you're looking for.

For my on-set friends. There are some interesting new features.

(video) I found this item from Jonny Elwyn's daily newsletter: "We embraced Unreal Engine and used it to create 16 VFX shots that enhanced and augmented the story in ways we could not do on set during the physical production. Virtual Production (VP) is used on the biggest budget projects but it can also be used on low-budget and indie projects with small or no budgets." This is Part 1 of the multi-part series.
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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. 

(webinar) This free webinar features as a guest speaker color scientist Dr. Charles Poynton: "Registration open: We've all seen the 1931 CIE RGB Chromaticity Chart. But do you understand it well enough to use it in your work?" Thursday, October 21, 11am Eastern.

(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."

(video) "Colorist Patrick Inhofer shares a behind-the-scenes look at color grading an animated short film - and how it differs from live-action."

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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.
This article is about measuring HDR displays: "the Information Display Measurements Standard (IDMS) has become established as a widely used reference for display metrology. Until recently, IDMS did not include a dedicated chapter for HDR applications. This void is now remedied with version 1.1 of IDMS, which contains a new chapter on HDR. 
"In addition, an extensive HDR tutorial has been included to educate readers on HDR concepts, methods, and technologies from the metrology point of view. Both the HDR chapter and tutorial aim to establish clear guidance on the topic, while helping readers understand the complexities involved with HDR metrology." 

Click through to this article for a link to a free PDF download of the new chapter.

"Imagine a world where digital objects escape the screen and integrate seamlessly with reality. That world is here now, thanks to Light Field Lab and its holographic video walls." There are good details about the technology in this article.

"Users have to really know what they are getting from 10GbE, and how it will help them, before shelling out the money for that upgrade.  But there is a way to leverage the performance and bandwidth offered by 10GbE without investing hundreds or thousands of dollars in an expensive switch."

Think: DoVi demo reels for you to demo to your clients who are thinking of going HDR and Dolby Vision.

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) This time, William Shatner was part of the payload, making Captain Kirk a real astronaut. A replay of the launch is embedded in this news item.

This drink - and the Manhattan - have become my favorite go-to adult beverages. Mostly, because you can sip on them all night and not get comments about how you're not drinking ;-)

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