This is the first industry newsletter that I actually rush to my email on Sunday to check for. I have so much junk mail that never informs me of anything, but the Tao has seriously ignited my already burning crave to be a colorist.

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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #392: The 30-Year Veteran 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.
Sunday, 17 February 2019 | Web Archives
Two quick things this week:

1. I officially joined the 30-year veteran club.

The curse of our time is that any reasonably intelligent person can pursue (almost) any career they desire. It's a modern curse because there's an array of never-ending forks you can take if you get bored in your career.

Trust me, I've gotten bored at various times. I've looked over the fence at greener lawns. I've come close to making a major career switch several times.

Yet somehow, this week I celebrated an anniversary. On February 12, 1989 I started my first job as a full-time employee at a full service production / post production company (NorthEast Video, in the Graybar Building in Manhattan).

That means, this week I celebrated my 30th Anniversary as a post production professional.


I'm not sure the meaning of that longevity. But there it is.

2. NAB is almost here so some quick bits of Tao Colorist Newsletter info:
- The Colorist Mixer is Sunday, April 7 at 7pm. Details are at the website. Tickets go on sale March 7 (earlier for Newsletter readers). So set your travel plans accordingly.

- Team Mixing Light (of which I am a founding partner) will be on the show floor in the South Floor! Plan to pencil us into your show floor travel route - more details in the coming weeks.

- Sign up for your Exhibition Pass! Register at this link. Use the FSI code LV2636 for a free pass (expires mid-March, so just do it now).

That's all from me. While prepping last week's Newsletter I was sick so this week we're a little longer than usual. Enjoy. I'll see you next Sunday.

Happy Grading!

- Patrick Inhofer
  Colorist | Publisher | Mentor
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.
"The first time we did a test, we let the participants adjust lift and gain using a control surface and discovered that there’s a reason why colorists get paid a lot of money”. Great line. The takeaway is probably summed up in the last line of the article.
After a decade of teaching at these kinds of conferences, April 2019 will mark one full year of zero live training events for your humble Publisher. I've signed up as a paid attendee to this conference (changing things up). If you're going to be there then I'll see you in Orlando on Feb. 20! Be sure to say hello.
(video) A great dive into the history, complexities, and evolution of the Technicolor dye transfer processl If you want to mess around recreating this process digitally, this is a good place to start your studies. (via Oliver Peters)
Great charts visualizing the switch to digital acquisition and the types of celluloid being shot in Hollywood films.
LumaForge + Resolve = Collaboration
We've spent the last 3 years designing a shared storage device for color, editorial and VFX workflows. We call it the Jellyfish. With an integrated database server, it's perfect for Resolve's groundbreaking Collaborative Workflow.

It can now be purchased on
Jellyfish Shared Storage Systems start at under $10,000.
CLICK to LEARN MORE about the Jellyfish at
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 toolchest with new techniques and approaches. 

Typical Resolve update performance improvements, audio handling, and additional camera support. Click through for the full list.

Additional codecs, export options, and User Interface updates.

"If you are lucky enough to own Mocha Pro you also get access to some amazing tools that go beyond planar tracking — such as automated object removal, object insertion, stabilizing and much more."

(video) Maybe because I'm now a 30-year vet of this industry, but I enjoyed hearing how this emerging generation is finding the joys of leveling-up their workflows.

iXML is a simple concept. And, you'd think, simple to support. After giving two of the A's a wedgie, this post shows how Resolve and FCPx support this metadata.

(video) I've been meaning to feature the Panasonic Dual ISO Cinema camera for a year now. It's a terrific concept. And if you work with DPs, you should understand it, too.

Flanders Scientific XM310K True 4K HDR Reference Monitor
The 31” XM310K is a true 4K resolution HDR reference monitor that qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor. With a peak luminance of 3,000nits it is the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitor on the market.
LEARN MORE About the FSI XM310K 4K HDR Reference Monitor
Pushing Photons
These stories are from's membership Library. It's a color grading website (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 a free Resolve Course and color correction Practice Projects.
(videos) Every year Dan looks back at the previous year and shares his greatest successes. This year, he focuses on his most memorable jobs. And why?
(podcast) Getting paid quickly is a key part to running your own buisness. In this Mailbag we discuss strategies for getting paid on-time.
(video) What's harder than faking a VHS-look from a high-end camera? Intercutting that look with actual crummy VHS. Learn one way to do it.
The Gear
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 camera odds-and-ends.

A deep dive at AMD's latest entry for mid-priced content creators. Get the details, numbers, and their analysis.

Like the title says. Remember, the Vega VII has a boatload of VRAM, if you need that on a mid-priced build.
A benchmark article that answers the question: Is the 9990XE's price hit worth the performance gain if you're primarily using Premiere? You may find insights in here to intuit if it'll be a good fit for your workflow.
It seems Sony wants to get in on the Dolby | IMAX action of having their own branded destination. The specs for this theater look pretty good. No word if they'll eliminate that dude in the lower row checking email, killing your shadow perception.

If you haven't already guzzled the latest news on these popular panels then this article will quench your thirst. Includes an embedded video showing the LG OLED roll-up screen.

(video) This is the case housing my Resolve system. This video is an example of what I expect to be able to do in a Mac Pro tower, if Apple wants me to switch back when I rebuild my rig in a few short years.

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.
Oh my. Sweet. Fun. And funny.
Seriously. Skittles produced an anti-advertising musical on Super Bowl Sunday. It played on Broadway. One performance only. Check out this write-up for the funny details.
Have you ever listened to someone really smart, talk about something they truly love, and have no idea what they said? No? Then click through and you'll see what I mean. Yes, I chuckled as read it.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next week!