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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue CDLVII: The Quick Turnaround 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, 11 October 2020 | Web Archives | [email protected] Team Page
As I type this I'm wondering if I can hit 'Publish' before my typical 3:05 am Sunday morning delivery deadline? Probably, but only if I stop typing and start formatting. So...

Enjoy this week's Newsletter. I'll see you next week.

Happy Grading!

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

- 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) There are several embeds on this page. What I think you'll find most interesting is the Bonus content about the challenges of designing a LED virtual set (as they did on The Mandalorian). 

Topics include: "The key pipeline issues around LED screen design from its shape to the best LED screens to use and why; The issue of latency and targets for professional use; Colourspace and colour science issues; The complex issues of focus and virtual defocus in an LED stage; Stage calibration and alignment."
This is sad news. Movie exhibitors are trying to do business but there's no new product to draw people in.
If you're looking for a primer on Ultra HD, HDR, and the tech that supports it then this is a good starting point.
Flanders Scientific XM310K Professional HDR Grading Display
The XM310K has a peak luminance of 3,000cd/m2 making it one of the brightest HDR mastering monitors on the market.

It supports both PQ and HLG EOTFs, multiple color gamut selections, and a contrast ratio in excess of 3,000,000:1. The XM310K is ideal for a wide variety of demanding HDR workflows.
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. 
I have skipped sharing articles like this since too many are simplistic. But colorist Cullen Kelly offers a high-quality summation of skin tone management that's definitely worth the click. (via Vivian Pimenta)
Click through for a few quick bullet points on what's new in this Beta update. I have to say, I'm very confused by this dual-track 16.2 / 16.3 Beta releases. Does the 16.3 Beta 3 package include the 16.2.7 update (released two weeks ago)? Or is the main purpose of 16.3 to incorporate BMD RAW Beta releases? If so, what version of 16.2 is the 16.3 Beta releases forked from? Some indication of the delta between the two simultaneous releases would be very useful to end-users.
I can't vouch for this 30-hour video Course but demand for Fusion training is simmering so maybe it's interesting to you?
(video) In this short video from Luke Ross, learn how to insert media into Baselight using a traditional three-point edit. It's harder than you'd imagine! If you're an editor then you can file this under Sunday Fun(nies).
If you don't want to use plug-ins and are new to color grading, Oliver Peters writes, "Here are five simple [techniques] you can use to enhance the look of your videos."
A developer shares his story of coming back to post-production to help rebuild the Cinema Grade plugin for the Metal architecture - while also preparing to release a Windows version. If you've got the time it's an interesting read.
Oliver Peters takes this FCPx remote color grading collaboration toolset for a spin and shares his thoughts on it.
Get it done, Faster, Better and Cheaper with the OWC Flex 8
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This Industry-first Thunderbolt™ 3 storage, docking, and PCIe expansion solution (with 85w charging) is dollar for dollar, the best way for serious media professionals to handle their storage, connectivity, and PCIe expansion needs.

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The OWC ThunderBay Flex 8 is a recipient of the 2020 Future Best of Show Award, presented by Video Edge. Video Edge awarded the ThunderBay Flex 8 their Special Edition Best of Show Award in the store, charge and connect category.
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Pushing Photons
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(video) Learn how to insert 3D objects or paint out defects in videos with a moving camera using DaVinci Resolve Fusion's 3D Camera Tracker.
(video) In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you how he uses the DaVinci Resolve color page node tree to build great looking green screen composites.
(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly shows how to put the analysis of reference images + analysis of shots on the timeline together to create a cohesive, matching look.
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 is a press release - but interesting if you're looking for these types of solutions.
Not a review but more of a feature summation: "Built around the StorNext file system, WORKSPACE is designed as a small footprint box that you can set up for up to 8 users . . . Its most innovative feature is its direct Thunderbolt connection, using Thunderbolt 3 to allow for users up to 50 feet away." Pricing and additional features are at the link.
Nice: "Windows 10 will get storage health monitoring to protect user data. The new feature, present in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 2022, will detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSDs."
(video podcast) Thunderbolt 4: What is it? What does it do and why is it better than Thunderbolt 3? Their special guest is OWC's CEO.
"The dock includes just three other ports: one high-speed USB 3.0 (Type A), one USB 2.0 (also Type A), and gigabit ethernet, which tested at gigabit speeds even with all ports occupied, as it should."
This is a summation of a longer article on the 3080 performance on Linux - for you big iron types.
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.
"The console will feature liquid metal on its system on a chip, for which Sony spent two years developing the mechanism to apply." Homer Simpson is drooling: Liquid metal, like The Terminator.

Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next Sunday.