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Issue CDXI: The Criterion 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, 21 July 2019 | Web Archives
The Tao Newsletter Celebrates Its 9th Birthday!

On July 18, 2010 I sent my very first Tao Newsletter. It looked ugly awful. But it shipped! And we've been shipping for 9 years. It's a total of 411 Sunday mornings.

Thanks to everyone reading this for making it happen! The Open rate for this Newsletter is still astounding (over 40% per week). I guess we're still doing something right, here at Tao HQ 🙂

If you happen to work at a company that's a fit to be a Newsletter Sponsor then let me know (just hit Reply)! Over the August break I'd like to line up another Sponsor or two, to be sure we go another 9 years...

About That Upcoming August Break

Several years ago I started taking the month of August off from publishing this Newsletter. Call it a 'mental health hiatus'. It's amazing what having several consecutive Saturdays free from my publishing duties does for my well being - not to mention my relationship with the Tao Treasurer.

Next Sunday is the last Newsletter before the August break. We will return Sunday September 8. Just an early FYI.

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
   Colorist | Publisher | Coach
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 like the answers - and questions - in this short Q/A style profile.

(video) A great video showing behind the scenes at the thoughts and insights in the Restoration process. There's a heavy focus on Teal and Cyan choices of the original cinematographer. (via Marc Wielage)
(video) Like the title says.
(video) To help you communicate with and understand your D.P.s.
Last year I mentioned this non-linear 'interactive' film produced for Netflix. I've since watched it - and after my decisions led to the movie ending in about 45 minutes, I wasn't interested enough to go back and try again. That said, this article is about its unique and complex editorial process.
Flanders Scientific Professional 4K HDR Reference Monitors
The 1,000nit XM311K and 3,000nit XM310K both qualify as Dolby Vision mastering monitors. The XM311K features innovative Light Modulating Cell Layer technology and now has a lower list price of $35,000.

Do you require a brighter display? Then the XM310K is one of the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitors on the market.
LEARN MORE about FSI's Professional HDR Reference Monitor
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.
(video) The only problem I have with this particular plugin is that clients start expecting its magic on shots it doesn't handle well (where the face turns away from camera). If you've not used it or need a refresher - check it out!

Get the low-down...

(video) "The last few posts have been about both the corrective and creative uses of color manipulation. Now it’s time to get purely creative with the most over-the-top color manipulation plug-in in After Effects: Colorama. This powerful effect is initially overwhelming, because it can do so much from sedate tinting to psychedelic color cycling."

(videos) Our friend Jonny does his yeoman work of rounding up various sources in coverage of Assimilate Scratch 9.1.

Do you need a primer on the value of Metadata in dailies? Pomfort has you covered.
"There are not a lot of books on digital workflow for film & TV out there, but Barbara Clark really knows her stuff. This was pretty much all there was for the 1990s, but they finally updated it for modern times, all-digital capture, and HD and 4K HDR. The other authors include a post exec at Disney and also two other post supervisors." (via Marc Wielage)
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 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.
If you're looking add some step into your legacy Mac Pro, then definitely click through to this.

If you were waiting to upgrade your GPU until this card was released then don't hold your breath...

Or rent a computer for onsite color grading? I've used the service talked about in this article. With similar results.

When I talk to display geeks, they often say the future of HDR and Wide Color Gamut is LCD. Why? Power consumption for OLED limits its brightness rather substantially. OLED can't generate bright enough pixels without blowing household fuses. LCDs? Not a concern - they can go several thousands nits using normal household currents. This article documents recent research into the OLED power problem.

This review is similar to almost any LG OLED review the past few years. But there is one exception, listed in the 'What We Didn't Like' section.

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.

I've been going to the Hayden Planetarium my whole life. Love it. This is a terrific behind the scenes of Christie's one-of-kind domed projection system that may make Hayden the first HDR planetarium in the world.

Yikes! A pricing mistake on Prime Day. A really BIG pricing mistake.

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