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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, 24 March 2019 | Web Archives
In the last few Newsletters I've chatted your ear off. This week, I'm giving you a break!

I just have one reminder - today (Sunday March 24) is the last day to get your NAB Expo Pass for free - with a discount code. Use this code courtesy FSI, now, before you gotta shell out cash: LV2636

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.
On Tuesday evening, April 9, Tao Newsletter Sponsor LumaForge is taking over the SuperMeet - with the Faster Together Stage. It's a new format, being emceed by Michael Horton. I'll be attending. Click through to get your ticket and join us!
At the Renaissance Hotel next to the South Hall, FilmLight has a day of colorists talking about their careers, their craft, their projects, and (presumably) Baselight. Plus a presentation from their Image Engineer on the differences between the real world and HDR. I hope to make at least one of these sessions. Monday, April 8.

A summary of an interesting panel discussion about the challenges of getting consumer TVs to match the grading suite.

Click through for details and show times to join Team Mixing Light at Flanders Scientific's booth #SL6328 during NAB 2019! It's over 3 days of free sessions for finishers & colorists - you have to be there to see it.
Flanders Scientific XM310K True 4K HDR Reference Monitor
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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 toolchest with new techniques and approaches.

(videos) A series of educational videos on getting started with Mistika Boutique are posted to this forum thread on Lift Gamma Gain.

(forum) As mentioned here a few weeks ago, Mistika Boutique is now in Open Beta. This thread about Boutique is quite excellent. If you're curious about Mistika, the pricing, roadmaps, and user experiences - set aside 15 minutes, down a scone with your coffee, and get caught up.

A good rundown of the new features and fixes in this update.
This cloud collaboration tool has added several very nice new features, including account switching and separating internal comments from client comments. Click through for the full update list.

(video) If you're looking for ideas to play with, watch the first half of this video to grok the concept. The second half explains the underlying concepts. When you're sitting on the couch watching TV with the family, pull up your laptop, crack open Resolve, and see if you can replicate this workflow and control it (or not)?

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.
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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.
(video) In Part 3 of this series, you learn about the evolution of digital video from Standard- to High- Dynamic Range. Why is it here to stay (or not)?
(video) Dan shares his thoughts behind his solution to removing a reflection using Resolve's Color Page - on a 16mm shot with moving grain structure.

Learn how to create, export, and import ASC-CDL compliant color grades using DaVinci Resolve. Plus tips and tricks with CDL data.

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.
On March 31 Flanders ends it upgrade program to the DM250. For way less than buying new, you get a new chassis and electronics to meet the feature-set of a DM250.
Last week Puget detailed noticeable performance loss with the latest NVIDA drivers. The fix is in and it requires downloading the new set of 'Creator Drivers'.
So what's the deal with these new drivers? Spoiler alert: The main benefit isn't about speed.
This is a good roundup of this week's refresh (almost 2 years since the last). It includes entry level pricing and the price of a maxed out iMac.

Friend of the Tao, Gary Adcock, has a write-up that properly catches the mind-numbing weirdness of the new USB naming specifications. And how you can get USB 4 performance, today.


NAB 2019
Events and notifications that may be interesting for readers of this Newsletter. NAB 2019 expo floor is open April 8 - 11.
Use this link to create an account or log into an existing account and get your Expo pass. Don't forget to get your TRAM ticket. TODAY (Sunday) is the last day to use this code from FSI to get the pass for free (until March 24): LV2636
The Mixer is back! Sunday, April 7 at 7pm. Tickets are sold out! Get on the Waitlist. When refunds start rolling you might get a chance to sign up.
If your new to NAB then this is a great place to meet a wide mix of industry pros. You're likely to talk to a huge array of names you'll find on message boards, in conferences and Facebook groups.
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.
Holograms are fun. Volumetric dsiplays take us a step closer. Maybe? The dream remains so far far away.

So the last remaining reason for MySpace's existence - was lost in a server migration? Funny, unless it was you who lost original creations that you never backed up!

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