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Issue #388: The Inspired By... Edition

The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter

Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor
for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sunday.
Sunday, 20 January 2019 | Web Archives
Not much in the Tools section this week. I guess with CES, the software peeps decided to take a week off.

But for those of us who embraced FCP Legacy back in 'the day' - it's sad to hear that the Las Vegas SuperMeet is no more.

A huge shout out goes to my friend Dan Berube and his co-Producer Michael Horton - the driving forces behind the SuperMeet. It's fair to say this Newsletter is part of their legacy - along with my dearly departed friend and community development mentor, Michael Vitti.

I thank them all for their service to the community they supported. And inspired. Their work lives on.

Enjoy the Newsletter! I'll see you next week.

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.
AbelCine / LA is hosting a two-day class designed to 'prepare you for the job of grading and delivering HDR shows for Netflix, Amazon . . . using DaVinci Resolve." The class is lead by Dado Valentic. Feb. 6 & 7.
With the UHD plan jumping to $16, I suspect those months when Tao HQ subscribes to HBO Now... we'll be dropping Netflix. It's hitting the price point where budget conscious streamers won't consider it a no-brainer.
The SuperMeet was the highest expression of traditional User Groups. Dan Berube and Michael Horton built and sustained post-production communities. Publications like this were inspired by their achievements. Good luck on your Next Thing, Dan & Michael!
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.
(forum) An interesting discussion with some thoughtful explanations.

(forum) If you scroll through, you'll get examples of fixed node trees from big projects. But I'm getting the feeling that as this concept is popularized it's going to take a while for people to realize there is no 'best fixed node tree'. Like the 'what's the best LUT?' question... be patient. They'll get there.

This cloud-based review and approval platform continues developing with some good new features and tweaks being rolled out.
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.
(video) Lumetri color correction in Premiere Pro 2019 has changed dramatically: What is new? Is it improved? And how useful is it?
A list of key software utilities for post production professionals that may help you a solve annoying (or critical) problems. For Mac & Windows.

(video) Dan Moran shares his story from a recent "not so near-set grade" for an upcoming collaboration with friends on a short film.

(video) In Part 1 you learned how to build a Fixed Node Structure in Resolve's node tree when color grading. Now learn its huge time-saving benefits.
(video) Create a clean plate to remove an item using Fusion's Clone Brush. Then mask an area, replace it, and track the replacement onto the shot.
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.

With 24GB of VRAM, is this GPU for the 8K crowd worth its price?

I suspect most readers of this Newsletter know that multiple GPU-aware apps don't offer much help on CPU-intensive operations. What got my attention? The fact that this Mac-focused gear site still finds itself falling back to a 2010 Mac Pro for these kinds of tests. Bring back the cheese grater!
(video) The folks at have a nice video explaining the new user selectable HDR tone mapping roll-off feature (presumably for non-Dolby Vision HDR content). It's used with the CalMAN integration and built-in pattern generator.

Holy smokes. SDI routers keep getting more affordable. This is a 16x16 router for 12G SDI (and lower) inputs and outputs. $2500 US.

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 trying to set aside some time to watch the 'Black Mirror' spin-off feature-length interactive movie. But after reading how I get to choose what cereal a character eats - I'm not so sure I'm excited anymore. But I'll give it a spin anyway.

Interesting. And it also checks the ATMOS box.

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