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.

Shawn P.
Welcome to the Home of:

The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter

A weekly newsletter about the craft and business of Digital Color Grading.
Delivered for your Sunday morning coffee.

privacy We value your privacy and never spam you

Editors, Finishers, Colorists, DITs (and your assistants)...

Scroll down to read our most recent Newsletter:

(emailed on Sunday at 3:05 am, New York time)

Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor



Issue CDXXXI: The Threadripper 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, 9 February 2020 | Web Archives
If you're heading to NAB in April and need an exhibits-only pass, register at NAB's website with this code from Newsletter Sponsor Flanders Scientific:


This code expires on March 24, after which you'll need to pay to gain entry.

Speaking of Nab...

What's up with the 2020 NAB Colorist Mixer?

Personally, I'm not sure what the details are yet for this year's Colorist Mixer - other than it's happening and I'm excited to attend.

The following is a joint statement from the co-founding organizers of the Colorist Mixer:
“For the past 7 years the Colorist Mixer has been a labor of love by The International Colorist Academy, Mixing Light, and Tao Of Color. What started out as a few friends meeting up at a bar at NAB has become a phenomenon at trade shows and color-focused training events worldwide.

Colorist Mixers are a lot of work to produce. But with Mixing Light and Tao of Color drastically increasing their show floor presence at industry events, it became clear that the Mixer(s) would best served by a streamlined leadership group.

Moving forward, The Colorist Society International (CSI) along with the International Colorist Academy will be the leadership team of the Colorist Mixer.

Mixing Light and Tao Of Color are resigning their roles as organizers.

Mixing Light and Tao Of Color will continue to support The Colorist Mixer as sponsors and will use their platforms to help share news and promote major Mixer events.

For all Colorist Mixer related inquires please contact Warren Eagles at The International Colorist Academy ([email protected]) or Kevin Shaw at The Colorist Society International ([email protected]).”

I'll be at NAB this year and I hope to see you there!

Come and join me, other Newsletter readers, and the Mixing Light team  at the Colorist Mixer, where I finally get to be a relaxed guest. I'll also be on the show floor at the Flanders Scientific booth where the Mixing Light Presentation Theater is again being hosted by FSI and Gaiamount (I'll have many more details about this in the next few weeks).

Alright - that's enough words for this week's introduction.

I'll see you next Sunday.

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
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 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.
Start making your NAB plans! If you want to expand your knowledge then check out this conference. I'm linking to the grid of classes. One thing to consider: Take classes outside our craft, related to the work of your clients. Learning their lingo brings you closer to them.
If you're starting to explore ACES or other color-managed workflows but aren't fully versed then this article is for you. If you're just starting out? You'll be jumping into the deep end and will find this more theoretical than practical.

"DP Steve Yedlin hopes to have the last word in the ongoing “Digital vs. Film” debate, and outlines in detail what he does to provide the same colorimetry, slight grain, gate weave, and the halation of film in digitally-shot productions like Knives Out" (via Marc Wielage)

Using 'certified Resolve colorists' this new service promises quick turnarounds, standard pricing, and a balanced correction for producers and editors to build their look above it. This article offers an overview.

This is a good, if somewhat tedious, list of items freelancers should consider bringing to every job. (via Marc Wielage)
Sponsor is the only good way to make end credits.
Want to see what we're all about?

 TAO newsletter subscribers get to skip the waitlist. 
Get your free ENDCRAWL demo project.
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) Are you wishing you could write Python scripts for Resolve? Or wondering what's possible? One user has posted nice formatted versions of the .txt documentation that ships with Resolve, in the hopes that by making the documentation less inscrutable some of you may start creating useful solutions.

The answer to that question is both pithy and comes from Resolve's lead developer.

Bookmark this so when your client walks in with an offbeat aspect ratio, you can punch in the numbers and download a PNG of your crop overlay. Easy peasy.
Why is a color grading Newsletter putting an item in here about testing Machine Learning solutions? Because one day your client will walk in with a disk filled with images and say, "This is my sample set of reference stills. Can you run this through Resolve and match the look?" How will you know if the sample set is valid? Click through and learn.
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 14 Course and color correction Practice Projects.

(video) DaVinci Resolve's Quick Export is often overlooked because it looks simplistic. Learn how to power up Quick Exports and save yourself time.

(video) When you open DaVinci Resolve 16 for the first time, you land on its Cut Page. How is it laid out? How does it differ from the Edit Page?

(video) Neat Video 5.1 is a powerful complement to DaVinci Resolve Studio's native noise reduction toolset. Get a close-up look at Neat's workflow.

(video) In Part 2 of this foundational series, learn about the physical considerations of a color grading suite that impact taking paying work.

Flanders Scientific Professional 4K HDR Reference Monitor
With 3,000 nits peak luminance, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 2,000+ LED zones, and professional 12Gbps SDI inputs the XM310K is exceptionally well suited for Dolby Vision mastering applications.

On sale for a limited time for just $22,500! 
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 hardware odds-and-ends.

"We put it through its paces, and while it does obliterate the competition, there are a few issues with having this many cores in a single system."

This article focuses specifically on Resolve performance: "we will be examining the performance . . . as compared to the latest AMD Threadripper, AMD Ryzen, Intel X-series, and Intel 9th Gen processors."
(forum) If you've got extra time and wondering where to spend some of it, scan through this 20+ page discussion on the XDR display. NOTE: I'm starting you on Page 12, which is about where the display had shipped and real-world feedback started trickling in - and the discussion starts heating up.
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 had enough fun with this map drawing utility that I wanted to share it here. Best bit: You can save the drawing to a mug or download it as a desktop background. My background of my county? Light gray on dark gray. Of course!

Click through to see if you think the 'upscaled' version is nearly as good as the author of this article thinks it is? To Me? It looks like way too heavy noise reduction. AI has a ways to go over a professional restoration artist.

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