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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #380: The Greyhound 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 November 11, 2018 | Web Archives
To all of you in California - my thoughts and prayers are for your health and welfare. It's been a tough week. Stay strong.

I'll 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.
The public voting period has started for the FilmConvert competition. There are a TON of entries, so you'll want to use the site's filtering to make sense of them.

A big tip 'o the hat to Tao Newsletter reader Yemi Ib for sharing this website; it's a "growing collection of stills from the best films ever". Perfect for inspiration or client discussions.

A pithy review of a color palette generator that includes links to a series of associated tools.

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
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.
The Windows version of SGO's new hero color grading system is about to enter open beta. Click through to sign up on this page to register your interest. It does have meaty system requirements - and is designed to work with a dedicated output display running through an AJA card.

According to this website, "This application fetches information from the internet and dynamically creates DaVinci Resolve Fusion title text templates." I guess it's most useful as a proof of concept for you coders out there.

A primer on the new Hue-, Sat-, Lum- versus curves.

There's an embedded video showing how to use After Effects to clean up noise. Plus a quick primer on using Neat Video's two noise reduction modes.

Their new monthly pricing is significantly reduced, if you're looking for an online review platform.

They say it best, "As the setup for dealing with log signals on set varies with the expected level of interactivity, we will illustrate the benefits in five scenarios..." Good stuff.

LumaForge + Resolve = Collaboration
We've spent the last 3 years designing a killer little 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.

Jellyfish Shared Storage Systems start at $7,500.
CLICK to LEARN MORE about the Jellyfish at
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.
Colorist Dan Moran shares a 'behind the curtain' on creating a 1980's film release print style color grade.
Colorist and finisher Joey D'Anna shows you how to get started using Python scripting in Resolve... to import comments as Resolve markers.

Mixing Light's Dan Moran fell victim to an un-calibrated monitor on a commercial project. He shares his story so you know what to look out for.

Professional film emulation and film grain for all of your projects

Speed up your grading and camera-matching tasks with the power of FilmConvert: 19 film stocks, 6K grain scans and dedicated camera profiles for the leading cameras on the market.

For fast turnaround and quick, cinematic results in just a few clicks. Plugin or Standalone.
Click to Save 10% off FilmConvert with promo code 'TAO'
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 in the market for a purpose built post production Windows rig then check out this review of one writer's experience with Puget Systems.

Is the RAM user-replaceable? Yes. But are you likely to destroy the new Mini without the proper tools while doing so? If you're looking at this refreshed Mini as a ProRes render machine for Windows then click through to find out.

Local Dynamic Mode, "will attempt to prioritize the cores that have direct access to your system memory. This should increase performance in applications that cannot take full advantage of the high core counts of these CPUs." How well does it work for typical post production apps?

Did you know that car makers are using OLEDs for their red tail lights? Neither did I. Now, it looks like they may move to QLED. Find out why.

For you gear heads out there who want to know how it's different from the Intel offering.

And the wins keep rolling in for Dolby.

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.
Are you wondering what the heck is up with RED and their new premium priced, highly hyped phone? This video review is very well balanced and provides some interesting insights.
My adopted home state of Florida is a little bit crazy - and that's its charm. One thing that happened this week that isn't crazy - Greyhound racing is finally banned. Find out when you can help these soon to be displaced dogs.

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