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Issue CDXXIII: The ColourSpace 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, 17 November 2019 | Web Archives
We're a week out from the pre-Thanksgiving Edition of the Tao Colorist Newsletter. I'm keeping this intro short since we all have a lot of work to squeeze into the next 10 days.

Have a great week. 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
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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.
A look into why audiences have trouble adapting to High Frame Rates - and possible solutions. Plus, a surprising place you may be able to see the HFR version of 'Gemini Man' in the coming year.
An interesting read, "Most people assume that extremely long movies mean that cinemas have to programme fewer screenings each day. This can be the case but it isn’t the biggest problem long movies cause."
From an interview conducted a year before his death, this blog post highlights the late DP's approach to hiring his people. The advice given is terrific advice to anyone trying to succeed in our business.
(video) Is a color chart the key to a machine learning boom in marine science?
Sometimes I put stories in this section just because I find it interesting and cool - not because it's related to grading. But those stories also need to show a level of excellence in their respective craft. This is one of those stories.
Flanders Scientific Professional 4K HDR Reference Monitors
The DM240 SDR Mastering Monitor pairs perfectly with the XM311K HDR Mastering monitor.

They are an excellent visual match, allowing you to be certain that the differences you see between your HDR and SDR monitors are attributable to your grades rather than fundamental differences in display technology.
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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.
(video) If you do your own reference display calibration then you'll want to gander this video from Light Illusion. It's a look at their next-gen calibration platform, named ColourSpace.
(videos) This blog post has demos on each of the major new features including: New rotoscoping, digital paint, and tracking tools. Silhouette 2020 also integrates the Mocha planar tracker.
(video) Given the gamut of skill sets that falls under the rubric of 'DaVinci Resolve' - I predict we'll be seeing more and more of these types of tutorials. This video pulls out good ones that you may have missed in the Edit Page. (via Rich Roddman)
Entries are closed. The public voting period opened last week. Click through and start selecting your favorite films.
What's word selection when writing about cloud-based technology? If you get it wrong then you might give the impression you're snooping on your client's projects.
(video) Interesting, "Autokroma BRAW Studio is a native Blackmagic RAW importer for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Media Encoder."
This high-level summary includes a few words about improvements to Premiere Pro's support of HDR deliverables.
Sapphire OFX Plugins for DaVinci Resolve
Sapphire 2019 is a set of over 270 visual effect plugins, featuring a revamped Lens FlareDesigner tool complete with over 30 professionally designed flares.
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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 14 Course and color correction Practice Projects.
(video) Do you doubt your ability to color correct moving images? Are you constantly re-doing your work? Learn what's going wrong and how to fix it.
Team Mixing Light answers a member's email about how he feels he should be landing bigger projects but isn't.
(video) Learn how to set up your physical workspace for quick color grading in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, optimizing the software for your workspace.
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 want to see whether the increase in core count (and price) is worth it for DaVinci Resolve?" Keep in mind, this CPU may slot right into your existing motherboard, making it an interesting investment to consider for increasing the longevity of your PC workstation.
I initially selected several articles about Apple's impending release of the new MacPro. This article by Gary Adcock is my favorite - and covers the new 16" MacBook Pro as well.
Because these things matter to discerning post production pros.
"In recent testing, we showed how a fast GPU can speed up on-the-fly noise reduction looping playback in DaVinci Resolve. But a faster GPU won't speed up every function."
"AJA's announced . . . it's adding 8K capabilities to its HDR Image Analyzer 12G, a real-time monitoring and analysis tool." At $18,000 US, if this shows up in your grading suite then you are probably working for someone else.
Ya know... it's getting to be that time of year to splurge on those you love - and on yourself. This guide may give you some early season ideas.
If you don't know, HDR10+ is basically Dolby Vision without the licensing. Click through for a quick summary of services that offer HDR10+ streaming (at the end of the article).
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.

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Jellyfish Shared Storage Systems start at under $10,000.
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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.
And... now I'm going to take up Verizon on their Disney+ 1-year free subscription offer. I've also long suspected that the reason it's been impossible to find HDR/ATMOS streaming versions of these tent-pole films was precisely so Disney could uniquely offer them on their own platform.
I always liked the flip phone. This foldable pOLED display is definitely a sexy reboot of that genre. Not so funny? The MSRP.
This "minimalist ode to UI history" is fun and excellently executed. You'll get double the pleasure if you're a long-time Apple user.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next Sunday!