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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #391: The Colour Space Journey 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, 10 February 2019 | Web Archives
Your humble publisher is fighting the flu today. Luckily, I did a fair amount of curation earlier this week - plus I had some items left over from last week.

So let's get straight to it...

Pour yourself that cup of Joe this morning, and enjoy. 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.
(video) A fantastic explanation of how photons are captured all the way to display reproduction by FilmLight's Daniele Siragusano. Includes a deep dive into color modeling, the fuzzy nature of human perception, terrific explanations of linear to log (and why its necessary). Plus the theory behind FilmLight's image pipeline (including the Colour Space Journey) for assisting a colorist in camera matching. It's 90 minutes you won't want to take back.
Newsletter subscriber and friend of the Tao, Marc Wielage, writes in, "Colorist Tim Stipan reveals his Resolve node tree and details his “don’t touch gamma” philosophy. I think this would be interesting reading for your readers." Indeed.

A collection of tweets from the director explaining his use of color in this surprise hit.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn talks frankly about being color blind and dyslexic - and turning it into a strength. (via Zoltan Geller)

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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.
(forum) An interesting discussion linking out to many resources to help map camera profiles, giving the colorist a better starting point.
The developers of LightIllusion display calibration software have just announced their upcoming new software. They completely rebuilt the code. Eventually, it'll take the place of LightSpace. Click through for details. Release date is not announced.

(video) In their typical breathless headline writing style, NFS hypes the release of Red Giant's Universe 3.0. The highlight is their new text generators, that many editors and VFX peeps will find useful and time-saving. Click through for the embedded video.

(forum) Do you get the odd BluRay request as a deliverable? This thread talks about decent software for authoring simple BD discs. Gotta say, I do NOT miss authoring screeners for clients!

(video) This plug-in recently surfaced on the LGG forum again. I don't remember sharing it during the holiday season. So here it is. It's nifty. Check it out.
(infographic | forum) I'm not a Linux dude. Why? For the very reasons that Linux peeps will enjoy this link 😉
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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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) Do you perform repetitive tasks on a regular basis when color correcting or finishing? Then learn how to use DCTLs to automate some of those tasks!

(podcast) In this installment of From The Mailbag, we take a look at trends and thoughts about 2018 and discuss what 2019 will hold for colorists.

Maybe you've heard of blockchain? Learn how this new technology is going to impact the post production industry (and what's holding it back).

(podcast) Team Mixing Light revisits the idea of using a single large format monitor in a color suite. Is it a viable solution?

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.
This is a suite of test patterns to calibrate your HDR signal path. Of particular interest are the free downloadable PDFs that explain how to use these patterns. (via Willian Aleman)

LG still hasn't solved burn-in problems on their OLED panels. A recent patent suggests there may be a solution. Click through for the pixel-by-pixel details.

If terms like "integrated eye tracking" and "foveated rendering" strike your fancy then you'll enjoy this article.

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.
That's right kids, magnetic North is on the move. And the magnetic maps are being updated early since it's moving so quickly. Fun, if you're into this sort of thing.
Oh! I've always been a wannabe D&D player. I like the tips presented here. Game on!
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next week!