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Issue CDXIII: The Boring Detector 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 September 2019 | Web Archives
Hola from Orlando!

August is over. The US Labor Day holiday is past. That means the Tao Newsletter is shipping again. We're glad to be back.

IBC is about to start which means one thing:

The 2019 IBC Colorist Mixer is this Saturday!!

Sign up for it here:

At the time of this writing, there are also 2 tickets remaining for the Colorist Cruise that precedes the Mixer.

Don't wait. If you're going to attend you can have your demo reel playing on the displays at the venue. But the submission deadline for reels is Wednesday.
Do you want IMDb to include a new category for the 'Color Department'?

The CSI team has been lobbying IMDb to break out everyone involved in the digital color pipeline into their own department. Mostly because colorists are scattered between 4 different departments, rather haphazardly. It makes us rather difficult to find on bigger productions and series.

IMDb asked CSI to poll the community, to see if there's enough interest behind the idea? Make your voice heard. Yeah or nay, this is where you can vote:

You will have to create a GetSatisifaction account to vote. But I think it's worth the effort.
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About this week's Newsletter...

I was surprised with the number of interesting articles I found over the August hiatus. I was doubly surprised how much camera & lens news there was (and relieved that it's outside the purview of this publication). As usual, I've collected more content than I can publish in a week - so many of these stories will be shared over the month of September.

I've prioritized the IBC specific stuff. Plus, with the release of Resolve 16 final - I've also prioritized that content. But don't miss the Mistika Boutique IBC special offer, if you've been eyeing that bit kit.

Happy Grading!

I'll see you next Sunday.

(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.
If you're at IBC then take note of the guest speakers talking about films and series (using FilmLight products). This is a format that FilmLight seems to be really embracing - good for them (and us)! 14-15 September.
SGO has a range of sessions at their IBC booth. From breaking down jobs to learning to how to switch - they continue their big 2019 push to raise awareness and adoption of their grading/finishing solutions.
The co-founder of EndCrawl details the challenges of raising seed funding, moving from a boot-strapped operation to one with investors... without giving up control of his company using a new emerging paradigm.
(podcast) Have you been in this business for many, many years? Are you at the point where you're thinking of retiring? This podcast asks: What are your retiring to? Or what are you retiring from? It's a difference with a distinction. What's a creative professional to do as they need to transition their career?

Can "a single mathematical model unite years of biological experiments and explains how the brain produces elaborate visual reproductions of the world based on scant visual information?" Maybe so... (via Steve Hullfish)

(podcast) "Colorist Alex Parnell explains his creative and business vision as a freelancer in an ever-changing market."
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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.
They are reviving their NAB Launch Promotion. Now that Boutique supports Decklink I/O and the Dolby Vision API (more on that below in the Gear section), it's an even more compelling offer.

A-yup, this is about the size of it: "Can't stop, won't stop: Blackmagic Design today announced the final release of DaVinci Resolve 16.0 and then immediately opened a public beta of Resolve v16.1"

(videos) Now that Resolve 16 is out of Public Beta, Jonny tours you around the web for resources getting you up to speed.

As an ex-editor myself - I too find the name of Resolve 16's new frame counting tool rather ridiculous (but it did get them headlines). If you don't know what the new 'Boring Detector' is then click through to be schooled.

(forum) If you're diving into VFX work in Resolve Fusion then you may find this discussion educational.

It looks like Avid really is trying to wake up their Media Composer granddaddy.

Initially shipping for Premiere Pro and After Effects users, this new version of FilmConvert emphasizes more creative control of their camera-specific film stock emulations.

This article is a great primer both on the 'what is it?' and 'how do I do it?' when grading with CDL controls.
LumaForge + Resolve = Collaboration
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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.
(podcast) Team Mixing Light discusses the Resolve Advanced Panel, compares it to the less costly Mini, & asks if the larger panel is worth keeping?

(video) Dan cracks open another project fresh from the grading suite. In Part 1 we take a look at the Spectachrome brief & Dan's project organization.

(podcast) We get a lot of questions about picking a color-accurate monitor for grading. In this episode listen to our thoughts on things to consider - especially if you have a healthy budget.

Learn how to set up Adobe Premiere Pro for HDR workflows and to make Apple Retina's displayP3 monitors 'accurate' for web-based deliverables.

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 significant update with DeckLink I/O support, allowing Resolve colorists to explore (and adopt) an alternative platform. If you click through you'll find other significant features in this update.

This article offers a quick update on the demise of Avid Artist edit and color controllers for video post-production. Avid support for the Artist Color ends on the last day of 2019.

"More than any other NLE, having a fast GPU (or multiple GPUs) is incredibly important in DaVinci Resolve. With both AMD and NVIDIA recently launching a number of new video cards, it is time to once again see what the best GPU is for Resolve." Plus, read the comments to see how one troll can take over an entire thread 🙂

"The 4K Mini updates the old UltraStudio 4K by adding Thunderbolt 3, 12G-SDI" and a supposedly quieter fan.

Spoiler: We're early in the Gen4 rollout and won't really know for another year or so. But future-proofing isn't a bad idea, if you're in the market to upgrade today.

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.

Take a walk down memory lane! Plus, each of the 550+ media items have details on expected life spans.

(video) That THX note still gets me. The new trailer is thematically complex and well executed.

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