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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue DXXXVIII: The Sauerkraut Edition

The Color Grading Newsletter

News, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays. Curated by a professional color grader.
Sunday, 20 November   |   Web Archives
Curated & Published
Patrick Inhofer
From The Publisher
As is my habit, this Newsletter will take a break next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

When we come back, I'll have a question for you. Or, more technically, a poll for you to participate in.

I'm thinking of making some tweaks to this Newsletter, and I want to get your feedback. I'm not sure if the tweaks make sense without first hearing what you have to say.

So be sure to keep a lookout for it in your Inbox the Sunday after next.

Have a terrific two weeks.

Happy Grading! I'll see you the Sunday after next.


Patrick Inhofer
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 HPA Awards returned ... to celebrate exceptional achievement in color grading, sound, editing, and visual effects."

"What prompted this missive was an email I received this morning from CTA, promoting next January's CES ... Only 1400 confirmed exhibitors just two months out? That's down 900 from last January ..."

"Welcome to the first post in our multi-part series on how Netflix is developing and using machine learning (ML) to help creators make better media — from TV shows to trailers to movies to promotional art and so much more."

Netflix documents its efforts to computationally analyze shots in a film to help editors create various types of matched edits for varying storytelling needs.

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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. 

"It's that time of the year when holiday season shopping begins. With discounts everywhere it's a great time to get your friends, family, or yourself a nice gift."

Updated daily.

(video) Colorist Cullen Kelly: "We're going deeper into color balancing problem footage by answering questions to this week's video."

(video) "If your footage is chugging on your system or you're having troubles scrubbing back and forth you need to be using proxies! In this video I'm going to show you how to start using them."

"More often than not, problems are caused by user error, third-party plug-ins, or hardware issues. This article will help you deal with those."

Details at the click: "We’re adding six key enhancements that make it easier than ever for video creators and stakeholders to collaborate. By expanding sharing capabilities, improving commenting functionality, and giving you increased control over permissions, we hope these upgrades create a more enjoyable user experience."

"Enhanced support for stage operations, a VCam overhaul to make more familiar to camera operators, animation and rigging enhancements and lighting enhancements are all part of  Unreal Engine 5.1." Includes better support for EXR playback.

When it comes to Dropbox, I often forget this: "The difference between backing up and syncing is that syncing your data will not protect it from [file access or service failure] risks."

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Pushing Photons
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(video) "As a freelance editor, what are the first few settings you need to optimize when working on a client's computer - so you can work 'at speed'?"
(video) "DaVinci Resolve 18.1 is a feature-rich update. Colorist and finisher Joey D'Anna offers his list of impactful features - that aren't obvious."
(video) "The Resolve 18.1 update added the Resolve FX 'Surface Tracker' plugin to the Fusion page. Learn how this vastly simplifies beauty retouching."
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Gear Heads
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.

Newsletter sponsor OWC has some good deals for this coming Black Friday / Cyber Monday. And if you're in the market for refurbished Macs for assistant stations, they have some compelling deals, as well.

"The folks at Elgato dropped a big product announcement day with the Stream Deck +, which adds dials and new functionality to Stream Deck. Imagine an 8 button Stream Deck with 4 dials at the bottom and an LCD strip that changes based on what you want the dials to do". Includes an embedded overview video from Elgato.

There's one downside to using a Streamdeck: Programming it. SideShowFX has released their set of profiles for the just-announced Streamdeck+ : "Enjoy unprecedented control over your editing timeline, ease of use over your printer lights, Fusion FX adjustments at your fingertips just to name a few. Your post production experience with Davinci is about to level up."

"Testing shows that the newly announced Nvidia flagship GPU — RTX 4080 can leverage the AI Magic Mask speed in DaVinci Resolve by 15 times (1,500%), compared to RTX 3070."

(video) Like the title says, focusing on consumer displays.

Saturated Offerings
Collecting gift-giving ideas for the colorist or filmmaking professional during the 2022 holiday season. Do you have a fun gift idea to share? Please email the link to

Perfect for the color-lover in your life this holiday season: "Unlike traditional puzzles with only one colour state, the Aeternus Aenigma has two distinct colour states that change depending on the viewing angle."

If you're looking for something different to bring to a holiday party this year: "The Washington Post ... dubbed its chocolate sauerkraut confection “Don’t Ask Cake” because 'people who eat it can’t guess what the secret ingredient is—and don’t want to believe it when they find out.' "

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.

"FuboTV has announced that it will stream all games from the World Cup Qatar 2022 in 4K resolution" Click through for the list of compatible streaming devices.

This false-color visualization is very cool. Click on the image to get to the detail page. Then, scroll down for the full res image.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! I'll see you in two Sundays.