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Issue CDIV: The EL QD 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 19 May 2019 | Web Archives
What are the chances of a Starbucks cup showing up in Westeros tonight on the series finale of Game Of Thrones?

I don't think so, either.

Are you a new reader of this Newsletter?

Here are some quick tips I like to share from time-to-time...
1) Like the New York Times, your mission is to scan and find a few articles you find interesting. Don't try clicking through to every story, every week. Down that path lies madness.

2) Category headers are organizational suggestions for me, your Editor. But sometimes I break out-of-bounds to share stories I find interesting yet don't quite fit in anywhere (this is especially true of the Craft section).

3) Feel free to send me links for stories you think should be in the Newsletter. They don't always show up in the next immediate issue, but they do tend to appear (and I'll usually credit you). Just reply to one of these emails - and you'll hit my inbox.

So, pour yourself a cup of Joe (or if you're Down Under, a glass of wine) and enjoy! I'll 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.
(videos) Jonny has a mega roundup of presentations, interviews, and roundtables available online from NAB 2019. There's a lot to wade through - but you'll find something interesting that's relevant to the work you do.
This analysis of character arcs, choices, coincidences, and plot twists rings true for me about the penultimate episode of GoT. It reflects conversations I've been having all week with friends and family - and the reasoning I've employed to help them understand their reactions to that episode (and this closing Season).
LumaForge + Resolve = Collaboration
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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) It remaps color. Differently. This thread includes a discount code from the creator. Free fully functioning demo is available.

(video) I've heard good initial reactions to this update. They've expanded the feature set beyond noise reduction. Skip the first video and watch the 2nd for examples of the new feature set.

A good overview of the newest Page in DaVinci Resolve - and its place in the Resolve ecosystem.

(video) Lumaforge, a Sponsor of this Newsletter delivers an excellent message about the ultimate rule of backing up your media. And remember: A RAID is not a backup!

A good, researched article about Adobe's recent warning that Creative Cloud subscribers need to update to recent versions of Adobe's software or risk getting sued by 3rd parties.

The redeeming aspect of this article is the lineup of software options with pricing.

Like the headline suggests - offload multiple camera cards in parallel.

RED creatives, rejoice: "RED Digital Cinema has released its RED R3D SDK and accompanying REDCINE-X PRO software with accelerated decode and debayering on NVIDIA® CUDA platforms."
Flanders Scientific Professional 4K HDR Reference Monitors
The 1,000nit XM311K and 3,000nit XM310K both qualify as Dolby Vision mastering monitors. The XM311K features innovative Light Modulating Cell Layer technology and now has a lower list price of $35,000.

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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) Patrick 'homeschools' it with a set of his own color patches to further deconstruct the nature of Resolve's Color Boost controls - defining it.

(video) Learn how to build (and re-use) your Resolve Fusion comps as Groups and Macros. Plus, choosing which settings are exposed on the Edit Page.

(video) Dan shares his thoughts on recreating tape based artifacts using the brand new Resolve 16 Analog Damage tool.
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.
(video) An interview from NAB 2019 that has a good explanation of why professional HDR displays are preferable over consumer TVs. Plus, why you don't need to spend $30K to get in the 'HDR game'.
(video) This interview focuses on the technology driving FSI's two high-end HDR displays, the differences and challenges of those technologies, and if they represent the future of high-end displays?

This is probably one of the best articles I've read about Quantum Dots and their suitability in a Rec.2020 world - and why EL QDs are different from what you find in today's displays.

A good review and comparison of the refreshed iMacs to the iMac Pro. If you're in the market, this is worth the read.

ICA's Kevin Shaw shares his observations and thoughts about the Samsung Onyx HDR cinema screen. Up to 500 nits of peak white, Kevin demo'ed this screen in Frankfurt and spent a day grading to it, as well.

This GPU is designed for gamers and 'content creation workloads'. How does it stack up against other high-end GPUs for the Mac?
An opinion piece about the computer hardware requirements of most modern post houses. The article is edit-centric. But in another 5 years, my prediction is we'll be having this discussion on the finishing/color grading side of the business.
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.
Is Daenerys Targaryen riding a Dragon? It seems, not even close. As everyone knows, the great dragons disappeared eons ago and the creatures on HBO are bloodlines of smaller descendants. Read all about it here - and be prepared to wage battle on the Reddit Game of Thrones sub-forums! Fun, if you're a GoT fan. (via Dan Moran)
Do you want to have fun creating fly-by drone footage right in your web browser? And then export the animation with camera data to composite on top of it in After Effects? Then this is fun for you!

They say they change the linens fresh, after every showing.

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