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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #382: The Grand Canyon Edition

The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter

Curated links of news, reviews, thoughts, career advice, and humor 
for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sunday.
Sunday November 18, 2018 | Web Archives
Wow. Our entire industry must be taking the new two weeks off (coinciding with Thanksgiving this coming week, here in the US).

Everyone seems to be dropping updates just before the holiday season kicks off.

Programming Note: No Newsletter Next Sunday

Next weekend is a long holiday weekend. This Newsletter will not ship next Sunday.

I'll see you in two weeks.

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.
Well known in broadcast and cinema circles, color scientist Dr. Charles Poynton is teaching a full day live seminar in Salford, UK. Topics include, Gamma 101, understanding transforms, color grading systems, metadata, display calibration, color gamuts, and more. As Newsletter readers you can select the 'Members' 25% discount ticket price. Thurs., November 29.

Following the live event with Dr. Charles Poynton, there's a DaVinci Resolve User Group meeting at University of Salford. Thursday, November 29. Click through for details!

[forum] A timeless question with no easy answer. After all, what you're selling is your time as measured on a calendar. If you can't book in another job - should you be penalized for being both good and efficient? See what your peers have to say (and offer your own answer).
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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. 

This link takes you to the Read Me detailing the new features and fixes in this update. I've often said that Resolve's .1 updates are equivalent to most other company's .5 updates. I rest my case.

One happy camper with the 15.2 update? Bram Desmet at FSI. Why? Resolve 15.2 now sports a, "3000nit ST2084 EOTF selection in Resolve Color Management" - for you HDR geeks who own that gorgeous FSI XM310K (which is also featured directly below in the next Sponsor section).
Editor and blogger Scott Simmons details why he thinks the 15.2 update is one of Resolve's most important (in converting curmudgeony old editors to DaVinci-land). Good stuff.
Released concurrently with the software is this 5 minute video that details significant new features in this update. But also, highlights major features from several earlier versions that are popular on competing NLEs. BTW - this video is voiced by the well-known Mary Plumber, who was brought on to support Fairlight.

This review covers their new Flare Builder, the revamped Mocha Sapphire and a few new effects. If you're thinking of going this route for some year-end purchasing then it's worth the read.

This newest updates includes new Histograms, project wide LUTs, and enhanced color precision.
Don't let the headline fool you, this is not a Read Me cut and paste. Instead, Scott Simmons goes in-depth with the new workflow extension, plus several other of the big new features in this update.
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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.
Mixing Light's newest contributor, colorist and finisher Jamie Dickinson, takes you on an in-depth tour of Boolean operations while keying a low quality green screen. Good stuff if you want to kick up your Fusion chops.
Colorist Dan Moran shares a 'behind the curtain' on creating a 1980's film release print style color grade.

Colorist and finisher Joey D'Anna shows you how to get started using Python scripting in Resolve... to import comments as Resolve markers.

LumaForge + Resolve = Collaboration
We've spent the last 3 years designing a killer little 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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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.
Given Resolve's heavy reliance on GPU performance, is there much improvement for Resolve in this latest round of updates to Intel's CPUs?

How well does the Mac Mini stack up against an iMac Pro? They've got the numbers.
If you want to use the new Mac Mini as a render farm, it looks like you'll need to supplement it with an eGPU.

4K, HDR, 60p. For $5000. But how well does it calibrate? Click through to find out.

I'm linking to the Conclusion page that lays out the potential benefits to Intel's high-end CPU - and whom it might benefit.


The Drobo 8D is their fastest storage yet.

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.
Veterans Day recently passed us - and in the States, Thanksgiving is on the way. If you're looking for a story to give you some perspective on life - this is it. It's fun (and timely).
If you're wondering if this Newsletter is going to link to Black Friday deals on your favorite OLED? We don't have to - this blog roundup does the job for us. And it goes well beyond deals on displays. This item is for the 'shopping is fun' crowd.
I've been curious about how celluloid films from the '90s and early '00s will hold up to HDR remastering? And this series is also remastered with ATMOS. I'll probably break down and buy the first movie - just so I can judge for myself.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you in two weeks!