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Issue CDXII: The 2019 Summer Break 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, 28 July 2019 | Web Archives
This Newsletter is on hiatus for the next 5 weeks.

Starting next Sunday, no Newsletters until September 8 - the Sunday after Labor Day weekend. August is Tao HQ's annual summer retreat.

What will I be doing with this time? Kayaking, definitely. I'll also be in Beijing for BIRTV teaching at the ZunZheng booth (along with the rest of Team Mixing Light). I'll also be attending Beijing's first Colorist Mixer (details at this link).

The rest of my time is largely unscheduled, but I plan on also taking off from work for a full week. I hope you can also do the same for yourself, this August.

We'll back in September!

Happy Grading!

(and remember - between now and September, 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
Colorist | Publisher | Coach
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.

A-yup. Up to 9 days of color grading training at Waikiki Beach - October 5 through 13, 2019. From my good friends at ICA.

Phil Holland offers this report from the Warner lot at the Spears and Munsell HDR Calibration disc demo: "Sony had on hand a mysterious prototype "Gargantuan" UHD 4K 10,000 nit screen, being currently coined the 10K BMD, this display hasn't been seen outside of a Sony lab before today and there's only 3 in the world." Click through for his full report. (via Marc Wielage)
(video) A terrific video explaining how QuickTime interprets video files and modifies them for display. The goal is to help you ensure your final exports play back exactly as intended. (via R Neil Haugen)

(forum) This is a fun little survey...

Like the headline says...

The production costs for some recent Netflix productions are jaw-dropping. As the moon follows the sun, Netflix is now in a round of belt-tightening. What about the rest of the industry?

(video) WAIT! Don't unsubscribe from this Newsletter just yet! This item was under tentative consideration for the Sunday Fun(nies) section but then I clicked through to watch it. Yes, it's an idiotic premise. But this is definitely the work of a craftsman in progress. Give the video 180 seconds before you decide that I'm nuts.

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.

It can now be purchased on
Jellyfish Shared Storage Systems start at under $10,000.
CLICK to LEARN MORE about the Jellyfish at
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) This links to the description of various fixes and improvements in the Beta 7 release. These last two releases are primarily stability releases. When do I think we'll see the final shipping release of Resolve 16? I put 3:1 odds on the first half of September. And 2:1 odds that they drop some major new feature on us with the final shipping release 🙂

(video) Click through on the still image to go to Moviola's website for their quick start on the Fusion page.

A plugin for FCPX and Premiere Pro, it allows you to mix a combination of LUTs.
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.

Do you require a brighter display? Then the XM310K is one of the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitors on the market.
LEARN MORE about FSI's Professional HDR Reference Monitor
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.
Colorist & Finisher Joey D'Anna has evolved his grading suite in the past 2 years. See how new hardware has adjusted his layout to fit new, advanced workflows. Plus, check out how he uses the new Stream Deck XL with his fixed node trees!
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.

Their conclusion sums up this discussion pretty well.

"Resolve tends to behave very different than Adobe applications . . . we are very interested to see how these new AMD Ryzen CPUs (which feature both an increase in core count and IPC improvements) perform."

The only bit of advice I offer on this topic to working colorists: Feed the output of your workstation into a proper LUT box - and then into the consumer display. Then calibrate to generate a proper 3D LUT. The result can be very workable.

Can you use a computer display to reference color and contrast? This review looks at a BenQ to try and answer that question.

"Here’s an excellent piece on the Evils of Motion Smoothing in monitors, featuring a great quote from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane." (via Marc Wielage)

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.
(video) Bob Ross, the master of "happy little trees", painted thousands of canvasses. But you can't find one to buy. Check out this terrific mini-doc that unearths what happened to his paintings.

For our Southern Hemisphere readers where the days are shorter, colder and gaming is a welcome diversion.

Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you on Sunday, September 8! Have a great August.