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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #CCCXCVI: The NAB Lower South Hall Edition

The Tao of Color Grading Newsletter

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for professional Video / Film Colorists & Finishers. Delivered Sundays.
Sunday, 17 March 2019 | Web Archives
As you may know, besides being a working colorist and publishing this Newsletter I'm also co-founder of the color grading training website

This NAB is going to be very special for Team Mixing Light! I'm pleased to announce:
You will find us in Booth #SL6328. We are guests of Flanders Scientific and Gaiamount (the mainland Chinese training arm of Zunzheng, manufacturers of FSI displays).

Here's a rendering of our space, in the corner of the FSI booth (you'll have to visit the booth to see what FSI has on display on the other side of those walls 🙂 ...
This past week we locked down our Presentation Grid. Not only will Robbie Carman, Dan Moran, and myself be presenting every day - so will a roster of talented post production professionals who are also Mixing Light Contributors.

Presentations start every day at 10:15am

We are doing one presentation every hour, on the :15s. Topics will run from color grading in HDR to working in Fusion to high-quality finishing in Premiere Pro to (yes) HDR, and more...

We also have two special guest presenters. We are revealing the full grid of presentations and times on later this week.

It's going to be an exciting NAB for Mixing Light.

If you're on the show floor then stop by, say hi, and sit in on a presentation (or six)!

See you next Sunday (as NAB rapidly approaches).

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.
On Tuesday evening, April 9, Tao Newsletter Sponsor LumaForge is taking over the SuperMeet - with the Faster Together Stage. It's a new format, being emceed by Michael Horton. I'll be attending. Click through to get your ticket and join us!
Big news for NAB attendees. In 2020 the show floor opens on Sunday (not Monday) and runs through Wednesday (not Thursday). Personally, I like the idea... at the Colorist Mixer we'll be talking about what was released earlier that day, rather than speculating. Then again, currently, the lack of hard details on Sunday night means we all have to talk about other stuff.
It'll be presented in both 2D and 3D in select cities. So save the date, October 4, 2019, to see if Ang Lee has 'cracked the code' on High Frame Rate capture and exhibition. Considering frame rates haven't changed in 100 years, it's worth the time of pros to make the effort and evaluate new alternatives.
(video) A movie poster designer breaks down typical approaches based on typical color schemes.
Grrr... Orlando is NOT one of the locations. Click through to see if you're one of the lucky cities.
Flanders Scientific XM310K True 4K HDR Reference Monitor
The 31” XM310K is a true 4K resolution HDR reference monitor that qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor. With a peak luminance of 3,000nits it is the brightest commercially available professional HDR monitor on the market.
LEARN MORE About the FSI XM310K 4K HDR Reference Monitor
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.

SGO has released their new Boutique version of the Mistika finishing system in an Open Beta. It includes a free month of BorisFX plug-ins. Pricing plans are nicely displayed, so if you end up liking the software you know how the subscription options will work. Windows & Mac.

A solid, themed roundup of tools to help you use Resolve more efficiently. Definitely click through to see if any of these interest you.

As more post pros get hip to Resolve 15's Python scripting capabilities, we're going to see more like this... it's an automated tool that sets your Resolve bins, precisely like you want them. Particularly suited to facilities with established workflows that need to be replicated on each job.

For all you teachers and presenters out there: Fix formatting across PowerPoint slides with one click. Whaa...??

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
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) In Part 3 of this series, you learn about the evolution of digital video from Standard- to High- Dynamic Range. Why is HDR here to stay (or not)?

(video) Dan shares his thoughts behind his solution to removing a reflection using Resolve's Color Page - on a 16mm shot with moving grain structure.

Learn how to create, export, and import ASC-CDL compliant color grades using DaVinci Resolve. Plus tips and tricks with CDL data.

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.
On March 31 Flanders ends it upgrade program to the DM250. For way less than buying new, you get a new chassis and electronics to meet the feature-set of a DM250.
Blackmagic released new gear, including the Decklink 8K Pro - with quad 12G-SDI, for you heavy lifters out there. On the other end they've got a Decklink card with pure HDMI inputs for quad recording.

"While the 16GB of VRAM alone makes this an interesting option for DaVinci Resolve, raw performance is a major concern as well. To see how the Radeon VII fares, we are going to take a look at how it stacks up against the AMD RX Vega 64 as well as the entire NVIDIA GeForce RTX lineup - plus the Titan RTX - in DaVinci Resolve Studio 15.3."

This recall includes high-performance laptops readers of this Newsletter are likely to own.

An interesting Q&A with a NAB presenter talking about the future of display technology. He has some interesting ideas about where the future of our industry 'should' go - and the things that trip up professionals the most.

If you give the Nvidia Titan RTX GPU the baseline performance score of 100 (measured as gamers do, by frames per second) - what alternatives might you consider within 10% of its performance? 20% less? 77% less? Click through, with pricing.

Heh. I had these *exact* questions when I got my first custom built PC when migrating from the Mac.

NAB 2019
Events and notifications that may be interesting for readers of this Newsletter. NAB 2019 expo floor is open April 8 - 11.
Use this link to create an account or log into an existing account and get your Expo pass. Don't forget to get your TRAM ticket. Use this code from FSI to get the pass for free (until March 24): LV2636
The Mixer is back! Sunday, April 7 at 7pm. Tickets are on sale NOW! They are selling fast. Less than 35 seats are now available - buy yours before the Waitlist activates.
If your new to NAB then this is a great place to meet a wide mix of industry pros. You're likely to talk to a huge array of names you'll find on message boards, in conferences and Facebook groups.

Toolfarm's guide to post-production events and NAB Survival info for NAB 2019! Plan your trip to maximize your time. Great listing of most after-hours events.

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.

If you're name has the initials P.I., and it's also Pi Day (3/14), then this is definitely fun.

And it hits the DCI P-3 Gamut. This may be one of those few devices you can have clients use to give you real-world feedback on your grades.

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