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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue #371: The IBC Color Cruise 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.
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This Newsletter is on August hiatus and returns September 9 (the Sunday after the Labor Day holiday weekend). But I also have a full slate of articles I want to share that hadn't made recent Newsletters.

This edition is my August 'catch up' edtion. But it's more than that... it's the Edition where we officially launch ticket sales for the IBC Colorist Mixer!

IBC 5th Annual Colorist Mixer pre-sales are now open for all Newsletter readers!

Since this Newsletter is one of the organizers of the Colorist Mixer, we know the password that gets you early access to Mixer ticket sales!

Click for the Eventbrite IBC Colorist Mixer event

Use this password: ibc2018vips

New in 2018: The Color Cruise + Colorist Mixer

There are a total of 30 tickets available to take a 1-hour cruise from the IBC convention center to the Colorist Mixer event. Tickets include dinner, drinks, and entry to the Mixer.

Ticket sales are fully open to the public on Monday (no password required). So if you're reading this on Sunday - get your tickets before they sell out!
Happy Grading!!!

See you in September.

- Pat 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.

A nice round-up with good details about the workflow and color challenges of three different episodics.

This is clearly directed at portrait photographers. But Tips 1-4 are 100% relevant to my readers. And there's enough in the back 6 tips for ideas you can explore with moving images.

A review of a new course on Moviola's website about frame and shot composition. As colorists, it's important we understand this - the basic visual language of our clients.

An interesting article about the amount of Film / TV titles that need restoration. And what's driving the work out of L.A. and across the globe?

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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] The first non-Beta version of Resolve 15 is announced by the Resolve Product Manager on their official forum. Lots of details in here if you plan on updating. Plus the full list of new features.
With the official release of Resolve 15, I decided to update my 'How to Beta Test' guide with specific pointers on upgrading from previous versions of Resolve to an official non-Beta build. Yes. My guide is a little O.C.D. But that's for a reason!
[forum] Are you looking for ProRes encoding on Windows? Then grab this before it disappears like all other Windows-based ProRes encoders before it!
For those of you grading on Avid... if you find one or two of these tips useful - then it's worth your time reading.
Inclusion of new features for finishers is why this item is in here this week.
Heh. Yeah, this can be annoying when it doesn't work. Just be aware, some people have problems decoding some audio formats 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.
It's automatically included in every install of DaVinci Resolve. But do you know what the Resolve Project Server app is for and how to use it?
Sometimes we are gifted with better sun than other times. In this Insight Dan shares his experience on a job shot over multiple months.
Team Mixing Light tackles a member question about how to find a mentor for color grading - in a small city where no big facilities with experienced colorists.
Dan shares his experience in developing a look to back up the lyrics and narrative in a music video by his favourite band.
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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.

Reading through several articles this week about the 2018 MBP thermal issues - I came across two hardware diagnostic tools. This one is Windows only.

This is a cross-platform software tool for power usage monitoring of Intel Core processors. This is the 2nd tool that professional reviewers seem to be using - and you may want to check out.

A roundup on expanded gamut, 4k and UHD computer displays.

There's only one reason this item is here: It's friggin' cool. I wonder, what would a pressure sensitive trackball do for colorists with that extra dimension?
If you're looking for a UHD User Interface display that has a reasonable chance of representing your color grade - and want it for under $1,000 - then this may be on your wish list. But I dispute that this is a competent HDR display.

If you're in the market for a home theater OLED and want to consider an alternative to the LG, then this is it.

If the heat of summer is chasing you indoors... here's a review on the home theater OLED many of us are using.

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 update your AppleTV to osTV 12 Public Beta, what movies are available with ATMOS? On this page type 'Dolby' into the Audio Quality field. As of this writing, it's growing quickly (but doesn't surpass VuDu).

Ferrofluid and sound waves. Photographer Andrew Hall gets real-life images that look like CGI. Must be fun.

S-weet. This may be my August Project.

The new format is initially available on only Amazon-branded players - not on apps on 3rd party hardware. Thus, ensuring Amazon Prime continues to be the last streaming service I check when looking for content.
Who remembers back when all Netflix did was deliver DVDs (from lists you managed through a browser)? Amazing that they've navigated this transition. It has to be one of the best business stories of this century.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next Sunday!