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Curated by Patrick Inhofer, Colorist | Mentor

Issue CDLII: The Midsummer 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, 9 August 2020 | Web Archives | [email protected] Team Page
I had two weeks off and now my RSS feed is swamped with interesting stories. So let's get to it!

Reminder: I'm on an every-other-Sunday publishing schedule through the end of September. I'll be back in your inbox on August 23.

Stay busy. Stay healthy. Get some sun. Take some breaks.

Happy Grading!

(and remember - 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

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Flanders Scientific Professional SDR & HDR Paired Reference Monitors
The DM240 SDR Mastering Monitor pairs perfectly with the XM311K HDR Mastering Monitor.

They are an excellent visual match allowing you to be certain that the differences between your HDR and SDR monitors are from your grade–rather than differences in display technology.
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.
(podcast) Like the headline says.
"It's said that 'those that do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it'. So, as an unofficial (and self-appointed!) historian of the display industry, let me point out that accurate colour to help with internet commerce is not a new idea."
A handy rundown of new release dates, in case you haven't been paying attention.
If you color grade lots of products then this might help you relate more to your brand manager clients, "you will find useful information here that will help you ensure that color plays a positive role in the success of the products you are manufacturing and recognition of their respective brands, especially at the Zero Moment of Truth when the buying decision is made." (via Vivian Pimenta)
In this free course, "Participants will learn how to communicate both color and color differences.  From the physics of color to lighting, spectrophotometers and color data, this module-based course teaches how to not only view color, but also delivers an in-depth understanding of color." Requires registration. (via Vivian Pimenta)
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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. 
Some fixes plus support for importing Resolve projects saved by the new ATEM Mini Pro ISO device.
(video) "A comprehensive look at creating Bleach Bypass effects with DaVinci Resolve. Including reference grades based on Road to Perdition, Saving Private Ryan, Children of Men and Minority Report."
"Autodesk has continued to make progress . . . by adding deeper tools in color grading . . . The machine learning tools are part of the Matchbox effects in Flame, which are GLSL shaders that use the power of the graphics card." Oh, and Dolby Vision 2.9 and 4.0 are now supported in Flame.
(video) Colorist Luke Ross shows you "how to use the "DFuse" and "Add Grain" operators in conjunction with Base/Video Grade to build a simple film look.
(video) Colorist Luke Ross teaches you "how to stabilize footage in Baselight using the Transform/Tracker strips."
(webinar) Recorded this week I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but it looks interesting: "Learn about the history of film and how subtractive process came about. Learn how to implement CMY in Davinci Resolve. Create fabulous looks that emulate film emulsion process using Look Designer 2.0." 
Colorist Cullen Kelly, "Whether you’re a director, DP, editor, or colorist, cultivating the ability to create LUT-based transforms and looks and share them with your collaborators is one of the best investments you can make in yourself as a filmmaker." He then steps you through the process in Davinci Resolve.
(video) "If you need to make a DCP for use in Cinema, this video goes over many issues you should be aware of when making a DCP."
(video) Nice. If you're not happy with Resolve's native audio syncing, Pluraleyes is now an option. This article includes an embedded 'Getting Started' video.
In case you get pulled into finishing on FCPx.
Editor Scott Simmons shares some software tools that colorists and DITs may also find useful.
Sponsor is the only good way to make end credits.
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Pushing Photons
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(video) In the second part of his series on better blurring, Joey jumps into Fusion to explore its powerful capabilities to create natural-looking blurs.
In Part 2 learn how you can evaluate the source footage on your timeline to answer: Is this footage a good match for our references?
Learn how to take simple blurs to the next level on the DaVinci Resolve Color Page. 
Learn how to use Resolve's Gallery for comparing and sharing color corrections or nodes between different shots.
Gear Heads
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 hardware odds-and-ends.
Part 1 of this review takes a look at the physical specs of this new, very interesting enclosure that seems well designed for the indie editor, colorist, or DIT.
(webinar) "7 SDR color grading options for under $5000US. What are the pros and cons of these monitors." Be prepared, this runs 90 minutes. (via Dario Bigi)
With DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut and HDR support, Sony has a new entrant in the pro projector market. But unless you've got deep and wide pockets, you may not want to click through. (via Robbie Carman)
"The successor to last year's GZ2000, which received our Reference Award, has arrived. HZ2000 features the 2020 OLED panel with improved BFI, Filmmaker Mode, improved sound, and more."
"In June we saw an update to the NVMe standard. The update defines a software interface to assist in actually reading and writing to the drives in a way to which SSDs and NAND flash actually works." Get the full explanation.
If you have clients shooting with this camera then I won't be surprised if you start seeing a lot more ProRes RAW. Get yourself edumacated on this solution.
This Newsletter guffawed at the price of the $699 new Mac Pro wheels. Well, OWC is planning to ship its own more affordable $199 alternative. Click through for the details.
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.
This item actually fits perfectly into my now-retired 'A Step Too Far?' category of stories. It's brilliantly meticulous. If, like me, you had to stop reading after a few paragraphs then just keep scrolling. It won't take long before you start laughing and admiring the depth of the effort. (via Joey D'Anna)
(video) This spoof ad is brilliant and funny in many many ways! Don't miss it.

Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you in two Sundays.