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Issue CDXXVIII: The Overworked 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, 19 January 2020 | Web Archives
It's been a work-soaked week. I have nothing to say, except I'm looking forward to a day off!

Also, Mixing Light is deep into its annual New Year's Color Grading Marathon. Check it out, there's good stuff both for free and for members.

See you next Sunday.

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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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 good read: "Let's take a close look at Apple's challenge to RED, the dispute, the decision, and what it means for the future of both companies."
Interesting article that delves into dynamic metadata tone mapping: "In the invitation-only Samsung Innovation Room at CES, [we] directly compared a 1000-peak-nit signal running on a high-end QLED set with the same signal tone-mapped to two mid-range TVs, one running Dolby Vision and one running HDR10+."
Friend of the Tao, Alexis Van Hurkman, looks at a very real problem in our industry.
The ACES team is preparing to tackle out-of-gamut clipping artifacts. They are preparing to form a working group and have a discussion open for feedback. (via Dario Bigi)
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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.
If you haven't updated in a while and use DaVinci Resolve then now might be a good time. The December Studio update included a fix for Resolve crashes playing back BMD RAW.
Interesting that the company is making such a big deal about the XDR display in their pitch for the new service.
Friend of the Tao, Oliver Peters, goes in-depth on the latest release of Color Finale.
Another good article if you're interested in understanding the scope of the DIT craft, from the perspective of their software platforms: "In this article we want to give you an overview of how these products compare to each other, and how they collectively work together in typical scenarios on set."
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Pushing Photons
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In this new series, Dan's grading the short film 'Origins' (using Baselight). It's got VFX, ACES, multiple deliverables (and light sabers).
Robbie shares some essential hardware items that went into the building out of his new facility.
A professional DIT gets us up to speed on the ARRI's large format mini camera. Plus, learn about its unique ProRes codec.
What does a colorist think of the 2019 Mac Pro after switching back to Mac? Plus, learn his thoughts about its optimal specs for color grading.
(video) Working with new cameras is always a challenge. Get an inside look at what Dan does when working with the Fuji XT-3 camera.
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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 hardware odds-and-ends.
This is perfect timing for me, as I'm about to do a wipe and reinstall of my PC and have been thinking about which monitoring software I want to install. I figure I'm not the only colorist in this situation, so here it is for you.
(video) This is an intro-level look at the purpose of a LUT box when used on-set.
Like the headline says, including Resolve benchmarks.
An in-depth roundup that likely includes your favorite brand of client display.
Will the 2019 Mac Pro significantly speed up Adobe Pro Apps? And can advanced AMD GPUs do as good a job as an powerful NVIDIA GPU?
Technology can be confusing. Especially cables and the marketing hype surrounding them. You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV from Christmas, but here’s how to tell for sure.
If you're running a (or several) StreamDecks and if you are a mechanical keyboard lover, then this $200 hybrid might be up your alley. I'm linking to the page that shows the 6 dedicated StreamDeck keys integrated to the keyboard.
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.
Are you on a PC rig and have New Mac Pro envy? This $60 solution may scratch that itch (or should I say: grate that cheese).
There are some bold predictions in here... especially which tech company is going to buy one of the Hollywood majors? Fun to read.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next Sunday.