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Issue CDXIX: The Custom Keyboard 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, 20 October 2019 | Web Archives
I like to keep things color- and finishing- focused in this Newsletter. But today, as a reformed full-time linear and non-linear editor, I'm going slightly off-topic.

It looks like BMD is seeding reviewers with their new Resolve Keyboard.

Rumors were swirling that the Keyboard would never see the light of day (due to pricing).

I'm pleased to see that's not true. By my estimation full-time editors, especially fast-turnaround editors, will find tons of value in this keyboard. It does things in an NLE that can't be done anywhere else.

But its physical and financial footprint is substantial. So its appeal is to old-timers like me who used CMX, GVG, and Sony edit controllers - and full-timers who will put in the hours to master it.

But for both those crowds, Resolve 17 needs keyboard support in the Edit Page, too. It's not like the things an editor does in the Cut Page suddenly disappear in the Edit Page. An editing keyboard that only fully works in one of two editing modals doesn't make much sense.

Still, this is pioneering times for the BMD Editing Keyboard and they have to start somewhere. I just encourage them not to stop where it is today.

About the Resolve 16.1 release...

If you own the Resolve Mini colorist control surface (with the displays), Blackmagic has a surprise for you in 16.1. After updating, try adding an OpenFX or ResolveFX to a node and pressing the 'FX' button (bottom row, left side).

You're welcome. (HT: Joey D'Anna)

Have a great week. I'll 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
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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.
Wednesday 23 October, 2019. At LightIron New York, take a free one-day course on Baselight v5 covering color grading, color spaces, and media management. Bring your own computer with Baselight Student Edition loaded up. Registration required, spaces limited.
"Inspired by an amazing look and the most unusual workflow of  ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, we decided to invite color scientist behind the project  Matt Tomlinson and learn about the history and future of DI by no one else but  Josh Pines." Abel Cine LA, Wed. Oct. 23. Registration required.
In this new online training course learn how, "Colour management establishes and maintains the desired look for a production throughout the production process: from on-set monitoring, editorial and VFX to finishing and final mastering."
Some insights into how the grade changes from season-to-season and location-to-location.
Entries are open through 9 Nov. Click through for details and prize list.
I loved this series. Colorist Jill Bogdanowicz is one of my favorites. But I don't usually link to Blu-ray reviews. The only reason I'm doing so here is to register my disappointment that this release does not include the Dolby Vision / ATMOS presentation that streams on Netflix. This is one of the few series I'd buy just to see it in a higher quality format. (Plus, ATMOS always seems to sound better to me off BluRay.) Bummer.
Flanders Scientific Professional 4K HDR 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 you see between your HDR and SDR monitors are attributable to your grades rather than fundamental differences in display technology.
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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. 
Resolve 16.1 is released from Public Beta. What's new? This link takes you to the Read Me.
(video) If your camera can't achieve 120fps for super slo-mo work then learn how to achieve similar results in Resolve. Plus, what types of shots are good candidates for this workflow, and what shots aren't?
(video) Remove the tattoo. Keep the skin. Oh - but it's a moving image with a moving shoulder. Learn how to tackle this job with a Fusion Reactor plug-in.
PixelTools is a set of DaVinci Resolve PowerGrades designed to jump-start your node trees (and to get your creative juices flowing). Find out what you get for your money in this review.
(video) Learn about the Area Brush paint tool with Quick Mask mode, Mega Plate extended stitched workflows for tricky removes, clean-ups, and set extensions, and OpenColorIO support. Shout out to Newsletter reader Joe Stern for pointing out that this item in last week's Newsletter was incorrect.
I have two things to say about this article: It has the most bizarre opening paragraph in recent memory. It's also a really intelligent look at the latest digital post-production software packages and how 'faster' is marketed and executed (or not). Worth the read no matter what app you use.
This link is in here mostly to congratulate Avid's continued journey into the year 2019!
(video) An embedded video demo'ing the new Adobe CC desktop app. This app is clearly designed to show the value of a subscription, with an interesting workflow enhancement of Shared Libraries.
"Apple released Final Cut Pro 10.4.7 with a new Metal Engine. We used the BruceX project to measure the performance gain compared to FCPX 10.4.6."
A quick little graphic that lets you know which codecs are suited for Ripple and Insert Edits using CineXtools for revising deliverables you've already exported - without re-encoding.
Sapphire OFX Plugins for DaVinci Resolve
Sapphire 2019 is a set of over 270 visual effect plugins, featuring a revamped Lens FlareDesigner tool complete with over 30 professionally designed flares.
Compatible with macOS, Windows or Linux and accelerated for top GPU performance with CUDA, Sapphire OFX plugins are the artist’s choice for VFX, compositing,and editorial workflows. 
Annual subscriptions start at $495.00.
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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.
When I started in this business, all editing was done on dedicated custom keyboard controllers. After a 20-year hiatus, the custom keyboard controller is back. It's for DaVinci Resolve. It has an old-school price tag! Is it worth the purchase? Click through to find out.
Another take on the new Blackmagic Keyboard. With a recommendation (that tracks with my thinking) on who will find this dedicated hardware worth the price.
Friend of the Tao, Oliver Peters, tackles the various archival technologies and their reliability/usefulness to digital media professionals. He makes good points, if you need the refresh.
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.
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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.
VR in the car??? If I still had that category, this item would be listed under, "A Step Too Far?" But VR in the car is precisely what a German startup is proposing!
(video) This isn't new to the internet. Just new to this Newsletter. But if you haven't seen this in a while (or at all) it's 100% worth the watch (again)! 18 million views and counting. (via R Neil Haugen)
(video) Of course, I wouldn't leave you without a 'sort of' Behind The Scenes of that music video.
Th- th- th- that's all folks! See you next Sunday!