Resolve 8 Tutorial & Training: Now Available!

Tutorials & Training: Resolve 8, Colorista II, Color 1.5, Final Cut Pro

The Color Correction MasterClass Has Re-Opened!

It’s here!

I’ve re-opened the MasterClass training with new pricing, new packages, and new training! In addition to what I call the “Final Cut Studio Ecosystem” training (Colorista II / Apple Color / Final Cut Pro) – I’ve launched Resolve 8 training.

A New Approach

Over the past few weeks I’ve interviewed Members of the MasterClass, probing for areas where I could improve on future training. One of more common comments was that since all the content is made immediately available – it was a bit overwhelming. Almost intimidating.

In designing the Resolve 8 MasterClass I knew I’d have much more training than I had for Apple Color – simply because I’d have to spend way more time explaining the interface and digging deep into the ‘Resolve Way’ of doing things. The intimidation factor could be even worse.

This time around, the training will be released in Weeks. Every 5 days, counting down from the first day you Register, a new Week becomes available to you. And hopefully, you’ll find the concepts build upon each other.

Behind the Pay Wall

To help you get a sense of what I’m doing with the training, a behind-the-scenes of what the website looks like, and some of the things you’ll be doing in Week 1… here’s the 17-minute Resolve 8 MasterClass Orientation Video. Check it out! If you dig what you see – visit the full-blown MasterClass Sales Page where I explain who this training is for and what you’ll get with it (as well as pricing).

Enjoy!



Resolve 8 – Orientation

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Do You See The Symmetry? The Painter, The Colorist and An 80 Year Old Book

I’ve been following a blog that has nothing to do with our business.

And yet… that blog has everything to do with our business.

Well… sometimes.

It’s called Underpaintings and is devoted to the world of art and painting.

I follow it because, in the same manner that photographers have been doing digital color grading 10 years longer than those of us on the video side, traditional artists have been studying light, dark, color, contrast for dozens of decades longer than those of us in the world of moving images.

In yesterday’s Underpaintings post, I was struck by this image:

It’s the Painters palette, with a suggested layout of specific colors and how to mix them together. It seems there’s an array of logical ways of laying out this color palette. And there are whole schools of thought devoted to the optimal layout and color choices on the palette. Including studies on how the Masters laid out their palettes.

Staring at that image do you find yourself free associating? Isn’t it interesting how much (with the lines connecting the colors) this next image looks like a modern incarnation of the artists’ color palette:

 

And as you look at the physical palette on which the artist interacts with her palette, does it remind you in some way of this:

As much as that illustration of the painter’s palette got me free-associating – here’s the real point of this post:

Words of Wisdom from 1932

In his Underpaintings post, the author is struck by the introduction to a 1932 book used to instruct students on how organize and lay out their color palette, Colour-Control:  The Organization and Control of the Artist’s Palette by Frank Morley Fletcher.

I’m going to excerpt from his excerpt of that introduction:

(The modern palette) has become greatly enriched in its range, (and) to place this instrument with its intricate resources in the hands of an uninstructed student, however talented, is unreasonable.  (It) condemn(s) him to years of wasteful  experiment in order to discover initial facts and principles which should be preliminary to any profitable study.  Such a course would be absurd as to tell a student of music to make his own experiments without help or any instruction in the practical tradition of his instrument, or in musical harmony.

As our industry becomes ‘democratized’ those words, written almost 80 years ago, couldn’t ring more true. Going forward, the apprenticeship model of learning our craft will be true for only a tiny percentage of colorists. For the rest of us we either spend years of wasteful experimentation… or we read books like The Color Correction Handbook and The Art and Craft of Digital Color Correction and take training courses such as those offered by FxPhd, ICA, or even – dare I say it – here at The Tao.

Here’s the permalink to that full post at Underpaintings.

One More Thing…

Do you follow any blogs focused on the ‘traditional arts’ that seem relevant to our work? If so, please leave a comment and share!


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[Interview] The 3 Pillars of a Proper Color Correction Room


“The 3 Pillars of a Grading Suite: How To Set Up Your Room for Color Correction”

An Interview with Alexis Van Hurkman, Part 3

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

In Part 3, we are focus on one topic: setting up a room for accurate color correction. The main points we cover:

  • The elements of a good physical space
  • Lighting requirements
  • The ‘surround’ wall
  • How to select a good color grading monitor
  • LCD vs Plasma
  • Professional calibration
  • 8-bit vs 10-bit

Length: 32 minutes

Part 1 | Part 2 | Subscribe in iTunes


 


Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and questions.

 

Show Notes:

Alexis Van Hurkman’s website & blog

Alexis on IMDb

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema NEW! Released November 2010

Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction / Field Techniques Using Final Cut Pro

Advanced Color Correction And Effects in Final Cut Pro 5

Flanders Scientific 24” 8bit LCD

Flanders Scientific 24” 10bit LCD

HP’s Dreamcolor 10bit LCD

THX Certification & Calibrators

Company3

In Depth: Simultaneous Color Contrast

In Depth: Simultaneous Luminance Contrast

This is Part 3 of this three-part interview with author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. Alexis was kind enough to spend nearly 2.5 hours speaking with me about his career and insights into the art, craft and technology of digital color grading.

This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via our RSS feed, and eventually on iTunes.

Here’s the main page listing all of my TaoOfColor.com interviews.


FCC DISCLAIMER
Yes, I am an Amazon affiliate. Anything on this page that links to Amazon is most likely an affiliate link. If you buy anything from my affiliate link I get a 4% commission. Which about (but not quite) buys me a tall (small) latte from Starbucks.

Which begs the question: why do bloggers have to report that they received a small commission, and Congressman and Senators don’t have to state which lobbyists they took tens of thousands of dollars from each time they vote on a bill? It might go in some crappy little report, but why don’t they have to stand up when they vote and say, I think this health insurance provision is GREAT. Lets make it law! By the way, the health care industry flew me to Hawaii to have sex with underage hookers for a week.”

(Disclaimer to the disclaimer: the above disclaimer was swiped, in sum and substance, from fellow blogger Steve Hullfish.)

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Alexis Van Hurkman Interview, Part 2


“A Bad Grade = Giving The Edit Away”

 

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

Welcome to Part 2 of this three-part interview with author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. Alexis was kind enough to spend nearly 2.5 hours speaking with me about his career and insights into the art, craft and technology of digital color grading. In Part 2, the main points we cover:

  • His Apple Pro Training books
  • His newest book, “Color Correction Handbook”
  • Colorist control surfaces
  • Vignettes
  • How we see color and how that influences grading

Scroll down for full show notes and comments

Length: 49 minutes

Subscribe in iTunes


 


Show Notes:

 

Alexis Van Hurkman’s website & blog

Alexis on IMDb

Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema NEW! Just released November 2010

Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction / Field Techniques Using Final Cut Pro

Advanced Color Correction And Effects in Final Cut Pro 5

Michael Wohl’s Books

RocknRolla (Single-Disc Edition), director: Guy Richie

Traffic: Traffic – The Criterion Collection, DVD | Traffic (Combo Blu-ray and Standard DVD)

This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via our podcast-only RSS feed, and on iTunes.

Here’s the main page listing all of my TaoOfColor.com interviews.


FCC DISCLAIMER
Yes, I am an Amazon affiliate. Anything on this page that links to Amazon is most likely an affiliate link. If you buy anything from my affiliate link I get a 4-6% commission. Which doesn’t quite buy me a tall (small) latte from Starbucks.

 

Which begs the question: why do bloggers have to report that they received a small commission, and Congressman and Senators don’t have to state which lobbyists they took tens of thousands of dollars from each time they vote on a bill? It might go in some crappy little report, but why don’t they have to stand up when they vote and say, “I think this health insurance provision is GREAT. Let’s make it law! By the way, the health care industry flew me to Hawaii to have sex with underage hookers for a week.”

(Disclaimer to the disclaimer: the above disclaimer was swiped, in sum and substance, from fellow blogger Steve Hullfish)

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