Color Grading Seminar: Arlington, VA.

The Tao of Color Grading: Featuring the Euphonix MC Color Control Surface and Apple’s Color

Date: Wed. February 23

Time: 6:30p

Location: Resolution Post, 3040 Williams Drive, Suite 105 Fairfax, Virginia 22031


Colorist/Finisher/Trainer Patrick Inhofer will teach the simple fundamental Truths that affect anyone trying to evaluate, improve, and add emotional impact to moving images. These Truths can be applied across different software packages – whether just a simple contrast filter in a non-linear editor or a complex grade in a dedicated color grading app (such as Apple’s Color or BlackMagic’s DaVinci Resolve).

In this newly updated version of the popular The Tao of Color Grading Presentation, Patrick uses Final Cut Pro and Color to help you:

  • Understand the physical truths about the human vision system – that your eyes and brain conspire to work against your ability to really ‘see’ the images you are capturing and creating.
  • Become enlightened about how to combat the aggressive manner in which our eyes lie to us.
  • Learn how the underlying methods used to digitally compress and process video can be leveraged to your advantage in the color grading process.
  • Walk away with a simple workflow which you can immediately employ for quick, efficient grading.
  • Learn how to use powerful image evaluation tools that are already built into the software you’re using.
  • Discover the one color correction filter you probably never use – but should, and is an essential tool in Patrick’s bag of tricks.
If time allows:
  • You’ll see a demonstration of the benefits of working with a control surface. Using the affordable and powerful Euphonix MC Color Patrick will show how a control surface results in faster grading sessions while increasing the quality of the finished product.

About Patrick:

Based on the initial success of this Tao Of Color Grading seminar, Patrick Inhofer launched the color grading training website, The website contains video-based training specifically for Final Cut, Colorista II, and Apple Color workflows, giving students a 14-minute short film to grade. also has a color grading specific Weekly Newsletter, as well as a color grading Podcast, and Blog.

Patrick is the Owner/Operator of the boutique color grading house, He is a colorist and editor with over 20 years experience in broadcast, cable, corporate, and indie post-production.

Patrick’s has worked with such directors as Barry Levinson and Bruce Sinofsky. A few of the outlets he’s delivered to: HBO, NBC, ABC, Showtime, ESPN, National Geographic Channel, PBS, The Museum of Modern Art, and (yes) The Internet.

You can view Patrick’s Color Grading demo reel at:

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Alexis Van Hurkman Interview, Part 1

Interview Series Main Page

“This Checkbox is for Checkboxing”

Alexis Van Hurkman: Writer, Director, Colorist

Welcome to Part 1 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 1, the main points we cover:

  • His love of fiction writing and fiction content, including a few of his fiction projects
  • Monetizing Content
  • The ephemeral nature of business plans
  • Writing User Manuals for Apple (Final Cut Pro, Color, Shake)
  • Introducing broad audiences to niche software
  • Career routes to directing
  • Working with clients in a color grading session
  • Verbally communicating color with a client
  • The responsibility of the colorist to their client
  • The most lethal client request in digital post-production

Feel free to leave comments, suggestions, and questions below.

Listen to: Part 2 | Part 3

Show Notes:

Alexis Van Hurkman’s website & blog

Alexis on IMDb

Starship Detriteus Website

Four Weeks, Four Hours, Directed by Alexis Van Hurkman

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

Apple Pro Training Series: Encyclopedia of Color Correction / Field Techniques Using Final Cut Pro ( affiliate link)

Advanced Color Correction And Effects in Final Cut Pro 5 ( affiliate link)

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.

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Controlling ‘Magic Bullet Looks’ (feat. ‘Knoll Light Factory’): Video Tutorial

"Magic Bullet Looks" preset examples

Magic Bullet Looks

Last week I was a guest on’s Digital Convergence podcast. Hosts Carl Olson & Chris Fenwick took me through a range of discussion topics related to color grading. Chris asked me about how I get Red Giant Software’s Magic Bullet Looks to update to my external broadcast monitor while I’m working in the Looks interface.

(In case you’re unaware, Final Cut Pro doesn’t allow custom interfaces to output live updates to the video card… the final ‘look’ needs to be applied to the clip before it is output to the external monitor.)

I mistakenly answered Chris that I don’t have a solution to this problem – forgetting that I came up with a viable workaround earlier this year.

So. This Video Tutorial is my mea culpa to Chris & Carl. It’s about how you can control Magic Bullet Looks and get live updates to an external monitor – in real time! It also features a quick little demo using Knoll Light Factory with Magic Bullet Looks to create a ‘dream sequence’ feel.

Threaded comments are turned on for this post – please post a comment. Below the video are all the relevant links for this post. Enjoy!

You’ll the “Enlarge” button to go full screen…


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Speed Demon: Copy, Paste, Remove FCP Attributes Like A Pro

If you regularly work in Final Cut Pro and have to copy / paste filters, resizes, or keyframes from one clip to another, then this Tutorial is for you!

I’ll demonstrate how to zip around the timeline with this command. Your clients might not know why you’re suddenly faster than everyone else… but they’ll keep asking for you.

If you are already familiar with the “Paste Clip Attributes” command, then watch the short version of this clip which just gets right to the point.

Note: If you already know about the Paste/Remove Attributes Commands, then skip ahead to the 4:20 mark to see how I optimize my keyboard for super-fast pasting and removing of clip attributes.

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