First Look: Tangent Element

Say Hello to the 'Tangent Element' Colorist Control Surface

The ‘Tangent Element’ is the newest colorist control surface on the market and just started shipping about 3 weeks ago.

The Tao of Color visited our good friends at The Studio – B & H,  the professional video division located inside B & H Photo in New York City, to get our hands on this surface and give it a test drive in DaVinci Resolve.

The Studio-B&H’s Michel Suissa and Tao of Color’s Patrick Inhofer also offer up some buying advice.

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UPDATE 1: I’ve been informed that for DaVinci Resolve, the Buttons panel (Bt) and the Knobs panel (Kb) must be purchased together. One panel won’t work without being paired with the other panel.

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Topics covered include:

  • Physical size versus the Tangent Wave
  • Portability
  • Functionality vs. Wave in DaVinci Resolve
  • Live demo – with DaVinci Resolve
  • Overall Impressions
  • Buying advice for Resolve colorists
  • Buying advice for Scratch ad Scratch Lab colorists

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Comments are open. Feel free to let us know what you think of the Element or if you have any other questions you’d like answered.

 

 

 


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Can You Customize the Tangent Wave for DaVinci Resolve?


Josh Petok - Guest Post

Editor’s Note: I am thrilled to present Tao of Color’s first Guest Post! If you like this tutorial, please leave a happy note in the comments and welcome Josh into the Tao of Color fold!


Colorists: Are you constantly looking for small workflow improvements when you do color correction? I do, because one little tweak can save me a few seconds – and those seconds can add up over the days, weeks, and years of my career as a colorist.

And if you color grade on DaVinci Resolve using Tangent’s Wave… you’ll love this tip on how to customize the Wave panel – something you can’t do natively within Resolve.

For this tutorial we’ll start with something very simple…

Two of my most used keys in DaVinci Resolve are simply: Enable All and Disable all. These toggle all the nodes on and off – so I can quickly switch between the uncorrected image and my grade.

These ‘toggle’ commands are natively mapped to the up- and down- arrows on the keyboard. Unfortunately, the good folks at BlackMagic haven’t mapped this command to Tangent’s Wave. Join me as I teach you how to do it for them…

Links:

Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course – Josh can be found on Twitter.


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Joe Owens Interview, Part 2

“The Banker’s Pass – with a Dash of Tobasco”

Joe Owens is the Owner / Operator of Presto!Digital Colourgrade, located in chilly Edmonton, Canada.

Joe Owens

After getting his start as a camera shader over 30 years ago and now a full-time colorist for over 17 years – Joe’s a well-established presence in his Edmonton market. But his influence is felt around the world – as the leader in the Apple Color forum helping ‘newbies’ (and well established professionals) negotiate the delicate balance between technology, art, and business.

He recently finishing color grading 2 documentaries for the CBC network,  12 1-hour episodes of “Blackstone” for APTN / Showcase HD and 12 episodes of “Pet Heroes” for CMT.

Yes, Joe’s a busy guy.

Joe was kind enough to spend some time with me in my New York office (with sirens and horns) and share his experiences and thoughts of moving from the early days of analog videotape to ‘big iron’ telecine to non-linear digital color grading systems.


In Part 2 of Joe’s Interview we discuss:

  • The original “Final Touch” 2k grading app
  • The “Dark Art” of color grading
  • Colorist ‘thumbprints’
  • Joe’s favorite colorists
  • Creating ‘looks’ in the early days
  • Working with plug-ins & presets
  • When is “good enough”
  • Getting consistent in your grades
  • Client workflows
  • Joe’s office setup
  • Creature comforts
  • The physical setup of a colorist and the client
  • The 3 pillars of color grading
  • The impact of desktop color grading tools
  • How to know when a client is *your* client
  • The business mindset
  • Final comments on the layout of a grading suite

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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 on iTunes.

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Steve Hullfish Interview, Part 2

“Sharpen Your Axes (or, why learn color grading)”

Steve Hullfish, author

Steve Hullfish, author, editor, producer

Steve Hullfish is an author, editor, producer, and all-around good guy. His editing credits span more than 20 years, including editing the Oprah Winfrey Show for which he won a Daytime Emmy. Other broadcast credits include “Investigative Reports” and “Cold Cases” with Bill Kurtis on A&E and numerous PBS documentaries. He runs his own production company – Verascope Pictures – and his clients include Universal Studios, NBC Television, Turner Broadcasting, HIT Entertainment, Jim Henson Entertainment and VeggieTales.

Steve has written or co-written four books on editing and color correction, including “The Art and Technique of Color Correction” and “Color Correction for Video, 2nd Edition“. Steve is also a frequent writer at the Pro Video Coalition Website with his informative blog, CUT. N. COLOR.

Steve also recently teamed up with colorist, and one of the team member’s of Apple’s Color, Bob Sliga to develop a comprehensive DVD Training Set on Apple Color; created and sold with Class On Demand.


In Part 2 of Steve’s interview we discuss:

  • Creating the Class On Demand Apple Color DVD Training Series
  • Early versions (and reactions) of Final Touch (which became Apple’s Color)
  • Making believe we have a social life
  • The importance of video scopes
  • Do colorists need to know color theory?
  • Using vignettes
  • Control Surfaces
  • Does Image Quality count?
  • Why learn color grading?
  • Filming – with the color grade in mind

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Show Notes:

  • Steve’s Blog: CUT.N.COLOR at the ProVideo Coalition website

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 on iTunes.

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