Down The Baselight 6 Rabbit Hole Edition – Colorist Newsletter

March 17, 2024

News, tutorials, and gear from the interwebs related to the art, craft, and business of professional color grading. 17 March 2024 edition.

Issue DLXXXI: Down The Baselight 6 Rabbit Hole Edition

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In prepping this week’s Newsletter, I came across a Filmlight ‘technical explanation’ video about their evolving thinking on the color science behind their Baselight v6 release. It’s dense, and I’ll probably watch it a few more times before this non-scientist colorist brain groks what they’re saying.

But it was interesting. And then I realized there was another recently released video I hadn’t seen. This one covered their new ‘ab Scope’. And watching how they used it to analyze an image got me thinking about meaningfully using the ‘CIE plot’ scope.

This led me to Filmlight’s YouTube channel, where I watched a few more videos.

Down the rabbit hole, I went…where I was particularly pleased that Filmlight does NOT employ the ‘AI’ misnomer and instead uses the proper term, Machine Learning (ML). Thank you, Filmlight!

I’m not a Baselight user. Given my client base and its pricing structure, I probably never will be. Yet, whether it’s Baselight or any other professional DaVinci Resolve alternative, I think it’s a mistake for Resolve colorists to ignore the innovations of competing platforms.

And this week, you’re loaded up with Baselight innovations. If you can’t find any good ideas here that get you thinking about trying something new in Resolve or that help you refine your eye, then either I need a very long vacation (to reset my perspective), or you need to re-watch a few of these with the idea of finding something you can implement or experiment with.

Ours is a quickly evolving industry. If we want to be doing this ten years from now, then actively looking for new inspirations includes looking at alternative toolsets that can help us understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and how we can improve upon it.

I hope you find something like that here this week.

Happy Grading!

I’ll see you next Sunday.  Hopefully.
(I’m moving houses, and through the end of April, this weekly Newsletter may be a little less weekly.)


Pat Inhofer
Chief Photon Wrangler, Publisher
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Register to learn Baselight, “As part of our Baselight Learning Programme, FilmLight offers a free Online Training Course. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and is open to anyone interested in learning Baselight, with one of our in-house training staff covering a different aspect of the system – the first five sessions cover the same content as our popular Baselight ‘Essentials’ training course.”

“In addition to a dedicated Creative AI track within the PPW conference program, FMC is offering an additional pass for an AI Training & Certifications track, an initiative designed to equip professionals with the skills necessary to navigate the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence in content creation.”

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