Mixing Light Color Correction Podcast Series

Encoding For YouTube And Vimeo & Using An SSD As A Render Cache Drive

December 14, 2014

Check out this episode of From The MailBag to learn about grading of Vimeo/YouTube & When to use an SSD For Resolve's Render Cache.


Day 14: 25 Insights in 25 Days Holiday Marathon

Episode 18: From The Mailbag

Encoding For YouTube/Vimeo & Using An SSD As A Render Cache Drive

In this edition of From The Mailbag, we get back to member questions and some good ones too!

First up, we get asked about how we grade when the output will hit YouTube & Vimeo and then we discuss when using an SSD for Resolve’s Render Cache is appropriate.

Remember, if you have questions that you’d like to get an opinion on please use the contact form. Your questions can be aesthetic, technical or even client related. We’d love to hear from you, and your question might make future episodes of From The Mailbag.

Making Files For Video Sharing Services

If you’re like most colorists, the projects you grade will at some point, end up on video sharing services like YouTube or Vimeo.

Both of these popular services seem like they’d be the same – H264 encoded files that match your reference monitor.  Well, that’s not the reality of the situation.

In Part 1 of this From The MailBag, we dive into a question from member Margus Voll about how we handle encoding content that’s bound for these outlets, and some of the strategies might surprise you.

While there is no magic bullet, each service has its own particular look to which you must pay attention.

From lifting black levels to neutralizing the magenta push that Vimeo can cause, we cover how to grade projects for these popular video sharing services.

Using A Separate Drive For Resolve Render Cache

Next up, we get a question from member Pat Taylor about using the PCI-E SSD in his new Mac Pro and if that’s a good idea.

PCI-E SSDs are the bleeding edge of storage solutions and well – very, very fast.

We discuss general media management, drive speed and best practices for the render cache.

Enjoy the Mail Bag! Happy Holidays!

– Team Mixing Light

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Homepage Forums Encoding For YouTube And Vimeo & Using An SSD As A Render Cache Drive

  • Just for information, the Insight with Jeff Greenberg mentioned by Robbie in Part 1 (‘How to Compress Video for YouTube’) is ML0188: https://mixinglight.com/portfolio/compress-video-for-youtube/

  • Any chance someone has built a tool kit of track level powergrades or LUTs that can be shared for these kinds of corrections?

  • Patrick Inhofer

    Nick – If you search the Vimeo message boards, maybe someone has built something like that in Resolve. I know there are several ‘recipes’ using After Effects. If you like one of those, you could follow Dan’s Trim LUT Insight to get that correction back into Resolve:


  • Wasnt it discussed that we didnt want those corrections cause your video would look different from everyone else? or did I miss a part of that discussion. Cant believe Vimeo isnt color accurate! Jaw hit the floor on that one

  • Patrick Inhofer

    That’s my personal philosophy. If you’re answering to clients, though, sometimes you have to make accommodations you don’t agree with. So I say: Leave it. Don’t customize for Vimeo. If I get overruled… so be it. It’s a collaboration.

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