Syncing Resolve’s LUT Folder Between Machines & Viewing HDR & SDR Simultaneously

October 26, 2016

A member asks how they can easily sync Resolve's LUT folder between suites. Plus, the pros/cons of viewing HDR & SDR simultaneously.

Episode 32: From The Mailbag

Talking about LUTs and Color Grading in the HDR Workflow

A MailBag Episode!

Yes, it’s been quite some time since we’ve released a MailBag Episode – not because we didn’t have the content – but because the summer was just super busy for Team MixingLight and it was darn near impossible to get all three of us on the same schedule!

This past week we sat down and were able to clear out the queue of member questions that are perfect for future MailBag Episodes.  So, keep an eye out for many more MailBag installments in the coming weeks.

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.

In this MailBag episode, we take a look at a question about how to keep custom LUTs (or ones that you create) in sync in a larger facility as well as continue a conversation that Robbie & Pat started in an Insight thread about viewing HDR & SDR content at the same time, in the same room.

Part 1: Syncing Custom LUTs

First up we explore a question from an anonymous MixingLight member who asks:

‘I’m running several rooms of color now and we have a shared database that can be accessed from any room, but we are finding the workflow breaks when it comes to custom LUTs. Do you know of workflows to sync the LUTs between multiple rooms?’

Great question! Yep, this has happened to Robbie & Dan in their facilities quite a bit.

It sucks, for example, when a show has been graded in one room but then is going to be rendered in another and that second room doesn’t have the same LUTs installed – and no one notices, and the show gets rendered all screwed up!

Fortunately, there is a great little application to handle this situation. A while back Robbie wrote an Insight on using Bit Torrent Sync for syncing media from his work machine to his home machine.

Bit Torrent Sync was renamed to Sync, and now it has yet another new name Resilio  – new name, same great app.

In Part 1 we discuss how Resilio (Sync) can be used to keep a Resolve LUT folder in sync between rooms, and we also discuss a few particulars about refreshing Resolve’s LUT folder.

Part 2: Viewing HDR & SDR In The Same Room

In Part two, Robbie & Pat needed to finish a discussion (errr argument) started in a very cool Insight that Patrick did on using the new stereo tools in Resolve 12.5.1 and later to facilitate HDR/SDR workflows.

At the center of this discussion is having an HDR monitor & SDR monitor in the same room and if this is a good thing or a bad thing or even the right thing to do when you have to deliver HDR & SDR!

So in this segment, Pat & Robbie each explain their points of view, and Dan plays moderator while adding some great thoughts to the discussion too!

As always, enjoy the MailBag and please use the comments below if you have more to add to the conversation or have other questions. 

-Team Mixing Light

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