Node Structure

Behind The Curtain – Can You Prebuild An Ideal Node Structure?

April 6, 2018

Can you prebuild a perfect node structure and use it to speed up your grading? Dan is taking a deep dive to find out how well it works, and if it's a genius idea or a total waste of time.


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The Never Ending Quest For Perfection – Can You Prebuild Your Looks?

I had a great question in the comments recently about my node structure and how I like to order things.

The short answer is YES! I do have a structure that I follow.

The long answer is that like a guitarist following the quest for the perfect guitar sound it’s constantly being refined, mixed up and trashed completly to be rebuilt from the ground up.

I also think my grading is heavily influenced by the work of others.

At the NAB conference, I met tons of amazing colorists which led me to re-thinking my way of attacking the look again.

The biggest weakness I found is I really do spend a lot of time re-adjusting scenes after feedback.

Copying and Pasting the same nodes/changes / whatever the hell the crazy director might want!

The solution is really a simple one, use group level nodes per scenes to create the look and feel.

The only problem is that it takes a lot of effort and time to break out of your comfort zone.

Luckily I just sat down for my 10-hour flight to Las Vegas with the worst entertainment system I think I’ve ever experienced.

There is also a bunch of drunk guys sat beside me on a boys holiday so there goes any chance of sleep.

Time to do some research and planning on my node structure!

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