How to Design and Set Up a Color Correction Suite

This Section guides you through Mixing Light's Insights on the myriad of considerations when setting up a room for critically evaluating the contrast and color off moving images.

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Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Design

Team ML gets a lot of questions on who to build a proper grading suite. In this Insight we tackle overall room design, furniture & lighting

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Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Technical Setup

In part 2 of the series, learn about monitor and bias light setup, viewing distance, industry monitoring recommendations, routing & more

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Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Additional Technical Setup

In the last installment of the 3 part series learn about computer setup, control surfaces, GPU expanders & other key accessories for a suite

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Color Correction Ergonomics

If you're looking to improve your color correction ergonomics for your editing or color correction suite - this post has some ideas for you.

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How to Design an Ergonomic Desk for Editing and Color Correction

As creative professionals working in post production, you are tied to your chair and desk. This Insight shares the fundamentals of healthy workspace design.

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How To Neatly Wire Your Sit-To-Stand Desk (and look professional)

Once you've properly designed an ergonomic desk for editing or color correction, you need to make it look professional - and mount your computer displays.

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The Ergonomics of Keyboards, Keypads and Computer Displays

In Part 3 of our series, you'll see the different input devices I've experimented with and the computer displays I'm using... with eye toward ergonomics.

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Design Essentials: Another Perspective On Suite Design

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shares some of what went into the design of his color suite, why he loves Aeron chairs, TBC consoles and more!


Using 'Scopebox' for Waveforms and Vectorscopes

Learn why Patrick uses the Mac-based software Scopebox to monitor his video signals - rather than DaVinci Resolve's (or Premiere's / FCPX's) internal scopes. The 2nd Insight is this series explains how Patrick has updated his Scopebox layout when he moved to much larger computer displays.

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How I Set Up Scopebox for Color Correction

In this video learn how a professional colorist configures the affordable software scopes, ScopeBox, for image evaluation to speed up color correcting.

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The Ergonomics of Keyboards, Keypads and Computer Displays

In Part 3 of our series, you'll see the different input devices I've experimented with and the computer displays I'm using... with eye toward ergonomics.

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How to Use Scopelink for Scopebox in Premiere Pro (and FCP X)

If you're looking for scopes to use with Adobe's Premiere Pro, After Effects or Apple's Final Cut Pro - check ScopeLink, a powerful feature of ScopeBox.

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Using Divergent Media's ScopeBox As Digital Recorder

Divergent Media's ScopeBox not only provides high quality customizable scopes but a full fledge digital recorder for capturing content.


Using an LG OLED for Client Monitoring

It's no secret that post houses world-wide are replacing their aging plasma displays with OLED displays for large format client monitoring. The LG series in particular has a reputation of being 'calibratable' and making in-roads as a popular solution. This Section lists a Flight Path working through Mixing Light's musings and teachings on this topic. This Flight Path also includes two Insights specifically focusing on high-end (read: expensive) OLED reference displays (that cost more than many of our cars).

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Using Reference Monitors & LG's OLEDS Together In The Color Suite

In this podcast, Team Mixing Light discusses using reference monitors & LG's consumer OLED televisions in our color suites.

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Calibrating To Match: Perceptually Matching Two Monitors

Two monitors may not match even if calibrated to the exact same color and luminance values. Learn how to perceptually match two monitors

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LG 2018 OLEDs & Talking Calibration With Tyler Pruitt

In this special edition Mixing Light Podcast, Spectracal Technical Evangelist Tyler Pruitt joins Robbie to discuss LG's 2018 OLED monitors and various calibration issues like metamerism, colorimeter matrices and more!

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Mailbag Episode 44: Choosing A 4k Monitor

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light answers a member question about choosing a new 4k/UHD monitor. We discuss the pros/cons of 4k monitoring and explore in depth new offerings from Flanders Scientific including the XM650U and XM310K.

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First Look: FSI XM650U UHD Monitor

In this special Insight, Bram Desmet CEO & General Manager stops by Robbie's studio to take a look at the brand new FSI XM650U UHD OLED HDR Monitor. Learn about the essential design of the monitor, its capabilities and how it might help you.


How To Speed Up Your Work Using Gaming Keypads

Members of the Insights Library know that Team Mixing Light loves their gaming keypads. This Flight Path starts with Patrick's initial thoughts on the topic. Then he evaluates a few alternatives. Finally, it wraps with a few Insights of other Mixing Light contributors on this topic.

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Setting Up X-Keys: A Control Surface Companion

In this video, contributor Josh Petok shows how to setup the X-Keys XK-24. It's a perfect companion to many colorist control surfaces.

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Optimizing X-Keys With A Colorist Control Surface

Learn how to maximize your color correction speed if you're using a Tangent Element or Avid Color by optimizing X-Keys, a low cost USB hardware add-on.

3
Color Correction Ergonomics

If you're looking to improve your color correction ergonomics for your editing or color correction suite - this post has some ideas for you.

4
An Overview of the Logitech G13 Gaming Keypad

Get an overview of how the Logitech G13 Gaming keypad works - with ideas on how it can speed up your video post-production workflow.

5
The Ergonomics of Keyboards, Keypads and Computer Displays

In Part 3 of our series, you'll see the different input devices I've experimented with and the computer displays I'm using... with eye toward ergonomics.

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Getting To Know The El Gato Stream Deck: Part 1

Designed for gamers and streaming is the El Gato a suitable control surface supplement for colorists? In this Insight, learn about the Stream Deck

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Learn How to Start Scripting El Gato's Stream Deck Using Autohotkey

The Elgato Stream Deck is a powerful control surface add-on for colorists, especially when paired with autohotkey. In this insight, learn to take that functionality to the next level with advanced scripts and workflow examples.


The Benefits and Options of Colorist Control Surfaces

If you need to speed up the pace of your color corrections then there's no faster way than investing in a colorist control surface. this Flight Path starts with several introductory concepts regarding the relationship of colorist control surfaces to the craft of color grading. Then it moves to specific controls surfaces working with specific software.

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How much faster can you color correct with a colorist control surface?

Are you wondering about buying a Color Correction Control Surface? This article explains the benefits - following one colorist making the transition.

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How to Get Faster at Color Correction

Do you want to get faster at Color Correction? Part 3 of our series gives you solid tips for increasing your daily shot count.

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Part 2: How to Estimate Time for Color Correction

Explore the 6 'slices' of a color correction session and how we manage our time across them. This lets us bid & quote more accurately.

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Tangent Element: Unboxing & Visual Comparisons to Other Color Surfaces

If you're in the market for a colorist control surface then see how the Tangent Element ships - and how it physically compares to two of its competitors.

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Tangent Element Control Surface: Getting Started

Learn about the Tangent Element colorist control surface and see how one professional colorist sets it up in his color correction suite.

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Using the Tangent Element with DaVinci Resolve 10

This video tutorial is an overview of the integration between Tangent Element with DaVinci Resolve, focusing on new features in Resolve 10.

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Hands On the Tangent Element and Premiere Pro CC 2015.3

The first Creative Cloud update in 2016 has given us integration between the Tangent Element and Premiere Pro. This video shows it in action.

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How to Optimize Tangent Control Surfaces for Premiere Pro CC

Learn how to optimize Tangent Control Surfaces for Premiere Pro with the Tangent Mapper—and massively speed up using Lumetri color effect.

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Hands On the Tangent Ripple and Tangent HUD

A hands-on overview of the most affordable color correction control surface on the market today—the Tangent Ripple.

External Resources

These links to items Patrick mentions in the opening chapter.


MediaLight High CRI Bias Light

This is brand of bias light that Patrick uses (and recommends) for color critical viewing of digital video images. Link goes to ShopFSI.com.

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Flanders Scientific DM250

At the time of recording Patrick was using an FSI CM250 OLED as his reference display (which is no longer in production). He just upgraded to the FSI DM250 OLED - which is what the link takes you to.

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Flanders Scientific Professional Displays

For many of you, the price point of a reference OLED is too high. FSI has a range of more affordable, fully calibratable displays that we think you should seriously consider for your external color-managed display.

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Razer Chroma Gaming Keypad

This is the keypad Patrick is currently using in his suite (and swears on it). via Amazon.com

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Tangent Element Bundle

This is control surface currently set up in Patrick's grading suite. via B&H Photo

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Uplift Sit-Stand Desk

There are a ton of website selling this style of desk that Patrick is using. This is the one he chose... and a year later the motor is as strong and reliable as ever.

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