How To Fight Periods Of Not Feeling Creative?

In this From The Mailbag, our team answers a member question about how to handle periods of not feeling creative in the color suite.

Is It Your Responsibility to Archive a Project?

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses if it's a colorists' responsibility to archive media and project files.

Advice For Dan’s (Or Anyone’s) Color Correction Business

Team Mixing Light discusses color correction business issues. Mixing Light's Dan Moran (who recently went independent) is our subject.

Understanding The Future Of Post Production and Color Grading: Part 2

The 5 'pillars' of the digital video revolution evolve at a different paces - but are driven by the same force. We covers two more pillars.

Graphics & Text In Dobly Vision HDR Project

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we're once again joined by Joey D'Anna to discuss graphics and text in Dobly Vision HDR projects.

Before The Grade: 5 Pre-Grade Tips To Improve Session Speed

In this Insight, Robbie looks at 5 pre-grade tips that can help you increase your overall session speed when it comes time to grade a project.

Understanding The Future Of Post Production and Color Grading: Part 1

Digital video post production and color grading is rapidly advancing. Which technologies do you need to prepare for? And why?

Color Grading HDR For The First Time - In A Live Competition!

Dan & Robbie describe watching colorists grade HDR for the first time, while competing! Plus, Mixing Light's partnership in China.

What Can DPs Do To Make Final Color Easier?

In this installment of From The Mailbag we're joined by Joey D'Anna and discuss what can DPs and onset staff do to make final color easier?

How Do You Find A Mentor As A Solo Artist In A Small Market?

In this podcast, Team Mixing Light tackles a member question about how to find a mentor for color grading - in a small city.

LG 8 Series Or FSI XM650U. Which To Get?

In this installment of From The MailBag, we discuss a question we've been getting a lot - is it worth getting the FSI XM650U over an LG OLED?

The 3000 NIT FSI XM310K: Talking HDR With Bram Desmet

Flanders Scientific is shipping it's highly anticipated XM310K - a 31 inch DCI 4k 3000 NIT HDR mastering monitor with 12G connectivity. I talk to FSI CEO Bram Desmet about HDR & the XM310K.

One Year Later: A Video Review of the Resolve Mini Control Surface

In this 'Resolve Mini' control surface Video Review, see several exciting features in action - plus a bug that confuses things.

A Month Later: Mixing Light's Take On NAB 2018

It's been a little over a month since NAB 2018. In this From The Mailbag, we sit down to discuss all the things we saw including our thoughts on Resolve 15, new HDR monitoring, control surfaces and more.

Color Correction Gear Head: May 2018 Edition

In this installment of the Color Correction Gear Head series, Robbie takes a look at the 2018 LG OLEDs (C8), the HD Fury Integral 4k, Aja 1616 12G Router, OWC Mercury HeliosFX and remote control application Splashtop.

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!

NAB 2018 & The Harris DL860 Is It Working?

In this installment of From The MailBag, the team discusses their 2018 NAB teaching plans and where to find Patrick on the show floor, and then we answer a members question about using a Harris DL860.

From The MailBag EP48: From A Direct View Monitor To The Cinema

In this installment of From The MailBag, Team Mixing Light discusses a member question about moving a grade from their direct view monitor to the cinema - we discuss many aspects of this workflow and why overcomplicating things is a bad idea!

Colorist Podcast EP 022: Dado Valentic

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh sits down with colorist, trainer and industry visionary Dado Valentic to discuss his much talked about presentation on color grading and AI, HDR workflow, on tools for colorists and more!

Migrating PowerBins, PowerGrades, Configs Between Databases

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses strategies for moving PowerGrades, PowerBins & project configurations between databases. Resolve makes this harder than you'd think!

Handling A Rejected Grade, As A Freelancer

Team Mixing Light's Dan Moran recently left his job at a large post facility to join the freelance world. Dan is curious how Patrick and Robbie would handle, as a freelancer, a client who rejects a grade - fix it or charge more?

From The MailBag Episode 40: Talking About Dolby Vision

In this installment of From The MailBag, Team Mixing Light discusses Dolby Vision. Building on Robbie's recent articles, Patrick & Dan ask Robbie some questions about workflow and his recent trip to Dolby in Burbank, CA.

The 12 Days Of Running A Better Color Correction Business

Getting into the holiday spirit, in this Insight Robbie shares 12 strategies to improving your color correction business in 2018

Colorist Podcast Episode 18: Patrick Woodard

In this installment, Josh talks to Digital Film Tree lead colorist Patrick Woodard about color correcting high-end TV, remote sessions, ACES and more!

Color Correction Gear Head: November 2017 Edition

In this installment of Color Correction Gear we take a look at Intel NUC mini computers, Procool Rackmount fans, & Cinemaquest LED Bias Lighting

Colorist Podcast Episode 17: Bob Festa

In this episode, Josh talks to legendary colorist Bob Festa about his gigantic body of work, grading techniques and much more!

Surviving (And Finishing) A 1000 Shot Project In 2 Days Or Less

Coloring long form projects with very quick turn arounds can be very challenging. In this article, learn techniques for surviving & finishing big projects

When To Sell Yourself Short?

When is it ok to "sell myself short"? Katie Hinsen suggests taking a more holistic approach to value when considering an opportunity, job or client.

Colorist Podcast Episode 15: Alexis Van Hurkman

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well known author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman about a wide variety of color topics

A Modern Approach To Cold-Calls

In this Insight, ML contributor Katie Hinsen shares her thoughts about cold calling as well as several practical tips on making contact more effective.

Colorist Inspiration – August 2017

Dan is turning 30 and shares his work from across the years to show how his grading has evolved and improved year after year

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.

Colorist Podcast Episode 014: Juan Ignacio Cabrera, CSI

in this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talk to colorist Juan Ignacio Cabrera about his work on cutting edge projects & many other subjects.

Client Communication: A Short Primer For Young Colorists

The hardest part about color correction is not learning new software or pushing buttons but communication with clients. Learn more in this Insight.

Mailbag Episode 38: R14 New Features & Revisiting Remote Rendering

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss our new R14 New Features title as well as discussing Resolve Remote Rendering with guest Joey D'Anna.

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.

From the Mac to PC for Media Pros: Answering Member Questions Part 2

If you need to buy a high-performance video post production computer today, then you're looking at a PC. Here are more answers to questions of Mac users.

Pressure: How To Get Things Done Without Having A Breakdown

Pressure is an unavoidable part of being a professional colorist. In this Insight, learn strategies to alleviate pressure so you avoid a complete meltdown!

Colorist Podcast Episode 011: Dave Abrams

On this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to famed calibrator Dave Abrams of Avical about display technology, HDR & getting great calibrations

From The Mailbag EP 37: Mixing Light 2.0 Member Changes & Benefits!

In this From The Mailbag, learn about changes and new features for Mixing Light members with the newest version of our Website -Mixing Light 2.0

Colorist Inspiration – March 2017

Dan shares his inspiration for this month including BTS on Moonlight, Peter Doyle, A$AP Rocky and a Lorde video shot on 16mm

Breaking Down a Heavy Duty Digital Download Kit (for DITs)

Professional DIT Rich Roddman shares his heavy duty digital download kit for on-set data wrangling,helping his buisness grow.

Colorist Podcast Episode 010

In this edition of the Colorist podcast Josh talk to the famed Warren Eagles from the International Colorist Academy.

Breaking Geographic Boundaries: Remote Grading Part 2

In part 2 of this ongoing series, Robbie explores using Streambox's Hybrid Encoder for remote sessions plus some additional gear.

Color Correction Gear Head: February 2017 Edition

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head Robbie talks about some recent gear & software finds to make life in the color suite easier

Is Perception Hurting Your Color Correction Business?

Client perception about you & your business plays a large role in winning work.In this Insight learn how to shape client perception

Breaking Geographic Boundaries: Remote Grading Part 1

In part 1 of a 3 part series, we explore the different methods of remote grading and how remote work can help your bottom line.

Screwing Up A Flat Bid: 5 Strategies To Prevent & Fix Low Flat Bids

In this Insight, Robbie shares some hard-won tips on what to do when you screw up the pricing on a flat bid & how to prevent these mistakes.

Colorist Podcast Episode 08

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects

From The Mailbag EP 35: The Look Of 'Westworld' & Look Philosophies

In this installment of 'From The Mailbag', Team Mixing Light discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies.

Color Correction Gear Head: January 2017 Edition

The Color Correction Gear Head Series is back! This time around we cover a video router, a couple sets of adapters, and a streaming solution.

Making The Move From Mac To A Windows PC: Part 2

In part 2 of this ongoing series we take a look at popular Windows PC turn-key solutions & the essentials of PC hardware components.

From The Mailbag EP 33: New Year Marathon & Mixing Light 2.0

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss our New Year Insights Marathon & reveal plans for the next iteration of our website!

New Year Resolutions 2017: Improving Your Business & Color Grading

In this Insight, Robbie shares a number of new year resolutions for potentially improving your business & color grading.

An Interview with Professional Colorist Rob Bessette

In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!

Syncing Resolve's LUT Folder & Viewing HDR & SDR Simultaneously

In this MailBag episode, we discuss how to easily sync Resolve's LUT folder & the pros/cons of viewing HDR & SDR simultaneously

Colorist Podcast Episode 005

In Episode 5 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to well-known online editor & colorist Terence Curren about his work & other sujbects

Color Correction Gear Head: October 2016 Edition

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head, learn about essential gear & items you'll need to rewire & install gear in your room.

Showreel 2016 – Showcasing Your Range

Are you showcasing your range of looks and grades with your showreel? Dan breaks down his latest reel and explains why

You'll Get Paid, When We Get Paid - 5 Ways To Avoid This Trap

Have you ever had a client say that won't pay you until they're paid by their client? Learn 5 techniques for avoiding this issue

Colorist Podcast Episode 004

In Episode 4 of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well-known freelance colorist Mark Todd Osborne about his work & many interesting subjects

Color Correction Gear Head: September 2016 Edition

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head we take a look at the Pascal Titan X GPU, LG B6 OLED, & some fantastic Focal Speakers

5 Ways To Sell Clients On NOT Color Correcting In-House

In this Insight, discover 5 strategies for convincing clients to grade with you rather than color correct projects in-house.

From The Grading Room – Going Digital

Sometimes going for the film look is not the right decision. Dan shares his tips on going digital to give us great punchy sharp images.

Modulating Your Time Based On Client Budget & Needs

With constrained budgets, clients can't always afford your services. But maybe you can modulate your time and effort to meet their needs?

Delivering Project Files: Making The Choice About Your IP

You always deliver final video files but should you deliver project files to your clients too? Learn more in this Insight.

5 Strategies For Managing A Supervised Session

Supervised color grading is hard! In this Insight, Robbie shares 5 strategies for managing a supervised session.

Chasing Down Money: 6 Strategies For Overdue Payments

Running a creative business is fun until someone is long overdue paying you! Learn 6 Strategies for chasing down overdue money

How Sync & VPN Changed My Color Grading Life

In this Insight, Robbie explores how through VPN & BitTorrent sync he was able to leave the office earlier & still work!

Reference Display Profiling: Is Your Display Accurate?

If you do video color correction, do you know if your reference display is accurate? Learn how to find out. The first video in a series.

Colorist Inspiration – What Makes A Good Colorist?

A topic that came up time and time again while meeting lots of awesome colorists at NAB this year was : How did you come up with the look for…

From The Grading Room: Turning A Session Around

not every session can be amazing and Dan shares his tips on turning a session around and winning over a client when things don't go your way.

Overflow: Is There A Right Time To Bring On Help?

Being a busy colorist is a good thing! But when you get too busy, you have to think about how to handle overflow work or when to just say no.

Getting More When You're Getting Paid Less

In this Insight, learn ways that you get more benefits for your buisiness out of a project even when a client isn't paying you all that much.   

New Year's Resolutions To Strengthen Your Business

2016 is almost here!  Check out this Insight to discover some New Year's resolutions to strengthen your color grading business.

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel, Part 2

Watch a professional colorist share his process for creating a 3-minute Color Correction Demo Reel - including missteps.

How to Build a Color Correction Demo Reel

A Demo Reel attracts clients—but is it the 'right' kind of client? Learn to build a color correction demo reel that builds your career.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Lighting The Looks

When jobs look good you wonder why your own work might not look as good. In this insight Dan shares his thoughts on Lighting The Looks.

The Art Of Color Grading: Tech Versus Art

Color grading is a balance between technical knowledge and creative vision. Dan explores the issue of tech versus art colorists face today.

The Business Of Business: Partnership Essentials

Forming a business partnership with someone else can be exciting, but not done right can cause a lot of trouble. Learn more in this Insight.

How Do You Decide Your Base Rate (For Digital Video Color Correction)?

If you're a freelancer or solo-preneur then setting your base rate of pay can be challenging. Learn how to set your rates with confidence.

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