From The Mailbag Ep 42: Revisiting Judd Modification For OLEDs

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light answers a member question about using the Judd Modification for an OLED reference monitor.

Colorist Podcast EP 020: Ian Vertovec

In the first installment of the Colorist Podcast for 2018, Josh sits down with well-known colorist Ian Vertovec from Light Iron. They discuss Ian's work, ACES, HDR, VFX workflow and much more!

Elsewhere On the Web... Insights You Shouldn't Miss 'Out There'

Our focus in our Insights Color Correction Library is on creating original content. But sometimes we see original thoughts on other websites that you need to read. In this post, we share a few of those don't-miss insights from the internet.

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.

From The Mailbag EP40: BMD Conference & Thoughts on iMac Pro

In this installment of From The MailBag, team Mixing Light discusses the first ever Blackmagic Design Conference & Expo as well as our thoughts on Apple's latest - the iMac Pro.

Evaluating And Exploring The New Color Tools in FCPX 10.4

FCPX 10.4 update introduces some long-awaited color correction features, like wheels and curves. This Insight reviews the standout points of this new color correction toolset - and gotcha's you should understand.

Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 2: Delivering To non-HDR Televisions

In part 2 of our Dolby Vision series you learn more about suite setup. Then you dive into using the Dolby Vision trim controls (in DaVinci Resolve) for Standard Dynamic Range TVs. Plus, Dolby Vision 'mezzanine' file creation.

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.

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.

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.

Feature Grading : Preparing And Quoting

Dan jumps from commercials to features in this series and shares his guide to getting organized and plan for efficient feature grading

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.

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.

How to Handle Scaling in XML Workflows for Premiere Pro CC

Learn what settings to use in Premiere Pro CC when Scaling in XML workflows. And the settings to use for importing into DaVinci Resolve.

Look Theory: How I Grade Part Two

In How I Grade Part Two Dan shares more steps in his grading process. We look at auditioning looks and checking the correct exposure

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.

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.

Sky Replacement – Essential Skill For Colorists?

Day 11: 25 Insights in 25 Days New Year Marathon   Enhanced Or Natural In this Insight I’m asking the questions behind Sky Replacement and if it belongs in the…

Why We Love LUTs – Replace Your LUT Addiction

Most of us love to use LUTs behind closed doors. Dan shares his thoughts on why and how to break out of needing LUTs

From The Mailbag EP 34:Talking GPUs & Tech We Can't/Can Live WIthout

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss GPUs for the colorist and tech we've discovered we can live without, and tech we can't.

Using Haze Creatively – Adding Depth To Your Image

Using Haze as a grading tool is an alternative method to using Vignettes. Making things lower contrast helps them sit back in the image.

Finishing In Resolve - Reframing, Blanking & Delivering

Reframing in Resolve as become common practice. Dan shares his approach to finishing in the box and shares his tips and tricks

Thinking Like A Colorist – Approaching Black And White

Dan shares the skills he learned in the darkroom and how he applies them to grading black and white in DaVinci Resolve

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!

How to use the Lumetri Color Panel: Part 1

The Lumetri Color Panel is a huge technical and workflow boost in Premiere Pro CC 2015. Learn why, and how to use the Lumetri Color Panel.

Fixing Cache & Gallery Warning Dialog Boxes

Pesky warning messages about inaccessible cache & still locations in Resolve can be a nusiance. Learn how to fix them in this Insight

From The Mailbag EP 29: HDR Musing & Log Saturation

In this episode, Team MixingLight discusses HDR and best practices for setting saturation levels for log encoded footage

Neat Video 4 - Revisiting The Popular Noise Reduction Plugin

Neat Video is a popular noise reduction plugin for a variety of platforms. In this Insight Robbie explores the plugin now in version 4.

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.

Broken Color Correction Filters in Premiere Pro CC

Do you think it's hard to color correct in Premiere Pro? Learn how broken color correction filters make the task harder than it needs to be.

Color Correcting in Premiere Pro: Why So Hard?

Why is color correcting in Premiere Pro so hard? This article explores Premiere's 'legacy' color correction filters and finds the answers.

Edge Sharpening & Denoise Workflow

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss how to isolate and sharpen edge details, and discuss a proper video noise reduction workflow

How to Select A Color Correction Plug-in for FCPX

Learn from a professional colorist how to select a color correction plug-in for FCPX. What are main features you should be looking for?

HDR Essentials: Getting Setup In DaVinci Resolve

Diving into HDR (high dynamic range) video?  Check out this Insight to learn the essentials of getting setup for HDR in DaVInci Resolve

HDR Essentials: What's HDR?

HDR is the 'next big thing' for color grading.In this Insight, get up to speed with two discussions about HDR with industry experts Bram Desmet & Juan Salvo

From The MailBag Ep 27: The Glossy Look & Edge Sharpening

In this installment of From The Mail Bag, Team Mixing Light discusses what goes into the 'glossy' look of many commericals & how to edge sharpen shots.

RED HDRx Workflow With Resolve

In this Insight, learn the essentials of working with RED HDRx media in DaVinci Resolve to get the most out of an exposure and the look of a shot.

Create Custom Workspaces in PremierePro for Color Grading

Learn how to create custom workspaces for speeding up your color correcting in Premiere Pro CC.

From The MailBag Ep 26 - Holiday Marathon & R12 Training

In the latest installment of From The MailBag learn about our annual holiday marathon & our soon to be released Resolve 12 training

Resolve's 'Color Match' Is Easier Using 'Brightness First' Rule

DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' feature can be tricky. But if you follow the 'Brightness First' Rule, you'll probably get better results.

Why Is Camera Matching with Color Charts So Hard?

If you've tried to match multiple cameras together using color charts, you've likely found it difficult. What's the problem you're having?

Better Grades In Premiere Pro: The Tonal Range Definition

Premiere Pro has a powerful 3-Way Color corrector but by default its tonal range is narrow. Learn how to get better grades by adjusting it.

Colorist Inspiration - The Best UK Commercials of 2014

We take a look at the Best UK Commercials of 2014 in the world of uk color grading.

From The Mailbag EP 19 Skin Corrections & The Film Look

In this episode of From The Mailbag, the team explores fixing blotchy skin and what goes into a film stock emulation.

Dynamic Project Switching In DaVinci Resolve

Learn about a little known feature in Resolve 11 called Dynamic Project Switching that allows you instantly switch between large projects

Saturation in Final Cut Pro X: Is Your Image Colorful Enough?

How do you know if your images are colorful enough? When's the best time to set your saturation in Final Cut Pro X? Find your answer here!

Advanced Beauty Grading Part Two : The Fashion Look

Time to take the image into the next level with a fashion look in part two of the series on advanced beauty grading.

Why You Need To Dig Deep: Final Cut Pro X Exposure Slider

Understanding the Final Cut Pro X Exposure Slider is critical to knowing how to color correct in Final Cut Pro X. Click and discover: Why?

Creating LUTs From Adobe Photoshop

You've been able to apply lookup tables in Adobe Photoshop for a while, but a new feature gives the ability to export LUTs. Learn how!

Advanced Beauty Grading Part One

Advanced Beauty Grading is quite a dark art in the world of color grading. Dan shows you his approach to beauty grading on a commercial.

MailBag Episode 18:YouTube/Vimeo & SSD For Render Cache

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.

5 Things Keeping You From Becoming A Better Colorist

Everyone wants to get better at their craft. In this Insight learn about how to overcome 5 common barriers to becoming a better colorist

Dealing with Saturation in LAB Colorspace

In Part 5 of our LAB in DaVinci Resolve series, we answer members questions about dealing with saturation in LAB colorspace.

Photochemical Grading - Part Two

In part two of this series Dan dives into Resolve and tries out the methods first hand. Enjoying the restrictions and relief of grading.

DaVinci Resolve Node Trees for LAB Colorspace

Explore the different types of DaVinci Resolve node trees for LAB colorspace. Should we do all our work in one node? Or multiple nodes?

Adding Some Clarity: 3 Different Methods

The clarity slider in some Adobe apps is a popular way to add a little pop or punch to a shot. Learn 3 methods for emulating this control.

Photochemical Grading - Part One

Have you ever wondered why Christopher Nolan uses color timing instead of a DI for his grades? We take a look at the color timing world

From The Mail Bag Episode 17

In this installment of From The Mailbag, learn about our 25x25 Holiday Marathon & we each discuss our top 2 color related questions.

Final Cut Pro X Color Correction Challenge

What if a professional colorist were required to color correct in Final Cut Pro X (without plug-ins)? We start by exploring Exposure.

Getting To Know The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250

The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250 are two of the most affordable and accurate calibration meters on the market. Learn more...

Neo Noir B&W - Using Hardlight Blending Mode

Creating a feature film neo noir look can be tough. Dan shares his look using hardlight blending modes instead of his beloved curves.

LAB Color in DaVinci Resolve: Is it effective?

Explore several types of source footage to determine which one are best suited for working with LAB color in DaVinci Resolve.

4 Ways To Create The Leave Color Behind Look

The leave color behind look is something every colorist should have in their tool kit. Learn 4 different methods for creating this look.

Infrared Look - Emulating Aerochrome

Building an Infrared Look can give you some beautiful results if you have the right projects and feel adventurous!

Digital Video Noise Reduction: Targeting Individual Color Channels

In DaVinci Resolve, video noise reduction targeted to specific color channels lets us balance between sharpness and noise reduction.

How To Work With Arri Alexa LUTs, Part 1: In Action

Are you confused about how to use Arri Alexa LUTs on your projects? Learn one approach to using them creatively, based on Arri's own LUT Generator.

Color Correcting A Film Trailer: Simple Compositing (in DaVinci Resolve)

Can you perform simple compositing in DaVinci Resolve? Yes. Plus, you can use blending modes and alpha channels to add visual effects or graphics.

Digging Deep With SpeedGrade's Color Wheels: Localized Contrast

The SpeedGrade color wheels seem basic. This is a deep look at its unique color correction toolset to see its real power, using RED footage.

Basic Visual Effects & Online Editing in DaVinci Resolve 10

Learn how to perform basic online editing tasks in DaVinci Resolve 10. This tutorial looks at compositing, titles and Sapphire plug-ins.

How To Use the RGB Mixer To Remove The Arri Alexa Film Matrix

Are you fighting a green color cast with Arri Alexa footage? This may be due to the Arri Alexa Film Matrix. Learn how to use Resolve's RGB mixer to fix it.

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.

Color Correcting A Film Trailer: Sony FS700 Footage

In this color correction tutorial, we explore color correcting FS700 footage in our Fake Film Trailer. We'll also use Sapphire plug-ins for DaVinci Resolve.

How To Use The Premiere Pro Title Tool To Color Correct with Shapes

Using shapes to isolate areas of your image for color correction is a key color correction skill. Learn how to do this using the Premiere Pro Title Tool!

Color Correcting A Fake Film Trailer: Grading RED Dragon Footage

In this installment of the Fake Film Trailer, I start color correcting Red Dragon footage. It's my first time working with this camera.

Color Correction Time Management: Grading in Passes

It's easy to get lost in the weeds when color correcting. Learn a Color Correction Time Management technique that keeps you from missing deadlines!

Video Noise Reduction In DaVinci Resolve: The Neat Video OFX Plug-in

We explored video noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve 10 earlier. In this tutorial you look at the OpenFX plug-in, Neat Video, and compare the differences.

Video Noise Reduction In DaVinci Resolve: The Built-In Toolset

Explore DaVinci Resolve 10's built-in video noise reduction tools. It's available to paid owners Resolve 10. Should you upgrade? Watch Parts 1 & 2...

How To Create a Dream Sequence Look: 'Heavenly Whites'

The Dream Sequence Look is commonly requested. You learn how to create a 'Heavenly White' Look for an indie feature film—and try it out on your next job. No plug-ins, just the standard tools you'll find in most software.

Adding Tension by Animating Power Windows: The Spaceship Sequence

We're going to use DaVinci Resolve key frames with animating Power Windows—dialing up the tension and creating the feeling of alien ships flying over head.

Is Working For Free A No No? (Or Can It Be Good For You?)

Is working for free a huge professional mistake? Not necessarily. Learn how to handle these requests like the video professional you are.

Scene Cut Detect (& Preconformed Workflows): Dealing with dissolves

When using Scene Cut Detect (or Preconforming) in DaVinci Resolve, how do you deal with Dissolves? Watch the video and learn the very simple answer.

How to Prepare A Film Trailer For Color Correction

Learn how a professional colorist evaluates a project (film trailer) before a single shot is color corrected - a critical step for smooth sessions.

FilmConvert Review: In Action to Color Correct RED Footage

In part 2 of our FilmConvert Review you'll learn how to use this OpenFX plug-in on RED footage, with impressively good results.

An Introduction to the OpenFX Film Convert Plug-In: Part 1

Part 1 of our two-part overview of the Film Convert Plug In. Learn how to use the OpenFX version in DaVinci Resolve 10 and explore its various options.

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