Evaluating Skin Tones, Working With Drone Footage, Grading On Laptops
Team Mixing Light helps our members work through confidence problems color grading skin tones, drones, and laptop displays in a live call.
Grading HDR & Dolby Vision: Patrick & Dan Join The Fun
In this installment of 'From The Mailbag' Team Mixing Light discusses Patrick & Dan's newest HDR projects &the challenges they faced.
Color Management The 'Right' Way?
In this episode, we discuss if project-wide or more custom approaches to color management are the 'right' way to do things.
Help Matching These Shots, Please!
A member asked for some advice on matching two shots that had distinctly different looks. In this Mailbag, we discuss strategies for matching these shots.
Mailbag Live & Revisiting Why Does It Look Different On Export?
Team Mixing Light announces an upcoming new website feature & the Team revisits the issue of exports looking 'wrong'.
What's Tone Mapping?
In this installment of From The Mailbag we sit down to talk about tone mapping and how's used in software and on consumer displays.
Color & Finishing In A Global Pandemic
In this From The Mailbag, we discuss the current and the possible future of work from home & remote workflows + concerns that we might not be consindering.
Resolve Remote Workflow: Hawaii To LA & Back
In this From The Mailbag we revisit some key aspects of a Resolve remote workflow as we try to answer questions from a member on the same subject.
Revisiting RCM, ACES & CST Workflow
In this installment of From The Mailbag, a member's question about using the CST OFX within a color-managed project got us into revisiting these workflows
Looking Back On The Past Decade & Forward To The Next One
In this episode, we discuss the past decade and speculate on the next 10 years in the world of color grading.
Is the Disney + Series 'The Mandalorian' Fake HDR?
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we tackle a hot topic from the world of color grading this past week - is there such as thing as FAKE HDR?
What's Up With Supplemental IMFs?
In this installment of From the MailBag, we're once again joined by Mixing Light contributor Joey D'Anna who gives us the skinny on supplemental IMF packages for delivery to broadcasters and OTT providers.
Are You Punching Below Your Weight? Is There Anything To Be Done?
In this episode of From The Mailbag we discuss a member's email about how he feels he should be landing bigger projects but isn't.
Am I ready for client supervised color grading sessions?
A Mixing Light member has color graded for an internal team for years. But how does he know if he's ready for outside client color sessions?
A DCP Problem & A Refresh On Troubleshooting
Team Mixing Light tackles two problems creating a DCP. We also discuss proper troubleshooting techniques for any post production problem.
$5000 For A Monitor. What Should I Get?
We get a lot of questions about picking a color-accurate monitor for grading. In this episode listen to our thoughts on things to consider.
Advanced vs. Mini Control Surface - Should I Sell The Advanced Panel?
Team Mixing Light discusses the Resolve Advanced Panel, compares it to the less costly Mini, and asks if the larger panel is worth keeping?
Our Initial Thoughts On The Apple Pro Display XDR - Is It Truly XDR?
The XDR looks like an impressive display from Apple but - is it a reference monitor? It sure is priced like one!
Our Initial Thoughts On The 2019 Apple Mac Pro Announcement
At WWDC 2019 Apple took the wraps off a brand new Mac Pro & a new HDR display. In this Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses the new Mac Pro.
What to do if your client doesn't trust any of your reference displays?
Team Mixing Light tackles a member's question on how to handle a DP who doesn't trust any monitor in a facility?
Clients Unhappy With Your Downstream SDR Tone Mapped Color Grade?
High Dynamic Range color grading is challenging. Listen as we discuss a question about HDR > SDR tone mapping and how to handle expectations?
New Dolby Vision Training & Looking Forward to NAB 2019
The Team discusses a new training title we produced for Dolby about creating Dolby Vision content. Plus, Our thoughts about NAB 2019.
Revisiting Using A Single Large Format Monitor
Team Mixing Light revisits the idea of using a single large format monitor in a color suite. Is it a viable solution?
Looking Back At 2018 & Forward To 2019
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we take a look at trends and thoughts about 2018 and discuss what 2019 will hold for colorists.
Is High Dynamic Range (HDR) Video Legit? Should I Invest In HDR Tech?
Team Mixing Light discusses a member question about HDR: Is here to stay and should they be investing in HDR tech?
How Do I Color Grade 1,500 Shot Timelines (on a deadline)?
Color grading 1,500 shots in a single timeline is daunting. We discuss a question about how to gain efficiency grading really long timelines.
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.
Integrating Graphics & Text Into A Dobly Vision HDR Project
Team Mixing Light is once again joined by Joey D'Anna to discuss integrating graphics and text into Dobly Vision HDR projects.
What Can DPs Do To Make Final Color Easier?
Pat, Robbie and Mixing Light Contributor Joey D'Anna discuss what can DPs and onset staff do to make the final color grade easier?
Should I Standardize Every Project Using A Color Management System?
We discuss if professional colorists should be standardizing every project around color management systems like RCM & ACES?
A Career As A Colorist: The Best Advice We've Received
We discuss the best advice we've received for our color grading careers. From attitude to technical to creative, we share what's worked.
A Month Later: Team Mixing Light's Take On NAB 2018
It's been a little over a month since NAB 2018. We discuss what we saw including Resolve 15, new HDR monitoring, control surfaces and more.
Getting Started As A Colorist & What's Changed In Grading?
We've got lots of questions from members asking how to get started as a professional colorist and how has grading changed over the years?
NAB 2018 Plans & Is My Harris DL860 Working Properly?
We discuss our 2018 NAB teaching plans and where to find Patrick on the show floor? We answer a member's question about the Harris DL860.
Colorist Challenge: Moving From A Direct View Monitor To The Cinema
A member asks about grading on a direct view monitor vs. the cinema. We discuss the differences and why overcomplicating it is a bad idea!
How To Migrate PowerBins, PowerGrades, Configs Between Databases?
Team Mixing Light discusses strategies for moving Resolve PowerGrades, PowerBins & project configurations between databases.
How To Back Up Your Resolve Databases And Your Computer
One of our members asks about backing up Resolve databases and computers. This is an essential skill for colorists, listen to how we do it.
Revisiting The Judd Modification When Calibrating OLED Displays
Team Mixing Light answers a member question about using the Judd Modification for an OLED reference monitor. What is it? When to use it?
Talking About and Understanding Dolby Vision Color Grading
Building on Robbie's recent articles, Pat and Dan ask questions about workflow and Robbie's recent trip to Dolby in Burbank, CA.
About the New Blackmagic Design Conference, The New iMac Pro
Team Mixing Light discusses the first ever Blackmagic Design Conference & Expo as well as our thoughts on Apple's latest - the iMac Pro.
Choosing Between ACES Or RCM? Plus, Control Surface Sensitivity.
The Team fields a member question about how we set up the sensitivity of our colorist control surfaces? How do we decide?
Our New DaVinci Resolve14 Traning & Revisiting Remote Rendering
The Team discusses our new Resolve 14 New Features title as well as DaVinci Resolve Remote Rendering with guest Joey D'Anna.
From The Mailbag EP 37: Mixing Light 2.0 Member Changes & Benefits!
Learn about changes and new features for Mixing Light members with the newest version of our Website - Mixing Light 2.0.
Using Reference Monitors & LG's OLEDS Together In The Color Suite
Team Mixing Light discusses choosing colorist reference monitors. Plus, using LG's consumer OLED televisions in our color suites.
The Look Of 'Westworld' & Look Creation Philosophies
Robbie, Pat, and Dan discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies when color grading.
From The Mailbag EP 34:Talking GPUs & Tech We Can't/Can Live WIthout
The Team discusses GPUs for the colorist and how to select one. Plus, tech we've discovered we can live without, and tech we can't.
The Marathon Moves Into January & A Preview Of Mixing Light 2.0
We discuss our Insights Marathon moving to January and what to expect. Plus, we reveal plans for the next iteration of our website!
The State of the Mac Desktop (after Apple's October 2016 Presentation)
Apple provided a much needed glimpse into their thinking about the Mac Desktop. But does it bode well for video post-production professionals?
Syncing Resolve's LUT Folder & Viewing HDR & SDR Simultaneously
A member asks how they can easily sync Resolve's LUT folder between suites. Plus, the pros/cons of viewing HDR & SDR simultaneously.
How To Sharpen Quick Focus Pulls? Plus, using the HP Z27x DreamColor.
The Team answers a member's question about sharpening quick focus pulls. Plus they discuss using the HP Z27x DreamColor display.
Mixing Light at NAB 2016 plus Film Style Grading plus sRGB Deliverables
It's a busy day for Team Mixing Light as we discuss our NAB 2016 plans, log style color grading and handling sRGB deliverables.
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
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.
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
DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta 1: Special Report
Three colorists discuss DaVinci Resolve 12 including: What it means to use Beta software; favorite features (so far); areas of improvement
From The MailBag Episode 25
A couple weeks after NAB 2015, Team Mixing Light breaks down NAB 2015 - the gear & other amazing stuff from the week.
From The Mailbag Episode 24
In this Mailbag we discuss when do you call yourself a colorist & are colorists as a group under threat?
From The MailBag Episode 23
In this installment of From The MailBag we take a look at file naming and project organization as well as tips for sharpening footage.
From The MailBag Episode 22
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss using grain as an external matte on a still & broadcast safe workflow.
From The Mailbag Episode 21
In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore the idea of a rolling conform in Davinci Resolve and using Dropbox to share databases
From The Mailbag Episode 20
In this From The Mailbag, we cover two GPU questions. Should you upgrade your system or GPU & does GPU debayering for RED footage work?
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.
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.
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.
Color Balance Skies and Shot Matching
Do you need to color balance every shot in your video? What are the best strategies to color balance and enhance gray skies? Listen & learn.
DaVinci Resolve 11: Broadcast Safe + Grouping LUTs
In this episode of From The MailBag, learn about Resolve 11's new broadcast safe option & how to use LUTs while Grouping.
Mixing Light From The MailBag Ep 14
In this episode of From The MailBag learn about what to do when you have no client direction & how to achieve that national spot look
Legalizing With No Legalizer & R3D Trimming
In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss two questions about video legalization & using R3D trimming in Resolve with Remote Grades
The Tangent Element In SpeedGrade & Good Skin Tone
In this episode of From The Mailbag, we discuss using the Tangent Element In Adobe SpeedGrade & what goes into getting good skin tone.
From The MailBag Episode 11
In this episode of From The Mailbag learn about our picks for top reference monitors and how to build a calibration system on a budget
Photochemical Color Timing + Cinematographers and Colorists
What is photochemical color timing? What is the role of the cinematographer while color correcting? Learn what three colorists think.