What's harder than faking a VHS-look from a high-end camera? Intercutting that look with actual crummy VHS. Learn one way to do it.
Every year Dan looks back at the previous year and shares his greatest successes. This year, he focuses on his most memorable jobs.
Do you perform repetitive tasks on a regular basis when color correcting or finishing? Then learn how to use DCTLs to automate those tasks!
Learn how to avoid two problems when color correcting using Premerie Pro's Lumetri workflow. It's all about recovering clipped detail.
Maybe you've heard of blockchain? Learn how this new technology is going to impact the post production industry (and what's holding it back).
Dan wraps up his behind the curtain series with a watch through and matching pass on the whole video to make sure it flows as a whole film
Take an introductory look at the Color Decision List (CDL) and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of an ASC-CDL based workflow.
Team Mixing Light revisits the idea of using a single large format monitor in a color suite. Is it a viable solution?
In Part 1 you learned how to build a Fixed Node Structure in Resolve's node tree when color grading. Now learn its huge time-saving benefits.
Dan shares his story from a recent "not so near-Sset grade" for an upcoming collaboration with friends on a short film.
Learn how to deconstruct a pre-built Fusion animation that ships with DaVinci Resolve. After studying one, we revise our animation to match.
Building out node trees on the DaVinci Resolve Color page can be a messy affair. And haphazard. Learn how to develop a personalized node tree.
These 'don't miss' color grading related articles and videos are culled from 2018's 4th quarter of the weekly curated Tao Colorist Newsletter.
In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss a member question about if HDR is here to stay and should one be investing in HDR tech.
Dan picks up where he left off in this series on real time grading a music video. In part 2 we look at the noisy internal scene.
In this From The Mailbag, our team answers a member question about how to handle periods of not feeling creative in the color suite.
Dan shares his thoughts on trying to clean up his grades in 2019 and moving away from his favourite film emulation techniques.
In this Insight, Robbie takes a look a the new 2018 Apple Mac Mini and how he's using it in his color suite.
Finding the right balance of noticable and realistic is always a challenge. Dan shares behind the curtain on a film release print style grade.
Resolve's new scripting APIs open up exciting new possibilities. Learn how to get started by using Python to import comments from Frame.io.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses if it's a colorists' responsibility to archive media and project files.
Dan shares his technique of using the multiply blending mode to recover highlights easily and naturally via a layer node.
Team Mixing Light discusses color correction business issues. Mixing Light's Dan Moran (who recently went independent) is our subject.
While creating a Western look, learn how to use a color space transform with a film print emulation LUT in DaVinci Resolve.
In part 3 of our ongoing Dolby Vision series, learn about big changes to Dolby Vision & Resolve in 2018, plus new tools & workflows.
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.
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.
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.
Digital video post production and color grading is rapidly advancing. Which technologies do you need to prepare for? And why?
Dan & Robbie describe watching colorists grade HDR for the first time, while competing! Plus, Mixing Light's partnership in China.
Dan kicks off a new grading challenge where he plays your client. It's based on a 90s pop video style color grade he recently recreated.
Drone footage is a very common occurance on timelines these days. Dan shares his techniques for adding depth to the footage.
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?
Resolve 15 supports the ability to create DCPs natively. In this Insight, learn how that works and get back ground info on essential DCP specs.
Sometimes we are gifted with better sun than other times. In this Insight Dan shares his experience on a job shot over multiple months.
If you want to upgrade from an earlier version to DaVinci Resolve 15 then how do you do it safely? This checklist will help you out.
In this Insight, Dan shares his experience in developing a look to back up the lyrics and narrative in a music video by his favourite band.
Designed for sharing database on several computers in DaVinci Resolve, learn how the Resolve Project Server App simplifies your life.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss if we should be standarizing every project around color management systems like RCM & ACES.
In this Insight, learn about the basic design of the Lumaforge Jellyfish Mobile, and why it might be a perfect solution for your set-up.
Summer 2018 round-up of don't-miss color correction tutorials from other websites (with commentary). We wish we had them here, first.
Exposure shifts creep up in projects regularly. With the right node structure and correct technique you can easily fix these in seconds.
Learn the 'rules' when exporting LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 15. You also learn how to break a LUT to understand the problems with many LUTs.
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?
Take charge of all the audio sync functions from inside of Silverstack XT and LAB! Learn manual and automatic double-system sound sync.
Dan shares a tale of things going a bit wrong on a live concert grade w/ high powered LED lights and how moving over to ACES solved things.
In this Insight, Robbie explores 10 things he's learned in 3 years of grading HDR and how his recent experiences have informed his view on HDR.
The only person that is going to inspire you is yourself. A Look Library surrounds you with inspiration keeping you motivated and current.
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.
Now that DaVinci Resolve is gaining tools by the month, Dan takes a look at managing the node graph to keep things organised and flexible - with the goal of allowing for quick changes.
Team Mixing Light continues the advice theme of recent episodes and discuss the best advice that we've received that's helped our color correction careers. From attitude to technical and creative advice it's all helped each of us have successful careers.
What makes an award-winning grade so special? Dan attempts to break down what made the Lacoste, Timeless commercial so special and how we can pick up some tips to use on our own grades.
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.
The latest release of DaVinci Resolve 15 is very exciting. But it's currently in 'Public Beta'. What does this term really mean? And how can you update to it without putting your computer (or your projects) at risk?
Recently we've been getting a lot questions from young members asking how to get started as a professional colorist and how has grading changed over the years? We tackle those questions and more in this audio Insight of From The MailBag.
Sometimes even offering the smallest level of beauty work for a client can go a long way, in this Insight you learn some skin smoothing and eyebag reducing tips that can be done quickly and efficiently.
Learn what one colorist thinks of DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta the first time he launches it. Not on the trade show floor in Las Vegas where he first saw it... but in quiet of his suite. And discover the huge new feature no one is talking about!
Beauty work and re-touching can be a great additional source of income as a freelance colourist. Dan shares his thoughts and kicks off a new series on getting involved in retouching.
We've all seen amazing commercials and films that inspire us, but how do we turn that into color corrections that we can use on our own projects? Dan shares his approach to being inspired by a recent award-nominated color grade.
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!
While Fusion is a node-based compositor, its node tree is very different than the Color Page. Learn how to use Fusion in DaVinci Resolve 15 in under 15 minutes.
In this Insight, colorist Joey D'Anna, fresh off demoing Resolve 15 at the Blackmagic booth at NAB 2018, shares his thoughts on the top new features that benefit the dedicated colorist the most in Resolve 15.
In Part 2 of this series you learn two different ways of using DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer node. We take the theory from Part 1 and put it into action on real footage (from one of our Color Correction Practice Projects).
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.
No, that's not Déjà vu! We're re-revisiting multi-channel audio output in DaVinci Resolve! In Part 1 of a new series, we'll explore the essentials of multi-channel output including using the 'Timeline Tracks' method, The Link Group behavior, and basic bussing.
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!
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!
DaVinci Resolve's automatic syncing of multiple cameras for its multicam editing workflow often fails. Learn how to reliably re-sync cameras after creating a multicam clip.
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!
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?
In this Insight, Dan covers another of his behind the curtain commercials. This time we look at a bright morning kitchen scene. In this real-world assessment and grade, Dan focuses on getting a bright airy feel without losing on the filmic sense.
In this video, you learn techniques for color correcting log encoded white cyc footage. Plus get several solutions for fixing common problems with these types of shoots and why, many times, your corrections are a compromise.
If you want to calibrate your reference display through your main non-linear editing software then you want to use calibration test patterns playing through a timeline. Learn how to be sure you don't have Data- and Video- level mismatches.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light discusses a question we got from Per - one of our members - about backing up databases and your overall computer. Backup is an essential skill in production & post, check out how we do it in this episode.
In this episode, Josh talks to Shane Mario Ruggieri, C.S.I. from Dolby. Learn about HDR from the colorists perspective, Dolby Vision, HDR 10, grading HDR and SDR and more! If you're interested in HDR this episode is a must listen!
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.
In our reference display calibration series we've been using a specific set of calibration test images. But two test images (used to precalibrate our Contrast and Brightness settings) generate a lot of confusion. Get unconfused in this Insight.
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.
If you have a broadcast reference monitor for editing and color correction then you need to make sure it's properly processing your images. Learn how to know if you have a mismatch in data levels with your editing or color correction software.
In this installment of From The MailBag, Team MixingLight discusses a member question about working in Full Range but being asked to deliver a video legal/broadcast deliverable.
Dan shares the tale of his attempt at grading long-form reality television after spending 10 years being a pampered commercial colorist.
Dan shares his assessment of how to get the feel of the footage before you speak to the director. It helps when you can be upfront about what is and isn't possible.
In this CalMAN Studio series you've learned how to calibrate a video reference display using Look Up Tables (LUTs). Not every display supports internal LUTs. If you don't have (or want) an external LUT box then what do you do then? Watch and learn.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light answers a member question about using the Judd Modification for an OLED reference monitor.
QC and media inspection are an essential part of 'finishing' process. In this Insight, Robbie shares his experience with Telestream Switch which is a full featured media player, inspector and QC tool.
Dan is excited to launch a new series on Mixing Light that will feature a briefing from the real director of the project. In this intro Insight, download some RED 8k footage to attempt a grade before getting creative brief from the client.
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!
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.
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.
Part of Magic Bullet Suite, Denoiser III has been rewritten from scratch. Its simplified UI makes it easy to use. But can we expect the same kind of results than a more expert plugin like Neat Video? Let's get a closer look and make comparisons.
Dan shares a tale from the grading room of a film emulation gone wrong and how by missing the mistake was destined to fail in the grade with his clients.
Film restoration and remastering is a very unique specialty in the craft of digital color correction. Learn how a Hollywood colorist handles the unique challenges. Get some insights into his workflow and 'insider' stories.
The color restoration of classic films is one of the few 'Dark Arts' of digital color correction. Colorist Jim Wicks shares his challenges - and lessons learned - from this unforgiving niche of the craft of color grading.
When you have complex node trees rolling it into a show LUT can make your life a lot neater and easier. Within seconds you have your own custom starting point for your show or movie.
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.
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.
How do you save a shot that has exposure changes and compression artifacts? Patrick shows you how he does it, with footage you can download.
Being able to offer Basic Cleanup in the grade is a great ability. It saves moving to and from a compositing application and helps finish off that job.
Sometimes a shot is so basic that a little VFX knowledge goes a long way. In this insight Dan shares his real world rotoscoping example
Xrite makes a terrific, affordable colorimeter for the broadcast display market - the i1 Display. We test an old C6 to see how accurate it can be.
In part 1 of our series on getting to know Dolby Vision HDR workflow & color correction, you learn the essentials of setting up a professional Dolby Vision mastering suite.
VFX Colorspace issues are the last thing you need when you are on a tight deadline. Dan shares his real world experience on approaching issues like this
Colorimeters age and become unreliable after a few years. Learn how to extend the life of yours, using CalMAN Profiles and a reference colorimeter.
In this installment, Josh talks to Digital Film Tree lead colorist Patrick Woodard about color correcting high-end TV, remote sessions, ACES and more!
In an experimental new series Dan shares a look behind the curtain at a real world grading project. From quoting to delivery he dives deep on his process
Learn how to improve your display calibration results when using CalMAN Studio. And does using a 'Lightning LUT' compromise your final results?
In this installment of Color Correction Gear we take a look at Intel NUC mini computers, Procool Rackmount fans, & Cinemaquest LED Bias Lighting
Dan shares his thoughts about the UKMVA nominations 2017 for best music video color grading award and asks you to predict the winner
Begin learning how to calibrate your color correction Reference Display by seeing how to calibrate your colorimeter for highly precise measurements.
In this episode, Josh talks to legendary colorist Bob Festa about his gigantic body of work, grading techniques and much more!
Designed for gamers and streaming is the El Gato a suitable control surface supplement for colorists? In this Insight, learn about the Stream Deck
Dan critiques your beauty grading entries and shares his attempt. The challenge was quite advanced and the results are great. Dan's DRX is also downloadable
Dan shares his inspiration for this month by checking out the nominations for Outstanding Color Grading at the HPA awards
If you use DaVinci Resolve to color correct with Color Charts then should you change your workflow in DaVinci Resolve 14? The answer isn't simple. Or is it?
Coloring long form projects with very quick turn arounds can be very challenging. In this article, learn techniques for surviving & finishing big projects
In this episode, Josh continues his conversation with director, author and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. they talk HDR, ACES and more!
Beauty grading is a discipline all on its own. Dan shares a typical client brief and will offer stages of feedback like a real world client
An old school technique that is still regularly used today in commercials. Having a break between grading the same footage has huge advantages.
When you start delving into the finer points of color correction you'll eventually learn about Gamma 2.2 vs Gamma 2.4. Learn how to choose between them.
In a new series Dan shares his guide to training your eye for contrast issues. Follow this four step process to learn how to diagnose and fix your images
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!
RED's new IPP2 processing pipeline has a lot to offer, in this Insight, we explore the new pipeline setup in RedCineX & DaVinci Resolve 14
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.
Managing the elements and components on a feature film is pretty much a full time job. Dan shares his tips for using markers to stay on top of his project
Dan shares his new approach to Assessing Tonal Range and the initial grading moves by asking. Are you trying to make it look better or different?
in this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talk to colorist Juan Ignacio Cabrera about his work on cutting edge projects & many other subjects.
Sending before & after stills is part of our life as a colourist. Dan shares his template and thoughts behind using a branded PDF to send to his clients
The hardest part about color correction is not learning new software or pushing buttons but communication with clients. Learn more in this Insight.
Some jobs just call for the grade to be turned up to 11. A fun way to do this is by blending multiple LUTs together and enjoying the happy accidents!
The ARRI Alexa Mini is a great camera - and it color corrects beautifully in ACES. Learn how to confirm your color pipeline (in DaVinci Resolve).
Dust Busting in one of those tools you don't know exists in Resolve. Dan shares his tips on how and when to use it in the grade
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.
Dan shares the behind the scenes thoughts that go into such a stylised 70s era music video for Lucy Rose. 80% in camera and 20% in the grade
In this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh is joined by colorist Vanessa Taylor. From balancing tech & art, grading HDR this is a great listen!
In Part 2 of this series on working with alpha channels in DaVinci Resolve, learn how to use the Key Mixer to solve tricky a tricky problem on a commercial.
In this Insight, we put Part 1 into action and explore the powerful workflows possible with Resolve 14 collaborative workflows.
Dan spent a month in ACES getting to know the new way of grading. In this insight he shares his thoughts on the good the bad and the ugly of ACES.
Among Resolve 14's great new features, the redesigned collaborative workflow stands out. In this Insight, learn the essentials of Resolve collaboration.
A 2-part interview series for media pros talking about the challenges Mac users face when moving to the PC elicited many questions. Here are the answers.
Pressure is an unavoidable part of being a professional colorist. In this Insight, learn strategies to alleviate pressure so you avoid a complete meltdown!
Like flying cars, the 'Studio' concept of post-production was promised for generations. At NAB 2017 we have the first actual implementation in Resolve 14.
In this Insight, we take a look at some of the compelling new features in DaVinci Resolve 14 including OFX, performance and editing improvements.
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head veteran colorist Marc Wielage provides his impressions of the new Resolve Mini Control Panel.
Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?
On this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to famed calibrator Dave Abrams of Avical about display technology, HDR & getting great calibrations
Get a tour of essential software a DIT uses on-set to execute the important tasks of handling (and handing-off) metadata, playback of clips and transcoding.
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
In this special edition of the Color Correction Gear Head series, we welcome Joey D'Anna & his review of the Resolve Mini Panel.
In this Insight, learn about pulling a green screen key in DaVinci Resolve and how to manage transparencies and rendering alpha channels.
In this edition of the Colorist podcast Josh talk to the famed Warren Eagles from the International Colorist Academy.
In part 2 of this ongoing series, Robbie explores using Streambox's Hybrid Encoder for remote sessions plus some additional gear.
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head Robbie talks about some recent gear & software finds to make life in the color suite easier
Are you interested in working On-Set? The 'Data Downloader' is a key player in digital productions. Learn the basic tools of the trade.
Want to make a DCP directly from Resolve? In this Insight, Robbie explores the essentials of using the EasyDCP Resolve plugin.
Getting started on a feature film can be a daunting process. Dan shares his experience on getting the ball rolling slowly and carefully
In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to Technicolor senior colorist Peter Doyle about his amazing career & many other subjects
Client perception about you & your business plays a large role in winning work.In this Insight learn how to shape client perception
DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' function is simple but can be confusing. Learn how to properly set up Color Match in ACES workflows.
DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' is terrific for Color Charts recorded on-set. Learn the tricks to this feature if your Footage is RAW or Log.
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.
Dan jumps from commercials to features in this series and shares his guide to getting organized and plan for efficient feature grading
In this podcast, Team Mixing Light discusses using reference monitors & LG's consumer OLED televisions in our color suites.
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.
Learn what settings to use in Premiere Pro CC when Scaling in XML workflows. And the settings to use for importing into DaVinci Resolve.
If you have problems exporting XMLs with image sizing from Premiere to DaVinci Resolve, this video explores the settings you need to know.
In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects
In this installment of 'From The Mailbag', Team Mixing Light discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies.
If you send your timelines from Premiere Pro CC to DaVinci Resolve then you know resizes often fail. Your 'Frame Size' selection is the key.
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.
Learn how to use the 'Offline Reference Clip' to see what the final approved timeline looked like - while color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.
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.
Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.
In part 2 of this ongoing series we take a look at popular Windows PC turn-key solutions & the essentials of PC hardware components.
If you're having trouble with DaVinci Resolve's built-in Media Manager then check out this video featuring 'Resolve Collect'.
Part of a larger series, we finish conforming a timeline and start managing media off a client hard drive onto our RAID, in DaVinci Resolve.
In this Insight, Robbie shares a number of new year resolutions for potentially improving your business & color grading.
When importing a timeline & conforming in DaVinci Resolve, problems occur. See how we methodically solve frame rate & sync problems.
In this episode of the colorist podcast Josh talks to colorist Ayumi Ashley from Mission Film & Design about her work & career
When importing a timeline into DaVinci Resolve, learn how to find and solve 'reel conflicts'. Plus, learn to solve a 'Force Conform' error.
Importing XMLs into DaVinci Resolve can be frustrating. Sometimes, a change in Resolve's 'Conform Options' settings can save the day (or not).
In part 1 of new series on switching from the Mac to Windows, we address some common complaints often cited about moving from a Mac to a PC
Learn how to prepare to Media Manage an XML, and get footage off your client's hard drives and onto your high-performance RAID.
In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!
If you need to move a timeline from Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro for color grading or finishing then learn how to prep it for an XML Export.
Continuing our introductory series on ACES, you learn about the latest updates to ACES, including a working color space added to the ACES 1.03 specficiation: ACEScct. Plus, how it effects DaVinci Resolve colorists.
If you move your timeline from one bit of post-production software to another then you need to know the 'Golden Rule of Conforming'.
Did Blackmagic fix the 'Mouse Math' problem in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3? Plus, how about the other bugs we found in our Resolve Detective series?
In this MailBag episode, we discuss how to easily sync Resolve's LUT folder & the pros/cons of viewing HDR & SDR simultaneously
Learn how to white balance shots with mixed color temperatures. Plus, how to deal with subtle color balance issues.
Watch how to White Balance (or Color Balance) digital video images. You'll explore 4 different tools and learn their differences.
In Episode 5 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to well-known online editor & colorist Terence Curren about his work & other sujbects
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head, learn about essential gear & items you'll need to rewire & install gear in your room.
When Your Director Is 6000 Miles Away In this Insight I’d like to share an experience I had this week. I had a room full of clients in London but…
First Look: How to use the Color Finale Pro plugin with a Tangent Ripple in FCPX for a professional grading workflow.
Our Getting To Know ACES series continues, looking at the essentials of using ACES for VFX roundtrips with DaVinci Resolve. You learn how to move images between VFX and color grading within the ACES color science.
Start digging deeper into ACES terms and acronyms that will have you sounding like a pro. And you learn how to set up ACES in DaVinci Resolve.
Resolve users are often tasked with making final outputs.In this Insight, learn how to easily route multi-channel audio for output.
In an earlier video we showed you the 'mouse math bug' when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve—now learn how to work around it.
The DaVinci Resolve Control Panel gives you the most hands-on control of Resolve. In this Insight, learn about the design & functionality.
In Episode 4 of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well-known freelance colorist Mark Todd Osborne about his work & many interesting subjects
Does the color correction math in DaVinci Resolve change depending if you're using a mouse versus using a colorist control surface?
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
DaVinci Resolve 12.5 has introduced some new Stereo features... to support HDR workflows for High Dynamic Range color grading. Learn more...
In this Insight, discover 5 strategies for convincing clients to grade with you rather than color correct projects in-house.
In Episode 3 of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well-known finishing artist & colorist Gray Marshall from Technicolor L.A. about his work.
What's new in the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Update? Learn about new features, new behaviors and general observations about this latest update.
With constrained budgets, clients can't always afford your services. But maybe you can modulate your time and effort to meet their needs?
If you're color correcting digital video for professional distribution, nothing is worse than having it rejected for RGB Gamut excursions!
Color management can be complex. We talk to FSI's Bram Desmet about their new BoxIO Lut box and how it can help on-set & in post.
Sometimes we get lost in the heat of the moment and over complicate our grades. Dan shares his tips for responsible grading when time is short
In this Color Correction Gear Head, Robbie takes a look at the zBook Studio From HP, the GeChic 1303i monitor, Tangent Ripple & CineXtools
Conforming timelines can be time-consuming before you even start color correcting. Learn the common issues (and how to fix them).
You always deliver final video files but should you deliver project files to your clients too? Learn more in this Insight.
Working on a PC but need to render ProRes? In this Insight, learn how to setup Resolve remote rendering & use a spare Mac for ProRes renders
Get a look at the new features in Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 for existing color correction tools, including the Lumetri Effect.
Every once and a while you'll need to create a stylized bad TV or surveillance camera look. In this Insight learn how.
Learn how to create a Virtual LUT and decide if it'll make your color correction reference monitor more accurate? Software:CalMAN & Lightspace
In the inaugural edition of the Mixing Light color correction gear head series we take a look at 4 pieces of gear for the colorist.
Supervised color grading is hard! In this Insight, Robbie shares 5 strategies for managing a supervised session.
Optimizing for CalMAN the X-Rite i1 Display Pro and SpectraCAL C6 is easy. Learn how—and the differences between these colorimeters.
If you do video color correction, watch 'Getting Started with CalMAN ColorMatch' to learn how to test if you're display is accurate.
Learn how using Custom Offsets with the i1 Display Pro OEM can turn this inexpensive colorimeter into a reference meter you can trust.
The X-Rite i1 Display Pro is the most popular colorimeter on the market. Learn how to use it in Lightspace for video profiling & calibration.
Learn how to read the graphs in Lightspace DPS, to evaluate if your display requires calibration for color correction.
In this Insight, Robbie explores how through VPN & BitTorrent sync he was able to leave the office earlier & still work!
'Does my color correction display need recalibration?' Getting Started with Lightspace DPS (a free app) helps you answer that question.
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.
These 12 New Features in Resolve Studio 12.5 may finally get you to upgrade to the paid version. See some of them in action.
NAB is over and a whole heap of new tools and toys have arrived for us colorists. The perfect time for another instalment of colorist inspiration. This instalment is slightly…
Another April, another version of DaVinci Resolve! In this Insight, Robbie shares his top new features of this exciting release.
Step 3 in our 'Premiere Pro Color Correction Protocol' is to control the viewer's eye. Learn how—by working with vignettes and custom masks.
If you're using Dropbox and DaVinci Resolve as a server for your disk databases, that's not a good idea! Learn why...
Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 1 I had an eye opening experience in my grading suite this week. Some clients of mine asked me to match grade some…
Shot matching in Premiere Pro CC is the second step in The Color Correction Protocol. Learn how to stack filters and get the job done!
DaVinci Resolve's 'Scene Cut Detection' workflow can be efficient. But it gets confusing if you've got revisions—here's one way to handle it.
In this installment of From The Mail Bag we discuss our NAB '16 plans, log style grading and sRGB deliverables.
Learn how to use Premiere Pro Color Correction filters in a logical and organized method for any sized project. We start with contrast.
How do you color correct Picture-In-Picture effects in DaVinci Resolve, when all you have is a single rendered movie of the entire timeline?
Using Luts in a color correction workflow is common, but everything doesn't always worked as planned. Learn 4 ways to work around look up table limitations
Learn how the 'data levels' and 'video levels' Project Setting effects your external scopes when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.
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.
Are you trying to work with non-HD Frame Sizes in DaVinci Resolve? It's very common for display advertising and this video will show you how to handle it.
Building a one man workflow to get the maximum out of your time grading.
Working with LUTs and Camera Raw in Premiere Pro can be tricky. In this video, learn one workflow that makes it a bit easier.
In this Insight Robbie explores 3 different OFX grain plugins for Resolve from Film Convert, Boris, and GenArts and explains which is his favorite and why
Learn how to color correct with LUTs in Premiere Pro and the Lumetri Panel. Especially if your color correcting with RAW-, Log- or flat- recorded images.
The Waveform & RGB Parade are essential tools for color correction. But when working with HDR footage in Resolve reading them can be slightly confusing.
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.
Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look There is a time in every colorists life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage! This insight…
HDR video is coming, and coming fast. In this Insight, learn how to get setup and work with HDR video in Premiere Pro's Lumetri Color Panel.
Is DaVinci Resolve Studio on the Mac App Store worth the $500 upgrade over the free version? Or should you buy the more expensive 'dongled' version?
In this Insight learn how to build Infrared type looks in Photoshop & export them for use video grading tools like DaVinci Resolve.
Understand how the Lumetri Color Tools work in the latest version of Premiere Pro CC. Plus learn about a potential flaw in these tools.
Pesky warning messages about inaccessible cache & still locations in Resolve can be a nusiance. Learn how to fix them in this Insight
In this episode, Team MixingLight discusses HDR and best practices for setting saturation levels for log encoded footage
Neat Video is a popular noise reduction plugin for a variety of platforms. In this Insight Robbie explores the plugin now in version 4.
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.
In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss how to isolate and sharpen edge details, and discuss a proper video noise reduction workflow
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 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
In this Insight Dan explores some things to think about when it comes to doing a refresh of your system.
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.
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.
Learn how to create custom workspaces for speeding up your color correcting in Premiere Pro CC.
In any creative venture including color correction the feeling of failure is always lurking. Learn how to fight the feeling of failure.
Two monitors may not match even if calibrated to the exact same color and luminance values. Learn how to perceptually match two monitors
How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.
Using LUTs with the Lumetri Color Panel can be tedious.In this Insight learn how to add LUTs permanently to the panel for quick access
In color correction we're solving problems. Sometimes they're handed to us, sometimes they're problems we created. See examples of both.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to speak to a DP before a job is shot? Dan shares a real world discussion on a tricky job.
Breaking down the color correction for a 'webisode' and creating a 'Film Look'. Plus, ideas for managing film grain.
Resolve Color Management (RCM) is powerful workflow tool but using it with Raw footage can be slightly confusing. Learn more in this Insight
Resolve is a capable finishing tool not just for video but for audio as well. In this Insight, learn how to configure multi-channel output
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
In this Insight, learn how to leverage DaVinci Resolve's powerful rendering engine to render multiple projects and timelines all at once.
DaVinci Resolve provides RAW controls for color correcting raw footage. Here are three rules if you want to use those controls.
DaVinci Resolve 12 offers several new tools for keeping your Media Pool organizing. Learn how to use them when starting a new project.
When working with RAW-recorded video in post-production is changing ISO in software the same as doing it in-camera? Click and find out.
Check out this Insight to learn more about the essential of the new Resolve Color Management (RCM) features of DaVinci Resolve 12
A most welcomed new feature in Resolve 12 is Automatic Shot Matching. In this Insight, learn how it works and if it's right for your workflow
Learn the ins and outs of the Koji Advance Film Emulation Plug-in in this video. Learn how to use it and some of its unique options.
Frame.io provides a ton of tools for collaboration including some great ways for a colorist to interact with their client. Learn more...
File based or software video legalization can be hard. Check out this Insight to see how EyeHeight is making video legalization simple
In this updated Insight learn what gear you'll need and how to properly setup a shared database in DaVInci Resolve.
Learn what a professional colorist thinks of Colorista III - and what's the problem with the current version (1.0.3).
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.
In this Insight, contributor Josh Petok shows a straight forward but very effective way to use Resolve's curves to deconstruct a look.
In this Insight, learn how to use Post-Clip in DaVinci Resolve's grouping behavior as an alternative to timeline level grades
Action cameras and other wide angle lens can have some pretty severe lens distortion. Check out this Insight to learn how to remove it.
In this Insight, learn what RGB Gamut errors are and how to identify them before a broadcaster catches them for you!
In this Insight, Robbie gives an overview of Project Candy from Adobe & how it has the potential to inspire and help with color references.
Do you want to get faster at Color Correction? Part 3 of our series gives you solid tips for increasing your daily shot count.
Explore the 6 'slices' of a color correction session and how we manage our time across them. This lets us bid & quote more accurately.
With LUTs so common place in modern color grading sometimes you need to visualize and convert them - Lattice can help!
How long will it take you color correct a 10 minute timeline? In Part 1 of this series, we discuss the anatomy of a color correction session.
Do you have trouble with shot matching while color correcting video? This tutorial will show you a reproducible workflow for any software.
In this installment of From The MailBag we take a look at file naming and project organization as well as tips for sharpening footage.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss using grain as an external matte on a still & broadcast safe workflow.
Do you find it difficult to make precise Final Cut Pro X color balance decisions? This video tutorial will give you ideas for fixing that.
In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore the idea of a rolling conform in Davinci Resolve and using Dropbox to share databases
Rendering filtered timelines in DaVinci Resolve is a two-step process... Learn how to get it done.
In this Insight, learn how with help of a simple yet powerful plugin you can export Look Up Tables (LUTs) from Lightroom to use elsewhere.
What's a quick and efficient color correction workflow when collaborating with a client? Part 1 shows you, using Resolve's Grouping feature.
Learn how to 'hack' DaVinci Resolve Project Presets so you can easily share them in other databases - or on someone else's computer.
If you want to learn how to wield Project Presets in DaVinci Resolve like a ninja, then you must understand Presets—which ain't easy.
In this Insight, learn how powerful shaping skin contrast around someone's face can be to make a shot more dynamic.
When you get into very advanced grading there are even more node operations to worry about. Dan shows you his layout for commercial grading.
Can you make extreme color corrections in LAB color space and export those LAB LUTs from Photoshop and have them work in Davinci Resolve?
Are you looking for a reliable color match workflow for DaVinci Resolve? Learn how to get the most from Resolve's 'Color Match' feature.
Color temperature allows us to control many factors from time of day to adding to the mood of your image by warming or cooling.
In this From The Mailbag, we cover two GPU questions. Should you upgrade your system or GPU & does GPU debayering for RED footage work?
Its tempting to dive in with many nodes & advanced techniques but spend more time getting your contrast right & you'll love the results
Part 3 of a series on how to use the DaVinci Resolve 11 'Color Match' tool. In this video, learn how to build your own Color Match node.
Take notes in a grading session? Have bad handwriting? In this Insight learn how to create client notes directly in Resolve with data burn-in
Learn how to match shots in Final Cut Pro X using its unique interface. Part 4 of this series on how to color correct in Final Cut Pro X.
DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' feature can be tricky. But if you follow the 'Brightness First' Rule, you'll probably get better results.
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?
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.
In this episode of From The Mailbag, the team explores fixing blotchy skin and what goes into a film stock emulation.
Learn about a little known feature in Resolve 11 called Dynamic Project Switching that allows you instantly switch between large projects
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!
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?
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!
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.
Everyone wants to get better at their craft. In this Insight learn about how to overcome 5 common barriers to becoming a better colorist
Explore the different types of DaVinci Resolve node trees for LAB colorspace. Should we do all our work in one node? Or multiple nodes?
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.
In this installment of From The Mailbag, learn about our 25x25 Holiday Marathon & we each discuss our top 2 color related questions.
What if a professional colorist were required to color correct in Final Cut Pro X (without plug-ins)? We start by exploring Exposure.
The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250 are two of the most affordable and accurate calibration meters on the market. Learn more...
Managing other colorists creative work can be challenging. In this Insight, learn key ways to make that process efficient and stress free.
In this video, transfer those Photoshop skills color correcting LAB color in DaVinci Resolve - plus how the tools don't translate directly.
Footage Quality Control in a modern file based world can be tricky. Dan shares his advice on how and when to reject source material.
Learn how to take a list of Look Up Tables in Resolve 11 and make it into a visual LUT Library. This workflow can be used in any version of Resolve before Resolve 15 (which introduced a built-in LUT Library).
Divergent Media's ScopeBox not only provides high quality customizable scopes but a full fledge digital recorder for capturing content.
DaVinci Resolve's renamed Consolidate Clips function can now work with Quicktime and MXF files. Learn how to use this command.
Tired of manually backing up your Resolve? Using some handy scripts Dan shows you how to fully automate the process
If you have to color correct multiple versions of a timeline, DaVinci Resolve's Remote Versions is a feature you need to know.
It's easy to be stagnant always using the same tools. In this Insight learn how different tools can help you break a creative block
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.
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
Evaluating a project so you know how much time it will take is an essential part of color grading. Check out this Insight for more key tips.
Part 2 in the series, learn how the smart render cache can speed up your workflow by caching footage, effects and grades automatically .
Learn how to leverage grading a master clip in SpeedGrade & Premiere Pro. By using master clips you can speed up your grading dramatically.
Group grading in Resolve 11 has been totally revised.In this Insight learn how to get started & how to use group grading in your own projects
Working With The Clone Tool in Resolve 11. Dan will be showing you how to paint and clone out elements of your footage.
This is Part 3 in a series on using DaVinci Resolve's Color Trace function. In this final movie we explore the Manual Color Trace mode.
How do the pros compress video for YouTube at the highest quality? Listen to this interview with specialist Jeff Greenberg.
In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss two questions about video legalization & using R3D trimming in Resolve with Remote Grades
This is Part 2 in our series on how to use Color Trace in DaVinci Resolve. This is a more advanced example of Automatic Color Trace.
In this insight dan takes you through a journey of setting the time of day in a scene. The flow of the story is key when setting a time.
Working With raw files allows you to to get the best possible results with your footage. Lets start with getting the best exposure
In this Insight, learn how to apply Looks/LUTs & burn-in metadata for dailies & screener workflows using Adobe Media Encoder.
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
Learn how to copy color corrections from one timeline to another timeline using Color Trace in DaVinci Resolve.
Learn techniques for masking and tracking in Premiere Pro CC in this color correction tutorial from a professional colorist.
What is photochemical color timing? What is the role of the cinematographer while color correcting? Learn what three colorists think.
How to use Dropbox for multiple backups of your DaVinci Resolve projects.
Annotations in Adobe SpeedGrade are a powerful way to make notes directly on footage while you're grading. Learn how Annotations work.
Learn how Hard Clipping in DaVinci Resolve can help you legalize your video for Broadcast. And the dangers of using it indiscriminately.
Legalizing Video with DaVinci Resolve can be done in several ways. In this video we show you how to do it Shot-by-Shot.
A hardware video legalizer like the Harris DL860 does a much better job than software legalization. Learn more about how this unit works.
When color grading, unsupervised sessions can be difficult. In this Insight, learn strategies and techniques to handle these types sessions.
If you're wondering how to legalize video levels in Premiere Pro CC, this article is for you. Part of a series on legalizing video levels.
If you're wondering how to legalize video in Speedgrade CC, this video will show you.
Learn how ripple your color corrections through multiple timelines in DaVinci Resolve using the power of the Master Session.
Learn an innovative approach to framing filmed images for multiple aspect ratios. Also - how to view these framings inside DaVinci Resolve.
In this Episode Of From The Mailbag, we discuss the pros and cons of Resolve vs SpeedGrade. As well as how to manage versions in Resolve.
The first step in color correction is to do your 'primary correction'. What controls should you touch first? This video explores 6 options.
Have you ever wondered how other colorists organise and run their jobs? Now is your chance to see a real commercial workflow in action.
When the rushes and Proxies don't match due to lack of timecode conforming in Resolve can be a nightmare. Here's how I approach that subject
In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss getting out of creative funk & consolidating a multi-reel project in Resolve.
In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss what's in store for Mixing Light in 2014 & discuss how to grade a film shot in one take.
Learn how to create LUTs for the Alexa using the official Arri LUT Generator. Develop your own set of best practices when working with this tool.
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.
Learn how to perform basic online editing tasks in DaVinci Resolve 10. This tutorial looks at compositing, titles and Sapphire plug-ins.
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!
In this installment of the Fake Film Trailer, I start color correcting Red Dragon footage. It's my first time working with this camera.