Our Thoughts On The Apple Pro Display XDR

In this From The Mailbag, we continue discussing Apple's annoucements of new hardware at WWDC.This time we talk about the new Apple Pro Display XDR.

Introduction to Tracking Tools and Techniques in Resolve Fusion

Learn how to set up and use Resolve Fusion's point- and planar- trackers. You'll deal with occlusions and see a powerful tracking technique.

Our Thoughts On The 2019 Apple Mac Pro

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.

Is DaVinci Resolve 16 Public Beta Now Ready For You To Upgrade?

DaVinci Resolve 16 is very exciting. But it's currently in 'Public Beta'. What does that mean? Can you update to it safely?

The Game Of Thrones 'Too Dark' Kerfuffle

We take a look at Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 and ask, as creative professionals, was it too dark and where did it go wrong?

A DoP & Monitor Madness

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss a member's question on how to handle a DP who doesn't trust any monitor in a facility.

You Failed...Now What?

Failure is a part of any business, but how you process and recover from failure can make a big difference on how you succeed next time.

PixelTools Review: Is There Magical Pixie Dust in These PowerGrades?

A video review of how PixelTools uses the native tools in Davici Resolve to construct custom looks and utilities with PowerGrades.

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?

My Favorite New Color Feature in Resolve 16: The Adjustment Clip

Resolve 16 adds hundreds of features, including powerful new adjustment clips. Learn how to use them streamline your grading workflow.

Grading With Fusion: Connecting The Fusion and Color Pages

Take your color grading work to the next level in DaVinci Resolve. Learn how to use mattes generated in the Fusion page on the color page.

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.

Troubleshooting 101 – Cleanup With The Color Compressor & Node Resizing

Dan shares his breakdown of cleaning up a bike frame using the color compressor and node resizing in Resolve

Understanding The Future Of Color Grading - HDR and 'Presence'

In Part 3 of this series, you learn about the evolution of digital video from Standard- to High- Dynamic Range. Why is it here to stay?

Troubleshooting 101 - Cleaning Up An Annoying Background

Dan shares his thoughts behind his solution to removing a reflection using Resolve's Color Page - on a 16mm shot with moving grain structure.

What Project Type Should I Use to Edit and Color Correct in Premiere Pro?

Did you know Premiere Pro CC 2019 has three project types? Standard, Shared, and Team. How do you choose & what are their differences?

Troubleshooting 101 - Resolve Color Management

Troubleshoot an interesting problem for a more in-depth understanding how Resolve Color Management (RCM) works.

Look Inspiration - Emulating VHS Camcorder Footage

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.

Colorist Inspiration January 2019 - Most Memorable Jobs of 2018

Every year Dan looks back at the previous year and shares his greatest successes. This year, he focuses on his most memorable jobs.

Using DCTLs And Expanding Resolve's Functionality

Do you perform repetitive tasks on a regular basis when color correcting or finishing? Then learn how to use DCTLs to automate those tasks!

How To Avoid Two Gotchas In The Lumetri Workflow

Learn how to avoid two problems when color correcting using Premerie Pro's Lumetri workflow. It's all about recovering clipped detail.

Beyond Crypto-Kitties - Blockchain technology in post production

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).

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part Four

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

What Is A CDL And When Do You Use It?

Take an introductory look at the Color Decision List (CDL) and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of an ASC-CDL based workflow.

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?

The Benefits Of Fixed Node Structures in DaVinci Resolve - Part 2

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.

Behind The Curtain - Not So Near-Set Grading

Dan shares his story from a recent "not so near-set grade" for an upcoming collaboration with friends on a short film.

Learning Fusion Part 2 - Revising A Text Animation (Like A Compositor)

Learn how to deconstruct a pre-built Fusion animation that ships with DaVinci Resolve. After studying one, we revise our animation to match.

How To Develop A Fixed Node Structure In DaVinci Resolve: Part 1

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.

Elsewhere On The Web: The Fall 2018 Edition

These 'don't miss' color grading related articles and videos are culled from 2018's 4th quarter of the weekly curated Tao Colorist Newsletter.

Is HDR Legit? Should I Invest In HDR Tech?

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.

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part Two

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.

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.

Behind The Curtain - Cleaning Up For 2019

Dan shares his thoughts on trying to clean up his grades in 2019 and moving away from his favourite film emulation techniques.

The 2018 Mac Mini - Perfect Color Suite Companion?

In this Insight, Robbie takes a look a the new 2018 Apple Mac Mini and how he's using it in his color suite.

Behind The Curtain - 80s Release Print Dirt & Texture

Finding the right balance of noticable and realistic is always a challenge. Dan shares behind the curtain on a film release print style grade.

Using Python and Expanding DaVinci Resolve's Functionality

Resolve's new scripting APIs open up exciting new possibilities. Learn how to get started by using Python to import comments from Frame.io.

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.

Color Correcting With Blending Modes -Recovering Highlights With Multiply

Dan shares his technique of using the multiply blending mode to recover highlights easily and naturally via a layer node.

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.

Creating A Western Look Using Color Space Transform & Emulation LUT

While creating a Western look, learn how to use a color space transform with a film print emulation LUT in DaVinci Resolve.

Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 3: Dolby Vision For Everyone!

In part 3 of our ongoing Dolby Vision series, learn about big changes to Dolby Vision & Resolve in 2018, plus new tools & workflows.

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.

Color Grading Challenge: Recreating the 90s Pop Video Look

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.

Behind The Curtain - Liberty Commercials: Adding Depth To Drone Footage

Drone footage is a very common occurance on timelines these days. Dan shares his techniques for adding depth to the footage.

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?

Revisiting DCP Creation With Resolve 15

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.

Behind The Curtain - Liberty Commercials Sun vs No Sun

Sometimes we are gifted with better sun than other times. In this Insight Dan shares his experience on a job shot over multiple months.

Guide To Safely Upgrading To DaVinci Resolve 15 (and beyond)

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.

Behind The Curtain - Thrice The Grey

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.

An Overview (And Tips) On Using The DaVinci Resolve Project Server App

Designed for sharing database on several computers in DaVinci Resolve, learn how the Resolve Project Server App simplifies your life.

Should You Standardize On A Color Management System?

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss if we should be standarizing every project around color management systems like RCM & ACES.

Shared Storage For The Small Studio: Case Study With The Lumaforge Jellyfish Mobile

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.

Elsewhere On The Web: Managing Saturation, Live HDR, Resolve Fusion (& more)

Summer 2018 round-up of don't-miss color correction tutorials from other websites (with commentary). We wish we had them here, first.

Rediscover The Basics - Fixing Exposure Shifts

Exposure shifts creep up in projects regularly. With the right node structure and correct technique you can easily fix these in seconds.

How To (Improperly) Export LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 15

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.

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?

How To Sync Double-System Sound In Silverstack XT & LAB

Take charge of all the audio sync functions from inside of Silverstack XT and LAB! Learn manual and automatic double-system sound sync.

Behind The Curtain - Live Concert Grade

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.

10 Things I've Learned (So Far) About HDR Grading

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.

Colorist Toolbox 2.0 - Building A Look Library 2018

The only person that is going to inspire you is yourself. A Look Library surrounds you with inspiration keeping you motivated and current.

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.

DaVinci Resolve Compound Nodes: Efficiently Managing Looks

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.

A Career As A Colorist: The Best Advice We've Received

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.

Inspired By Lacoste, Timeless - Learning From An Award Winning Grade

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.

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.

How To Safely Upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta

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?

Getting Started As A Colorist & What's Changed In Grading?

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.

Practical Beauty Color Grading Level One: Quick and Effective

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.

First Impressions with DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta (after NAB)

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!

Practical Beauty Work - Why You Need To Be Offering It

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.

Inspired by Mini 2018 - How One Colorist Emulates A Vintage Look

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.

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!

An Introduction to Fusion (For Colorists) in DaVinci Resolve 15

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.

Resolve 15 New Color Page Features

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.

Two Ways of Using DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer Node

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).

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.

Re-Revisiting Multi-Channel Audio Output In Resolve

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.

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!

Multicam Gone Wrong: Re-syncing Clips in DaVinci Resolve 14

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.

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?

Behind the Curtain - Commercial #2: From Base Grade to Final Look

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.

Grading The White Cyc Stand Up - When White Is Not White

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.

CalMAN Part 10: Using Calibration Test Patterns In Your NLE

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.

Mailbag Episode 45: Back It Up!

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.

Colorist Podcast EP 021:Shane Mario Ruggieri

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!

Mailbag Episode 44: Choosing A 4k Monitor

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

Demystifying Contrast and Brightness Calibration Test Images

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.

First Look: FSI XM650U UHD Monitor

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

Is Your Reference Display Input Properly Set To Data Levels Or Video Levels?

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.

From The MailBag EP 43: Full Range & Broadcast Delivery

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.

From The Grading Suite: From Short Form To Reality

Dan shares the tale of his attempt at grading long-form reality television after spending 10 years being a pampered commercial colorist.

Grading A Short Film Part 2 - Testing The Feel Of The Footage

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.

Precalibrating A Reference Display (without using LUTs) Part 1

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.

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.

Telestream Switch: A Media Player For Pros?

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.

Grading A Short Film Part 1 - Download The Footage

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.

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.

Using Denoiser III On Challenging Footage (Compared to Neat Video)

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.

From The Grading Room – Emulation Gone Wrong

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.

Hollywood Restoration and Remastering: An Interview With Marc Wielage

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 Challenges (And Lessons Learned) Of Color Restoring Classic Films

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.

Creating A Show LUT – Keeping Things Simple

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.

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.

Can You Save This Shot? Part 2: Patrick's Solution (in real-time)

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.

Behind The Curtain – Furniture Grade : Basic Cleanup

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.

Behind The Curtain – Furniture Grade : Rotoscoping In Resolve

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

Testing Calibration Results From An XRite Colorimeter (in CalMAN Studio)

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.

Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 1: Terminology, Gear, and Workflow

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.

Behind The Curtain – Furniture Grade : Fixing VFX Colorspace Issues

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

Are Low-Cost Colorimeters Compromising Your Calibration Results?

Colorimeters age and become unreliable after a few years. Learn how to extend the life of yours, using CalMAN Profiles and a reference colorimeter.

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!

Behind The Curtain – Furniture Grade : Introduction

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

How To Improve Reference Display Calibration Results (in CalMAN Studio)

Learn how to improve your display calibration results when using CalMAN Studio. And does using a 'Lightning LUT' compromise your final results?

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 Inspiration - UKMVAs Best Color Nominations 2017

Dan shares his thoughts about the UKMVA nominations 2017 for best music video color grading award and asks you to predict the winner

Introduction to Reference Display Calibration - Series Overview

Begin learning how to calibrate your color correction Reference Display by seeing how to calibrate your colorimeter for highly precise measurements.

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!

Getting To Know The El Gato Stream Deck: Part 1

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

Color Grading Challenge - Beauty Grading Review

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

Colorist Inspiration – September 2017

Dan shares his inspiration for this month by checking out the nominations for Outstanding Color Grading at the HPA awards

How to Work with Color Charts in DaVinci Resolve 14

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?

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

Colorist Podcast Episode 16: Alexis Van Hurkman Part 2

In this episode, Josh continues his conversation with director, author and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. they talk HDR, ACES and more!

Grading Challenge - Beauty Grading Brief

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

Thinking Like A Colorist - The "Final Grade"

An old school technique that is still regularly used today in commercials. Having a break between grading the same footage has huge advantages.

How do you choose Gamma 2.2 vs Gamma 2.4 when color correcting?

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.

Eye Training : Diagnose and Compare

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

Design Essentials: Another Perspective On Suite Design

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

RED's IPP2 Pipeline In Resolve (Sort Of)

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

The Ergonomics of Keyboards, Keypads and Computer Displays

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

Feature Grading: Using Markers To Keep Your Sanity Part 1

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

Thinking Like A Colorist - Assessing Tonal Range

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?

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.

Easily Create A Branded Before & After PDF Workflow

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

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.

Creative Grading - Blending LUTs

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!

Is Your ARRI Alexa Mini Color Pipeline Properly Set in ACES?

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 - Removing Dirt In 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

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.

From The Grading Room – Grading Lucy Rose

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

Colorist Podcast Episode 013: Vanessa Taylor

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 Action: Working With The Key Mixer In DaVinci Resolve

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.

Getting To Know The Resolve 14 Collaborative Workflow Part 2

In this Insight, we put Part 1 into action and explore the powerful workflows possible with Resolve 14 collaborative workflows.

Dan's Month In ACES

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.

Getting To Know The Resolve 14 Collaborative Workflow: Part 1

Among Resolve 14's great new features, the redesigned collaborative workflow stands out. In this Insight, learn the essentials of Resolve collaboration.

Moving From A Mac to PC for Media Professionals: Member Questions

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: 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!

DaVinci Resolve 14: The Mythical Collaborative Workflow Has Arrived

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.

DaVinci Resolve 14: First Look

In this Insight, we take a look at some of the compelling new features in DaVinci Resolve 14 including OFX, performance and editing improvements.

Color Correction Gear Head: Review of the Resolve Mini Control Panel

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head veteran colorist Marc Wielage provides his impressions of the new Resolve Mini Control Panel.

From The Grading Room - Are We Sterilizing Images?

Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?

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

DIT Essentials: Metadata, Transcoding & Verifying Your Camera Files

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.

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

First Look: Getting To Know the Resolve Mini Control Surface

In this special edition of the Color Correction Gear Head series, we welcome Joey D'Anna & his review of the Resolve Mini Panel.

Green Screen Keying & Managing Transparency In Resolve

In this Insight, learn about pulling a green screen key in DaVinci Resolve and how to manage transparencies and rendering alpha channels.

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

What Are The Elements Of A Professional Data Download Kit?

Are you interested in working On-Set? The 'Data Downloader' is a key player in digital productions. Learn the basic tools of the trade.

Getting To Know The EasyDCP Resolve Plugin: Streamlined DCP Creation

Want to make a DCP directly from Resolve? In this Insight, Robbie explores the essentials of using the EasyDCP Resolve plugin.

Feature Grading: Getting Started

Getting started on a feature film can be a daunting process. Dan shares his experience on getting the ball rolling slowly and carefully

Colorist Podcast Episode 09

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to Technicolor senior colorist Peter Doyle about his amazing career & many other subjects

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

How To Use DaVinci Resolve’s Color Match In ACES

DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' function is simple but can be confusing. Learn how to properly set up Color Match in ACES workflows.

How to Color Match using Color Charts with RAW (or LOG) Footage

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.

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.

Understanding the Premiere to DaVinci Resolve Image Sizing Handoff

If you have problems exporting XMLs with image sizing from Premiere to DaVinci Resolve, this video explores the settings you need to know.

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.

Why You Need to Master the 'Frame Size' Option in Premiere Pro CC

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.

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.

Using DaVinci Resolve’s ‘Offline Reference Clip’

Learn how to use the 'Offline Reference Clip' to see what the final approved timeline looked like - while color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.

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.

How To Quickly Generate Color Correction Ideas

Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.

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.

Resolve Collect

If you're having trouble with DaVinci Resolve's built-in Media Manager then check out this video featuring 'Resolve Collect'.

Managing Media in DaVinci Resolve

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.

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.

Conforming In DaVinci Resolve - Solving Sync & Frame Rate Problems

When importing a timeline & conforming in DaVinci Resolve, problems occur. See how we methodically solve frame rate & sync problems.

An Interview with Colorist Ayumi Ashley

In this episode of the colorist podcast Josh talks to colorist Ayumi Ashley from Mission Film & Design about her work & career

How to Fix 'Reel Conflicts' and 'Force Conform' Errors in DaVinci Resolve

When importing a timeline into DaVinci Resolve, learn how to find and solve 'reel conflicts'. Plus, learn to solve a 'Force Conform' error.

Exploring XML Conform Options in DaVinci Resolve

Importing XMLs into DaVinci Resolve can be frustrating. Sometimes, a change in Resolve's 'Conform Options' settings can save the day (or not).

Making The Move From Mac To A Windows PC, Part 1: Addressing Common Objections

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

Media Manage An XML For Color Correction (from client drives to your raid)

Learn how to prepare to Media Manage an XML, and get footage off your client's hard drives and onto your high-performance RAID.

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!

From Client Hard Drive to XML Export: Prepping a Timeline

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.

Getting To Know ACES Part 4: The Latest In ACES Updates

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.

What is the Golden Rule of Conforming Timelines?

If you move your timeline from one bit of post-production software to another then you need to know the 'Golden Rule of Conforming'.

DaVinci Resolve Detective: Is the Mouse Math fixed in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3?

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?

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

White Balancing Shots Part 2 – Common Problems

Learn how to white balance shots with mixed color temperatures. Plus, how to deal with subtle color balance issues.

How To White Balance Shots: Part 1

Watch how to White Balance (or Color Balance) digital video images. You'll explore 4 different tools and learn their differences.

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.

Remote Grading Via Skype

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: Using Color Finale Pro and the Tangent Ripple in FCPx

First Look: How to use the Color Finale Pro plugin with a Tangent Ripple in FCPX for a professional grading workflow.

Getting To Know ACES Part 3: Visual Effects Workflows

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.

Getting To Know ACES Part 2: More Terms & Resolve Setup

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.

Revisiting Multi-Channel Audio Output 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.

How to Work Around the 'Mouse Math Bug' in DaVinci Resolve

In an earlier video we showed you the 'mouse math bug' when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve—now learn how to work around it.

Getting To Know The DaVinci Resolve Control Panel: Part 1

The DaVinci Resolve Control Panel gives you the most hands-on control of Resolve. In this Insight, learn about the design & functionality.

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 Math in DaVinci Resolve: Control Surface vs. Mouse

Does the color correction math in DaVinci Resolve change depending if you're using a mouse versus using a colorist control surface?

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

Stereo Tools for HDR Workflows in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 has introduced some new Stereo features... to support HDR workflows for High Dynamic Range color grading. Learn more...

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.

Colorist Podcast: Episode 3

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?

What's new in the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Update? Learn about new features, new behaviors and general observations about this latest update.

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?

How to (mostly) Fix RGB Gamut Excursions in Software

If you're color correcting digital video for professional distribution, nothing is worse than having it rejected for RGB Gamut excursions!

Getting To Know The New Flanders Scientific BoxIO

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.

Responsible Grading – Grading With Revisions In Mind

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

Color Correction Gear Head: August 2016 Edition

In this Color Correction Gear Head, Robbie takes a look at the zBook Studio From HP, the GeChic 1303i monitor, Tangent Ripple & CineXtools

Conform Issues Database – Introduction

Conforming timelines can be time-consuming before you even start color correcting. Learn the common issues (and how to fix them).

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.

Resolve Remote Rendering: Setting Up A ProRes 'Dongle'

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

Premiere Pro CC 2015.3, Part 1: New Updates to Existing Features

Get a look at the new features in Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 for existing color correction tools, including the Lumetri Effect.

Bad TV: Essential Steps For Creating The Bad TV Look

Every once and a while you'll need to create a stylized bad TV or surveillance camera look. In this Insight learn how.

How to Create a Virtual LUT (and what it's good for)

Learn how to create a Virtual LUT and decide if it'll make your color correction reference monitor more accurate? Software:CalMAN & Lightspace

Color Correction Gear Head: The July 2016 Edition

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.

5 Strategies For Managing A Supervised Session

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

Optimizing for CalMAN: The i1 Display Pro and SpectraCal C6 for CalMAN

Optimizing for CalMAN the X-Rite i1 Display Pro and SpectraCAL C6 is easy. Learn how—and the differences between these colorimeters.

Getting Started with CalMAN Colormatch

If you do video color correction, watch 'Getting Started with CalMAN ColorMatch' to learn how to test if you're display is accurate.

Using Custom Offsets with the i1 Display Pro OEM in Lightspace

Learn how using Custom Offsets with the i1 Display Pro OEM can turn this inexpensive colorimeter into a reference meter you can trust.

Optimizing the i1 Display Pro OEM for Lightspace - Part 1

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.

Graphs in Lightspace DPS: How To Read Your Profile Results

Learn how to read the graphs in Lightspace DPS, to evaluate if your display requires calibration for color correction.

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!

Getting Started with Lightspace DPS Part 1

'Does my color correction display need recalibration?' Getting Started with Lightspace DPS (a free app) helps you answer that question.

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.

12 New Features in Resolve Studio 12.5 (to get you to upgrade to Paid)

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.

Colorist Inspiration – April 2016

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…

Resolve 12.5 - Robbie's Top Features

Another April, another version of DaVinci Resolve! In this Insight, Robbie shares his top new features of this exciting release.

Working with Vignettes in Premiere Pro CC

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.

How to Properly Work with Dropbox and DaVinci Resolve

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

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—The Color Correction Protocol

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!

Dealing with Scene Cut Detection Workflows

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.

MailBag Episode 30: NAB '16, Film Style Grading, sRGB

In this installment of From The Mail Bag we discuss our NAB '16 plans, log style grading and sRGB deliverables.

The Premiere Pro Color Correction Protocol—Contrast

Learn how to use Premiere Pro Color Correction filters in a logical and organized method for any sized project. We start with contrast.

Advanced Finishing Techniques – Dealing with Picture-In-Picture Effects

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?

4 Things To Know About Working With Look Up Tables

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

DaVinci Resolve: How to Use External Scopes with Video vs Data Levels

Learn how the 'data levels' and 'video levels' Project Setting effects your external scopes when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.

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.

How To Work With Non-Broadcast Frame Sizes in DaVinci Resolve

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.

Big Shop To One Man Show: Building A Workflow To Minimise Downtime

Building a one man workflow to get the maximum out of your time grading. 

Working with Camera RAW in Premiere Pro Part 2

Working with LUTs and Camera Raw in Premiere Pro can be tricky. In this video, learn one workflow that makes it a bit easier.

Getting Grainy: 3 Different OFX Plugins

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

Working with LUTs in Premiere Pro: Part 1

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.

HDR Essentials: Reading The Scopes In DaVinci Resolve

The Waveform & RGB Parade are essential tools for color correction. But when working with HDR footage in Resolve reading them can be slightly confusing.  

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.   

Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look

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 Essentials - Getting Setup In Premire Pro

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 It?

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?

Building IR LUT Variations In Photoshop

In this Insight learn how to build Infrared type looks in Photoshop & export them for use video grading tools like DaVinci Resolve.   

Exploring the Lumetri Color Tools (Part 2)

Understand how the Lumetri Color Tools work in the latest version of Premiere Pro CC. Plus learn about a potential flaw in these tools.

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

Look Inspiration - Colorized Film Look

Dan shares his look and drx files for a Colorized Film Look

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.

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.

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: 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

Christmas Clean Up: Refresh Your System

In this Insight Dan explores some things to think about when it comes to doing a refresh of your system.  

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.

Fighting The Feeling Of Failure

In any creative venture including color correction the feeling of failure is always lurking. Learn how to fight the feeling of failure.

Calibrating To Match: Perceptually Matching Two Monitors

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

Finding Opportunities When Color Correcting

How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.

Permanently Adding LUTs To The Lumetri Color Panel

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

Color Correction Breakdown: Solving Problems

In color correction we're solving problems. Sometimes they're handed to us, sometimes they're problems we created. See examples of both.

Tales From The Grading Suite - DP Colorist Communications

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.

Creating a 'Film Look' and Managing Film Grain

Breaking down the color correction for a 'webisode' and creating a 'Film Look'. Plus, ideas for managing film grain.

Resolve Color Management & Raw

Resolve Color Management (RCM) is powerful workflow tool but using it with Raw footage can be slightly confusing. Learn more in this Insight