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.

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.

Expanding DaVinci Resolve's Functionality with Python

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

What Can DPs Do To Make Final Color Easier?

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Speed Boosting The Resolve Mini Panel With Gaming Keypads

Are you looking for ideas on programming your El Gato Stream Deck or Razer Orbweaver to speed up color correcting? Get some tips about focusing your efforts to reduce 'mouse travel' - increasing your productivity.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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!

A Filmmakers Guide to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The buzzwords at NAB 2018 were Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. This Insight is an introduction to those terms (for filmmakers). Learn how to put those buzzwords in context; and how they inform you about the technology being discussed.

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.

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.

Learning Silverstack Part 4: On-Set Color Management

Silverstack is much more than just for downloading. Learn how to use its in-built color correction tools and management system to enhance the previsualization process and to visually communicate the DP's ideas from on-set color to post.

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!

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!

Learning Silverstack Part 3: The Offload Wizard

Colorist & DIT Ryan Nguyen continues his series on Pomfort's Silverstack with a deep dive on the Offload Wizard. Including saving and managing offload templates, using wildcards to create custom offload directories and evaluating download progress in the Jobs Sheet page.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Learning Silverstack Part 2: Overcoming the User Interface

In this second insight of a series with Pomfort Silverstack, you take a first-contact look at the user interface to overcome the initial fear of learning a new software. Explore the various layouts and workspaces available to better understand how you navigate the program.

Being Flexible As A DIT: The Always Evolving DIT Cart

We all know that a good cart is essential to a DIT's kit. But what if there is no room for your cart? What options do you have when size becomes a cause for concern? Get a list of differently-sized DIT Carts for odd situations.

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.

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!

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.

Evaluating And Exploring The New Color Tools in FCPX 10.4

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

Which Hard Drive do you recommend for this production?

As a DIT, at some point you will be asked, "What hard drive do you recommend for our shoot?" Before you answer, ask yourself: Is your favorite hard drive the proper drive for THIS job?

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.

Getting Started with Pomfort's Silverstack On-Set Software

In Part 1 of this series, get an overview of Pomfort's Silverstack, its various versions, and subscriptions; plus learn the difference between Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) and Digital Loader.

When do you reach for Temp or Tint controls to White Balance shots?

White balancing is a basic color correction task. And Temp or Tint controls are often a time-saving shortcut. But they don't always work. Learn why?

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

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

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!

Is Magic Bullet Looks 4 Fast Enough For Client-Attended Sessions?

Magic Bullet Looks is a powerful plug-in for creating looks. Does the newest version play back in real-time? How is its performance in Davinci Resolve?

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

Mailbag Episode 39: ACES or RCM? And Panel Sensitivity/Settings

In this installment of From The Mailbag, guest Joey D'Anna joins in and we discuss choosing ACES or RCM & setting panel control sensitivity

Using Resolve 14's New Color Stabilizer To Smooth Exposure Bumps

If you're trying to smooth out exposure changes in your footage then you'll love using Resolve 14's new Color Stabilizer filter (and avoid keyframing).

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.

How to Design an Ergonomic Desk for Editing and Color Correction

As creative professionals working in post production, you are tied to your chair and desk. This Insight shares the fundamentals of healthy workspace design.

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.

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.

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!

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.

How much faster can you color correct with a colorist control surface?

Are you wondering about buying a Color Correction Control Surface? This article explains the benefits - following one colorist making the transition.

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

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

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.

Colorist Podcast Episode 011: Dave Abrams

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Colorist Podcast Episode 010

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

Breaking Geographic Boundaries: Remote Grading Part 2

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

Building a PC Optimized for Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve

In Part 2, Eric Bowden of ADK Video highlights the importance of optimizing PC hardware to your specific workflows, codecs and software.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

An Overview of the Logitech G13 Gaming Keypad

Get an overview of how the Logitech G13 Gaming keypad works - with ideas on how it can speed up your video post-production workflow.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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

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

Colorist Podcast Episode 005

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

Color Correction Gear Head: October 2016 Edition

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

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.

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

Hands On the Tangent Ripple and Tangent HUD

A hands-on overview of the most affordable color correction control surface on the market today—the Tangent Ripple.

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

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.

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?

Controlling Saturation in DaVinci Resolve

If you're looking for ideas on controlling excessive saturation in DaVinci Resolve, this tutorial will offer some food for thought.

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).

How to Optimize Tangent Control Surfaces for Premiere Pro CC

Learn how to optimize Tangent Control Surfaces for Premiere Pro with the Tangent Mapper—and massively speed up using Lumetri color effect.

Hands On the Tangent Element and Premiere Pro CC 2015.3

The first Creative Cloud update in 2016 has given us integration between the Tangent Element and Premiere Pro. This video shows it in action.

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

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.

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!

Color Correction Ergonomics

If you're looking to improve your color correction ergonomics for your editing or color correction suite - this post has some ideas for you.

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.

From The MixingLight: MailBag Episode 31

In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore how to sharpen quick focus pulls and discussing using the HP Z27x DreamColor display.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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

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.  

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.  

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.   

Fixing Cache & Gallery Warning Dialog Boxes

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

From The Mailbag EP 29: HDR Musing & Log Saturation

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

Neat Video 4 - Revisiting The Popular Noise Reduction Plugin

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

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

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.

Optimizing X-Keys With A Colorist Control Surface

Learn how to maximize your color correction speed if you're using a Tangent Element or Avid Color by optimizing X-Keys, a low cost USB hardware add-on.

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

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

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

Delivering Multi-Channel Audio From Resolve

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

Rendering Multiple Projects (And Timelines) At Once!

In this Insight, learn how to leverage DaVinci Resolve's powerful rendering engine to render multiple projects and timelines all at once.

Resolve 12 First look: Resolve Color Management

Check out this Insight to learn more about the essential of the new Resolve Color Management (RCM) features of DaVinci Resolve 12

Resolve 12 First Look: Automatic Shot Matching

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

Look Setting Review & Approval With Frame.io

Frame.io provides a ton of tools for collaboration including some great ways for a colorist to interact with their client. Learn more...

Using The EyeHeight Broadcast Video Legalizer Plug-in

File based or software video legalization can be hard. Check out this Insight to see how EyeHeight is making video legalization simple

Creating A Shared DaVinci Resolve Database

In this Insight learn what gear you'll need and how to properly setup a shared database in DaVInci Resolve.

Tutorial: An Overview of Colorista III in Final Cut Pro X

A tutorial and overview of using Colorista III in Final Cut Pro X. Learn how all it's tools work and why you might want to buy and use it.

Setting Up X-Keys: A Control Surface Companion

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.

An Overview of the 'Color Finale' FCP X Plug-In

This is a video overview and breakdown of the FCP X color correction plug-in 'Color Finale'

Using DaVinci Resolve's Curves To Deconstruct A Look

In this Insight, contributor Josh Petok shows a straight forward but very effective way to use Resolve's curves to deconstruct a look.

Using Post-Clip Grouping As A Timeline Grading Alternative

In this Insight, learn how to use Post-Clip in DaVinci Resolve's grouping behavior as an alternative to timeline level grades

Lens Distortion Removal With Premiere Pro

Action cameras and other wide angle lens can have some pretty severe lens distortion. Check out this Insight to learn how to remove it.

RGB Gamut Errors A Broadcast Colorists Nemesis

In this Insight, learn what RGB Gamut errors are and how to identify them before a broadcaster catches them for you!

Project Candy: Color References Reimagined

In this Insight, Robbie gives an overview of Project Candy from Adobe & how it has the potential to inspire and help with color references.

How to Get Faster at Color Correction

Do you want to get faster at Color Correction? Part 3 of our series gives you solid tips for increasing your daily shot count.

Getting To Know Lattice

With LUTs so common place in modern color grading sometimes you need to visualize and convert them - Lattice can help!

How to Estimate Time for a Color Correction Session

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.

From The MailBag Episode 23

In this installment of From The MailBag we take a look at file naming and project organization as well as tips for sharpening footage.

Final Cut Pro X Color Balance Precision

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.

From The Mailbag Episode 21

In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore the idea of a rolling conform in Davinci Resolve and using Dropbox to share databases

A LightRoom LUT Workflow

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.

Color Correction Workflow: Seeing Like Your Client

What's a quick and efficient color correction workflow when collaborating with a client? Part 1 shows you, using Resolve's Grouping feature.

How to Become a DaVinci Resolve Project Preset Ninja

Learn how to 'hack' DaVinci Resolve Project Presets so you can easily share them in other databases - or on someone else's computer.

How to Use Project Presets in DaVinci Resolve, Part 1

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.

Creating Skin Contrast With High/Low Key Techniques

In this Insight, learn how powerful shaping skin contrast around someone's face can be to make a shot more dynamic.

Dealing With Helicopter Clients

Helicopters can hover, so can helicopter clients. Learn how to deal with micro managing clients in your next grading session.

Rediscover The Basics - Node Operations

Have you ever paused to think of the order that you place your nodes? Dan shares his approach to getting the most out of your image.

Designing a Color Match Workflow (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.

From The Mailbag Episode 20

In this From The Mailbag, we cover two GPU questions. Should you upgrade your system or GPU & does GPU debayering for RED footage work?

Using Data Burn-In & Text Layers For Client Notes

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

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

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

Why Is Camera Matching with Color Charts So Hard?

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

Better Grades In Premiere Pro: The Tonal Range Definition

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

From The Mailbag EP 19 Skin Corrections & The Film Look

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

Dynamic Project Switching In DaVinci Resolve

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

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

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

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

Check out this episode of From The MailBag to learn about grading of Vimeo/YouTube & When to use an SSD For Resolve's Render Cache.

5 Things Keeping You From Becoming A Better Colorist

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

LAB Colorspace: An Introduction (using DaVinci Resolve 11)

Photoshop pros are learning the power of LAB Colorspace. This is the first of several videos on applying those Insights to moving images.

Building A Visual LUT Library With Resolve 11

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).

Using Divergent Media's ScopeBox As Digital Recorder

Divergent Media's ScopeBox not only provides high quality customizable scopes but a full fledge digital recorder for capturing content.

Remote Versions: Sharing Grades Between Multiple Timelines

If you have to color correct multiple versions of a timeline, DaVinci Resolve's Remote Versions is a feature you need to know.

SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 - New Tools & Improved Workflows

SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 offers an updated Interface, New Features and some new tools. Check out this Insight To Learn More

Throwing A Change Up - Different Tools For New Results

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

Color Balance Skies and Shot Matching

Do you need to color balance every shot in your video? What are the best strategies to color balance and enhance gray skies? Listen & learn.

Mixing Light From The MailBag Ep 14

In this episode of From The MailBag learn about what to do when you have no client direction & how to achieve that national spot look

Using The Smart Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve 11

Part 2 in the series, learn how the smart render cache can speed up your workflow by caching footage, effects and grades automatically .

Attended Grading - Starting A Session

Attended Grading - Starting A Session is the hardest part of the grade. You need to understand what your new clients want from the grade

Grading Master Clips in Adobe SpeedGrade & Premiere Pro

Learn how to leverage grading a master clip in SpeedGrade & Premiere Pro. By using master clips you can speed up your grading dramatically.

How to Use the Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve 11

Are you having problems with full frame rate playback in DaVinci Resolve? Learn how to use Resolve 11's redesigned Render Cache.

Group Grading In Resolve 11

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

Legalizing With No Legalizer & R3D Trimming

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss two questions about video legalization & using R3D trimming in Resolve with Remote Grades

Narrative Grading - Time Of Day

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.

Using Adobe Media Encoder for Dailies & Screeners

In this Insight, learn how to apply Looks/LUTs & burn-in metadata for dailies & screener workflows using Adobe Media Encoder.

Masking and Tracking in Premiere Pro CC

Learn techniques for masking and tracking in Premiere Pro CC in this color correction tutorial from a professional colorist.

Using Annotations In SpeedGrade CC

Annotations in Adobe SpeedGrade are a powerful way to make notes directly on footage while you're grading. Learn how Annotations work.

Creating a Color Wash Look (feat. DaVinci Resolve)

Learn a quick and easy method to create a 2- or 3- tone color wash over a moving image very very quickly - especially if you have a very specific color palette you want to use.

Matching Shots with LUTs

In this video we try matching shots with LUTs applied - and show how using the RGB parade helps us get the job done.

Legalizing Video With The Harris DL860

A hardware video legalizer like the Harris DL860 does a much better job than software legalization. Learn more about how this unit works.

The Unsupervised Session: Tips For Offsite Client Review

When color grading, unsupervised sessions can be difficult. In this Insight, learn strategies and techniques to handle these types sessions.

Commercial Workflow Part 2: Leveraging The Master Session

Learn how ripple your color corrections through multiple timelines in DaVinci Resolve using the power of the Master Session.

Grading Composites In DaVinci Resolve

Grading Composites like picture in picture effects from a single clip can be heard. Learn how to attack these shots in DaVinci Resolve

Double Side Technique: Getting Aggressive with Complementary Colors

Learn how the Double Side Technique can help you to create more dynamic color corrections on flat or boring shots. This simple technique can generate multitudes of stylized Looks.

Mailbag: Resolve vs SpeedGrade & Managing Versions In 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.

Commercial Workflow : Labeling And Ingest

Have you ever wondered how other colorists organise and run their jobs? Now is your chance to see a real commercial workflow in action.

Using the Tangent Element with DaVinci Resolve 10

This video tutorial is an overview of the integration between Tangent Element with DaVinci Resolve, focusing on new features in Resolve 10.

Resolve Live Grading Essentials

A powerful new feature in DaVinci Resolve 10 is Resolve Live. Learn the essentials of how to his feature works & can help you on-set.

Using the Tangent Element with SpeedGrade CC

Why do professional video colorists love controls surfaces? Watch the Tangent Element with SpeedGrade CC highlighting a few advantages.

Mailbag: Beating A Creative Funk & Consolidating Reels

In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss getting out of creative funk & consolidating a multi-reel project in Resolve.

Tangent Element Control Surface: Getting Started

Learn about the Tangent Element colorist control surface and see how one professional colorist sets it up in his color correction suite.

Podcast: Mixing Light In 2014 + Grading A Single-Take Film

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.

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

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

Color Correcting A Fake Film Trailer: Grading RED Dragon Footage

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

Color Correction Time Management: Grading in Passes

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

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

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

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

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

Adding Tension by Animating Power Windows: The Spaceship Sequence

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

How to Emulate the Clarity Slider + Color Correcting in VFX Workflows

Three professional colorists discuss how to emulate LightRoom's Clarity Slider in DaVinci Resolve. Plus, where color correction fits in VFX workflows.

How to Create a Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut

In Davinci Resolve, learn how to create a custom Log Grading keyboard shortcut - giving quick access to this 3-Way Color Correction panel.

Using Node-Based PTZR For Lens Spot Removal (in DaVinci Resolve)

Learn how you can create a window and use the new node PTZR controls hide a dead pixel, water spot or other unwanted item in that shot.

Tips and Tricks When Pulling External Keys (in DaVinci Resolve)

Do you ever wish you could work on a perfect duplicate of an HSL key you created in DaVinci Resolve? Learn tricks for doing that (and avoid copy/pasting).

Tips & Tricks for Time Remapping in DaVinci Resolve 9 & 10

Dealing with Time Warps in a color correction workflow is difficult to manage. I found a workflow, saving time and money for you and your clients!

How To Copy Color Corrections Between Sequences in Avid Symphony

Do you know how you can copy / merge color corrections in Avid Symphony from one sequence to another? This video shows you the process.

Using Resolve Track Nodes: Controlling Uncontrollable Light Sources

Learn how to make a global correction to the brightest and most intensely saturated areas of an image without tediously creating nodes for each shot.

Color Correcting In Sections with Avid Media Composer

If your client is asking for changes in your color corrections that effect entire scenes then here's how to quickly make those fixes in Avid.

Preparing A Color Correction Session For A Commercial Client

You can learn my tips and tricks to prepare for a client-supervised commercial color correction session. it's not just about your skill. Preparation counts.

Color Correcting In Avid: Work Faster with Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you want to learn how to color correct faster on Avid Media Composer? Build on our earlier customizations with these super-fast Avid shortcuts.

DaVinci Resolve: Working With 'Handles' While Color Correcting

If your clients are asking for you to render out 'handles' after color correcting their job then this Insight will help sidestep some pitfalls.

How Do You Customize Avid Media Composer (for Color Correction)?

The key to being fast in Avid Symphony is mastering the keyboard and interface. Learn how you can customize Avid, tuning it for color correction.

Color Correction Tips: Matching Shots To A Brand Logo

Have you ever been asked to color match a shot to a reference image for their video? Here are a few ideas on how to do that in DaVinci Resolve.

Trimming RED Footage Using DaVinci Resolve's Media Manager

Learn how you can trim RED footage and copy to your hard drive only the portions of your clips needed to recreate your timeline, saving hard drive space.

Color Correction Looks: Creating The 7D Korean Horror Look

If you're looking to create a Look and want something a bit different (and even noisy)... here's how you can create the 'Korean Horror' Look.

Tracking Power Windows: Tips and Tricks in DaVinci Resolve

Learn how you can track foregrounds, backgrounds + copying and pasting tracks and how to deal with objects moving behind other objects while tracking.

Color Correcting A Music Video: Ask Me Anything

Do you have burning questions about color correcting music videos? Professional colorist Dan Moran, CSI is here to give you his answers.

Using LUTs in Adobe Photoshop: Applying Grades To Still Images

Learn how to use a color correction exported as a LUT and use it in Photoshop. Plus—a small caveat in this workflow (about how Photoshop applies LUTs).

On Overview Of The "Pre-Conformed Workflow" In DaVinci Resolve

This workflow is an ultimate timesaver and involves getting a single flattened video clip of the project you're grading and using Resolve to slice it up.

How To Build Your Own Custom Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve

If you're having trouble getting real-time playback in DaVinci Resolve then try this tip for creating your own custom render cache.

Premiere Pro Adjustment Layers: Applying A Look To An Entire Scene

Adjustment layers can be used for many things—a favorite is color correcting and applying a Look to a few shots, a scene or an entire timeline.

How to Setup Speedgrade CS6 for Stereo 3D Color Correction

Learn the essentials of the 3D workflow in SpeedGrade CS 6 - from organizing footage to auto-aligning eyes and rippling grades between the video streams.

DaVinci Resolve: Preconform or Conform Before Starting A Job?

When preparing to color correct a job in DaVinci Resolve, to Preconform or Conform is a question you need to ask yourself (and know their differences).

How to Move Your Look from Lightroom into DaVinci Resolve

Would you like to take a color correction you created in Lightroom and apply it to video in DaVinci Resolve? Here's one way to do it.

Staying Focused In The Color Correction Suite: 4 Tools To Make It Happen

Do you find yourself getting distracted as you work? Here are four simple tools you can use to keep you on-task and get you home on-time.

How To Be Absolutely Sure That You Color Corrected All Of Your Shots

If you are color correcting a long timeline in DaVinci Resolve then how can you be sure you didn't miss a shot? Learn how to never miss a shot again.

How to Quickly Flip Between Corrections in DaVinci Resolve

The Versions feature in DaVinci Resolve will help you build different grades for the same shot—and then flip between them quickly.

DaVinci Resolve: How to Organize Your Color Corrections with 'Still Pages'

On big jobs, organizing your saved 'stills' in DaVinci Resolve can save you a lot of time and energy. Learn how Resolve's Gallery can help you stay focused.

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