Today's Agenda: What do digital video post production professionals need to consider when buying a storage solution for their digital media?
How does the DaVinci Resolve Mini control surface manage to control 7+ color wheels in the HDR Palette, with only 3 physical trackballs?
Get a hands-on look at OWC's direct-attached Thunderbolt-3 RAID chassis. Plus, (3) configuration ideas for post production professionals.
Learn what a online editor and colorist thinks after spending a year working with the Blackmagic editor keyboard, full-time. Plus, his tips.
An eGPU setup could offer a dramtic performance increase to your workflow. Learn about eGPUs, the AKiTio Node Titan & workflows leveraging an eGPU
In the remote, work from home reality that find ourselves in, how can you deliver color accurate real-time streams to clients? Learn how in this Insight.
You can't network together your on-set production gear if you don't understanding IP networking. Get started with the basics: The IP Address.
Trying to understand the value of pro video displays? Want to know the differences (and trade-offs) between the technologies? Listen on...
Learn how to use Keyboard Maestro and Stream Deck to supercharge your workflow in DaVinci Resolve on Mac with powerful macros.
In Part 2 of this foundational series, learn about the physical considerations of a color grading suite that impact taking paying work.
What does a colorist think of the 2019 Mac Pro after switching back to Mac? Plus, learn his thoughts about optimal specs for color grading.
A professional DIT shares gets us up to speed on the ARRI's large format mini camera. Plus, learn about its unique ProRes codec.
Learn how to set up Adobe Premiere Pro for HDR workflows and to make Apple Retina's displayP3 monitors 'accurate' for web-based deliverables.
Learn how I've evolved my grading suite in the past 2 years. I added new hardware and adjusted my layout to fit new, advanced workflows.
Learn about Cinematiq's DCP Transfer application for streamlining EXT2 DCP driver deliveries - without having to jump in the Terminal!
The XDR looks like an impressive display from Apple but - is it a reference monitor? It sure is priced like one!
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.
At NAB 2019 with 5 hours of 'me time', in Part 1 learn what I though was significant in Resolve 16 and Mistika Boutique.
My list of key software utilities for post production professionals may help you a solve annoying (or critical) problems. For Mac & Windows.
In this Insight, Robbie takes a look a the new 2018 Apple Mac Mini and how he's using it in his color suite.
How much does it cost to get into LTO-7 and LTO-8 backup? What's the benefit of using specialty software PreRollPost to handle your archives?
Colorist and finisher Jason Bowdach shows you how the Vidchecker Quality Control software works, and if he thinks it is worth the investment?
Designed for sharing database on several computers in DaVinci Resolve, learn how the Resolve Project Server App simplifies your life.
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.
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.
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.
In this 'Resolve Mini' control surface Video Review, see several exciting features in action - plus a bug that confuses things.
Where does the battle of OLED vs LCD sit today and what are their comparative advantages (and challenges)? The CEO of Flanders Scientific answers questions about the state of display technology in 2018.
Learn about the 'Calibration Conundrum'... can you use low cost colorimeters and spectroradiometers to accurately calibrate your reference display? Or not?
Learn the most common calibration mistakes post production professionals make when setting up their external displays; and the most common questions asked. An interview with FSI CEO Bram Desmet.
The Team discusses the pros/cons of 4k monitoring. We explore new offerings from Flanders Scientific including the XM650U and XM310K.
In our reference display calibration series we've been using a specific set of calibration test images. But two test images (used to precalibrate our Contrast and Brightness settings) generate a lot of confusion. Get unconfused in this Insight.
In this special Insight, Bram Desmet CEO & General Manager stops by Robbie's studio to take a look at the brand new FSI XM650U UHD OLED HDR Monitor. Learn about the essential design of the monitor, its capabilities and how it might help you.
If you have a broadcast reference monitor for editing and color correction then you need to make sure it's properly processing your images. Learn how to know if you have a mismatch in data levels with your editing or color correction software.
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.
Learn how to calibrate your video reference monitor if you can't load a calibration Look Up Table (LUT) into the display, with CalMAN Studio. It's simple. It's fast. But it does require a professional display to be fully successful.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Xrite makes a terrific, affordable colorimeter for the broadcast display market - the i1 Display. We test an old C6 to see how accurate it can be.
In part 1 of our series on getting to know Dolby Vision HDR workflow & color correction, you learn the essentials of setting up a professional Dolby Vision mastering suite.
Colorimeters age and become unreliable after a few years. Learn how to extend the life of yours, using CalMAN Profiles and a reference colorimeter.
Learn how to improve your display calibration results when using CalMAN Studio. And does using a 'Lightning LUT' compromise your final results?
Part 2 in our calibration series has us doing our first calibration in CalMAN Studio. We generate two different LUTs for our OLED display.
In this installment of Color Correction Gear we take a look at Intel NUC mini computers, Procool Rackmount fans, & Cinemaquest LED Bias Lighting
Begin learning how to calibrate your color correction Reference Display by seeing how to calibrate your colorimeter for highly precise measurements.
Designed for gamers and streaming is the El Gato a suitable control surface supplement for colorists? In this Insight, learn about the Stream Deck
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!
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.
Once you've properly designed an ergonomic desk for editing or color correction, you need to make it look professional - and mount your computer displays.
As creative professionals working in post production, you are tied to your chair and desk. This Insight shares the fundamentals of healthy workspace design.
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).
Are you wondering about buying a Color Correction Control Surface? This article explains the benefits - following one colorist making the transition.
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.
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.
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head veteran colorist Marc Wielage provides his impressions of the new Resolve Mini Control Panel.
Rich Roddman C.S.I. shows how he sets up his Cart for on-set color correction... and the thinking behind his choices.Part 4 of a DIT series.
Professional DIT Rich Roddman shares his heavy duty digital download kit for on-set data wrangling,helping his buisness grow.
In part 2 of this ongoing series, Robbie explores using Streambox's Hybrid Encoder for remote sessions plus some additional gear.
In Part 2, Eric Bowden of ADK Video highlights the importance of optimizing PC hardware to your specific workflows, codecs and software.
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head Robbie talks about some recent gear & software finds to make life in the color suite easier
Are you interested in working On-Set? The 'Data Downloader' is a key player in digital productions. Learn the basic tools of the trade.
Is lens profiling something we should be looking at as colorists or is it a lot of extra effort to save a small amount of time in the grade?
Are you a Mac-based Post-Production professional moving to the PC platform? Eric Bowden, custom PC builder, talks about the differences.
Do you want to be a Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) on film or video sets? Learn how to outift your DIT cart (and why it matters).
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.
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.
Get an overview of how the Logitech G13 Gaming keypad works - with ideas on how it can speed up your video post-production workflow.
In part 2 of this ongoing series we take a look at popular Windows PC turn-key solutions & the essentials of PC hardware components.
Apple provided a much needed glimpse into their thinking about the Mac Desktop. But does it bode well for video post-production professionals?
In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head, learn about essential gear & items you'll need to rewire & install gear in your room.
When Your Director Is 6000 Miles Away In this Insight I’d like to share an experience I had this week. I had a room full of clients in London but…
First Look: How to use the Color Finale Pro plugin with a Tangent Ripple in FCPX for a professional grading workflow.
A hands-on overview of the most affordable color correction control surface on the market today—the Tangent Ripple.
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
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.
In this Color Correction Gear Head, Robbie takes a look at the zBook Studio From HP, the GeChic 1303i monitor, Tangent Ripple & CineXtools
Learn how to optimize Tangent Control Surfaces for Premiere Pro with the Tangent Mapper—and massively speed up using Lumetri color effect.
The first Creative Cloud update in 2016 has given us integration between the Tangent Element and Premiere Pro. This video shows it in action.
Learn how to create a Virtual LUT and decide if it'll make your color correction reference monitor more accurate? Software:CalMAN & Lightspace
In the inaugural edition of the Mixing Light color correction gear head series we take a look at 4 pieces of gear for the colorist.
Optimizing for CalMAN the X-Rite i1 Display Pro and SpectraCAL C6 is easy. Learn how—and the differences between these colorimeters.
If you do video color correction, watch 'Getting Started with CalMAN ColorMatch' to learn how to test if your reference display is accurate.
Learn how using Custom Offsets with the i1 Display Pro OEM can turn this inexpensive colorimeter into a reference meter you can trust.
The X-Rite i1 Display Pro is the most popular colorimeter on the market. Learn how to use it in Lightspace for video profiling & calibration.
Learn how to read the graphs in Lightspace DPS, to evaluate if your display requires calibration for color correction.
'Does my color correction display need recalibration?' Getting Started with Lightspace DPS (a free app) helps you answer that question.
If you do video color correction, do you know if your reference display is accurate? Learn how to find out. The first video in a series.
If you're looking to improve your color correction ergonomics for your editing or color correction suite - this post has some ideas for you.
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.
Two monitors may not match even if calibrated to the exact same color and luminance values. Learn how to perceptually match two monitors
Team ML gets a lot of questions on who to build a proper grading suite. In this Insight we tackle overall room design, furniture & lighting
In this video, contributor Josh Petok shows how to setup the X-Keys XK-24. It's a perfect companion to many colorist control surfaces.
In this Insight,Robbie gets hands on with the powerful new HP Z840 & discusses his configuration and why he's making a the switch to Windows
The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250 are two of the most affordable and accurate calibration meters on the market. Learn more...
Divergent Media's ScopeBox not only provides high quality customizable scopes but a full fledge digital recorder for capturing content.
In this episode of From The Mailbag, we discuss using the Tangent Element In Adobe SpeedGrade & what goes into getting good skin tone.
In this episode of From The Mailbag learn about our picks for top reference monitors and how to build a calibration system on a budget
A hardware video legalizer like the Harris DL860 does a much better job than software legalization. Learn more about how this unit works.
Monitor Calibration is essential to have success color correcting and grading projects. Check out this Insight to learn the essentials.
This video tutorial is an overview of the integration between Tangent Element with DaVinci Resolve, focusing on new features in Resolve 10.
Why do professional video colorists love controls surfaces? Watch the Tangent Element with SpeedGrade CC highlighting a few advantages.
Learn about the Tangent Element colorist control surface and see how one professional colorist sets it up in his color correction suite.
In this video learn how a professional colorist configures the affordable software scopes, ScopeBox, for image evaluation to speed up color correcting.
Are you looking for ideas on how to color correct the Blackmagic Pocket Camera? I share how I work with it in DaVinci Resolve.
In this podcast, Team Mixing Light answers two member questions: How do we set up our color correction suites? How do you set up monitoring in 4:4:4?
Learn why a professional colorist is eager to finally get this uber-expensive OLED display into his color correction suite. What does he think about it?
If you're in the market for a colorist control surface then see how the Tangent Element ships - and how it physically compares to two of its competitors.