Killer Mike

Killer Mike: A Color Grading Case Study

Even with the growing prominence of cheaper color correction systems, the craft of color grading is still mysterious to many, including those who work in post-production. I'm often asked how I approach specific projects or how I achieve particular looks so I thought it would be helpful to illustrate some of my methodologies with a music video for the rap artist Killer Mike.

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The ACES Color Space: The Gamut To End All Gamuts

A development in the field of color science called ACES will let video professionals work with footage less destructively at the post-production end of the pipeline. This has immediate ramifications for shooters, colorists and visual effects houses and will be accomplished by utilizing a much wider gamut than the current specification for high-definition video.

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Alexis Van Hurkman

Color Grading Insight From Pro Colorist Alexis Van Hurkman

The niche world of color grading is filled with highly specialized artists that have made it their craft to perfect the subtle art of manipulating moving images, matching shots, and crafting grades that realize their creator’s vision. I recently chatted with Alexis Van Hurkman, one of the more visible personalities in the field. Hurkman has literally written the book on DaVinci Resolve, the instruction manual for the popular grading software that clocks in at a staggering one thousand pages, not to mention also having written The Color Correction Handbookand The Color Correction Lookbook.

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Scene Cut

Speed Up Your Color Workflow Using Scene Cut Detection

DaVinci Resolve’s Scene Cut Detection function chops a single file into multiple shots. Here’s how to how to use this time-saving feature. Colorists occasionally work on projects that only exist as a single file with no accompanying project or EDL. It may also be easier to grade a single file when working with a previously conformed spot, a reel, or in scenarios where the client is located remotely and it’s not practical to upload gigabytes of material.

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Freelance Coloring

The State Of Freelance Coloring Today

What issues and trends must be faced by professionals working in the ever-evolving field of freelance coloring? The video production industry is in constant change. Technology develops at a rapid clip, both online and offline content is exploding, and deadlines seem to arrive sooner each year. Systems and structures in place a decade ago have also been altered dramatically since the global recession. Shops have closed, budgets are shrinking, and clients look for alternative solutions to get the job shipped on time.

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Memory Colors

DaVinci Resolve: Working With Memory Colors

Rendering “memory colors” accurately can bring your project to life. Humans store memories of specific colors like we remember life events. The most common of these memory colors include grass, sky, and human skin tones. It’s curious that all of us recall nearly the same colors for these specific things, perhaps the result of millennia of evolution. It’s poetic that the strongest memory colors are tied to the red, green, and blue primaries on which fundamental color theory is based.

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Offline References

DaVinci Resolve Tutorial: Using Offline Reference Clips

Using offline clips is important when establishing yourself as a serious colorist. Learn how in this DaVinci Resolve Tutorial. Developing an ability to match shots quickly is of tantamount importance when first learning to grade. However,managing technical details before your clients arrive is  just as important. These are the parts of the job that your clients aren’t concerned about, because they’re only interested in making the image look its best. Using offline clips from the editorial department is extremely crucial for a session.

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Better Keys

DaVinci Resolve Tips: Pull Better Keys

The experienced colorist is able to pull fast keys to ensure the session progresses at a quick pace. Here are a couple of actionable DaVinci Resolve tips to make sure your keys are effective. Digital colorists pull keys on any and every object in the frame throughout their careers. Clients always ask to tweak skin tones, but elements such as clothing, hair, teeth, lips, scenery, product packaging, or practical lights are all fair game.

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Middle Ground

The Middle Ground: Ideal Shooting Conditions For Post Production

It’s important for production personnel to know how footage should best be readied for video editing and color grading. In this post, we share actionable tips for optimizing your shoots for post. When your crew is aware of the following production fundamentals it will lead to less headaches down the line. It will also optimizes other stops in the pipeline including, but not limited to, the color grading stage. Most of my best grading work has resulted from being handed a great starting point from production, where I can work freely with the image, not correct shooting errors. Let’s discuss the elements that produce an optimal canvas from which to accomplish beautiful grades.

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Isolated Color

The Isolated Color Look In DaVinci Resolve

The isolated color look is a unique color grade used to great effect in movies like Pleasantville and Sin City. It involves keeping one or several colors intact while completely or partially desaturating the rest of the image. Let’s jump into the grade in DaVinci Resolve. Achieving an isolated color look is pretty simple in Resolve and involves separating ranges of colors with keys. It works best when there’s an object that’s already naturally separated from the other elements in the scene in hue or saturation amount.

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Laser Primaries

6 Color RGB Laser Primaries Create Better 3D Experiences

Chances are, the movie you’ve shelled out money to see in the theater is still being projected using a system incorporating traditional Xenon Arc lamps. Soon, those inefficient lamp projectors will be replaced by laser-powered projectors. Lasers have longer lifetimes and are more efficient, meaning costs will be curbed by implementing them. When dealing with 3D content, it turns out lasers provide some unique advantages as well. One laser 3D technology uses a six primary system called Laser 6P for short. The system developed by Barco involves using two distinct sets of red, green and blue (RGB) primaries to create the 3D image.

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Quantum Dots

Let’s Get (Quantum) Weird: Quantum Dot Technology Takes Off

The science behind an emerging technology known as quantum dots will soon allow for improved color performance and an adherence to standards that have largely been ignored on the manufacturer’s end. The technology is already powering award-winning 55” Sony displays as well as the 8” display of the Amazon Kindle HDX. You may have heard of quantum computing, in which bits not only exist as ones and zeros, but as either at any time. Quantum dots are similar in concept, harnessing a different property of quantum mechanics that allows engineers to change the color of the material by changing its size.

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