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Deluxe opens 4,000-square-foot color grading theater

Deluxe has opened a new color grading theater called Stage One. It is equipped with a large Stewart and RealDs screens and Barco projectors, as well as advanced color grading, audio and editorial systems. Located in Deluxe Audio Seward at Hollywood’s Glen Glenn Sound building, the 4,000-square-foot space features plush seating and “perfect” black levels.

“I’ve been dreaming of a space like Stage One since I started color finishing,” says senior colorist Skip Kimball, whose recent credits include Deadpool 2 at Efilm. “We’re set up to handle any format and have a fleet of projectors so I can grade on a screen that’s comparable to exhibition; it’s much easier to evaluate the picture and address any issues when you can see it on a 60-foot screen. And the size of Stage One is incredible; it can comfortably accommodate 120 people, so we can handle conform, color and VFX all in one space, with the director and cinematographer for a more streamlined process.”

Deluxe’s Stage One features a RealD Ultimate Screen with a 45’x21’7” maximum image and a Stewart Filmscreen SnoMatte 100 screen with 41’3”x22’4” maximum image, and can accommodate the latest display monitors, allowing production to view content in whatever format is needed throughout production.

The space is also equipped with two Christie Dolby Vision Eclipse laser projectors, capable of providing 108-nit brightness, as well as high frame rate projection and 4K resolution; a Barco DP4K-P reference projector for theatrical grading at 48 nits in 4K resolution; and a Barco DP4K-32B projector for RealD stereo theatrical grading at up to 48 nits in 4K resolution. Available color grading and editorial systems include Blackmagic Resolve, Autodesk Lustre and Flame, and Filmlight Baselight.

Behind the Title: Colorist David Rivero Martin

NAME: David Rivero Martin

COMPANY: Freelance colorist based in China

CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT YOU DO?
I color grade and supervise the finishing of feature films and commercials — normally all versions and often the trailers associated with them.

AS A COLORIST, WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
The amount of retouching (other than overall luma/chroma changes) that we usually do to the image.

Lord 2

WHAT SYSTEM DO YOU WORK ON?
Mostly in DaVinci Resolve and SGO Mistika, but I’m trying to get more time on Filmlight’s Baselight.

ARE YOU ASKED TO DO MORE THAN JUST COLOR ON PROJECTS?
Definitively. Sometimes I’m asked, sometimes I offer it, and sometimes I just do it. It can vary wildly… from texturing (grain, noise, denoise, adding textures) to beauty passes — going through everything else the system can do (warping, flares, sky replacements, compositing).

I’m always happy to do more for the image and the project. And having these tools within the systems I use means that even if those tasks might eventually go to another department, at least we get to see them right there and then, and see how the tools affect the image. Sometimes, there are things that are just done better at the grading stage, or there are things no one realized or thought of, and we deal with them. Lately, I’ve been using warping as a beauty tool, and also as a creative tool.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
On the job site, it’s the people: directors, photographers, producers, editors, mixers, the whole team. The collaboration between creative, hard-working people is what really drives most of the projects.

On the craft side, it’s when we get to create the style of the project. Those are the color jam sessions.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Chasing payments. Ha!

IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Maybe I could have made it as an illustrator (I liked the narrative side of drawing panels and pages as a comic book artist, but I was too slow for the job). Other options would be engineer or historian.

HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
My first experiences in a studio were actually with my dad at a sound studio. He is a musician, so back when I was a kid he would bring me to the studio to help record and mix, which was pretty interesting and mysterious at the time.

I was always interested in storytelling; and the environment I grew up surely helped, given the family background and the long Spanish tradition of pictorial and graphic arts. By the time I was finishing my technical degree on film and TV, I had already done a few editing jobs and a bunch of other home projects using mostly computers (CG, matte painting, edit, motion graphics, color, VFX), so I definitively knew my place was in post. It’s similar to how I enjoyed being in the studio helping my dad rather than playing in front of an audience. Then, at my first internship, where I went as editor and motion graphics artist, I witnessed an actual grading session take place and I knew that was it. I got introduced to the craft and started right there as assistant.

Pepsi

CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
I’m currently finishing grading two great films: Detective Dee 3: The Four Heavenly King (狄仁杰之四大天王) by Tsui Hark, and Lord 2 (爵迹2) by Guo Jingming. The most recent commercials I graded were for Apple, Pepsi and Cartier.

WHAT IS THE PROJECT THAT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF?
I try to craft my grading in a way that I can always be proud of, so it is hard for me choose a single one. There are several films during the last three years that I’m very proud of, including the two I’m currently working on. Sometimes it’s just some specific scenes, or sometimes it’s how we dealt with the shadows throughout the whole film. Or maybe it’s how the yellow evolves during the film, or how we shaped the volume and light of the characters in the climax of the film, etc.

I would like to mention Bangzi Melody (村戏), an independent film I graded last year that won the Golden Rooster Award (national Chinese award) for Best Cinematography. It recognized the bold creativity and effort it took during photography and grading. It was shot in color, but we graded it for black and white. And at times in the movie, the color flows into black, white with pools of red and green in the picture. Plus, there were some other effects we added into the grading. I was happy an independent film like this got recognized at that level, as well as our work with it.

Bangzi Melody

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION? ART? PHOTOGRAPHY?
There is plenty of good material in the entertainment industry that I truly enjoy experiencing and analyzing: films, comic books, videogames, TV series.

When I have the chance, I go to painting galleries or museums, especially in Europe and my hometown of Madrid. Oh, and music. Music curiously serves as a guide and reference in many aspects of grading.

NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
My phone, my computer and my HiFi headphones.

WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Instagram. It’s a diverse source of pictures, from people of all kinds and all places.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO DE-STRESS FROM IT ALL?
I love spending time with my wife and daughter, going hiking through the wild or the countryside and my too many hobbies (laughs).

Blackmagic makes Fusion 8 Studio public beta available, releases Resolve 12.2

Fusion 8 Studio, the full version of Blackmagic’s visual effects and motion graphics software, is available for download for both Mac OS X and Windows. A public beta of the free version of Fusion 8 was released earlier this year at SIGGRAPH. The new Fusion 8 Studio public beta builds upon all of the tools in the free version and adds advanced optical flow tools for retiming, image repair, color smoothing and morphing between different images, along with the ability to render at resolutions larger than Ultra HD.

The Fusion 8 Studio public beta also adds advanced stereoscopic tools for converting 2D shows to 3D, support for third-party plug-ins, remote scripting and Avid Connect, a plug-in that allows customers to use Fusion directly from Media Composer timelines.

Projects created with the free version of Fusion can be opened and finished in Fusion 8 Studio, regardless of which platform they were created on. Fusion 8 Studio also includes Generation — multi-user studio software for managing assets, tracking versions and doing shot-based review and approval.

In addition, Fusion 8 Studio public beta also includes render node software that lets customers install an unlimited number of Fusion render nodes on additional computers for free, saving them thousands of dollars in licensing fees. That means customers working on high-end film and television projects in large multi user studios can now accelerate their workflow by distributing render jobs across an unlimited number of systems on their network.

Fusion 8 is available in two versions. Fusion 8 Studio, which is now in public beta, will be available for Mac and Windows for $995, with Linux to be released in Q1 2016. Fusion 8 Studio has all of the same features as the free version and adds advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilization. Fusion Studio also includes support for third party OpenFX plug-ins, unlimited distributed network rendering and Generation for studio-wide, multi-user collaboration to track, manage, review and approve shots when working with large creative teams on complex projects.

In other news, there is a free DaVinci Resolve 12.2 update that adds support for the latest color science technologies, along with decoding of HEVC/H.265 QuickTime files on OS X, additional high dynamic range features and more. The DaVinci Resolve 12.2 update is available now for both DaVinci Resolve 12 and DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio customers, and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

Resolve

Since November’s release of version 12.1, Blackmagic has been adding features pro editors and colorists need, as well as support for the latest formats with expanded color spaces and wide dynamic range. With this DaVinci Resolve 12.2 update, Blackmagic Design continues to improve the software and extend its lead in color, dynamic range and image processing, putting DaVinci Resolve far ahead of other color correction software.

The DaVinci Resolve 12.2 update adds support for the latest Blackmagic and third-party cameras while also delivering significant improvements to DaVinci Resolve color management. Customers get new support for HDR Hybrid Log Gamma, conversion LUTs for Hybrid Log Gamma, ACES IDTs for Canon C300 Mk II clips, and updated ST 2084 HDR color science. That means colorists have even better tools for finishing high dynamic range projects that are going to be distributed to the latest theaters with the latest projection systems like IMAX Laser and Dolby Vision. This also lets customers prepare content that is ready for next generation HDR 4K televisions.

In addition, the DaVinci Resolve 12.2 update adds support for NewBlue Titler Pro titles using Media Composer AAF sequences, improves ProRes 4444 alpha channel support by defaulting to straight blend mode, retains Power Window opacity and invert settings when converting to Power Curve windows and more.

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Resolve 11 was introduced at NAB 2014 featuring over 100 new editing and color grading features, including improvements in online editing plus context sensitive trimming, on-set file cloning, photographer-style color grading tools and a new collaborative workflow that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline. The newest release is due out in June, but is a free upgrade for all Resolve owners, including the winner of this contest!

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#PostChat: The evolution of the colorist

By Randi Altman

This week’s guest on #PostChat was Alexis Van Hurkman, a director and colorist who has written scripts, maintains a blog  and has many books and manuals to his credit. He also consults with Blackmagic Design on their color grading product DaVinci Resolve, which was the topic of this week’s #PostChat – check out the transcript of the conversation here.

In his role as consultant, Van Hurkman works with Resolve’s design team to help develop a grading tool with the user’s perspective in mind. The latest iteration of Resolve, version 11, is due out this summer and features an even more robust NLE than version 10. Is it important to Continue reading

Blackmagic updates DaVinci Resolve to Version 10.1 

Fremont, California — Blackmagic Design has released a new version of its DaVinci Resolve software. V.10.1 adds new editing and 3D stereoscopic features as well as support for Final Cut Pro X 10.1. DaVinci Resolve 10.1 is available now for download free of charge for existing DaVinci Resolve customers from http://www.blackmagicdesign.com.

The DaVinci Resolve 10.1 update adds editing features that include allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can quickly switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with a simple drag and drop, making it easier to use the same footage in different parts of the edit.

The enhanced editing tools also include support for trimming frame based clips such as DNG and DPX that reduces time in transferring clips for even faster workflows, as well as Rich Text title support which allows every character’s size, position and color to be adjusted individually directly from the Edit page.

Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7 customers. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips and imported FCP 7 XML’s include font properties and timeline markers as well as being able to bring across sizing, cropping and composition parameters. Now shot reframing adjustments made during Final Cut Pro editing will translate even more accurately into the DaVinci Resolve timeline.

Customers with the full software license of DaVinci Resolve will get enhanced 3D stereoscopic tools including a full stereoscopic multi track editing timeline, enhanced convergence adjustments and automatic alignment.

“We are really excited to be adding even more advanced editing features so quickly after the release of DaVinci Resolve 10” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Resolve 10 has been a massive update with over 50 new features including temporal processing, Open FX Plug-ins and powerful onset tools. The additional editing tools we are releasing today give customers more precise control over their projects from within the DaVinci Resolve timeline and improves integration with popular editing and visual effects software so that customers get the best workflow possible.”