Affordable Colour Grading Control Surfaces

Jun 25, 2017

If you are looking to purchase a colour grading control surface to up your grading game, then check out this article. Interestingly, there has never been a better time for anyone looking to make use of a colour grading control surface at the ‘affordable’ end of the market. This is largely due to the market forces of a growing demand thanks to many more people having access to cameras shooting flat or LOG profiles and the colour grading software to make these images look good. Essentially, the post ‘Blackmagic Design’ era makes a colour grading control surface no longer the preserve of the ivory tower grading suite elite. This is the ultimate guide to control surfaces with reviews and tutorials for multiple options at affordable prices.

Check out this article from Jonny Elwyn, freelance editor and blogger who has been living and working in London, UK for the past 10 years. Having grown up with a deep love for film and a healthy geek interest in all things technical, editing is his perfect job.

http://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-video-editing-tools-f...

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Realism vs. Formalism

Jun 23, 2017

All film exists on a spectrum from realist (an almost literal copy of the real world with all its traits and rules) to formalist (highly stylized films in which anything goes). Nonetheless, each film silently details the rules of its universe at its outset, and we implicitly expect it to consistently follow them, which is where poorly written or produced scenes can go awry. Most films these days tend toward classicism, which is the middle of the spectrum, borrowing elements of formalism to enhance their story, but with theeventual aim of appearing realist.

After all, it's sneakily clever in a way: realism requires less suspension of disbelief, but if you can enhance it with the freedom of formalism without giving away said enhancement, then what a reality you've created. We as a culture seem to have acclimated to such a way of doing things, but as filmmakers, there's something to be said for the formalist end of the spectrum.

Here is a great video from fstoppers which talks about decisions directors make when it comes to color and the way they approach the look of their films. What do you prefer…realism or formalism? Watch the video from Patrick Willems to hear the argument for the fantastical.


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Tangent Ripple Grading Surface

Jun 20, 2017

Color correction control surfaces are now available in all price ranges and LookLabs suggests anyone who is serious about color grading should look into all the available options. Today, we'll take a look at the lowest cost surface from Tangent called the ripple. Weighing in at a little over one pound, the Ripple is light enough to carry around from system to system. The shipping version of the Ripple comes with a small, cloth draw-string bag for both the panel and the balls to help keep them safe while traveling around. It’s 13 inches long and with the tracker balls in, it’s about two inches high. A powerhouse for it's size and like they say - great things come in small packages.

Scott Simmons with ProVideo Coalition writes.... "the Tangent Ripple is the cheapest way to really up your color correction game. It's small, light and the tactile feedback a surface like this brings to the color grading process makes it one of the most fun additions to your post-production arsenal". Check out Scott's full review of the Ripple at this link: https://www.provideocoalition.com/tangent-ripple-review


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DaVinci Resolve Web Training

Jun 17, 2017

We know there a lot of people who are looking to up there game when it comes to color grading so we put together some links to great DaVinci Resolve training on the web. Check out any or all of the four links below and get some schooling!

https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/introduction-color-grading-davinci-resolve-2089

https://www.lynda.com/DaVinci-Resolve-training-tutorials/1966-0.html

https://filmora.wondershare.com/davinci-resolve/best-tutorial-for-davinci-resolve.html

https://www.rocketstock.com/blog/12-tutorials-for-davinci-resolve-12/

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Black Magic Micro Panel Demo

Jun 8, 2017

NAB was a great show for Black Magic with the release of their new and more affordable control surfaces the Micro and Mini. Take a look at this great walk-through of the Davinci Resolve micro panel from the floor of NAB. It's a very powerful controller for its size and will surely be immensely popular for people considering stepping up their color grading game.


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