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This is the TaoOfColorGrading.com Interview Series. It's dedicated to the movers, shakers, and thinkers in the video & film color grading community. This series is targeted at those new to color grading and looking to take the craft to the 'next level'. New interviews, when we have them, are released on Tuesdays.

The Color Correction Interview Series by TaoOfColor.com Patrick Inhofer

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 15 Ratings

This is the TaoOfColorGrading.com Interview Series. It's dedicated to the movers, shakers, and thinkers in the video & film color grading community. This series is targeted at those new to color grading and looking to take the craft to the 'next level'. New interviews, when we have them, are released on Tuesdays.

    Interview with Sam Mestman of Lumaforge and FCPWorks

    Interview with Sam Mestman of Lumaforge and FCPWorks

    High-Performance Shared Storage for Media Professionals

    Interview: Sam Mestman

    Sam Mestman is the Founder of We Make Movies, the world’s first community-funded production company. He is also the CEO of movie technology company Lumaforge, maker of the ShareStation, a shared storage platform optimized for media and entertainment that is changing the way post professionals collaborate across the world.

    As a professional editor and colorist, he has worked for Apple, ESPN, Glee, and Break Media (to name a few), and has edited or colored hundreds of shorts, features, web series, and probably every other type of content you can think of. He is also the architect behind some of the largest FCPX integrations in the world, including Focus, the world’s first Studio Feature edited with Final Cut Pro X.

    You can find Sam at:



    * Website: LumaForge.com, WeMakeMovies.org





    * Twitter: @sammestman, @lumaforge, @wemakemovies





    * Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodycuts





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    In this interview, Sam discusses



    * Why Lumaforge has joined the Tao Colorist Newsletter

    * Sam, the filmmaker (who needs to make a living)

    * Lessons learned from working with Build 15 of the RED camera

    * Building a career around RED-FCP 7 workflows

    * Designing cost-efficient data-intensive workflows

    * Moving from Avid to FCP7 / Apple Color

    * Managing the transition from FCP 7 to FCP X

    * Moving from Apple Color to DaVinci Resolve

    * The FCP X / DaVinci Resolve workflow

    * Working with camera original media (and bypassing transcodes)

    * Removing technical barriers to creative endeavors

    * Getting started with LumaForge

    * How storage problems are non-obvious

    * The birth of LumaForge within 4K workflows (on FCP X)

    * Shared Storage and ‘The Ghost in the Machine’ behaviors

    * Why shared storage designed for corporations  doesn’t work for media files

    * The quest to end ‘the spinning beachball’ after pressing ‘play’

    * Solving problems on the feature film ‘Focus’ on FCP X with camera originals in shared storage

    * The LumaForge prototype

    * 84 streams of 4K across four machines

    * Using off-the-shelf components, as simple as possible

    * The responsiveness of ShareStation and Jellyfish solutions

    * Transfer speeds of Thunderbolt and Ethernet, Mac vs PC

    * Delivering high speeds to multiple simultaneous users

    * The difference between serving media to one client vs. multiple clients

    * Not all SSDs are created equal

    * ShareStations as giant Fusion drives

    * Sam as the end-user, solving problems he’s having in the real world

    * How ShareStations are pre-configured (SMB / NFS)

    * LumaForge and Avid workflows

    * High-performance FCP X and Resolve shared storage

    * Storage designed to sit next to the creative,

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Podcast: Flanders Scientific Part 3

    Podcast: Flanders Scientific Part 3

    “The Future of Reference Monitors”

    Bram Desmet is the CEO and General Manager of Flanders Scientific, Inc., based in Georgia just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.

    Despite holding a B.A.in Philosophy from GA State University – and being an instrument rated airplane pilot – Bram ultimately followed in the footsteps of his father, (a 30 year veteran of the professional broadcast industry) when he joined DDA (a sister company of FSI) and then later Flanders Scientific. Both companies focus heavily on professional display technology.

    As Managing Director at Flanders Scientific Bram is a vocal advocate of FSI’s core philosophy of providing professional broadcast products that strike an ideal balance between performance, features, and affordability.



    In Part 3 of Bram’s Interview we discuss:



    * What is Rec. 2020?

    * Are there devices that can display the Rec. 2020 color gamut?

    * 4K Displays: How widely manufactured? How about true 4k vs. UHD?

    * The problems with high-performance 4K displays



    Questions answered from LiftGammaGain:



    * What are the factory settings of FSI displays when they ship to the customer?

    * Do we need to recalibrate if we switch off the factory settings?

    * Why is the 17″ OLED more expensive than the 24″ OLED?

    * How to get better audio sync between SDI video and analog audio monitoring?

    * How to set the output of your camera to minimize audio delay

    * Will FSI allow ‘live grading without a LUT box’ on their displays?

    * Will there be a Mac or PC app for quick LUT loading on an FSI display?

    * Are there scaling artifacts we need to worry about when monitoring 4K material in 2K mode?

    * Do FSI displays clip out-of-gamut data?

    * Finally, there’s the ‘peanut gallery’ question (thanks Paul Provost)!



    This podcast was edited by Tom Parish out of Austin, Texas. Visit him at TomParish.com.

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    Show Notes (links open in a new window / tab):



    *  Spectral Diagram of Rec 2020 vs Rec 709

    * The schedule for Color Correction Day at NAB 2015 Post | Production World

    * Sign up for the Waitlist for the 2015 NAB Colorist Mixer



    This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via a title="Subscribe to our RSS Feed" href="http://feeds.feedburner.

    • 31 min
    Podcast: Flanders Scientific Update – Part 2

    Podcast: Flanders Scientific Update – Part 2

    “The Current State of Reference Monitors

    (2015 edition): Part 2”

    Bram Desmet is the CEO and General Manager of Flanders Scientific, Inc., based in Georgia just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.

    Despite holding a B.A.in Philosophy from GA State University – and being an instrument rated airplane pilot – Bram ultimately followed in the footsteps of his father, (a 30 year veteran of the professional broadcast industry) when he joined DDA (a sister company of FSI) and then later Flanders Scientific. Both companies focus heavily on professional display technology.

    As Managing Director at Flanders Scientific Bram is a vocal advocate of FSI’s core philosophy of providing professional broadcast products that strike an ideal balance between performance, features, and affordability.



    In Part 2 of Bram’s Interview we discuss:



    * Is self-calibration of your reference monitor attainable ‘for the rest of us’?

    * The new fast profiling options in CalMan and LightSpace

    * DaVinci Resolve’s test patch generator

    * Low cost hardware test patch generators

    * What is the point of reference monitors when ‘grandma’s TV’ is blue?

    * Can a pro colorist rely on a sub-$1000 probe for accurate calibrations?

    * What is a tri-stimulous colorimeter? And why do you need the matrix settings for your specific probe?

    * What is a spectroradiometer? When does the precision become overkill?

    * How often do you need to recalibrate your reference monitor?

    * What’s the difference between color drift in OLED vs RGB LED vs CCFL LED displays?

    * What’s the drift in colorimeters?

    * Why did FSI change the default factory gamma setting to 2.4 from 2.2?

    * Why does FSI use the Power 2.4 setting rather than BT.1886?

    * How to adjust your minimum black level on an OLED?

    * How to adjust your peak white levels on an OLED?

    * Where should you set the black levels on an OLED?

    * What is the EBU standard for reference black levels?

    * What problem is BT.1886 trying to solve?

    * Why did FSI change their default factory peak luminance setting to 100 nits?

    * What’s the potential problem with BT.1886?

    * Setting the reference display to see brightness change from bit 16 to bit 17

    * Can you see the difference between 100 nits and 125 nits?



    This podcast was edited by Tom Parish out of Austin, Texas. Visit him at TomParish.com.

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    Show Notes (links open in a new window / tab):



    * LightSpace CMS

    * CalMan

    * The (less expensive) FSI-only versions of LightSpace and CalMan

    * FSI quickstart videos for LightSpace and a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?

    • 57 min
    Podcast—Flanders Scientific: Update Part 1

    Podcast—Flanders Scientific: Update Part 1

    “The Current State of Reference Monitors (2015 edition)”

    Bram Desmet is the CEO and General Manager of Flanders Scientific, Inc., based in Georgia just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.

    Despite holding a B.A.in Philosophy from GA State University – and being an instrument rated airplane pilot – Bram ultimately followed in the footsteps of his father, (a 30 year veteran of the professional broadcast industry) when he joined DDA (a sister company of FSI) and then later Flanders Scientific. Both companies focus heavily on professional display technology.

    As Managing Director at Flanders Scientific Bram is a vocal advocate of FSI’s core philosophy of providing professional broadcast products that strike an ideal balance between performance, features, and affordability.



    In Part 1 of Bram’s Interview we discuss:



    * Patrick’s Intro about being on a 3-year podcasting hiatus

    * How has FSI grown in the past 4 years?

    * Doing business in Europe

    * Overview of their current LCD lineup

    * How many manufacturers are there of raw LCD panels?

    * Are there professional market production lines for displays?

    * How does FSI select a panel off the production line?

    * When are LCDs most likely to fail?

    * Are OLEDs graded differently than LCDs?

    * Have OLED yields improved?

    * What type of LCD backlights are in the FSI lineup?

    * Are CCFL backlights here to stay?

    * What is the lifespan of an LCD and OLED?

    * What is 10-bit FRC and is it still being used?

    * Are there 8-bit OLEDs?

    * Are consumer panels 8-bit or 10-bit?

    * Are there different types of OLED technologies FSI can choose from?

    * What’s in the near future for OLED technology?

    * Is there an advantage to not having many OLED panel suppliers?

    * How does FSI differentiate their panels from the competition?



    This podcast was edited by Tom Parish out of Austin, Texas. Visit him at TomParish.com.

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    Show Notes :





    *  That video I mention in FSI’s warehouse? Total junk. I’m not posting it 🙁

    * FSI’s 10-bit LCD lineup

    * FSI’s OLED lineup

    * FSI Calibration offerings





     

    This interview is part of an on-going interview series with the movers, shaker, and thinkers involved in the field of professional color grading for moving images. When I have new episodes to release, they are released on Tuesdays. To be notified you may follow me on Twitter (@patInhofer), via our RSS feed, and on iTunes.

    You can find more interviews here: TaoOfColor.

    • 48 min
    Interview Bloody Cuts Part 2: Dead Man’s Lake – The Client Brief

    Interview Bloody Cuts Part 2: Dead Man’s Lake – The Client Brief

    Color Correcting Dead Man’s Lake

    In Part 2 we get down to specifics… what do Ben and Anthony want from the color correction of the sixth installment in their horror short film anthology series, Dead Man’s Lake?

    This Skype call was originally recorded to be part of the paid color grading training series Dead Man’s Lake: The Grade-Along (more details here). But we decided instead to drop this in the Tao of Color Podcast feed since many young and aspiring colorists might find our conversation interesting – with insights into the typical concerns and issues that need to be addressed before a single frame of footage is color corrected.



    Interview: Benjamin Franklin

    Ben is a producer on the popular web series “Bloody Cuts”, a 13 part horror anthology that can be found at www.bloodycuts.co.uk. As a Director of Post Production by day, Ben has worked in video production for over 7 years as both and editor and colorist.

    But his love for filmmaking was piqued in early 2011 when he and a few filmmaker friends (and family) found some success in one of the biggest short film competitions in the world. Using that as a launch pad for Bloody Cuts, Ben has managed to assemble a collective that’s since been covered by most major filmmaking websites, received sponsorship from top industry companies such as Millennium FX, and audience figures of over 100k. The team have also recently received an international film award from FilmSkillet.com and are seeing their work played at some of the biggest festivals in the world.

    As the series comes to its midpoint, Ben’s commitment to it has seen him take on many different roles within their productions, demonstrated most recently when he took the Director’s chair for “Dead Man’s Lake”.

    You can find Ben at:



    * Website: www.bloodycuts.co.uk





    * Twitter: @bloodycutsfilms





    * Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodycuts





    Interview: Anthony Melton

    Anthony Melton is the Digital Producer for Bloody Cuts Films; a 13 part anthology created for the love and tradition of horror.  Being a multidisciplinary creative he designs and develops the Bloody Cuts website and brand, generates supporting digital material; including the behind the scenes films, and now assists in the overall production of the series.

    Starting with Dead Mans Lake Anthony has been part of the Assistant Direction team and is heading towards Directing his own episode of Bloody Cuts. On Dead Man’s Lake Anthony performed 2nd AD duties and was the lead Editor. He also provided supporting visual FX work and Motion Graphics.

    When Anthony is not hooked to his digital “Lamantation Box” for Bloody Cuts, he works for LAW Creative: a marketting communications agency in Hertfordshie and London. You can follow Anthony on twitter @AnthonyMelton and hear him host the Bloody Cuts podcast here: www.bloodycuts.co.uk/podcast/

    You can find Anthony at:



    * Website: www.bloodycuts.co.uk





    * Twitter: @AnthonyMelton





    * Day job: LAW Creative







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    • 37 min
    Interview: Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton – Bloody Cuts

    Interview: Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton – Bloody Cuts

    Part 1: “Practicing Your Craft”

    The ‘Tao of Color’ podcast lurches back to life this week!

    Join me as I talk with the two raving lunatics behind the Horror Anthology website, BloodyCuts! Yes, we all make it out of the podcast alive – but not after discussing what drives these up-and-coming filmmakers.

    At the start of this podcast I also drop an announcement about a joint venture between Tao of Color and BloodyCuts – to bring you some cutting edge training. If you have the stomach for it, scroll down to listen to the podcast!



    Interview: Benjamin Franklin

    Ben is a producer on the popular web series “Bloody Cuts”, a 13 part horror anthology that can be found at www.bloodycuts.co.uk. As a Director of Post Production by day, Ben has worked in video production for over 7 years as both and editor and colorist.

    But his love for filmmaking was piqued in early 2011 when he and a few filmmaker friends (and family) found some success in one of the biggest short film competitions in the world. Using that as a launch pad for Bloody Cuts, Ben has managed to assemble a collective that’s since been covered by most major filmmaking websites, received sponsorship from top industry companies such as Millennium FX, and audience figures of over 100k. The team have also recently received an international film award from FilmSkillet.com and are seeing their work played at some of the biggest festivals in the world.

    As the series comes to its midpoint, Ben’s commitment to it has seen him take on many different roles within their productions, demonstrated most recently when he took the Director’s chair for “Dead Man’s Lake”.

    You can find Ben at:



    * Website: www.bloodycuts.co.uk





    * Twitter: @bloodycutsfilms





    * Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bloodycuts





    Interview: Anthony Melton

    Anthony Melton is the Digital Producer for Bloody Cuts Films; a 13 part anthology created for the love and tradition of horror.  Being a multidisciplinary creative he designs and develops the Bloody Cuts website and brand, generates supporting digital material; including the behind the scenes films, and now assists in the overall production of the series.

    Starting with Dead Mans Lake Anthony has been part of the Assistant Direction team and is heading towards Directing his own episode of Bloody Cuts. On Dead Man’s Lake Anthony performed 2nd AD duties and was the lead Editor. He also provided supporting visual FX work and Motion Graphics.

    When Anthony is not hooked to his digital “Lamantation Box” for Bloody Cuts, he works for LAW Creative: a marketting communications agency in Hertfordshie and London. You can follow Anthony on twitter @AnthonyMelton and hear him host the Bloody Cuts podcast here: www.bloodycuts.co.uk/podcast/

    You can find Anthony at:



    * Website: www.bloodycuts.co.uk

    * Twitter: @AnthonyMelton

    * Day job: LAW Creative







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    Spoiler Alert! There’s a spoiler about 40 minutes into this conversation. If you haven’t already, go ahead and watch the 8-minute short horror film, ‘Dead Man’s Lake’ before listening: ...

    • 55 min

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