Cinema colorist

Dolby Vision Mastering in UAE

HDR

HDR is considered an important new technological step in image display since it provides an immediately visible clear improvement in image quality, even to the untrained eye and independently of image resolution, screen size or viewing distance. In addition, the increase in data rate for an HDR signal is minimal, thus creating great visual impact for small increase in cost.

What is Dolby Vision?

Dolby has played a key role in the development of HDR for both commercial cinema and home theatre applications. The most significant advantage of Dolby Vision HDR is the addition of dynamic metadata to the core HDR image data.

This metadata carries scene-by-scene instructions that a Dolby Vision-capable display can use to make sure it portrays the content as accurately as possible. Dolby Vision-capable TVs combine the scene-by-scene information received from the source with an awareness of their own capabilities in terms of brightness, contrast and color performance.

The minimum specification for Dolby Vision mastering requires the use of reference monitors with a contrast ratio of 200,000:1, peak brightness of 1000 nits, color range ‘approaching’ the Rec 2020 standard, and support for the SMPTE ST-2084 HDR format.

Dolby Vision Content Producers

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video,Vudu, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros - have all released Dolby Vision contents.
Note - It’s not mandatory for a content creator to deliver both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

DOLBY VISION MASTERING IN UAE

DOLBY VISION MASTERING IN UAE

For more information & services on dolby vision mastering in UAE contact - www.pixelhouse.ae

DIT & my dit cart

DIT - Digital Image Technician

A DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) is responsible for assisting the DP by controlling image quality, troubleshooting, on-set color correction, and managing production workflow. 

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ON SET DIT

Real time 8k workflow, HDR & 360 VR monitoring system.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing media offloads

  • Building LUTs with the DoP for the different scenes

  • Applying those LUTs to transcoded ProRes footage for the offline edit

  • Creating 720p dailies to be placed in DropBox for the above-the-line team (or “adults” as we sometimes call them) to follow along with the production.

My DIT cart

DIT cart is the basis for every digital imaging technician.

Assimilate Scratch
Davinci Resolve
Filmlight Daylight
Pomfort Silverstack

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Basic DIT kit

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Grading for vevo - Gara Eh for Ahmed Hassan - EGYPT

Color grading S-log in Sony A7s series cameras

The Sony A7s was definitely one of the hottest cameras from 2014, and as it's been in use for several years now, As a colourist, I have had plenty of opportunity to discover how to obtain the best possible image from it.

When shooting in HD internally, there is a growing consensus among A7s users that it's best practice to expose to the right +2 S (ETTR) (that is, exposure should be compensated brighter without clipping highlights).

Here, the video illustrates the effectiveness of exposing to the right two stops and overexposing a shot and making some quick adjustments in a color grading and achieving the best results.

Before/After color grading

Ahmed Hassan - Gara Eh (Official Video)DOP: Mo Ismael
Editor: Emshad Al Haq
Colourist: Sudip Shrestha
Post Production: Pixel House UAE
Universal Music MENA

Pixelhouse Production

Pixel House is based in Dubai and started operations in 2013 with a main focus on producing TV shows and video production projects.

For more information please visit : pixelhouse.ae

Download Baselight 5.0 student version

Avid vs. FCP vs. Premiere for editing likewise Davinci resolve vs Baselight vs assimilate scratch for color grading. Its your choice. Filmlight recently updated Baselight and sent 90 days trial license to use student version of Baselight.

Train to be a professional Baselight colourist with support from FilmLight


Baselight STUDENT is a comprehensive version of FilmLight’s Baselight colour grading software—with GPU rendering—that runs on any supported Mac platform.

The principle limitation is that the application is restricted to render out only h.264* movies or JPEG images. With no watermarking, this means that Baselight STUDENT can be used to create academic-year projects within the limitation of the delivery formats. Along with conform capability, colour space handling, format editing and the ability to render both image sequences and movie files, this also makes the application the ideal tool to learn how to start your career as a professional colourist assistant.

As Baselight STUDENT is specifically intended to help people learn how to work with Baselight professionally, the licence is limited to a 90-day training period; however this can be reviewed if necessary when your licence expires.

Key features

The student application is built from exactly the same software source as the full Baselight system. That means that it will always be up-to-date with the latest release. 
For a full list of Baselight functionality, please see the datasheets in the Document Library on our web site. Some of the highlights of Baselight STUDENT include:

  • Support for control surfaces including Slate (but not Blackboard).

  • Optional AJA SDI monitoring.

  • 4:2:0 Y’CbCr cache allowing playback on lower-end machines.

  • Rendering capability for h.264* movies or JPEG image sequences.

    Join Baselight student program.

Blackmagic design eGPU Pro - not yet finished product

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External Graphics Processing Unit” is an idea that has been around for years, and in the R&D departments of video card manufacturers for even longer. The general concept involves hooking up a regular laptop to an external graphics card through a single cable, which can then take all of the load off your laptop’s internal GPU and put it on the more powerful extension instead.

Blackmagic Design has announced the new eGPU Pro, a Thunderbolt 3 equipped external GPU powered by a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor. The original eGPU was only just released in July 2018 which uses the Radeon Pro 580 graphics card.

Will you buy Blackmagic design eGPU Pro?

In its current form: probably not (yet).

Being a Blackmagic Design product designed in collaboration with Apple, Davinci Resolve automatically recognises the eGPU and supports it, offering increased performance. But it is still an unfinished product.

Pros :
Sleek design• Super quiet • Pass-through charging for MacBooks with USB-C. Good gpu.

Cons :
Expensive • Non-replaceable graphics processor • Many apps aren't optimized for eGPU • Most apps don't support hot-plugging • eGPU support for macOS High Sierra and Mojave varies •

What’s missing in Blackmagic design egpu pro for digital cinema colorists?

We would like to see Decklink capture and playback cards built in with egpu pro.

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For more information about Blackmagic egpu pro.

Netflix color pipeline

NETFLIX Color Pipeline

Color Pipeline Requirements

It is important to ensure that images are stored in the widest possible color space until the very final stages of the color pipeline. This is easily achieved by using ACES, which keeps images in a high dynamic range, wide color gamut space, and allows the user to simply select the Output Transform for the target viewing display. This can also be achieved while working in the dominant camera color space with careful, pro-active color management and the use of conversion and viewing LUTs. Both methods are outlined below.

Color pipeline documentation must be shared with production and post-production ahead of the first day of photography. 

Non-ACES Pipelines (Camera Native + Show LUT)

  • Working Color Space ust be defined and communicated to all departments.
    • Examples: Sony SLog3-SGamut3.CINE, REDLogFilm-DragonColor, Panasonic V-Log-V-Gamut, CanonLog3-CinemaGamut
  • Output / Show LU must be defined and shared between all departments.

ACES Pipelines

  • ACES Versio (i.e. v1.0.2) should be defined and shared between all departments. 

On-Set & Dailies Colo

  • CDLs only
    • No secondaries, keys, or power windows to ensure compatibility in post.
  • Order of operations is critical
    • CDLs must be applied before Output Transform.
    • See diagram below.
  • On-set and dailies monitors must be calibrated to the Rec.709 / BT.1886 standard, or equivalent HDR standard (i.e. PQ / SMPTE ST.2084)
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Color Grading for Netflix

Color Grading: Dolby Vision / HDR

Netflix Originals are mastered, packaged, and delivered in the Dolby Vision format. From this package, we derive Dolby Vision, HDR10, and SDR streams for Netflix customers to enjoy.

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Color grading suite requirement

  • Professional HDR monitor (Dolby-Vision certified, >1000 cd/m2)

    • Sony BVM-X300 (30 inch, 4K)

    • Dolby Pulsar (42 inch, HD)

    • Canon DV-2420 (24 inch, 4K)

    • Other HDR reference monitors as certified by Dolby for Dolby Vision HDR grading
  • Professional SDR monitor

    • Rec.709, BT.1886 / Gamma 2.4, 100 cd/m2

  • Color grading software with Dolby Vision support

    • Filmlight Baselight

    • DaVinci Resolve

    • Nucoda FilmMaster

    • Autodesk Lustre

    • Quantel Rio
  • Content Mapping Unit (CMU) System (per Dolby specification)

  • Dolby Vision License

    • Activates CMU and color grading plug-in

  • Dolby Vision Training

What to deliver for netflix?

Dolby Vision VDM (Video Display Master)

  • 16-bit TIFF frame sequence

    • Color Space: P3 D65, PQ (ST.2084), full-range

  • Dolby Vision XML file containing accurate metadata*


* Please ensure that all XML metadata is accurate, including Color Encoding, Mastering Display, and Aspect Ratio. Please use Dolby's metafier validation to ensure that there are no errors in the metadata.

Davinci Display for external monitor without using extra hardware

Davinci DIsplay

DaVinci Display is a virtual display for DaVinci Resolve. The main purpose of the application is to mirror the preview and allow to place it anywhere in your desktop. It enables you to have a picture preview in the external monitor without using extra hardware like Decklink or Unltrastudio.

How much does it cost?
US$ 25.00

Click HERE to download free trial:
 

Davinci Resolve Free Tutorial - Goat Eye View

Best Davinci Resolve Tutorial

If you are aspiring editor or colorist and looking for great resource to learn Davinci Resolve Software then we highly recommend Goat Eye View - Davinci Resolve tutorials.

Goat's Eye View, London-based post-production for film and television has produced a series of Davinci Resolve color grading tutorials by Daria Fissoun.
For more info - www.goatseyeview.co.uk

 

Best lut for vlogs - DSLR

Click on image to download the luts.

Click on image to download the luts.

These luts for vlogger are perfect to make your footage more cinematic.

This LUT pack will be some base luts to get you a finished look or to a good starting point. It works with  Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut XDavinci Resolve and Assimilate Scratch.

Disclaimer

  • We have designed a creative lut.
  • It is calibrated for properly exposed and white balanced image in standard camera settings.
  • You will have to manually adjust temperature, tint and exposure if encountered unexpected results.
  • For any DSLR clips shot in Neutral picture settings.
  • Developed using 3dlutcreator.

Shooting and Grading STEEL SCULPTURES

STEEL HAS TO LOOK STEEL

Shot on Red’s Scarlet camera, we encountered a number of unique challenges from a dop point of view.  We had to use limited lighting due to 360 degree reflection from the steel sculptures.  

DOP & COLORIST - SUDIP SHRESTHA
PIXELHOUSE PRODUCTION

Before and After grading 

COLOR GRADING MOMENT TV SHOW SEASON 2 - FIRST OF ITS KIND IN ARAB WORLD

The moment is the first of its kind on the Arabic screen in terms of content and image.

About Moment TV Show - Season 2

The 15 minute tv show aims to address the ignorance of knowledge, by informing viewers about the latest scientific and technological advancements, simplifying them and explaining complex concepts in an entertaining and creative way. 

The program targets all age groups and seeks to explore the future through the huge practical discoveries made by scientists and inventors in different countries of the world.

Program presented by Yasser Hareb

Program presented by Yasser Hareb

Watch Moment Season 1 if you have missed

MOMENT TV SHOW SEASON 2
DIRECTOR - AREF HAREB
PRESENTER - YASSER HAREB
DOP - VOLODYMYR USYK
SHOT - RED DIGITAL CINEMA
COLORIST - SUDIP SHRESTHA
30 EPISODES - 

TIME TO PRAY - COLOR GRADING IN PIXEL HOUSE

Short film "TIME TO PRAY" - Color grading in Pixelhouse Production, Dubai, UAE

Short film "TIME TO PRAY" - Color grading in Pixelhouse Production, Dubai, UAE

Shot in Canon 5D Mark 3

Director of Photography - Sara Munif
Colorist - Sudip Shrestha - www.pixelhouse.ae
Editor - Dania Mousa
Producer -Al Hanoof Al Jasmi
Director - Ahmed Al Kuwaiti

Grading SAMA in Davinci Resolve 14

Short film "SAMA" graded in Davinci Resolve 14 Beta.

Short film "SAMA" graded in Davinci Resolve 14 Beta.

Shot in - Canon 5d mark 3 and Sony A7s Slog2.

Director of Photography - Peter Moussa
Colorist - Sudip Shrestha - www.pixelhouse.ae
Editor - Peter Moussa, Hind Anabtawi
Producer - Taline al Rasheed
Director - Hind Anabtawi

Color Grading Monitor in budget - HP Z31x DreamColor Studio Display

HP Z31X Dreamcolor Studio Display - US $3999.00

HP Z31X Dreamcolor Studio Display - US $3999.00

HP has now unveiled its latest additions to the DreamColor lineup, targeted at the professional colorist and editors.

The DreamColor Z31x features support for multiple working color spaces, and the display's color gamut covers 100% of sRGB, 100% of Adobe RGB, 99% of DCI-P3, and 80% of BT.2020. It can also handle multiple frame rates, including native support of 60 Hz, 50 Hz, and 48 Hz (which would be exactly double the 24fps frame rate of film).

The HP Z31x is designed with the features demanded by industry-leading digital creators: an integrated KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, True 2K viewing, markers and masks, and much more. The built-in KVM of the HP Z31x can switch between two computers with a quick keyboard shortcut, allowing the user to share one display, keyboard and mouse between two computers. Many artists have two computers, a Linux® box with their animation/compositing app and a Windows® box with Adobe® Photoshop or internet access.

 

 

DAVINCI RESOLVE 14 - THE NEW JACK OF POST-PRODUCTION

What's New!

DaVinci Resolve 14 has hundreds of new features for editors, colorists and now, for the first time, audio professionals. The new playback engine dramatically increases responsiveness with up to 10x better performance for editors. You also get a whole new page with the full Fairlight audio post production tools that let you record, edit, mix, sweeten and master sound with full 3D audio space and up to 1000 channels. Colorists will find amazing new filters that include automatic facial recognition and tracking for quickly smoothing skin tones, brightening eyes, changing lip color and more! Plus, DaVinci Resolve 14 features revolutionary new multi user collaboration tools such as bin locking, chat and timeline merging that allow editors, colorists, and sound editors to all work on the same project at the same time! All these new features make DaVinci Resolve 14 is the world’s most advanced post production software!

DaVinci Resolve includes virtually every imaginable editing and trimming tool available, making it perfect for both creative and online editing! The new high performance playback engine, which is up to 10x faster, makes playback instantaneous and trimming more responsive than ever, even for processor intensive formats such as H.264 and RAW.

DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and television shows than any other grading system! You get the industry’s most powerful primary and secondary correction tools, advanced curve editor, tracking and stabilization, noise reduction and grain tools, Resolve FX and more.

DOWNLOAD PUBLIC BETA NOW FREE.

Download free Baselight STUDENT from filmlight

At NAB2017, FilmLight will preview their latest product, Baselight STUDENT, a software-only macOS application that answers the call from a growing number of facilities for trained Baselight colourists and assistants.

Baselight STUDENT is intended as the perfect learning tool, either for those wanting to train to become a professional colourist, to work on short personal projects, or for experienced practitioners moving up to Baselight from other grading solutions. While the new application is free, interested parties must register and be eligible to become a part of the Baselight Learning Programme to obtain a licence.

“We’ve had growing requests from freelance colourists and creative artists for this product,” explained FilmLight founder and CEO, Steve Chapman. “But we don’t just want to hand out a free piece of software and walk away. We want to work with training institutions and the creatives to make sure that they have the right resources and support to achieve their goals.”

Baselight STUDENT is a fully functional version of FilmLight’s Baselight colour grading software – with GPU rendering – that runs on any supported Mac platform. This includes support for an optional control surface, like FilmLight’s Slate panel, and even SDI monitoring for a full grading suite experience.

The principle limitation is that the application is restricted to render out only h.264 movies or JPEG images. With no watermarking, this means that Baselight STUDENT can be used to create academic-year projects within the limitation of the delivery formats. Along with conform capability, colour space handling, format editing and the ability to render both image sequences and movie files, this also makes the application the ideal tool to learn how to start a career as a professional colourist assistant.

FilmLight will initially talk to participants to assess their individual needs and then provide them with a free licence for the appropriate length of time, along with practice material they can use to get up to speed. FilmLight will also develop regular video tutorials and live best-practice webinars for members of the Baselight Learning Programme.

“We’ve reached pretty far with our team of in-house trainers but it just isn’t physically possible for everyone to access face-to-face training with FilmLight product specialists,” added Chapman. “With the growing popularity of the BLG metadata workflow, and the forthcoming release 5.0 across our product line, this grading software provides a unique opportunity for everyone to get a handle on Baselight’s advanced colour tools as used by top-notch artists everywhere.”

FilmLight will demonstrate Baselight STUDENT at NAB2017 on booth #SL3828 (24-27 April, Las Vegas Convention Center). Interested parties can register for updates at http://www.filmlight.ltd.uk/baselightstudent.