Color-grading speciality site Mixing Light has a wealth of pro colorist training materials hidden behind a subscription paywall, but keeps some material out in the open where you can sample the wares for free. For example, check out this resource page dedicated to the ACES workflow, or this page specifically on Dolby Vision — the deeper dives may be hidden from view, but a range of informative articles, video tutorials and podcasts is free for the taking.
A relatively new addition to the site is a longish (37-minute) podcast featuring Bram Desmet from Flanders Scientific (FSI) discussing HDR mastering with Mixing Light’s Robbie Carman. Yes, Desmet has a product to sell — the 3,000-nit, 31-inch XM310K HDR mastering monitor. But it’s still early days for HDR, so compelling new products are worth paying attention to. And of course one of the big challenges facing colorists is exactly this: what display do you grade on?
Carman and Desmet chat at some length about the basics of HDR, the definition of a nit (and the difference between 1,000 and 3,000 of ’em), the implications of LCD and OLED when it comes to HDR, and more. It’s worth a listen and, for now at least, it’s free for everyone.