Here’s another take on something that might now be familiar.
I was grading in at Digital Pictures one of the episodes of Puberty Blues. I was able to wrangle a little time with the great colourist Annelie Chappel with some of the material I shot from last weekend.
We did a few different looks just to see where we could take it. We managed 5 different grades in only an hour so we were rushing a little, and I’ll try to upload the others shortly.
I did notice there were some differences in this material. For starters, there’s a few more “jaggies” compared to the first clip I uploaded. Now I’ll put this down to the workflow, because it was all very last minute at DP and we were grading on Baselight. The shots were first converted from ProRes to DPX because that’s their workflow. They were then rendered back into uncompressed QT’s and I then rendered 264’s from those.
I haven’t had a chance to talk to DP about their backend workflow because I wouldn’t have expected it to be any different from my Resolve workflow.
They really really look best when viewing in video space, not on a computer. I say this because this is how we graded them. So do me a favour and look at them on a monitor or TV rather than on your laptop or computer screen please ! This is how we graded them. This is how we want you to watch them.
I did also notice that on her red jacket there is a bit of what looks like a kind of chroma clipping on the last shot. This has been totally introduced by the very extreme grade in this particular version and I think in our rush we missed it. I would have expected that we could have EASILY recovered this so take my word it’s more something we could have fixed than something that’s *broken*.
If I can paraphrase, Annelie was also very impressed by how the images sat with their system (even though they don’t grade with Resolve). She’s clocked up hundreds of hours grading Alexa material and said to her it felt very similar. She mentioned that she was making the same default grade moves as she would with the Alexa and that it has a lovely softness to it (meaning more DR rather than resolution)