Remote color grading has been around for some time, but now more than ever the demand for a more accessible, all-around grading experience has opened the doors to better remote workflows.
When post-production went fully remote, media & entertainment industry veteran Reid Brody saw an opportunity to build a new business, combining his vast experience in film and television with a proven ability to curate post-production talent. Brody is best known for founding The Filmworkers Club, a pioneering digital video studio that, at one time, had divisions in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Nashville.
“The choices to find the best colorists can be limited in some locations, which is why I founded ColorNation. We offer a diverse group of amazingly talented colorists from literally all over the world”.
“Color Correction has always been a love and specialty of mine. Over my career, I got to be very good at curating great talent and have helped numerous people start their careers.” says Brody. “The choices to find the best colorists can be limited in some locations, which is why I founded ColorNation. We offer a diverse group of amazingly talented colorists from literally all over the world”.
Founded one year ago, ColorNation is now a resource offering global access to book world-class colorists for live color and finishing sessions from any location.
Utilizing Louper for Remote Workflows
Multiple factors played into the decision to launch ColorNation and Brody needed a solid solution for colorists to stream 4K video from both Resolve and Baselight grading suites. The goal? To replicate the personal experience of being in a live color suite, evaluating color choices, and giving live notes.
“When starting, I was struggling with how best to collaborate with clients in a supervised color session.” Brody continues “I tried other expensive solutions before being introduced to Louper by Kyle Kramb, an amazing editor who owns Nine Mile Circle, a boutique post house in Atlanta,GA. When I mentioned that I was looking for a great solution to faithfully judge and share color on the web – he simply said: ‘Louper!’”.
Ease of use and user interface were significant factors in Brody’s decision to standardize on Louper. “Our clients find Louper much less fatiguing than spending hours on Zoom, or some of the other products I’ve used. We are focused on color and the image is full frame and participants are minimized. Louper has all the communication capabilities of things like Zoom, but allows everyone to focus on the most important thing– the image.”
Colorist Matt West hosts a live color session with Louper
When I mentioned that I was looking for a great solution to faithfully judge and share color on the web – he simply said: ‘Louper!’”
A Solution that Works for Clients
Heather Hay, a ColorNation colorist has 18 yrs experience working on films and commercials. Having previously worked out of Los Angeles, Chicago and Sydney, Heather currently grades from her home studio in Mexico City. She emphasizes the importance of reliability and user-friendliness for her clients’ experience.
“Real-time communication and video stream reliability are paramount when working in remote color sessions. We can't have a video lag when multiple people are watching. Any hiccup and the session starts to unravel pretty quickly. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen with Louper; my sessions have gone effortlessly.”
"My favorite thing about Louper is the simplicity for my clients. I send a link and they can open it on any web browser."
“My favorite thing about Louper is the simplicity for my clients. I send a link and they can open it on any web browser – Bob’s your uncle! There isn’t the pain of having to install or open any special applications, it's all there in one easy-to-use link.”
New York based colorist Calvin Bellas works on everything from commercials to music videos, documentaries, and short films. He has been using Louper for almost one year and appreciates Louper’s ability to get technical details on internet connection speeds.
“Louper includes tools that make managing a stream both a breeze and intuitive. Having access to the stream metadata and signal strength is great to ensure everything is running smoothly for me and my client”. According to Bellas, “We haven’t had the connection issues or audio dropouts that I have experienced while having video chats on some other streaming platforms.
"Louper includes tools that make managing a stream both a breeze and intuitive."
Bellas also appreciates using LBS, the custom version of open source software OBS. “As a colorist, I find the integration of LBS to be great. This enables me to build my own viewing LUTs which are especially useful for beauty work.”
Simplicity is Key
Based in Richmond, Virginia Matt West is another ColorNation colorist who has adapted Louper into his workflow; grading national commercials and short films.
“Louper was simple to set up. I work with people all over the country and having the ability to look at the same image, in real time, and collaborate instantly is a huge time saver. It’s easy for my clients to get signed into sessions and the ability to draw notes directly on a frame is a big hit!”. West continues, “I recently graded a Santander Bank spot for the U.S. Open featuring Rafael Nadal and the session went smoothly".
"I work with people all over the country and having the ability to look at the same image, in real time, and collaborate instantly is a huge time saver."
Having been in the industry for almost 40 years, Brody has seen film and video technologies change during his career. Color grading suites once cost well over a million dollars to set up and talent was at a premium, because so few people had access to the systems. Today, video editing and color correction software are accessible to almost anyone, so what sets a company apart? According to Brody, TALENT!
“I offer talent. Talent is the only thing that matters in this business. And ColorNation aims to showcase top-notch talented colorists from all over the world, with amazing reels to back up that claim.”
To learn more about ColorNation, visit: colornation.net
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