First Look: Tangent Element

Say Hello to the 'Tangent Element' Colorist Control Surface

The ‘Tangent Element’ is the newest colorist control surface on the market and just started shipping about 3 weeks ago.

The Tao of Color visited our good friends at The Studio – B & H,  the professional video division located inside B & H Photo in New York City, to get our hands on this surface and give it a test drive in DaVinci Resolve.

The Studio-B&H’s Michel Suissa and Tao of Color’s Patrick Inhofer also offer up some buying advice.

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UPDATE 1: I’ve been informed that for DaVinci Resolve, the Buttons panel (Bt) and the Knobs panel (Kb) must be purchased together. One panel won’t work without being paired with the other panel.

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Topics covered include:

  • Physical size versus the Tangent Wave
  • Portability
  • Functionality vs. Wave in DaVinci Resolve
  • Live demo – with DaVinci Resolve
  • Overall Impressions
  • Buying advice for Resolve colorists
  • Buying advice for Scratch ad Scratch Lab colorists

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Comments are open. Feel free to let us know what you think of the Element or if you have any other questions you’d like answered.

 

 

 


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The Cheapest Colorist Control Surface EVER!

Colorist Josh Petok

(This is a guest post by Colorist Josh Petok)

A colorist once said using a mouse is like “drawing with a potato.” That was my motivation for buying a Magic Trackpad. When using DaVinci Resolve, Power Windows are one of the strongest tools in your arsenal. I found that using the Magic Trackpad gave me speed and efficiency, as well as taking up much less space. However, that was only the beginning.

I found a utility called BetterTouchTool which allows you to link keyboard shortcuts to gestures like: 3 finger swipe up, pinch out, four finger tap, and over 60 others. In this tip, I will show how to map your own gestures, as well as how I use them within DaVinci Resolve to make your grading faster and more streamlined.

Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course - Josh can be found on Twitter.


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Can You Customize the Tangent Wave for DaVinci Resolve?


Josh Petok - Guest Post

Editor’s Note: I am thrilled to present Tao of Color’s first Guest Post! If you like this tutorial, please leave a happy note in the comments and welcome Josh into the Tao of Color fold!


Colorists: Are you constantly looking for small workflow improvements when you do color correction? I do, because one little tweak can save me a few seconds – and those seconds can add up over the days, weeks, and years of my career as a colorist.

And if you color grade on DaVinci Resolve using Tangent’s Wave… you’ll love this tip on how to customize the Wave panel – something you can’t do natively within Resolve.

For this tutorial we’ll start with something very simple…

Two of my most used keys in DaVinci Resolve are simply: Enable All and Disable all. These toggle all the nodes on and off – so I can quickly switch between the uncorrected image and my grade.

These ‘toggle’ commands are natively mapped to the up- and down- arrows on the keyboard. Unfortunately, the good folks at BlackMagic haven’t mapped this command to Tangent’s Wave. Join me as I teach you how to do it for them…

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Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course - Josh can be found on Twitter.


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