You have a color grading monitor and you've never had to deal with incorrectly set tv's or monitors your clients have and them complaining about images that look great on your setup? I watched on my flanders and an LG c7 both calibrated and I thought it was well done dark grading. From an intent perspective, the whole point is that it's a battle at night with sequences where the characters couldn't see everything they needed to. Was it dark? Yes, but if we just avoid ever doing dark content that's a shame for storytelling.
I actually have another theory, that there were multiple encodes done of the episode and some platforms were way worse than others. Streaming it live over crave(canadian provider of HBO for streaming) it was incredible, but rewatching at my friends place it was macroblocking like hell in the blacks. The crypt scenes were particularly bad.
I just wish these companies would give a little more love to people on windows. I legitimately cannot use macs anymore for the work I'm doing after we burned out 5 videos cards on one new mac pro. I just want watch folders!
This was the end of the line for me. They OFX plugins were just way too much of a wildcard for resolve and them bumping the price for 5 text effects was a great excuse to get rid of the suite, considering I only ever used 2 or 3 effects.
I find the price a bit steep for what it is. I know production usually pays for the QC but individuals in post often can't recoup this or charge for it because we aren't allowed to be the QC house by the distributor. It would be way better if it was a per scan charge for me, or about half as much for something that gives you the broad strokes.
I also wanted to add that his method of determining how the film was lifted has a few flaws. How is he capturing that content? Any chance the blu ray he's ripping this off isn't giving him an accurate image? How is he sure he's grabbing it at the right color space/gamma? This technically could be just as much the fault of whoever authors these Blu rays and his capture method. I also agree that his 'color correction' definitely did not look better.
I have colored one project on Kinefinity cameras and there were intense dead pixel issues. Did production have a bad set or have they improved on that since?