The Insider Top 19 in ’19

As 2019 comes to a close, we can’t help looking back at what has been one of the most exciting times in’s history. It was also a time when our blog featured some of our most engaging posts.

In case you missed them, here are our top 19 articles from 2019.

#19. How to Emulate the Look of Film in Any NLE

Apparently, people still want to know how to make video look like film. Here’s a step by step guide to evoke the timeless look of celluloid.

#18. The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Color Grading Suite

Color grading topics were huge this year, and this guide was a fan favorite. Expect even more in 2020.

#17. Shazam! How Editor Michel Aller Transformed into a Blockbuster Editor

Whether it was Marvel or DC, spandex, capes, and flying superheroes were big at the box office, and on the blog, this year.

#16. Grading for Mixed Delivery: Cinema, Home, and Every Screen in Between

Color grading is the art of making sure your film looks the way you want it to when your audience sees it. But what do you do when your audience can be sitting in a theater one minute, or sitting on the subway the next? How do you make sure it looks great no matter if they’re watching your magnum opus in glorious IMAX, or on the latest smartphone? This article will help you answer that.

#15. Editing Action: 5 Tips to Keep the Audience on Edge and Engaged

What makes action sequences in films like John Wick, The Lord of the Rings, and Mission: Impossible feel so visceral and exciting? It’s all down to the details. Check out this guide to editing action.

#14. How “Us” Editor Nicholas Monsour Works with Jordan Peele

Key & Peele comedian, producer, director, and writer Jordan Peele followed up the success of his socially conscious “horror” flick Get Out by once again mining the genre to create a powerful new story. Editor Nicholas Monsour took us deep into the creative and collaborative process of the film.

#13. Why Every Editor, Colorist, and VFX Artist Needs to Understand ACES

If you’ve heard of ACES, but have yet to figure it out, this article is a must-read. In it, we explore what ACES is, why it’s important, and how you can start using it today.

#12. 7 Common Problems in Premiere Pro and How to Fix Them

Hands down our most visited blog post overall on this site was an article we published two years ago on how to fix the nine most common problems working with Premiere Pro. It was time for a detailed follow-up to see how Premiere has changed since then.

#11. Editing Roma: An Emotional Journey from Indie to Oscars

Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma was a tour de force in filmmaking last year. Beautifully shot in black and white, with a story that was deeply personal, it was a film that made waves in the industry as one of Netflix’s first day-and-date films. Editor Adam Gough sat down with us to share his process of working with the brilliant, Academy Award-winning director.

#10. The Essential Guide to LUTs

Another fan favorite on color grading. This guide finally answers the question “what is a look-up table and how does it make my videos look better?”

#9. EFILM Colorist Mitch Paulson Demystifies the Digital Intermediate Process

Color grading topics really were popular this year. In this article, we dig into the processes of one of the industry’s leading colorists and companies.

#8. Graphic Design in Film: The Substance of Visual Storytelling

When graphic design and filmmaking meet, the results are astounding. See how industry-leading artists make the images we see on screen so iconic.

#7. The Premiere Pro Editor’s Guide to Using the Essential Graphics Panel

Given the popularity of the NLE, it was no surprise that this article cracked the top ten. It’s a great primer for any of you Premiere Pro users out there.

#6. Workflow Breakdown of Avengers: Endgame and Marvel’s Phase 3 Movies

One of the most exciting articles we wrote this year, we dive deep behind the curtain of 2019’s biggest superhero blockbuster.

#5. just got a major upgrade

We normally don’t include company announcements in these lists, but our readers were so excited by all the new features we released this year, we wanted to give this article a shoutout. The fact that this announcement was in the top five of all articles is proof of how much our users love our platform.

#4. Oscar Workflow Breakdown of Every Best Picture and Editing Nominee

Given how gangbusters our first annual Oscar Workflow Breakdown was, the only surprise was that this wasn’t even higher on the list. Regardless, this 5,000+ word opus goes into all the nitty-gritty details of the films that took home the gold.

#3. Introducing v3.5 – More Secure, More Precise, and More Flexible

Another announcement that our readers loved was our debut of v3.5 at IBC 2019. This launch brought huge new features and long-requested upgrades to the platform, and we’re excited to release even more tools in 2020.

#2. Not Just an Integration: Introducing in DaVinci Resolve 16

Considering how much our readers love color grading, it makes sense that the release of our natively integration with DaVinci Resolve would make a splash.

And the #1 most-read article on the Insider in 2019 was another color grading article!

#1. The Beginner’s Guide to Conforming with DaVinci Resolve

The beauty of this in-depth guide to using DaVinci Resolve is that author Dan Swierenga also dives into the concepts and process of conforming. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just getting started, there’s plenty of valuable meat here to sink your teeth into.

Thank you’s

We would like to thank all the people who helped make these articles come to life.

  • The interviewees: Michel Aller, Nicholas Monsour, Adam Gough, Mitch Paulson, Jeffrey Ford, Robin Budday, and Taylor Walsh.
  • The photographers: Huge thanks to the photographers here and across the pond who help keep the Insider looking top-notch. Irina Logra of Logra Studio in Los Angeles, and commercial photographer John McAllister of London, England.
  • The Writers: Last and certainly not least, we want to thank the writers whose expertise and skill help educate our readers with in-depth, practical, and tactical knowledge. Jason Bowdach, Alexander Huls, Cullen Kelly, Chris Salters, Andrew LaSane, Dan Swierenga, and’s very own Ben Bailey and Lisa McNamara.

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