Real Time Color, To Go – Tone Visuals and its SpeedGrade Color Workflow

Brian Buongiorno of Tone Visuals has a list of credits as impressive as his repertoire of skills. A colorist by passion, Brian has worked on everything from feature films to television commercials. Parlaying a highly successful career as a Flame op, he decided to take these skills, tap into the newest innovations the production industry had to offer, and deliver an entirely new approach – a new workflow – for color grading. And, make it portable.

“I’d always done color grading, but always in a Flame suite and never on a dedicated color grading panel. After I left E-Film, Hollywood, I made it my mission to create a business model around project-based color grading, with a specialty in digital dailies, final color grading and a unique workflow that could handle RAW formats all the way through the process. It was then that I discovered SpeedGrade DI, which became the hub of my newest, portable color pipeline system.”

“Today, Tone Visuals is unique in that I offer my clients that ability to bring my pipeline with me – on set, in a clients studio, or wherever they need me to be. An entirely portable system, based on a Mac Pro with a Flanders Scientific monitor, tangent wave panel and of course, SpeedGrade DI, I can be set up on site and ready to go in under 45 minutes. And because of the flexibility built into SpeedGrade DI, I can integrate seamlessly into a client’s existing environment and handle any format they’re working in.

“SpeedGrade is unique in that it allows me to work interactively with raw footage, without any previous steps or workarounds. I work directly with raw files and integrate them directly into my workflow. I can work on specific shots and, in real time, add whatever looks the client requires and simply send them back to post, where they literally drop the files back into their timeline. SpeedGrade allows me to trim, move, add or take away handles, all in real time. And once I find a specific look that I know the client likes, I can easily apply that look – instantly – to other shots. I can also give the offline editor time-coded dailies at any resolution they need.

“The performance is jaw-dropping, but what’s even more important is, SpeedGrade has allowed me to design a business model that enables me to be highly competitive – not only in price (the time savings I deliver alone translates to value for my clients), but in creative flow. I’m no longer hindered or distracted by clunky workflows, or slow systems. SpeedGrade is so fast, and so flexible, that it allows me unbridled creativity. No idea for a shot or sequence is out of the question because I know I can try just about anything my imagination comes up with, and deliver it instantly.

“SpeedGrade DI is the heart of my business – it offers a workflow that’s as unique as I am, and delivers the kind of performance that delivers on any promise I make to my clients.”

Based in Austin, TX, Tone Visuals delivers an on-site digital color grading service with extensive experience in digital workflows for television, long form or web content. For more information, please visit

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