OmniScope Featured Artist: Darren Mostyn

April 5, 2024

OmniScope Featured Artist:

Darren Mostyn

Colorist | Facility Owner | YouTube Trainer


Darren Mostyn is a well respected figure in the global color community and a busy man. When he is not in grading sessions or running his post facility Online Creative, he is sharing his deep creative and technical knowledge. As a certified master-level Davinci Resolve trainer, he has built a loyal following on his YouTube channel sharing pro level training, practical tips, and gear reviews. Time in Pixels recently spoke with Darren about color, career, and tools of the trade.

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Hey Darren! We are fans of your YouTube channel and were curious - how long have you been a colorist?

I’ve been in the broadcast industry for about 30 years now and witnessed the first ever NLE’s emerging – I was a very fast adopter of this technology. I studied photography at an art college. I’ve always loved photography and ended up editing videos (linear tape to tape style). After a few years working with a NLE manufacturer I went freelance and got my first broadcast Avid editing jobs, mainly in sport and highlights packages. I got to travel the globe, editing on location in trucks. I worked on a lot of sports content like the tennis tour, 2 FIFA World cups, golf and much more. The technology was getting faster and this allowed us to start making the edits glossier with color effects. I was using Avid Symphony and my passion for digital color grading was born. After a few years combining editing and color grading, I decided to focus on grading.

In 2007 I was given an opportunity to do some demo and training work for Digital Vision on their Film Master grading system. I traveled the world training some fantastic colourists. It was at this point where I decided I didn’t want to edit any more and my full time colorist career started. I installed Apple Color into my suite and got a Sony BVM CRT monitor, it was the size of a washing machine! I then got a gig grading a BBC show and the director loved it. So, I now had broadcast credits in grading not just editing. I spent all my downtime practicing and learning from wherever I could - there was nothing on YouTube back then I can promise you!

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In 2009 I got invited to Blackmagic’s headquarters to see a product called ‘DaVinci Resolve’ that they had just acquired. The rest is history! I slowly built up my studio, adding the advanced panel in 2014. I decided to specialize in color grading rather than building a full post facility – which is a decision I have never regretted. I currently have a dedicated edit suite, production office and the grading suite. Online Creative is a small boutique facility, right in the heart of Brighton on the South Coast in the UK.

What made you launch a YouTube channel?

I’ve always done training for colorists and editors – it's something I love and am very passionate about. It can also be a nice break from a dark room every now and again! Spending time with world-class colorists when I was training for Digital Vision back in 2007 was invaluable to my career today.  And I still learn new things when I teach.

When 2020 arrived, lock-down struck and work in this sector vanished! As months passed and boredom set in, I decided to share my skills on YouTube. I posted my first video in June 2020 and set a goal of Christmas to see if it had any mileage – not really knowing what that would look like. Within two weeks I had 1,000 subscribers and had 10,000 just a few months later! 136,000 subscribers and over six million views later, I’m still at it and really enjoy it!

Darren's YouTube channel

Certainly, the viewers appreciate your time! Is it difficult to balance the color and post facility work with the training channel?

Managing my time can be difficult as each episode averages out to around 2 days of work. I’ve always had decent levels of film and tv color work and that always has priority over YouTube. I’m a colorist first and foremost - and actually this is why the channel works well –  because it is the real world scenarios that I share. But if I am honest, I do spend far too many Saturdays in the grading suite recording for YouTube!

Our readers are always curious, what equipment is in your suite?

I am Mac based and it is like a Macintosh museum here. I’ve owned nearly every single model I think. I’m currently running a MacPro 2019 (64GB graphics, 196 GB ram, 80TB Promise Raid). I’m just transitioning this machine to a Mac Studio M2 Ultra (76 core GPU, 128GB RAM) with a Studio Display for the interface running DaVinci Resolve.  I also have a MacBook Pro M2 Max and an ASUS high spec PC laptop at home if I need to check something, or am traveling for work. They both run Resolve and projects are synced using Blackmagic Cloud.

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I run Nobe OmniScope on a HP-Z PC and the display is on a huge Dell ultrawide – so I can have many of the scope options open all the time. It’s probably a bit too big monitor for scopes but I love it! The client monitor is a Panasonic 55” GZ2000 (The Stefan Sonnenfeld Company 3 version). My grading monitor was a Flanders DM250 OLED which has been a real workhorse, but I have just changed to the new Flanders QD OLED XMP310 HDR Mastering monitor. All this is glued together with a Blackmagic Ultrastudio 4K Extreme feeding client monitor, mastering monitor and scopes. I have Genelec speakers for listening to the radio mainly! As a failed musician I love listening to music when grading – when clients allow! A StreamDeck and a Xencelabs tablet and pen are my favorite peripherals.

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Downstairs my production studio has become a dump room for all the YouTube kit I’ve slowly built up - cameras, lights, mics, switchers, lenses, vlogging kit - it’s impossible to list all the stuff I’ve acquired. This room keeps my grading suite looking like a proper grading suite and not like a small TV studio!”

Why do you use and recommend Nobe OmniScope?

I'm a huge fan of Omniscope and have used it for many years now. Scopes are an important part of any colorist’s toolset and I want the best feature set available.

OmniScope has many unique features that I use every day. I especially love the L,M,H Vectorscopes and the ability to “Zoom into Blacks” on the Waveforms. I also love the False Color scope for helping set an initial exposure. Locking a section on-screen and being able to quickly isolate it to read on the scopes is a great tool. I really appreciate the flexibility of OmniScope and find the customisation options very useful.

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Additionally, Tom Huczek (founder of Time in Pixels) is one of the nicest guys in the industry. He is active on forums and responds super quick to any questions. The fact that he is approachable by any user shows how much he cares about his products. I am very vocal on my YouTube channel – showing my loyalty to the company. Time in Pixels makes great products, listens to their audience, has top notch support, and the price is right. What is not to love?”

To learn more about Darren’s work, please visit https://www.online-creative.com.

Watch Darren Mostyn on YouTube


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