Part 1: Combining Shared Nodes and Groups to improve flexibility, efficiency, & consistency
I get a lot of questions about shared nodes. For new colorists, or those new to Resolve, its a tricky topic that requires some explanation. But shared nodes are incredibly powerful, especially when combined with the other organizational tools we have in Resolve.
In this two-part Insight series, I look specifically at using Shared Nodes in conjunction with Group Grades. It’s a powerful technique that adds an additional dimension, allowing us to apply grading operations across multiple groups while maintaining a single point for revision of our Group grades. While most colorists treat Shared nodes and Groups as an either/or approach, combining both allows us to make quick changes and revisions to multiple groups simultaneously while maintaining their individual group grades.
This combined approach is a great way to apply things like Color Space Transforms, ACES Transforms, LUTs, & looks. BUT – it helps to have a plan of action when you start combining these tools. That’s what this series is all about.
- Creating shared nodes
- Using groups
- Saving pre- and post-group stills
- Applying shared nodes across multiple groups
- Color Space Transforms
- Film emulation LUTs
- Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Footage courtesy of Blackmagic Design
- The Fundamentals of Resolve’s Gallery and Memories – This includes an in-depth explanation of how Resolve saves off stills when using Group and Timeline node graphs.
- Revisiting Resolve Grouping: Using Post-Clip As A Timeline Level Grading Alternative – An in-depth exploration of the general concept of Groups on the DaVinci Resolve color page.
- Three Strategies for Increasing Color Separation – This Insight by Cullen Kelly is referenced as providing inspiration for the RGB Mixer technique used to achieve color separation (as mentioned in the Comments).
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