Combining Shared Nodes and Group Grades Part 1 – Applying CSTs, Looks, and LUTs

August 17, 2020

Applying the one color grade to multiple shots is easier with Resolve's Groups or with Shared nodes. Learn how to combine the two approaches.


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.

Techniques Covered

  • Creating shared nodes
  • Using groups
  • Saving pre- and post-group stills
  • Applying shared nodes across multiple groups
  • Color Space Transforms
  • Film emulation LUTs


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– Peder


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