How to Create a Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut (With A Little Magic)

How to Create a Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut (With A Little Magic)

November 16, 2013

In Davinci Resolve, learn how to create a custom Log Grading keyboard shortcut - giving quick access to this 3-Way Color Correction panel.

How to Magically Create Your Own Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut (In DaVinci Resolve)

For over a year, DaVinci Resolve users have expressed their desire for a keyboard shortcut to access the LOG grading interface in Resolve. Despite these many complaints, Blackmagic did not add that functionality into the newly released Resolve 10 software.

Actually, that’s not true: If you’ve purchasing a full set of $30,000 Resolve panels – THEN you have one-button access to the Log Grading tools.

The rest of us? Out of luck. That is… until now.

Where there’s a will…
I’m about to share with you a nifty way to create your own keyboard shortcuts in DaVinci Resolve (or any other bit of software). And it can be used to access any interface element – not just the Log Grading wheels.

There are two caveats to this workflow:

  • First, it’s hard coded to your current screen resolution. This workflow should be created at the specific screen resolution you’ll normally use – otherwise it’ll break down.
  • Second, the workflow I’m going to describe is Mac only.

With those things in mind, here’s how to map a keyboard shortcut to LOG grading mode in DaVinci Resolve.

Getting Started

You’ll need to download a small, free shell application called Cliclick. This is short for Command Line Interface Click, and that’s just what it helps you do as you’ll see in a moment.

From the link above, download the DMG and install the binary file into your /usr/local/bin/ folder. Here’s the easiest way to find that folder:

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19 thoughts on “How to Create a Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut (With A Little Magic)”

  1. Tried this with Davinci lite 10 on a Mac Pro Early 2009, OX X 10.8.4. First place that didn’t match up to the directions, is the file location. /usr/local/bin/ doesn’t exist on my mac. I have either /usr/bin or usr/local. /usr/bin had other programs that look like cliclick. So I put cliclick in there and went through the rest of the instructions, everything played out as described, but quick key didn’t work when I went back into resolve. I then created a folder called “/bin” inside of /usr/local/, and put cliclick in there. I noticed that my screen coordinates changed when I used terminal, but I still didn’t get the quick key to work in resolve. I left all apps running as I did the process. Did I need to close terminal and automator after every operation? Didn’t say so in directions, so I didn’t I would really love this quick key. Please help.

    1. Ernest,

      It turns out that directory doesn’t appear if you’ve never installed a binary on your computer. And since it’s a hidden system directory you need to use Terminal to create the necessary folder to install cliclick into. Doing it from the Finder as you did… doesn’t work.

      The article is being updated with the steps necessary for you to properly create that directory. We’re updating it as quickly as we can.

  2. Thanks for pointing this out, Ernest. I had previously installed binaries on my system so the directory already existed for me. Thanks for getting it sorted out Pat and Robbie 🙂

  3. Thanks for truly usefull post. Binding mouse clics to buttons makes wave+g13 combo really powerfull.
    But, after some command tabbing between apps resolve services stop working.. They are just grayed out untill i disable & enable them back in system preferences or relaunch resolve.
    I’m on macosx 10.8.4 and resolve 10 full.
    Any assistance whould be appreciated, i’m rather new to a mac world coming from years of pc’s, maybe its something obviouse i’mm missing.

    1. In some situations, services can become unresponsive. There’s a utility in the terminal to restart any stuck services called pbs. It’s usually run via the command line like this:

      /System/Library/CoreServices/pbs -flush

      If you happen to have this problem, there’s an easy fix. Open your Automator service again and simply add this as a second line in the “Run Shell Script” workflow and you should be able to Command + tab between applications without a problem.

      1. What do you mean when you say “…you should be able to alt + tab between…”

        Does that mean that we have to start using the “alt” instead of “command” tab?

  4. Is it a public domain info or it’s just me that did not know this one I just discovered in Resolve 10:
    command + arrow = toggle between log and primaries!!!
    The same thing using option and control keys!!!!

      1. I just realize that this shortcut works on Curves, too…
        So you need to select the window you want to navigate through in order to this shortcut work.
        Not a “toggle”, then…

        1. Cassiano – what OS are you using and what keyboard shortcut layout preference are you using in Resolve. I’ve tried on all my machines Mac and Windows and can’t get this work. Furthermore Resolve doesn’t “focus” windows like you’re suggesting so doesn’t seem to matter if you click on the Primaries or Curves etc.

          This is isn’t a huge concern for me personally as I’m on Resolve or Element Panels on all my workstations but I just can’t seem to replicate what you’re saying. I asked Dan to try as well, and it was the same

  5. I didn’t know there was a method to do this for free. What I currently do is map a Tangent Wave panel’s key combo (to keys unused by Resolve) using ControllerMate ( which in turn sends a custom keyboard shortcut to Keyboard Maestro ( where I’ve recorded the coordinates of the buttons/functions I use a lot (like switching from the Primary/Log panels, interface navigation, etc.). Works very well in my case, but I could’ve saved some money if I’d have read this article much earlier. *doh*

  6. I’m looking to use a similar shortcut like this, to have a single keystroke apply a desired LUT. I can follow until I get into Run Shell Script. I need to program my first mouse position to be a right click, and the second position to be a left click. What are the inputs I should use for that?

    1. I’m not sure you can – not using a contextual menu. You need to map a stable XY coordinate but the contextual menus pop up all over the place.

      Your best bet is save the LUT as a PowerGrade in a dedicated Power Grade folder. Then you’ll have a stable location you can map to and right-click > Append Node Graph. Make sense?

      1. I actually found out that you can hit = in resolve, and that will apply the exact grade as the prior shot. So I will just apply the LUT once, then hit equals on all the shots that follow it.

        1. Right, this Insight is for pulling up submenus where there are no keyboard shortcuts that can be assigned. Other grade copying shortcuts already is Resolve: – to copy from two shots back and the middle-click to copy the grade from any shot or any still.

          1. Yeah, that is what my original plan was to do, automatically navigate the menus, and select the LUT I wanted. But I didn’t even consider the other, way simpler option of copying the grades

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