Dehancer Film Print Emulation Review – Part 2

August 28, 2023

In our Dehancer Pro v7 Part 2 review, colorist Peder Morgenthaler digs into its 'dehancing' tools: Grain, Halation, Bloom, Weave, and more.


How to ‘dehance’ your image using film texture and artifacts

Dehancer is an all-in-one software suite that offers film print emulation. Simulate the aesthetic of vintage film stocks and create your own unique effects with this plug-in for DaVinci Resolve. In Part 1 of our Dehancer Pro v7 review, we looked at its core tools, including:

  • Film Developer
  • Film Compression
  • Color Head sections

Part 2 explores and breaks down the workflow and controls for its remaining settings :

  • Film Grain
  • Halation
  • Bloom
  • Film Damage

While Dehancer Pro’s myriad film profiles are its star feature, its additional tools give users the power to create truly convincing and authentic film looks.  From the cleanest 65mm print looks with fine grain and elegant halation to the grungiest 8mm emulation with hair, dirt, and gate weave, you can create them all with Dehancer Pro.

Key takeaways from this Insight

By the end of this Insight, you should understand how to:

  • Use the Film Grain, Halation, Bloom, Gate Weave, Film Damage, Film Breath, Gate Weave & Vignette tools inside Dehancer Pro to add nuance and detail to your film emulation look
  • Load tool presets or create “Custom” settings
  • Use Dehancer Pro’s additional tools to view clipping, False Color displays, export look LUTs and manage the plugin’s library of film profiles
  • Arrange Dehancer in your DaVinci Resolve node for more flexibility when developing your final look

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What do you think of Dehancer? How does it stack up to other Film Print Emulation suites? Let us know! Mixing Light is all about community discussions and we’re curious if you found this helpful, if you have something to add, or if you have more questions you need answered.

– Peder

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