Diving Deeper Into The Colourlab AI Ecosystem – Part 2

May 11, 2021

In part two of this series, we explore fixed node structure workflows with ColourLab AI as well as two OFX plugins that are a part of the ColourLab AI ecosystem.


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Diving Deeper Into The ColourLab AI Ecosystem: Using The Included OFX Plug-Ins

In part one of this series, we explored the general background of ColourLab AI and I walked you through the basic automated matching workflow, along with some tips on using it efficiently.

In this Insight, we’ll look at how we can better integrate ColourLab into our own workflows, like using a fixed node tree, along with the two included OFX plug-ins – Looks Designer 2, a fully-featured look development toolkit, and GrainLab, a grain generation plug-in.

Just a quick note –  while this Insight is part of the ColourLab AI series and the two OFX plugins we’ll look at are part of the ColourlLab ecosystem, we’ll be making a pitstop in Resolve during this Insight and jumping back into the standalone ColourLab AI application in the third part in this series.

Utilizing Fixed Node Structures With ColourLab AI

Many colorists love utilizing fixed node trees, as they can help you grade faster and more efficiently. Pat and Joey have done several insights on their fixed node structures if you’d like to dig deeper on the topic. I’m a big fan of using fixed node structures myself and luckily, ColourLab AI allows you to design a custom node setup that suits your project and grading style and allows you to seamlessly import it into the matching workflow that was demonstrated in part one.

In the video below, we’ll go through the process of exporting a node structure from Resolve, importing it into the ColourLab AI standalone application, along with some tips on storing the important information you need to pass between the applications.

Using the OFX Plug-ins Look Designer 2 & GrainLab

Look Designer 2 and GrainLab are OFX plug-ins that are included with your ColourLab AI subscription and serve as the film emulation ‘toolkit’ portion of the workflow. We’ll walk through how to utilize both tools to create a completely bespoke film-emulation style look (in combination with our fixed node structure) along with how to customize the look to our satisfaction.

No DWG Support – For Now

As of this publishing (May 2021), GrainLab lacks support for DWG (DaVinci Wide Gamut) but I have confirmed it will be added in a future update. In the video, you’ll notice I switched over to Arri Log-C as my timeline color space in this insight instead of DWG for that reason.

If you’d like to use a workflow utilizing DWG, you can use a Color Space Transform OFX (CST) to convert to Arri Log-C (or one of the other supported tone curves) before GrainLab or simply move it to the end of your workflow and adjust it to Rec709 (assuming SDR).

Stock footage courtesy of RAW.FILM

As always, if you have questions or something to add to the conversation please use the comments below!

-Jason


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