Match Move ResolveFX: A Color Page Multitool

August 4, 2021

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you how to use the DaVinci Resolve Match Move ResolveFX plugin for powerful tracking, stabilization, and paintwork

Match Move: An Underrated Feature

If you are a Resolve colorist, online editor or finisher – chances are you may have totally overlooked the Match Move ResolveFX plugin.

It was first introduced in Resolve 14, and at the time it went somewhat unnoticed. Well, over subsequent releases – Blackmagic has greatly improved both its feature-set, and the quality of its output. The version shipping with Resolve 17 is a powerful, multi-use tracking and compositing tool.

The Match Move ResolveFX makes quick work of match moves, but also has tons of other uses.

More Than Just Match Moving

Obviously – the Match Move ResolveFX is capable of doing a match move effect – tracking a new image into an existing shot. This is something it does very well – but it is only the beginning. The powerful and flexible tracker inside Match Move can be used for stabilization, paint work, corner pinning, drop shadows, even making faux-3d geometry.

Basically anything that involves tracking or perspective – Match Move can probably help with. Combined with the other tools in Resolve’s node based grading environment it flexible and useful tool worth understanding.

Match Move For Paint Work?

In this Insight – I’ll walk you through the basics of how Match Move works and its UI with a simple photo replacement shot. Then I’ll show you how you can use it to stabilize footage with more control then other methods, and finally – I’ll build a complex comp to paint out on screen elements cleanly.

That’s right – I use match move to paint out objects in a scene. To do this, first I stabilize the object to remove its motion – making the paint work easy with normal tools. Then I duplicate the original match move, and use the same tracking data to re-apply the painted patch back to the correct perspective.

If you saw Jamie Dickinson’s fantastic Insight on using Fusion’s 3D tracker to paint out objects the concept is similar. However, since we don’t need a 3D camera, and it’s all on the color page – this method can be real time!

I think I’m only scratching the surface on what this powerful tracking tool can do – so leave any comments, questions or ideas in the comments below.



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  • Keith G

    Excellent work. I’m blown away how many amazing and powerful techniques you continue to provide us, right in the color page.

  • Scott Stacy

    Excellent and very informative Insight. Thanks, Joey.

  • Robert A

    That was fantastic. Thanks!

  • Ken S

    This works great but the image I’m using to replace the old image in a frame is larger than the project raster and is being cropped once it is put in place wiht Match Move and I can’t figure out how to adjust the size of that image.

  • Tobia Montanari

    Thanks Joey! These techniques are gonna come in handy during fast-paced coloring sessions.

  • marc f

    As always, great insights and How to’s. I can’t wait to use some of this!

  • Troy S

    This one is definitely going in my tool box.

  • Hey Joey – great insight – I’m getting some jagged edges on the top and bottom of the matte that I’m using to replace what’s in the original file. The sides of the matte are fine just the top and bottom that are jagged. Any idea why that’s happening


    • Hey Darrin – can you screengrab the setup and the result? What’s the resolution of the matte? It could be too low of a resolution to resolve the perspective change.

  • <div>Hey Joey – here are some screen grabs. I’m using a 6k 16 bit TIFF file of a sky plate as the matte for illustration purposes here. It seems it is the perspective change that’s causing the jagged edges, like you said. If I shrink down the grid but don’t change the perspective it’s fine – but when I change the perspective -for example so it fits over the calendar in the cubical in this image – it displays jagged lines. </div>

    Thanks for your help!


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