How To Use Adjustment Clips in DaVinci Resolve 16

My Favorite New Color Feature in Resolve 16: The Adjustment Clip

April 23, 2019

Resolve 16 adds hundreds of features, including powerful new adjustment clips. Learn how to use them streamline your grading workflow.

NAB 2019: The announcement of Resolve 16

I had a fantastic time this year at NAB, and I was privileged to be invited to demo the latest version of DaVinci Resolve on the show floor. This year it was the public beta of Resolve 16, which introduces a ton of new features across the software, dramatic improvements in performance, and even an exciting all-new hardware controller specifically for editing.

If you haven’t already read it, I would suggest checking out Patrick’s fantastic article featuring his big takeaways from the show.

The exciting thing about Resolve 16 to me is the considerable amount of small but important features that are going to make day to day work for professional colorists and editors faster and easier.

My Favorite New Color Feature

Looking through the Release notes, you might find it easy to get lost in the vast list of improvements in Resolve 16. So for my first Insight on the new version, I want to dive into the color feature I’m most excited about: Adjustment clips. That’s right; my top new color feature lives on the edit page!

Adjustment clips add a new dimension of flexibility to how you grade your timelines. In this Insight I’m going to show you three different real-world uses for adjustment clips:

    • Grade management, to quickly address client feedback in face-paced review sessions
    • Color management, to better control the color pipeline of your project, making deliverables easier
    • Building time-based creative looks, and transitioning grades across scenes

Keep in mind; these examples are just the tip of the iceberg! There are countless other ways you can use adjustment clips to speed up your grading. Adjustment clips aren’t a single-task tool, it’s a swiss-army knife of functionality, and that’s why I’m so excited about it.

As always, leave me any comments or questions below, and if you have any clever ideas for workflows using adjustment clips, I would love to hear them.


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  • Ron

    Outstanding job. Super thorough and well done arguments.

  • Joey D’Anna

    Thanks Ron!

  • Scott Stacy

    Awesome Insight, Joey. When we were dinking around with this at NAB, I was really excited about it. Thanks for diving in deep and demonstrating all it has to offer!

  • Jose S

    It would be really awesome to be able to add the adjustment clip from the color page! With the timeline opened, it could be as easy as select an in and out poin (*since we can now in define a custom loop region) and right click to find the option to add adjustment clip in the sub menu, which would place an adjustment clip over any clip within the previously selected in and out points.

  • Pat Inhofer

    My feature request: Similar to the new Cut Page, let us modify Adjustment Clips from the Color page’s mini-timeline.

  • Warwick Field ACS

    Hey Joey. In this insight you say that the adjustment clip acts exactly the same as any clip in the Color Page. But how do you use Keyframes? When playing through the adjustment clip, the playhead doesn’t move across the keyframe panel and I can’t add KF’s. Back in Edit I can add a transition or fade but how would I add complex key framing? This is in context where I would want an effect to occur across the top of several clips. I feel like I’m missing something obvious here and maybe I’m coming at it the wrong way. Thanks

  • Warwick Field ACS

    Yes please. That would save a few steps.

  • Steve B

    Hi Joey. Great insight. I have a possible use case. I currently make different Timelines for each Output Colour Space HDR, SDR, XYZ. The down side is if I have to wait for sign of from the client on the main deliverable before starting the next deliverable or update each grade change or resize on each timeline. Could I use an adjustment layer with a Colour Space Transform for each output. so any changes below the adjustment layers will automatically update to each layer. Then I can toggle Video tracks on off depending on my output. Presumably in the Project settings colour page I could set OCS to bypass.

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