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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