Resolve Live Grading Essentials

Resolve Live Grading Essentials

February 2, 2014

A powerful new feature in DaVinci Resolve 10 is Resolve Live. Learn the essentials of how to his feature works & can help you on-set.

Resolve Live: Grading Live Video

When Resolve 10 was announced, besides the plethora of grading and editing enhancements one feature that flew under the radar a bit was Resolve Live.

DITs, cinematographers, gaffers and other production folks where probably thrilled about this new Resolve 10 feature.

But for the vast majority of Resolve users in dedicated color suites or at the very least use Resolve as part of their general postproduction tool kit, Resolve Live was a feature that was perhaps a bit confusing or they simply didn’t pay much attention too.

In this Insight, we take a look at this really cool feature and hopefully demystify it as we think its something you can integrate into your own workflows.

Live and Real-Time

So what does Resolve Live actually mean?

Obviously, one of Resolve’s strongest selling points is that under most situations its a real-time color grading system.

Thats true of course with footage that is already on you drives, but Resolve Live ups the ante. With Resolve Live you can grade incoming footage off supported Blackmagic hardware including Blackmagic Cinema Cameras over Thunderbolt.

While passing through live footage the entire Resolve grading feature set is available to you including: Primary controls, Curves, Keying, Windows, Soft Clipping etc.  Anything that you’d normally do to a shot when grading in postproduction you can do while grading live.  In my experience, there is a a tad bit more lag, but its nominal.

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  • Chris Climer

    Is this available with the lite version

  • Patrick Inhofer


  • Chris Climer


  • ryanwuckert

    hope this discussion is still open.
    It would be great if you did a follow up video to this.
    I have done this with Pomfort Live Grade but would like to keep it all in one application- Resolve.

    How easy is it to set this up for a 2 camera shoot and color match angles?
    Once you have created a grade and save it as a clip and you close out of the live window going back to the color panel timeline, What is being sent to the monitor? is it the live feed ? …or the live feed with whatever adjustment you made still applied to it?
    I am also curious as to split screen for shot matching. Can that be done in the live window live too?

    Any info or links to answer these questions would be great.

    THX in advance

  • Davis Alfano

    Which hardware is it better to feed video signal? I mean, do I should use a Lut Box? a mini recorder? thanks

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