Separating Your Selections from Corrections in DaVinci Resolve

January 20, 2020

Learn to become more productive in DaVinci Resolve by separating your color corrections from you masking and keying selections.


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Separating windows and keys from color operations in DaVinci Resolve (for increased speed, flexibility & control)

As colorists, we’re always looking for ways to work more efficiently.  This Insight covers a method for separating secondary selection operations, like windows and keys, from the actual color operations to enable increased speed, flexibility, and control.  It results in greater consistency across shots, less repeated selection work, and simpler after-the-fact adjustments.

The concept is simple:  Instead of performing selections and corrections in the SAME NODE, split those operations into SEPARATE NODES.  In this Insight, I’ll show you just how powerful and flexible this technique can be when combined with other features like shared nodes and key mixers.

Techniques Covered

  • Separation of secondary selections from color operations
  • Shared nodes
  • Key mixer

Related Insights

This technique works really well in pre-built node structures.  Here’s a list of other great Insights related to Resolve node trees:

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    • andi winter
      Guest

      well, in this special multicamera type of work this technique may be useful. but if you have only one camera and change lighting between the shots, you will have to change things differently anyway, won‘t you?

      but nice idea anyway, so thanks 🙂


    • Peder Morgenthaler
      Guest

      Thanks for watching, Andi. I actually use this technique a lot on single camera projects like features. The concept is valuable for more than just re-lighting. I use it for skin-tone fixes, product color matching & more.

      You don’t necessarily have to use this with shared nodes. The basic concept of separating the selection from the color operation gives you more flexibility. I might use the same window or key for a number of different purposes, split into different nodes. Re-using my selections while keeping my node graph organized is a big part of the benefit for me.


    • Scott Stacy
      Guest

      Nice technique. I look forward to giving it a spin. Thanks for putting in all the work.


    • Peder Morgenthaler
      Guest

      Thanks Scott! Let us know what you think once you’ve tried it.


    • Brian Singler
      Guest

      Pretty cool. Going to use this on an upcoming music video. Thanks, Peder!


    • Brian S
      Guest

      It’s tips like this that keep me coming back. Thank you!


    • Joe A
      Guest

      Great tip. This would have relieved so many headaches on my last project.


    • Sean S
      Guest

      Great tip. Very powerful. Thanks


    • Jordan Maders
      Guest

      This is excellent & will save so much time.


    • Edoardo R
      Guest

      Very cool! how did you copy the selection to the other clips without having to adjust size and track frames?

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