Emulating Baselight’s Texture Blend Tool For Noisy Secondaries

February 1, 2024

Colorist Marty Webb shows how to emulate Baselight's Texture Blending in DaVinci Resolve to control noisy secondary operations.


Publishers note: Team Mixing Light is thrilled to welcome our newest Contributor, Marty Webb!

He is a Senior Colourist and Head of Picture Finishing for a boutique post house in Soho, London, leading a team of finishing artists working on a broad range of content, scripted and unscripted, for clients such as Netflix, Sky, HBO, BBC… among many others.

In addition to grading, Marty also spends time on workflow and developing efficiencies to help streamline post processes. He automates the boring stuff to dedicate more time to the creative side of colour grading.

Please welcome Marty in the comments below. You can get more links for him on his Author page.

How to save noisy secondary operations by mimicking Baselight’s Texture Blend operation

Frequency Separation a a great technique for controlling your image, and Baselight’s Texture Blend tools have some powerful real-world use cases.

In this Insight, you’ll learn to recreate its functionality in DaVinci Resolve and also use a free Resolve plugin to achieve the same result with more nuance.

When making a secondary adjustment that reveals noise, you can use this technique to apply an adjustment to lower frequencies in an image to avoid seeing noise or artifacts revealed by the adjustment. The Lum vs. Hue adjustment is a typical culprit in this scenario: A client asks to lower the brightness of a color while keeping its saturation – and noise suddenly pops up, forcing you to broaden the operation, even if you don’t want to.

In this Insight, I’ll show you how to save this operation using this relatively simple Texture Blend technique in a compound node.

Key takeaways from this Insight

By the end of this Insight, you should understand how to:

  • Use texture blending in your node tree
  • Apply frequency separation to create a compound node with Texture Blend capabilities
  • Use Paul Dore’s Frequency Separation OFX to replace your blur operations

Note: This node tree is fairly simple to execute, and I strongly feel it helps you understand what we’re doing if you build it yourself. However, Premium members can download the .drx in the Additional Downloads section.

External Links

  • Texture Management in Baselight With Andy Minuth – A 30-minute presentation, “Colourist Andy Minuth puts these tools to practical use. He covers all of the features based on FilmLight’s advanced frequency separation techniques: Texture Equaliser, Texture Highlight and Texture Blend.”
  • Frequency Separation OFX Download – Paul Dore’s GitHub repository of the frequency separation OFX discussed at the end of this Insight. NOTE: As mentioned in the comments, the Bald Avenger Mac OS plugins may have stopped working with Mac OS Ventura.

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– Marty

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