The Key Panel: A Basic Tool That Does More Than You Think

August 16, 2021

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you the 3 different toolsets inside the DaVinci Resolve Key Panel, and how they change for different nodes.

Managing Keys In The Node Tree

Recently, we had a member ask for an explanation of how to use the Key panel in Resolve and I thought it was a fantastic idea! Most people know the key panel can quickly set the opacity of a node, and invert or mask key inputs – but that’s often all it gets used for.

What you may not know is that the key panel actually changes its layout and behavior depending on what type of node you have selected. There may be controls on the key panel that you have never used because you didn’t know they were there!

The key panel changes depending on what type of node is selected, offering 3 different toolsets.

Context-Aware Controls

The Key panel actually has 3 different toolsets depending on what type of node you have selected. These are:

  • A normal corrector node: Controls for input and output keys
  • A Key Mixer node: Controls for multiple key input links, and how they are combined
  • An external matte node: Precise positioning and timing adjustments for external mattes

In thisĀ Insight I’ll walk you through all of these different modes for the key panel – and how to use them in your color grades. As always – leave me any comments or questions below!


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