Offset Controls – Introduction To Offsets
The offset controls are probably the oldest and most established controls in the world of color correction. They are also known as printer lights and have descended from the world of photochemical film processing and printing. They may be old but I love them! They give me a very precise way of balancing my image in Resolve.
I always use the offset controls on node one as they only work on one channel at a time or as an exposure control. This means I’m focused on one task at a time and won’t accidentally introduce an additional color balance issues to the scene that may happen when using the color wheels. Imagine you are trying to reduce the amount of green in the image but you accidentally drag the wheel a little bit towards blue or yellow. This is where working per channel with the offsets is extremely useful.
It’s also great to understand the printer light controls for communicating with DOPs. It may not be as popular as it used to be but with certain DOPs you may find them asking for a point more green or a point less red which is referring to one step more or less using the printer light controls.
I would never use the offsets to generate my primary look but always for getting my initial balance set. Jump into the video below for a step by step walkthrough of how I like to use the offsets!