Resolve FX – Grading With Lens Flares

September 17, 2016
Dan Moran C.S.I.

Dan shares his experimentation with the idea of grading using lens flares for subtle lighting effects to help match and lift scenes.


Can you use the built in Lens Flares to add to a grade?

In this Insight we take a look at the built in Lens Flares in the Resolve FX. On first impression they seem quite obvious and false but after some refining and experimentation they can add depth that is not achievable using a regular power window and grade.

Grading With Light

I had a session this week where I had a difficult match between one shot that had a massive in camera lens flare and one shot that was flat and dull with no lens flare.

I tried using the lens flare fx included in Resolve almost for fun and was blown away by how quick and intuitive it was to use flares to grade.

I also show how to use the single point tracker in Resolve to help make the lens flare feel embedded in the scene properly.

Most people have never tried or used the single point tracker but it’s essential when using flares for creative grading.

I share my methods in the video insight below but before watching I strongly recommend updating to Resolve 12.5.2.

They just updated the Lens Flare to be GPU accelerated and it makes a HUGE difference in the ease of use.

You can get the update here.

If you’ve got any questions, be sure to leave a comment!

-Dan

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