Creative Grading - Retro Sci-fi Look

Sometimes you have to go full cheese and pay homage to looks and films from the 70s and 80s. In this insight we create a retro Sci-Fi look

Colorist Inspiration - ACES In May

Dan is committing to doing work only in ACES in May. It's time to get out of the comfort zone & stop testing. Changing our technique is scary but also fun!

From The Grading Room - Are We Sterilizing Images?

Now that most people have a basic knowledge of color correction thanks to Instagram what does that mean for us colorists?

Colorist Inspiration – March 2017

Dan shares his inspiration for this month including BTS on Moonlight, Peter Doyle, A$AP Rocky and a Lorde video shot on 16mm

Becoming A Better Colorist : Stop Focusing On Shots

We should be spending more time looking at the timeline as a whole than focusing on shots. Nobody ever watches a single shot!

Skin Tone Essentials: Hands, Arms, Legs and Feet Part One

Have you ever considered hands or legs when doing a beauty grade? We spend hours on faces but the skin should match all over the body.

From The Grading Room – Knowing When To Start From Scratch

Sometimes when grading you end up going in totally the wrong direction have to just stop what your doing and start from scratch.

Lens Profiling – What Is It And Why Could It Be Useful?

Is lens profiling something we should be looking at as colorists or is it a lot of extra effort to save a small amount of time in the grade?

Getting To Know The EasyDCP Resolve Plugin: Streamlined DCP Creation

Want to make a DCP directly from Resolve? In this Insight, Robbie explores the essentials of using the EasyDCP Resolve plugin.

Feature Grading: Getting Started

Getting started on a feature film can be a daunting process. Dan shares his experience on getting the ball rolling slowly and carefully

Colorist Podcast Episode 09

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to Technicolor senior colorist Peter Doyle about his amazing career & many other subjects

Feature Inspired Looks – Blade Runner 2049

Inspired by the Blade Runner 2049 trailer Dan shares his attempt at recreateing the intense warm washed look.

Look Theory: How I Grade Part Two

In How I Grade Part Two Dan shares more steps in his grading process. We look at auditioning looks and checking the correct exposure

Colorist Podcast Episode 08

In this episode of the colorist podcast, Josh talks to industry veteran/legend Dale Grahn about his storied career & many other subjects

Look Theory: How I Grade Part One

Dan attempts to walk through his thoughts when grading step by step from quality control to setting the first primary correction

Sky Replacement – Essential Skill For Colorists?

Day 11: 25 Insights in 25 Days New Year Marathon   Enhanced Or Natural In this Insight I’m asking the questions behind Sky Replacement and if it belongs in the…

Why We Love LUTs – Replace Your LUT Addiction

Most of us love to use LUTs behind closed doors. Dan shares his thoughts on why and how to break out of needing LUTs

Using Haze Creatively – Adding Depth To Your Image

Using Haze as a grading tool is an alternative method to using Vignettes. Making things lower contrast helps them sit back in the image.

Finishing In Resolve - Reframing, Blanking & Delivering - MixingLight.com

Reframing in Resolve as become common practice. Dan shares his approach to finishing in the box and shares his tips and tricks

Thinking Like A Colorist – Approaching Black And White

Dan shares the skills he learned in the darkroom and how he applies them to grading black and white in DaVinci Resolve

Thinking Like A Colorist: Breaking Down the Western Scene

Download the footage and follow along as professional Colorist Dan Moran, CSI color corrects a classic shot in the style of a Hollywood Western Look.

Thinking Like A Colorist - Color Correcting A Forest Scene

Colorist Dan Moran shares a color correction breakdown on how he approaches a new shot, sight unseen. How to make it an alien planet or a shed in a garden?

Matching Pantone References - And When To Say No

Matching Pantone references to video can be tricky at the best of the times. Get advice on getting that exact match - even if it's not precisely correct.

An Interview with Professional Colorist Rob Bessette

In Episode 6 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh Petok talks to commercial colorist Rob Bessette about his career, grading commercials & more!

Warm Looks: Yellow Warmth Vs Red Warmth (which are you?)

Warm looks don't always have to be rosy red and cozy looking. Take a look at a non-traditional warm color and learn how to add it to your color toolkit.

Getting To Know ACES Part 4: ACES 1.03 & ACEScct

In this installment of our introductory series on ACES, we explore a new working space added to the ACES 1.03 specficiation - ACEScct

Syncing Resolve's LUT Folder & Viewing HDR & SDR Simultaneously

In this MailBag episode, we discuss how to easily sync Resolve's LUT folder & the pros/cons of viewing HDR & SDR simultaneously

How To White Balance Shots: Part 1

Watch how to White Balance (or Color Balance) digital video images. You'll explore 4 different tools and learn their differences.

Colorist Podcast Episode 005

In Episode 5 of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talks to well-known online editor & colorist Terence Curren about his work & other sujbects

Thinking Like A Colorist - Considering Final Contrast Pt 1

Considering Final Contrast before you make your first primary correction is a huge advantage creatively to help you get the best results

Getting To Know ACES Part 3: VFX Workflow Essentials

In this Insight, Robbie concludes his series on Getting To Know ACES with look at essentials of using ACES for VFX roundtrips with Resolve.

Getting To Know ACES Part 2: More Terms & Resolve Setup

In part two of the series on getting to know ACES Robbie explores more ACES terms and shows how to get setup in DaVinci Resolve.

Revisiting Multi-Channel Audio Output In DaVinci Resolve

Resolve users are often tasked with making final outputs.In this Insight, learn how to easily route multi-channel audio for output.

Colorist Inspiration - UKMVAs Best Color Nominations 2016

Dan shares his thoughts about the 2016 best color grading award nominations and asks you to predict the winner

Resolve FX – Grading With Lens Flares

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

Colorist Podcast Episode 004

In Episode 4 of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well-known freelance colorist Mark Todd Osborne about his work & many interesting subjects

Color Correction Math in DaVinci Resolve: Control Surface vs. Mouse

Does the color correction math in DaVinci Resolve change depending if you're using a mouse versus using a colorist control surface?

Colorist Inspiration –  August 2016

The summer vacations are winding to a close, the kids are returning back to school and the post industry is winding up for that crazy blur that is the September…

From The Grading Room – Radiohead

Dan shares his story from the grading room on grading a short promo project for radiohead

From The Grading Room – Going Digital

Sometimes going for the film look is not the right decision. Dan shares his tips on going digital to give us great punchy sharp images.

Responsible Grading – Protecting Skin Tone

When working with heavy looks we sometimes forget about protecting skin tone and making our artist/actor look as good as possible

How to (mostly) Fix RGB Gamut Excursions in Software

If you're color correcting digital video for professional distribution, nothing is worse than having it rejected for RGB Gamut excursions!

Responsible Grading – Grading With Revisions In Mind

Sometimes we get lost in the heat of the moment and over complicate our grades. Dan shares his tips for responsible grading when time is short

Conform Issues Database – Introduction

Conforming timelines can be time-consuming before you even start color correcting. Learn the common issues (and how to fix them).

Delivering Project Files: Making The Choice About Your IP

You always deliver final video files but should you deliver project files to your clients too? Learn more in this Insight.

Colorist Inspiration – July 2016

Dan shares his top grades from July as a source of great colorist inspiration

Dirty Looks: Taking Your Image To The Limit

Dan shares his techniques for taking your image to the limit while maintaining legal levels.

Bad TV: Essential Steps For Creating The Bad TV Look

Every once and a while you'll need to create a stylized bad TV or surveillance camera look. In this Insight learn how.

Dirty Looks: Early '00s Looks

Dan shares some looks from his past focusing on two Early '00s looks in particular. One home digital camera one heavy 35mm music video

5 Strategies For Managing A Supervised Session

Supervised color grading is hard! In this Insight, Robbie shares 5 strategies for managing a supervised session.

Dirty Looks – Early Film Looks

Early film looks are a very popular request from clients.They can be tricky to build quickly so Dan shares his DRX files that you can download

Dirty Looks - Looks Throughout The Ages

At some point in every colorists career you will be asked to make some looks throughout the ages like 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Dan shares how.

Colorist Inspiration – June 2016

Summer has arrived and the annual down turn in business begins. My clients first head off to the cannes lions festival and then off on their summer holidays. It’s the…

Getting Started with CalMAN Colormatch

If you do video color correction, watch 'Getting Started with CalMAN ColorMatch' to learn how to test if you're display is accurate.

Dirty Looks – To Grain Or Not To Grain

Adding grain can help add a wonderful cinematic feel to a project but in the world of heavy compression is it a smart decision?

From The Grading Room – Wonderful Life

Dan shares parts of his conversation about the grade on recent wonderful life commercial grade.

Dirty Looks – Extreme Warmth

Sometimes projects call out for extreme warmth to help backup the story. Shows like breaking bad show that going to the extreme like in the desert pay off.

From The Grading Room: Fashion Commercial

From The Grading Room Fashion Commercial Recently I graded a beautiful fashion commercial so I thought it would be great to share another tale from the grading room with you…

Getting Started with Lightspace DPS Part 1

'Does my color correction display need recalibration?' Getting Started with Lightspace DPS (a free app) helps you answer that question.

Reference Display Profiling: Is Your Display Accurate?

If you do video color correction, do you know if your reference display is accurate? Learn how to find out. The first video in a series.

Colorist Inspiration – The Challenge

Challenge yourself weekly for the next year to build better and stronger and cleaner grades. Practice makes perfect

Colorist Inspiration – April 2016

NAB is over and a whole heap of new tools and toys have arrived for us colorists. The perfect time for another instalment of colorist inspiration. This instalment is slightly…

Resolve 12.5 - Robbie's Top Features

Another April, another version of DaVinci Resolve! In this Insight, Robbie shares his top new features of this exciting release.

From The MixingLight: MailBag Episode 31

In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore how to sharpen quick focus pulls and discussing using the HP Z27x DreamColor display.

From The Grading Room Grading Underwater Footage Mixinglight.com

Grading underwater footage is like grading footage from an alien planet. Dan shares his approach and technique for working in that world

MailBag Episode 30: NAB '16, Film Style Grading, sRGB

In this installment of From The Mail Bag we discuss our NAB '16 plans, log style grading and sRGB deliverables.

Shot Matching – Matching Black Levels

In this insight dan shares his approach and methods to matching black levels. Matching is hard but with practice you can become much faster!

4 Things To Know About Working With Look Up Tables

Using Luts in a color correction workflow is common, but everything doesn't always worked as planned. Learn 4 ways to work around look up table limitations

DaVinci Resolve: How to Use External Scopes with Video vs Data Levels

Learn how the 'data levels' and 'video levels' Project Setting effects your external scopes when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.

Shot Matching – Commercial Case Study

Dan shares a job from his grading suite as a commercial case study in shot matching

Working with LUTs in Premiere Pro: Part 1

Learn how to color correct with LUTs in Premiere Pro and the Lumetri Panel. Especially if your color correcting with RAW-, Log- or flat- recorded images.

HDR Essentials: Reading The Scopes In DaVinci Resolve

The Waveform & RGB Parade are essential tools for color correction. But when working with HDR footage in Resolve reading them can be slightly confusing.  

Shot Matching – Introduction To Shot Matching

Shot Matching is one of the hardest areas of being a colorist. Dan shares his approach to going head to head with mismatched shots.

Colorist Inspiration - February 2016 » MixingLight.com

Dan rounds up the best colorist inspiration from February 2016 with some of the best grades from the new year so far. 

Look Inspiration - Inspiration From Unlikely Sources

Sometimes inspiration can strike in the strangest of places. In this insight Dan shares how he finds inspiration from unlikely sources.

Look Inspiration - Bond Movie Inspired Retro Look

Dan shares his attempt and look inspiration in DaVinci of a fabulous Bond movie inspired 35mm film look from the music video Genghis Khan by Miike Snow.

Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look

Look Inspiration – 70s TV Inspired Retro Look There is a time in every colorists life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage! This insight…

HDR Essentials - Getting Setup In Premire Pro

HDR video is coming, and coming fast.  In this Insight, learn how to get setup and work with HDR video in Premiere Pro's Lumetri Color Panel.  

Look Inspiration – Adding Narrative To A Flashback

Sometimes we need to add more to our image to sell a flashback. Dan shares his tips for a firey look and adding diffusion and motion blur.

Look Inspiration - B&W Looks

Dan shares two of his favourite B&W Looks and the DRX files for you to download

How to use the Lumetri Color Panel: Part 1

The Lumetri Color Panel is a huge technical and workflow boost in Premiere Pro CC 2015. Learn why, and how to use the Lumetri Color Panel.

Fixing Cache & Gallery Warning Dialog Boxes

Pesky warning messages about inaccessible cache & still locations in Resolve can be a nusiance. Learn how to fix them in this Insight

Look Inspiration - Colorized Film Look

Dan shares his look and drx files for a Colorized Film Look

From The Mailbag EP 29: HDR Musing & Log Saturation

In this episode, Team MixingLight discusses HDR and best practices for setting saturation levels for log encoded footage

New Year's Resolutions To Strengthen Your Business

2016 is almost here!  Check out this Insight to discover some New Year's resolutions to strengthen your color grading business.

Colorist Inspiration – Dan’s Best Of 2015

Day 16: 25 Insights in 25 Days Holiday Marathon Colorist Inspiration – Dan’s Best Of 2015 As the year comes to an end I thought it would be the perfect…

Color Correcting in Premiere Pro: Why So Hard?

Why is color correcting in Premiere Pro so hard? This article explores Premiere's 'legacy' color correction filters and finds the answers.

Look Inspiration – ENR Processed Look

Dan shares his ENR processed look with his nodes and footage to grade along with at home.

Look Inspiration – Cold Commercial Look

A cold commercial look can help bring bright natural commercial into a moody and grungy world

HDR Essentials: What's HDR?

HDR is the 'next big thing' for color grading.In this Insight, get up to speed with two discussions about HDR with industry experts Bram Desmet & Juan Salvo

Skin Tone Essentials

In this Insight, Dan guides you through key aspects of getting proper skin tone in your grade.  

Colorist Inspiration – Adding Sunshine

Adding Sunshine In post can be tricky but Dan shares his techniques in DaVinci resolve to turn dull and grey images into warm and sunny!

Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Additional Technical Setup

In the last installment of the 3 part series learn about computer setup, control surfaces, GPU expanders & other key accessories for a suite

Look Inspiration - Red Filtered B&W » MixingLight.com

Dan shares his thoughts on how to emulate shooting black and white with a red filter on front of the lens to give an interesting look.

Look Inspiration - Warm Commercial Look » MixingLight.com

Dan shares his attempt at matching the shot on 35mm film warm commercial look of one of his favorite commercials this year.

Colorist Inspiration - November » MixingLight.com

Its time for the big christmas ads to roll out and more colorist inspiration. Dan share's some of the top work and one of his own.

LUT Limitation - The Best Of Both Worlds

The main pain when working with LUTs is not knowing exactly what they are doing. Dan shares his technique of LUT Limitation.

Look Inspiration - Hyperreal Look » MixingLight.com

We all strive to create the most cinematic looking images possible but sometimes its fun to go for a harsh hyperreal sharp bright look.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Lighting The Looks

When jobs look good you wonder why your own work might not look as good. In this insight Dan shares his thoughts on Lighting The Looks.

Tales From The Grading Suite - DP Colorist Communications

Have you ever wondered what it's like to speak to a DP before a job is shot? Dan shares a real world discussion on a tricky job.

Creating a 'Film Look' and Managing Film Grain

Breaking down the color correction for a 'webisode' and creating a 'Film Look'. Plus, ideas for managing film grain.

Look Inspiration - Metallic Monochrome » MixingLight.com

Sometimes you need to go hard and contrasty with black and white and Dan shares his experience when building a metallic monochrome look

Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Technical Setup

In part 2 of the series, learn about monitor and bias light setup, viewing distance, industry monitoring recommendations, routing & more

Colorist Inspiration - September 2015 Mixinglight.com

Septembers most memorable grades roll in and dan shares the best work he has seen from young colorists including one of his own!

Resolve Color Management & Raw

Resolve Color Management (RCM) is powerful workflow tool but using it with Raw footage can be slightly confusing. Learn more in this Insight

Rotoscoping In Resolve : An Introduction

Rotoscoping in Resolve is becoming more and more necessary. Dan shares some hints and tips on how he approaches the task.

Anatomy Of A Grading Suite: Design

Team ML gets a lot of questions on who to build a proper grading suite. In this Insight we tackle overall room design, furniture & lighting

Color correcting raw footage using Camera Raw controls

DaVinci Resolve provides RAW controls for color correcting raw footage. Here are three rules if you want to use those controls.

Rebooting Your Eyes : How To Step Back From Your Grade

Rebooting Your eyes can be tricky after spending hours, days or even weeks on a project. Dan shares how to refresh your eyes for a grade.

The Business Of Business: Partnership Essentials

Forming a business partnership with someone else can be exciting, but not done right can cause a lot of trouble. Learn more in this Insight.

Anatomy Of A Commercial Color Grade

The question of how to commercials look so good crops up constantly. Dan shares the in and outs of a grading session to show you how

Is Changing ISO in Post Production Accurate?

When working with RAW-recorded video in post-production is changing ISO in software the same as doing it in-camera? Click and find out.

Changing Exposure in Post-Production: A Thought Experiment

Does the Exposure control for a RAW-recorded video file work the same as changing the iris on your camera? This video explores this concept.

Using The EyeHeight Broadcast Video Legalizer Plug-in

File based or software video legalization can be hard. Check out this Insight to see how EyeHeight is making video legalization simple

Baselight For Avid - Colorist Crash Course - MixingLight.com

In this insight Dan gives you a crash course on all the major tool sets that you need to know to start grading in Baselight

Hawaiki Color and Analyzer for FCPX

A video tutorial, overview and breakdown of the Hawaiki Color and Analyzer color correction filters for Final Cut Pro X.

An Overview of the 'Color Finale' FCP X Plug-In

This is a video overview and breakdown of the FCP X color correction plug-in 'Color Finale'

Grade Breakdown - Challenge Your Imagination

In this insight Dan shares a Grade Breakdown on a recent commercial to challenge you to use your eyes to notice all his grades

Grading CG Footage - An Introduction To Video Game Footage

Video games are just as visually stunning as films these days but how to you approach color grading CG footage from one?

Color Washes - Working With Extreme Washes

Color washes are the most extreme form of grading but can be very rewarding when done well. Dan shows you how he thinks they work best.

Lens Distortion Removal With Premiere Pro

Action cameras and other wide angle lens can have some pretty severe lens distortion. Check out this Insight to learn how to remove it.

From The MailBag Episode 25

A couple weeks after NAB 2015, Team Mixing Light breaks down NAB 2015 - the gear & other amazing stuff from the week.

Rediscover The Basics - Invisible Look Technique

What do you do when a client says keep it natural? Dan shares tips for getting the most out of your image by building an invisible look

RGB Gamut Errors A Broadcast Colorists Nemesis

In this Insight, learn what RGB Gamut errors are and how to identify them before a broadcaster catches them for you!

Advanced Beauty Grading : Stills Techniques

In this insight I borrow my Stills Techniques and try and apply them to my video work. The standard is very high and the results are amazing

Advanced Beauty Grading : Borrowing From Stills

The world of stills retouching has such an amazing standard. Dan looks at those techniques and will borrow them for the video world

Colorist Health - My Campaign For Eye Awareness

How much time have you spent thinking about your eyes? Dan starts a new series about health issues including eye awareness.

Rediscover The Basics - Defining Texture In Your Image

Defining Texture is a great decision to make early on when grading. Do you want it to look glossy and commercial or textured and filmic?

Part 2: How to Estimate Time for Color Correction

Explore the 6 'slices' of a color correction session and how we manage our time across them. This lets us bid & quote more accurately.

Getting To Know Lattice

With LUTs so common place in modern color grading sometimes you need to visualize and convert them - Lattice can help!

Frequency Seperation : An Introduction » MixingLight.com

When working with skin it's quite easy to make it look false and over worked

Damage Control - DSLR Music Video Case Study

DSLR Music Video are pretty common and can be incredibly tricky. Dan shares one of his favorite music videos shot on DSLR

Damage Control - Working With Tricky DSLR Footage

Working with Tricky DSLR footage can be frustrating. Dan pulls out some awful clips from his archive and does his best to fix them.

Damage Control - Creating A Look With Difficult Footage

Grading high quality is fun but what happens when you have difficult footage to begin with? Dan takes a look at Damage control when grading

Rediscover The Basics - Preparing For An Important Grade

You've landed the grade of your career, what happens next? Dan shares his preparation when a big job arrives for him to grade

Colorist Look Inspiration - Food Commercials

Food commercials can be the trickiest of grades as they push your skillset and leave little room for error. Here are some techiniques

Colorist Look Inspiration - Car Commercials » MixingLight.com

How do they make car commercials look so polished and refined? Dan shows you some common techniques used on a car commercial.

Creating Skin Contrast With High/Low Key Techniques

In this Insight, learn how powerful shaping skin contrast around someone's face can be to make a shot more dynamic.

Rediscover The Basics - Advanced Node Operations

When you get into very advanced grading there are even more node operations to worry about. Dan shows you his layout for commercial grading.

Exporting LAB LUTs from Photoshop: Does it work?

Can you make extreme color corrections in LAB color space and export those LAB LUTs from Photoshop and have them work in Davinci Resolve?

Rediscover The Basics - Node Operations » MixingLight.com

Have you ever paused to think of the order that you place your nodes? Dan shares his approach to getting the most out of your image.

Colorist Block - When Nothing Looks Good

Sometimes you just can't make a grade look good no matter what you do! The Colorist Block is real and dangerous but defeatable.

Rediscover The Basics - Color Temperature

Color temperature allows us to control many factors from time of day to adding to the mood of your image by warming or cooling.

From The Mailbag Episode 20

In this From The Mailbag, we cover two GPU questions. Should you upgrade your system or GPU & does GPU debayering for RED footage work?

Rediscover The Basics - Contrast » MixingLight.com

Its tempting to dive in with many nodes & advanced techniques but spend more time getting your contrast right & you'll love the results

How to Match Shots in Final Cut Pro X

Learn how to match shots in Final Cut Pro X using its unique interface. Part 4 of this series on how to color correct in Final Cut Pro X.

Rediscover The Basics - Saturation » MixingLight.com

In a world where you can apply 20 nodes to build a look Dan challenges you to rediscover basic grading concepts starting with Saturation

Why Is Camera Matching with Color Charts So Hard?

If you've tried to match multiple cameras together using color charts, you've likely found it difficult. What's the problem you're having?

Better Grades In Premiere Pro: The Tonal Range Definition

Premiere Pro has a powerful 3-Way Color corrector but by default its tonal range is narrow. Learn how to get better grades by adjusting it.

Colorist Inspiration - The Best UK Commercials of 2014

We take a look at the Best UK Commercials of 2014 in the world of uk color grading.

From The Mailbag EP 19 Skin Corrections & The Film Look

In this episode of From The Mailbag, the team explores fixing blotchy skin and what goes into a film stock emulation.

Advanced Beauty Grading Part Two : The Fashion Look

Time to take the image into the next level with a fashion look in part two of the series on advanced beauty grading.

Why You Need To Dig Deep: Final Cut Pro X Exposure Slider

Understanding the Final Cut Pro X Exposure Slider is critical to knowing how to color correct in Final Cut Pro X. Click and discover: Why?

5 Things Keeping You From Becoming A Better Colorist

Everyone wants to get better at their craft. In this Insight learn about how to overcome 5 common barriers to becoming a better colorist

Dealing with Saturation in LAB Colorspace

In Part 5 of our LAB in DaVinci Resolve series, we answer members questions about dealing with saturation in LAB colorspace.

Photochemical Grading - Part Two » MixingLight.com

In part two of this series Dan dives into Resolve and tries out the methods first hand. Enjoying the restrictions and relief of grading.

Adding Some Clarity: 3 Different Methods

The clarity slider in some Adobe apps is a popular way to add a little pop or punch to a shot. Learn 3 methods for emulating this control.

Photochemical Grading - Part One » MixingLight.com

Have you ever wondered why Christopher Nolan uses color timing instead of a DI for his grades? We take a look at the color timing world

From The Mail Bag Episode 17

In this installment of From The Mailbag, learn about our 25x25 Holiday Marathon & we each discuss our top 2 color related questions.

Getting To Know The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250

The Colorimetry Research CR-100 & CR250 are two of the most affordable and accurate calibration meters on the market. Learn more...

Neo Noir B&W - Using Hardlight Blending Mode

Creating a feature film neo noir look can be tough. Dan shares his look using hardlight blending modes instead of his beloved curves.

4 Ways To Create The Leave Color Behind Look

The leave color behind look is something every colorist should have in their tool kit. Learn 4 different methods for creating this look.

Infrared Look - Emulating Aerochrome » MixingLight.com

Building an Infrared Look can give you some beautiful results if you have the right projects and feel adventurous!

Have You Progressed As A Colorist? One Way To Evaluate Your Progress.

Assessing Your Progress can be hard has a colorist. How are my grades better today than a year ago or even 5 years ago? Dan shows you how.

LAB Color in DaVinci Resolve - Foundations Part 2

In this video, transfer those Photoshop skills color correcting LAB color in DaVinci Resolve - plus how the tools don't translate directly.

LAB Color Correction Foundations - Photoshop

Learning how to color correct in LAB color space with DaVinci Resolve is easier if we start with how the Photoshop experts are doing it.

Color Correction Breakdown - Spanning the Ages

Commercial Breakdown - Rolo. Dan shares another instalment of his series of behind the scenes insights. We build looks for different eras.

LAB Colorspace: An Introduction (using DaVinci Resolve 11)

Photoshop pros are learning the power of LAB Colorspace. This is the first of several videos on applying those Insights to moving images.

Footage Quality Control - When To Reject Footage

Footage Quality Control in a modern file based world can be tricky. Dan shares his advice on how and when to reject source material.

Look Library - Halloween Slasher | MixingLight.com

Dan shows you how he built a Halloween Slasher Look inspired by classic 80s movies for a recent teaser commercial for Halloween.

Advanced Windows - Difficult Shape Masking

We take a look at difficult shape masking and combining multiple windows in DaVinci Resolve to give you total control over difficult images.

Advanced Windows - Multiple Windows & Tracking

Using multiple windows and tracking them into your scene gives you total control of your image and allows you to build powerful looks.

UKMVA's Best Color - MixingLight.com

Dan showcases the best of the best in UKMVA's Best Color grading award catagory.

Commercial Breakdown - Smirnoff | MixingLight.com

Dan takes a look at his latest commercial grade and shares the thinking and techniques behind the grades.

Shot Matching - Basic Camera Matching | MixingLight.com

In this Insight we take a look at doing shot matching with multiple cameras to create a smooth edit. BMPCC, BMCC and Red Scarlet

DaVinci Resolve 11: Broadcast Safe + Grouping LUTs

In this episode of From The MailBag, learn about Resolve 11's new broadcast safe option & how to use LUTs while Grouping.

Resolve Keyframes - From Newbie To Ninja | MixingLight.com

Resolve Keyframes can be confusing at first but if you follow a few essential rules you'll be keyframing like a pro in no time!

Shot Matching – Working With Skintone

Making people look as good is part of the dayjob for colorists. Working with skintone can be tricky but Dan shares his tips and approach.

1D Vs 3D LUTs - The Colorists Prespective

Look Up Tables can be complex subject. In this Insight get a colorists perspective on the difference between 1D and 3D LUTs.

Using Log Controls As A Secondary Correction

Many colorists use log controls as a primary grading tool. In this Insight learn how the log controls can also be used as a secondary.

Essential Skills For Assistant Colorists

Essential Skills For Assistant Colorists to help you get the job in a big facility. Being an assistant is hard work but you'll learn so much

Circuit Training - From Camera Rushes To Final Look

Dan breaks down a shot from camera rushes to final look. He shares the good the bad and the ugly grades from starting point to final grade.

Shot Matching - Matching Skies

Shot Matching - Matching Skies. In this Insight, Dan shows you his techniques for color matching skies between multiple set ups and scenes

Resolve 11 Highlights And Shadows Controls

New Tools For Resolve 11 Are The Highlights And Shadows Controls. They offer up new creative options for setting the contrast in your scene.

Attended Grading - Starting A Session

Attended Grading - Starting A Session is the hardest part of the grade. You need to understand what your new clients want from the grade

Resolve 11 - Softlight Blending Mode | MixingLight.com

New to Resolve 11 the softlight blending mode gives you a great new way to add texture and depth to your image.

Resolve 11 - Introduction To Lab Mode Grading MixingLight

Introduction To Lab Mode Grading in Resolve 11. This new way of working gives us lots of new creative options when grading.

Narrowing Your Color Palette | Mixinglight.com

Grading isn't always about adding to your image. Taking away and controlling colors is just as important when building strong images.

Narrative Grading - Time Of Day | Mixinglight.com

In this insight dan takes you through a journey of setting the time of day in a scene. The flow of the story is key when setting a time.

The Tangent Element In SpeedGrade & Good Skin Tone

In this episode of From The Mailbag, we discuss using the Tangent Element In Adobe SpeedGrade & what goes into getting good skin tone.

Narrative Grading - Setting A Time Period | MixingLight.com

Have you ever had to build a look that helps put a shot into a certain era? Dan Moran shows you how he approaches the challenge

A Straightforward Approach To Creating Blurred or Glowing Highlights

Learn how to quickly create a blurred or glowing highlights look using DaVinci Resolve

Creating An S-Curve Using The Contrast & Pivot Controls

Learn how to quickly create an S-Curve using the Contrast and Pivot controls in Resolve to add more filmic contrast to shots

Adding Grain Efficiently MixingLight.com

Adding grain can be hard to manage in Resolve. Dan shows you the easiest way to have grain ready in your colorist toolbox.

How to create a light, airy feel by dropping the midtones

Are you having trouble getting bright, happy images that aren't also feeling flat? Learn how I get around this by dropping the midtones.

Photochemical Color Timing + Cinematographers and Colorists

What is photochemical color timing? What is the role of the cinematographer while color correcting? Learn what three colorists think.

Managing A Grade – The Music Video

Grading a music video can be challenging from a time perspective. In this Insight learn about Managing A Grade for when time is tight.

Offset Controls - Introduction To Offsets

Dan takes a look at the offset controls. The oldest and most overlooked primary controls in Resolve. Great for shot balancing.

Reference Images - Matching To A Reference MixingLight

Reference Images - Matching To A Reference. Have you ever had to match your footage to a famous movie or photo? Dan will show you how.

Archiving and Restoring Jobs

In Part 3 of our series on the workflow for Commercial color correction projects, we discuss how we handle archiving and restoring jobs.

Colorist Circut Training Part 2 Mixinglight.com

In Colorist Circuit Training Part 2 we take a look at a sample exercise where Dan assesses his grades to find the best version.

Colorist Circuit Training Part 1 MixingLight.com

In Colorist Circuit Training Part 1 we take a look at some exercises to help strengthen your style and color grading skills.

Commercial Workflow Part 2: Leveraging The Master Session

Learn how ripple your color corrections through multiple timelines in DaVinci Resolve using the power of the Master Session.

Multiple Aspect Ratios

Learn an innovative approach to framing filmed images for multiple aspect ratios. Also - how to view these framings inside DaVinci Resolve.

Mailbag: Resolve vs SpeedGrade & Managing Versions In Resolve

In this Episode Of From The Mailbag, we discuss the pros and cons of Resolve vs SpeedGrade. As well as how to manage versions in Resolve.

Colorist Communication Dealing With Difficult Clients

Sometimes clients can have a very different vision of the project than you had.I offer some tips on grading in this situation

Analysing Your Footage : Pieces To Camera

Get the most out of your 'Pieces To Camera' (on-camera Stand-Ups) using power windows and curves on footage that needs to look normal.

How To Recharge Your Creativity (In 5 Simple Steps)

Feeling uncreative? We've all been there. Keeping your creativity at a high level is something you have to work at. Learn how in 5 steps.

Digital Video Noise Reduction: Targeting Individual Color Channels

In DaVinci Resolve, video noise reduction targeted to specific color channels lets us balance between sharpness and noise reduction.

Basic Visual Effects & Online Editing in DaVinci Resolve 10

Learn how to perform basic online editing tasks in DaVinci Resolve 10. This tutorial looks at compositing, titles and Sapphire plug-ins.

Color Correcting A Film Trailer: Sony FS700 Footage

In this color correction tutorial, we explore color correcting FS700 footage in our Fake Film Trailer. We'll also use Sapphire plug-ins for DaVinci Resolve.

Color Correcting A Fake Film Trailer: Grading RED Dragon Footage

In this installment of the Fake Film Trailer, I start color correcting Red Dragon footage. It's my first time working with this camera.

Color Correction Time Management: Grading in Passes

It's easy to get lost in the weeds when color correcting. Learn a Color Correction Time Management technique that keeps you from missing deadlines!

Adding Tension by Animating Power Windows: The Spaceship Sequence

We're going to use DaVinci Resolve key frames with animating Power Windows—dialing up the tension and creating the feeling of alien ships flying over head.

How to Color Correct Using LUTs (By Preparing Your Images)

If you're confused on how to color correct using LUTs, this video (one in a series) shows several different approaches for you to try.

How to Emulate the Clarity Slider + Color Correcting in VFX Workflows

Three professional colorists discuss how to emulate LightRoom's Clarity Slider in DaVinci Resolve. Plus, where color correction fits in VFX workflows.

How to Use DaVinci Resolve's Splitter Combiner Nodes

Learn how to split color channels into RGB, YUV or LAB with the Splitter Combiner nodes in DaVinci Resolve. Watch me put them to work.

How To Color Correct With Blending Modes : The Overlay Mode

You can use the Overlay blending mode to add grain and get great colour and contrast pop, with the click of a button. Watch me put it to use.

How To Color Correct Green Screen Footage (in DaVinci Resolve)

I like to work with background plates in Resolve. This allows me to color correct my product or actor in place, allowing creative choices. Watch me work.

Color Correction Looks: Creating Black and White Looks

Creating a Black and White Look seems like an easy prospect, initially. But they can be some of the most difficult jobs. Learn how to execute this Look.

Creating Color Correction Looks: Emulating the Film Look

Has a client ever asked you to create a 'Film Look'? Yes, us too. In this video, learn how we get to this Look using some new features in DaVinci Resolve.

Building Color Correction Looks: Tinting Your Shadows

Sometimes when you're color correcting you need to give the job an extra wow factor. My favorite technique at the moment is tinting the shadows. Learn how.

Podcast: Keying On Black Background + Chroma Subsampling Explained

We answer two questions: Solving a problem with keying and windowing the moon on a black background + explaining technical terms to co-workers.

Secondary Corrections in DaVinci Resolve

'Secondary corrections' are isolations to areas of an image to make specific color corrections. Here are tips on getting quick results.

Color Correction Tips: Matching Shots To A Brand Logo

Have you ever been asked to color match a shot to a reference image for their video? Here are a few ideas on how to do that in DaVinci Resolve.

DaVinci Resolve Tools: Using The Key Mixer Node

You will learn two ways to use the Key Mixer Node: How to set it up as a master control for multiple masks; and how to build garbage masks for cleaner keys.

Color Correction Looks: Creating The 7D Korean Horror Look

If you're looking to create a Look and want something a bit different (and even noisy)... here's how you can create the 'Korean Horror' Look.

Color Correcting with Log Controls in DaVinci Resolve: An Overview

Have you wondered how to use the Log Controls in DaVinci Resolve? This video is an overview of all the controls and some basic theory of how they work.

How To Blend Between Color Corrections Into The 'Day For Night' Look

DaVinci Resolve's node tree makes it tough dissolving between two completely different Looks. Learn how to do it easily, without getting lost in keyframes.

How to Build A 'Day For Night' Look - Color Correction Technique

What does it mean to shoot film or video as 'Day for Night'? Learn the terminology and how to do it in this video tutorial.

How To Set Up Your Color Suite + Monitoring Video in 444

In this podcast, Team Mixing Light answers two member questions: How do we set up our color correction suites? How do you set up monitoring in 4:4:4?

How to Build a Vintage Look For Your Videos

Recently, clients have been coming in asking me to create a 'vintage look' for them. What is that? And how do I go about it?

How to Use Scopelink for Scopebox in Premiere Pro (and FCP X)

If you're looking for scopes to use with Adobe's Premiere Pro, After Effects or Apple's Final Cut Pro - check ScopeLink, a powerful feature of ScopeBox.

Color Correcting A Music Video: Ask Me Anything

Do you have burning questions about color correcting music videos? Professional colorist Dan Moran, CSI is here to give you his answers.

Adding Depth-of-Field to Video: Sharpening & Blurring In Action

As part of our series on adding Depth-Of-Field while color correcting, learn my final step when executing this technique, making the image look sharp.

Adding Depth-of-Field To Video: Localized Contrast In Action

I spoke about the theory of adding depth earlier in this series but lets take a practical look at executing the theory so you can do this on your footage.

Adding Depth To Video : Putting Theory Into Action

After my 3-part series on the theory of Depth-of-Field and techniques simulating it, the theory is put to action—learn how you can use these techniques.

How to Split Your Brightness and Color Channels For Creative Control

When color correcting, learn how to split your image into separate brightness and color channels for creative reasons (and additional technical benefits).

Adding Depth-of-Field Using Selective Sharpening and Blurring

Are you looking to control depth-of-field in your video images during color correction? This video shows you how to use selective sharpening and blurring.

The Fundamentals of Color Correcting for Beauty

Have you ever needed to improve how an actor 'looks' in a video? Learn the basics of how the pros do it in this Beauty Grading 101 video.

How to Simulate Depth of Field for Filmic Images: The Theory

How do you simulate depth of field in video? This is the first in a series of tutorials on helping your images feel more 'filmic'.

Creatively Using Soft Clipping in DaVinci Resolve

'Clipping' image detail is considered bad. But learn how to use DaVinci Resolve's 'soft clipping' control for great creative effect.

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