Expanding DaVinci Resolve's Functionality with Python

Resolve's new scripting APIs open up exciting new possibilities. Learn how to get started by using Python to import comments from Frame.io.

A Month Later: Mixing Light's Take On NAB 2018

It's been a little over a month since NAB 2018. In this From The Mailbag, we sit down to discuss all the things we saw including our thoughts on Resolve 15, new HDR monitoring, control surfaces and more.

From The Grading Suite: From Short Form To Reality

Dan shares the tale of his attempt at grading long-form reality television after spending 10 years being a pampered commercial colorist.

Using Denoiser III On Challenging Footage (Compared to Neat Video)

Part of Magic Bullet Suite, Denoiser III has been rewritten from scratch. Its simplified UI makes it easy to use. But can we expect the same kind of results than a more expert plugin like Neat Video? Let's get a closer look and make comparisons.

Grading Challenge - Reviewing My Car Brief Grades

In this insight Dan is reviewing your efforts on his car brief and also sharing his attempt at the shot to show his approach to the grade.

Colorist Podcast Episode 013: Vanessa Taylor

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh is joined by colorist Vanessa Taylor. From balancing tech & art, grading HDR this is a great listen!

DaVinci Resolve 14: The Mythical Collaborative Workflow Has Arrived

Like flying cars, the 'Studio' concept of post-production was promised for generations. At NAB 2017 we have the first actual implementation in Resolve 14.

Color Correction Gear Head: Review of the Resolve Mini Control Panel

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head veteran colorist Marc Wielage provides his impressions of the new Resolve Mini Control Panel.

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.

Getting To Know ACES Part 4: The Latest In ACES Updates

Continuing our introductory series on ACES, you learn about the latest updates to ACES, including a working color space added to the ACES 1.03 specficiation: ACEScct. Plus, how it effects DaVinci Resolve colorists.

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

How to Work Around the 'Mouse Math Bug' in DaVinci Resolve

In an earlier video we showed you the 'mouse math bug' when color correcting in DaVinci Resolve—now learn how to work around it.

Getting To Know The New Flanders Scientific BoxIO

Color management can be complex. We talk to FSI's Bram Desmet about their new BoxIO Lut box and how it can help on-set & in post.

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

12 New Features in Resolve Studio 12.5 (to get you to upgrade to Paid)

These 12 New Features in Resolve Studio 12.5 may finally get you to upgrade to the paid version. See some of them in action.

DaVinci Resolve Studio Exclusive Features

DaVinci Resolve Studio Exclusive Features Version 12.5 Marks New Thinking About ‘Resolve Studio’ Whenever a major new version of DaVinci Resolve is released, the first thing I do is print…

Resolve 12.5 – Dan’s Favorite New Features

Resolve 12.5 is here and Dan shares his thoughts on the exciting brand new features and how they can be used to help you colour correct better.

Resolve 12.5 First Look – Patrick’s Gems

This DaVinci Resolve 12.5 First Look shares a working colorist's initial thoughts about the big new update to this color correction software.

From The Grading Room: Turning A Session Around

not every session can be amazing and Dan shares his tips on turning a session around and winning over a client when things don't go your way.

Is DaVinci Resolve Studio on the Mac App Store Worth It?

Is DaVinci Resolve Studio on the Mac App Store worth the $500 upgrade over the free version? Or should you buy the more expensive 'dongled' version?

Edge Sharpening & Denoise Workflow

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss how to isolate and sharpen edge details, and discuss a proper video noise reduction workflow

Christmas Clean Up: Refresh Your System

In this Insight Dan explores some things to think about when it comes to doing a refresh of your system.  

DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta 1: Special Report

Three colorists discuss DaVinci Resolve 12 including: What it means to use Beta software; favorite features (so far); areas of improvement

DaVinci Resolve 12 First Look : Colorist Crash Course Mixing Light

Resolve 12 is here and this insight is aimed to get experienced colorists up and running as soon as possible with some tips from Dan

Baselight For Avid: Initial Thoughts on Primary Corrections

Dan shares his first thoughts on making primary corrections using the Baselight for Avid color correction plug-in.

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.

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 - Node Operations

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.

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.

Creating LUTs From Adobe Photoshop

You've been able to apply lookup tables in Adobe Photoshop for a while, but a new feature gives the ability to export LUTs. Learn how!

Final Cut Pro X Color Correction Challenge

What if a professional colorist were required to color correct in Final Cut Pro X (without plug-ins)? We start by exploring Exposure.

Infrared Look - Emulating Aerochrome

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

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.

Look Library - Halloween Slasher

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.

Remote Versions: Sharing Grades Between Multiple Timelines

If you have to color correct multiple versions of a timeline, DaVinci Resolve's Remote Versions is a feature you need to know.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Resolve 11 - Softlight Blending Mode

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

Resolve 11 - New Matte Finesse Controls

Resolve 11 - New Matte Finesse Controls brings some great refinements to the qualifier controls. Clipping and noise reduction make pulling keys easier than ever!

Resolve 11 - Introduction To Lab Mode Grading

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

Working With The Clone Tool

Working With The Clone Tool in Resolve 11. Dan will be showing you how to paint and clone out elements of your footage.

Resolve 11 - Dan's First Thoughts

Dan Moran takes you on a tour of his favorite new DaVinci Resolve 11 features including grading tools, render caching and much more

Legalizing With No Legalizer & R3D Trimming

In this installment of From The Mailbag we discuss two questions about video legalization & using R3D trimming in Resolve with Remote Grades

Sky Replacement Challenge

Using a sky replacement we change a simple beach scene into a moody tropical sci fi establishing shot

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.

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

Using External Mattes In DaVinci Resolve

When you need precise separation using External Mattes from a Rotoscope artist makes precise grading in DaVinci Resolve a breeze

Using Color Trace in DaVinci Resolve – Part 1

Learn how to copy color corrections from one timeline to another timeline using Color Trace in DaVinci Resolve.

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.

Colorist Circuit Training Part 1

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

Legalizing Video in SpeedGrade CC Part 1

If you're wondering how to legalize video in Speedgrade CC, this video will show you.

Grading Composites In DaVinci Resolve

Grading Composites like picture in picture effects from a single clip can be heard. Learn how to attack these shots in 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.

Resolve Live Grading Essentials

A powerful new feature in DaVinci Resolve 10 is Resolve Live. Learn the essentials of how to his feature works & can help you on-set.

Using the Tangent Element with SpeedGrade CC

Why do professional video colorists love controls surfaces? Watch the Tangent Element with SpeedGrade CC highlighting a few advantages.

Mailbag: Beating A Creative Funk & Consolidating Reels

In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss getting out of creative funk & consolidating a multi-reel project in Resolve.

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.

Podcast: Mixing Light In 2014 + Grading A Single-Take Film

In this episode of From The Mail Bag we discuss what's in store for Mixing Light in 2014 & discuss how to grade a film shot in one take.

How To Analyse Your Footage For Color Correction: Beach Sunset

Learn how a professional colorist analyses an image. Learn what they focus on and how they grade using contrast, color and secondaries.

How To Creatively Use DaVinci Resolve's Splitter-Combiner Nodes

Learn how you can easily add some fun 'video distortion' to a music video or commercial using some creative Splitter-Combiner techniques in DaVinci Resolve.

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.

Color Correcting A Film Trailer: Simple Compositing (in DaVinci Resolve)

Can you perform simple compositing in DaVinci Resolve? Yes. Plus, you can use blending modes and alpha channels to add visual effects or graphics.

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.

Video Noise Reduction In DaVinci Resolve: The Neat Video OFX Plug-in

We explored video noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve 10 earlier. In this tutorial you look at the OpenFX plug-in, Neat Video, and compare the differences.

Video Noise Reduction In DaVinci Resolve: The Built-In Toolset

Explore DaVinci Resolve 10's built-in video noise reduction tools. It's available to paid owners Resolve 10. Should you upgrade? Watch Parts 1 & 2...

How to Prepare A Film Trailer For Color Correction

Learn how a professional colorist evaluates a project (film trailer) before a single shot is color corrected - a critical step for smooth sessions.

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 Create a Custom Log Grading Keyboard Shortcut

In Davinci Resolve, learn how to create a custom Log Grading keyboard shortcut - giving quick access to this 3-Way Color Correction panel.

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.

Using Node-Based PTZR For Lens Spot Removal (in DaVinci Resolve)

Learn how you can create a window and use the new node PTZR controls hide a dead pixel, water spot or other unwanted item in that shot.

Understanding Time Remapping in DaVinci Resolve 10

New feature in Resolve 10 include frame blending, motion flow, rippling your timeline and varispeeds via XML. In this video I cover all these features.

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.

Playing 720p23.976 Inside DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve doesn't officially support the specific combination of a 720p frame size playing back at 23.976. Learn how you can force this playback.

Tips and Tricks When Pulling External Keys (in DaVinci Resolve)

Do you ever wish you could work on a perfect duplicate of an HSL key you created in DaVinci Resolve? Learn tricks for doing that (and avoid copy/pasting).

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.

Resolve 10 Windows

Dan shares the updates and feature refinements for Resolve 10 Windows including showcasing the new gradient window and unlimited shapes per node

HEY—Where's My Master Session (in DaVinci Resolve 10)?

DaVinci Resolve 10 hides the 'Master Session' by default. Why do I rely on it when color correcting commercials and music videos? How do you find it again?

Color Correcting Food for Commercial Clients in Digital Video

How does a professional colorist color correct food? Our guest colorist Rob Bessette shares his secrets and the keys for a successful session.

Tips & Tricks for Time Remapping in DaVinci Resolve 9 & 10

Dealing with Time Warps in a color correction workflow is difficult to manage. I found a workflow, saving time and money for you and your clients!

How To Copy Color Corrections Between Sequences in Avid Symphony

Do you know how you can copy / merge color corrections in Avid Symphony from one sequence to another? This video shows you the process.

Using Resolve Track Nodes: Controlling Uncontrollable Light Sources

Learn how to make a global correction to the brightest and most intensely saturated areas of an image without tediously creating nodes for each shot.

Color Correcting In Sections with Avid Media Composer

If your client is asking for changes in your color corrections that effect entire scenes then here's how to quickly make those fixes in Avid.

Preparing A Color Correction Session For A Commercial Client

You can learn my tips and tricks to prepare for a client-supervised commercial color correction session. it's not just about your skill. Preparation counts.

Color Correcting In Avid: Work Faster with Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you want to learn how to color correct faster on Avid Media Composer? Build on our earlier customizations with these super-fast Avid shortcuts.

DaVinci Resolve: Working With 'Handles' While Color Correcting

If your clients are asking for you to render out 'handles' after color correcting their job then this Insight will help sidestep some pitfalls.

How Do You Customize Avid Media Composer (for Color Correction)?

The key to being fast in Avid Symphony is mastering the keyboard and interface. Learn how you can customize Avid, tuning it for color correction.

How to Color Correct the Blackmagic Pocket Camera

Are you looking for ideas on how to color correct the Blackmagic Pocket Camera? I share how I work with it in DaVinci Resolve.

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.

Trimming RED Footage Using DaVinci Resolve's Media Manager

Learn how you can trim RED footage and copy to your hard drive only the portions of your clips needed to recreate your timeline, saving hard drive space.

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.

Tracking Power Windows: Tips and Tricks in DaVinci Resolve

Learn how you can track foregrounds, backgrounds + copying and pasting tracks and how to deal with objects moving behind other objects while tracking.

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 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 Apply Custom Aspect Ratios In DaVinci Resolve

When a client asks for a specific pixel dimension or Aspect Ratio learn how you can precisely set it up in DaVinci Resolve, even if no preset exists.

Using LUTs in Adobe Photoshop: Applying Grades To Still Images

Learn how to use a color correction exported as a LUT and use it in Photoshop. Plus—a small caveat in this workflow (about how Photoshop applies LUTs).

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.

How to Composite Graphics in SpeedGrade CC

Compositing graphics in SpeedGrade - even in a Native SpeedGrade project - is easier than you think! Learn how you can do it.

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 Work with Arri Alexa Footage in Premiere and SpeedGrade

Are you working with Arri Alexa Footage in Premiere Pro or SpeedGrade? This tutorial will walk you through the workflow.

Understanding the Color Pucks In The FCP X Color Board

Are you struggling with getting good results from the FCP X Color Board? Learn how to analyze its image processing and build a custom workflow.

On Overview Of The "Pre-Conformed Workflow" In DaVinci Resolve

This workflow is an ultimate timesaver and involves getting a single flattened video clip of the project you're grading and using Resolve to slice it up.

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).

How To Build Your Own Custom Render Cache in DaVinci Resolve

If you're having trouble getting real-time playback in DaVinci Resolve then try this tip for creating your own custom render cache.

Understanding the FCP X Color Board Exposure Controls

Are you using the FCP X Exposure controls efficiently? Is there an approach to improve your results? Most likely, yes. Click to learn more.

The 3-Band Technique for Enhancing Boring Exterior Shots

Flat boring outdoor shots are very common when color correcting. What can you do to fix it? Learn a technique based on Classical painting theory.

Premiere Pro Adjustment Layers: Applying A Look To An Entire Scene

Adjustment layers can be used for many things—a favorite is color correcting and applying a Look to a few shots, a scene or an entire timeline.

How to Setup Speedgrade CS6 for Stereo 3D Color Correction

Learn the essentials of the 3D workflow in SpeedGrade CS 6 - from organizing footage to auto-aligning eyes and rippling grades between the video streams.

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.

What is a LUT (and how do you use a LUT for color correction)?

Look-up Tables are mathematically precise. Understanding LUTs requires you to accept that a single LUT can NEVER be used for all your shots.

Three Strategies for Backing Up DaVinci Resolve Projects

You're going to learn 3 useful and easy methods to protect your work from hard drive catastrophe by saving your Projects, Stills & Databases.

How To Be Absolutely Sure That You Color Corrected All Of Your Shots

If you are color correcting a long timeline in DaVinci Resolve then how can you be sure you didn't miss a shot? Learn how to never miss a shot again.

How to Quickly Flip Between Corrections in DaVinci Resolve

The Versions feature in DaVinci Resolve will help you build different grades for the same shot—and then flip between them quickly.

DaVinci Resolve: How to Organize Your Color Corrections with 'Still Pages'

On big jobs, organizing your saved 'stills' in DaVinci Resolve can save you a lot of time and energy. Learn how Resolve's Gallery can help you stay focused.

Curves Color Correction: Avid Symphony vs. DaVinci Resolve

What is the difference between the Curves interfaces in Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve? Learn how to simulate Avid Curves in Resolve.

How You Can Add Camera Shake in DaVinci Resolve

If you want to add Camera Shake in Davince Resolve then it can be tricky since there isn't a 'shake' tool. Learn a quick workaround to achieve this effect.

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