Surviving (And Finishing) A 1000 Shot Project In 2 Days Or Less

Coloring long form projects with very quick turn arounds can be very challenging. In this article, learn techniques for surviving & finishing big projects

Colorist Podcast Episode 16: Alexis Van Hurkman Part 2

In this episode, Josh continues his conversation with director, author and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman. they talk HDR, ACES and more!

Grading Challenge - Beauty Grading Brief

Beauty grading is a discipline all on its own. Dan shares a typical client brief and will offer stages of feedback like a real world client

Is Magic Bullet Looks 4 Fast Enough For Client-Attended Sessions?

Magic Bullet Looks is a powerful plug-in for creating looks. Does the newest version play back in real-time? How is its performance in Davinci Resolve?

Thinking Like A Colorist - The "Final Grade"

An old school technique that is still regularly used today in commercials. Having a break between grading the same footage has huge advantages.

Colorist Podcast Episode 15: Alexis Van Hurkman

In this installment of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well known author, director, and colorist Alexis Van Hurkman about a wide variety of color topics

Eye Training : Diagnose and Compare

In a new series Dan shares his guide to training your eye for contrast issues. Follow this four step process to learn how to diagnose and fix your images

RED's IPP2 Pipeline In Resolve (Sort Of)

RED's new IPP2 processing pipeline has a lot to offer, in this Insight, we explore the new pipeline setup in RedCineX & DaVinci Resolve 14

Colorist Inspiration – August 2017

Dan is turning 30 and shares his work from across the years to show how his grading has evolved and improved year after year

Feature Grading: Using Markers To Keep Your Sanity Part 1

Managing the elements and components on a feature film is pretty much a full time job. Dan shares his tips for using markers to stay on top of his project

Using Resolve 14's New Color Stabilizer To Smooth Exposure Bumps

If you're trying to smooth out exposure changes in your footage then you'll love using Resolve 14's new Color Stabilizer filter (and avoid keyframing).

Is Resolve 14's New Stabilizer An Upgrade (or is it dumbed down)?

In DaVinci Resolve 14, the Stabilizer got a new set of controls that seem overly simple. Has this tool been upgraded? Or should you work in Classic mode?

Thinking Like A Colorist - Assessing Tonal Range

Dan shares his new approach to Assessing Tonal Range and the initial grading moves by asking. Are you trying to make it look better or different?

Colorist Podcast Episode 014: Juan Ignacio Cabrera, CSI

in this installment of the Colorist Podcast, Josh talk to colorist Juan Ignacio Cabrera about his work on cutting edge projects & many other subjects.

Creative Grading - Blending LUTs

Some jobs just call for the grade to be turned up to 11. A fun way to do this is by blending multiple LUTs together and enjoying the happy accidents!

Dust Busting - Removing Dirt In Resolve

Dust Busting in one of those tools you don't know exists in Resolve. Dan shares his tips on how and when to use it in the grade

Mailbag Episode 38: R14 New Features & Revisiting Remote Rendering

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss our new R14 New Features title as well as discussing Resolve Remote Rendering with guest Joey D'Anna.

From The Grading Room – Grading Lucy Rose

Dan shares the behind the scenes thoughts that go into such a stylised 70s era music video for Lucy Rose. 80% in camera and 20% in 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!

In Action: Working With The Key Mixer In DaVinci Resolve

In Part 2 of this series on working with alpha channels in DaVinci Resolve, learn how to use the Key Mixer to solve tricky a tricky problem on a commercial.

From The Grading Room – A Tribute To An Icon

Sometimes we need to go outside our role as traditional colorist. Dan shares his story form his work paying tribute to an icon

Getting To Know The Resolve 14 Collaborative Workflow Part 2

In this Insight, we put Part 1 into action and explore the powerful workflows possible with Resolve 14 collaborative workflows.

Dan's Month In ACES

Dan spent a month in ACES getting to know the new way of grading. In this insight he shares his thoughts on the good the bad and the ugly of ACES.

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

Getting To Know The Resolve 14 Collaborative Workflow: Part 1

Among Resolve 14's great new features, the redesigned collaborative workflow stands out. In this Insight, learn the essentials of Resolve collaboration.

In Action: Working with Key Signals in DaVinci Resolve

Working with key signals in DaVinci Resolve isn't hard - but it's not intuitive either. Once you figure it out, it's also a power feature. Learn more.

Find Your Color Correct Inspiration -Best Colorist Nominations 2017

Dan Moran shares his thoughts on the best commercial color grade nominations 2016. Top work from excellent colorists are great sources of ideas.

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!

DaVinci Resolve 14: First Look

In this Insight, we take a look at some of the compelling new features in DaVinci Resolve 14 including OFX, performance and editing improvements.

Color Correction Gear Head: April 2017 Edition

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

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?

Color Correction Gear Head: March 2017 Edition

In this special edition of the Color Correction Gear Head series, we welcome Joey D'Anna & his review of the Resolve Mini Panel.

Green Screen Keying & Managing Transparency In Resolve

In this Insight, learn about pulling a green screen key in DaVinci Resolve and how to manage transparencies and rendering alpha channels.

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.

Colorist Podcast Episode 010

In this edition of the Colorist podcast Josh talk to the famed Warren Eagles from the International Colorist Academy.

Breaking Geographic Boundaries: Remote Grading Part 2

In part 2 of this ongoing series, Robbie explores using Streambox's Hybrid Encoder for remote sessions plus some additional gear.

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.

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.

Breaking Geographic Boundaries: Remote Grading Part 1

In part 1 of a 3 part series, we explore the different methods of remote grading and how remote work can help your bottom line.

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

From The Mailbag EP 35: The Look Of 'Westworld' & Look Philosophies

In this installment of 'From The Mailbag', Team Mixing Light discusses the look of the series 'Westworld' and our look creation philosophies.

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

New Year Resolutions 2017: Improving Your Business & Color Grading

In this Insight, Robbie shares a number of new year resolutions for potentially improving your business & color grading.

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?

Making The Move From Mac To A Windows PC, Part 1: Addressing Common Objections

In part 1 of new series on switching from the Mac to Windows, we address some common complaints often cited about moving from a Mac to a PC

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

Find Your Color Correct Inspiration - British Arrows Best Colorist Nominations 2016

Dan Moran shares his thoughts on the best commercial color grade nominations 2016. Top work from excellent colorists are great sources of ideas.

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

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

Showreel 2016 – Showcasing Your Range

Are you showcasing your range of looks and grades with your showreel? Dan breaks down his latest reel and explains why

Getting To Know ACES Part 3: VFX Workflow Essentials

In this Insight, Robbie continues his series on Getting To Know ACES with look at the 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.

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 Gear Head: September 2016 Edition

In this installment of Color Correction Gear Head we take a look at the Pascal Titan X GPU, LG B6 OLED, & some fantastic Focal Speakers

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

Colorist Podcast: Episode 3

In Episode 3 of the Colorist Podcast Josh talks to well-known finishing artist & colorist Gray Marshall from Technicolor L.A. about his work.

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).

Resolve Remote Rendering: Setting Up A ProRes 'Dongle'

Working on a PC but need to render ProRes? In this Insight, learn how to setup Resolve remote rendering & use a spare Mac for ProRes renders

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

Color Correction Gear Head: The July 2016 Edition

In the inaugural edition of the Mixing Light color correction gear head series we take a look at 4 pieces of gear for the colorist.

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…

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.

How Sync & VPN Changed My Color Grading Life

In this Insight, Robbie explores how through VPN & BitTorrent sync he was able to leave the office earlier & still work!

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…

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.

Working with Vignettes in Premiere Pro CC

Step 3 in our 'Premiere Pro Color Correction Protocol' is to control the viewer's eye. Learn how—by working with vignettes and custom masks.

Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 1

Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 1 I had an eye opening experience in my grading suite this week. Some clients of mine asked me to match grade some…

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

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

Shot Matching – Commercial Case Study

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

Big Shop To One Man Show: Building A Workflow To Minimise Downtime

Building a one man workflow to get the maximum out of your time grading. 

Getting Grainy: 3 Different OFX Plugins

In this Insight Robbie explores 3 different OFX grain plugins for Resolve from Film Convert, Boris, and GenArts and explains which is his favorite and why

Showreel 2016 – Who Is Your Target Audience?

It's time to cut your reel and Dan shares his advice on his Showreel 2016

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.  

Building IR LUT Variations In Photoshop

In this Insight learn how to build Infrared type looks in Photoshop & export them for use video grading tools like DaVinci Resolve.   

Look Inspiration - B&W Looks

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

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

Neat Video 4 - Revisiting The Popular Noise Reduction Plugin

Neat Video is a popular noise reduction plugin for a variety of platforms. In this Insight Robbie explores the plugin now in version 4.

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…

Look Inspiration – ENR Processed Look

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

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

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

From The MailBag Ep 27: The Glossy Look & Edge Sharpening

In this installment of From The Mail Bag, Team Mixing Light discusses what goes into the 'glossy' look of many commericals & how to edge sharpen shots.

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!

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.

Calibrating To Match: Perceptually Matching Two Monitors

Two monitors may not match even if calibrated to the exact same color and luminance values. Learn how to perceptually match two monitors

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.

Permanently Adding LUTs To The Lumetri Color Panel

Using LUTs with the Lumetri Color Panel can be tedious.In this Insight learn how to add LUTs permanently to the panel for quick access

Color Correction Breakdown: Solving Problems

In color correction we're solving problems. Sometimes they're handed to us, sometimes they're problems we created. See examples of both.

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.

Using Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' to Switch Between Looks

If you need to switch between different Looks in a single shot, learn how to use DaVinci Resolve's 'Layer Mixer' node for fine-tuned control.

Fusion - Expanding Your Colorist Toolbox » MixingLight.com

Blackmagic Design Fusion is now free for everyone so make sure to add it to your colorist toolbox. Dan runs down his favorite tools so far

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

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

Rendering Multiple Projects (And Timelines) At Once!

In this Insight, learn how to leverage DaVinci Resolve's powerful rendering engine to render multiple projects and timelines all at once.

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.

Resolve 12 First look: Resolve Color Management

Check out this Insight to learn more about the essential of the new Resolve Color Management (RCM) features of DaVinci Resolve 12

Resolve 12 First Look: Automatic Shot Matching

A most welcomed new feature in Resolve 12 is Automatic Shot Matching. In this Insight, learn how it works and if it's right for your workflow

Compositing in DaVinci Resolve 12 - A First Look

Have you ever tried compositing in DaVinci Resolve? It used to feel like a work-around. In Resolve 12, it's MUCH easier. This video explains.

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

Look Setting Review & Approval With Frame.io

Frame.io provides a ton of tools for collaboration including some great ways for a colorist to interact with their client. Learn more...

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

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.

Creating A Shared DaVinci Resolve Database

In this Insight learn what gear you'll need and how to properly setup a shared database in DaVInci Resolve.

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

Using DaVinci Resolve's Curves To Deconstruct A Look

In this Insight, contributor Josh Petok shows a straight forward but very effective way to use Resolve's curves to deconstruct a look.

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?

Degrading Footage - How To Mess Up Shots

Sometimes you need to throw the rules out the window and create the worst possible image for effect. Dan shows you how to do this in Resolve

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.

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

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?

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

From The MailBag Episode 23

In this installment of From The MailBag we take a look at file naming and project organization as well as tips for sharpening footage.

From The MailBag Episode 22

In this installment of From The Mailbag, we discuss using grain as an external matte on a still & broadcast safe workflow.

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.

From The Mailbag Episode 21

In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore the idea of a rolling conform in Davinci Resolve and using Dropbox to share databases

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

A LightRoom LUT Workflow

In this Insight, learn how with help of a simple yet powerful plugin you can export Look Up Tables (LUTs) from Lightroom to use elsewhere.

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

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.

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

Using Data Burn-In & Text Layers For Client Notes

Take notes in a grading session? Have bad handwriting? In this Insight learn how to create client notes directly in Resolve with data burn-in

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

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.

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.

Dynamic Project Switching In DaVinci Resolve

Learn about a little known feature in Resolve 11 called Dynamic Project Switching that allows you instantly switch between large projects

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!

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

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.

DaVinci Resolve Node Trees for LAB Colorspace

Explore the different types of DaVinci Resolve node trees for LAB colorspace. Should we do all our work in one node? Or multiple nodes?

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.

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!

Selectively Apply The "Instagram" Look With YSFX

YSFX tools in Resolve can be used to create vintage looks especially when combined with selectively applying them. Learn this technique now

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.

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.

SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 - New Tools & Improved Workflows

SpeedGrade CC 2014.1 offers an updated Interface, New Features and some new tools. Check out this Insight To Learn More

Colorist Inspiration - Dave Hussey

We visit the colour grading work of Company 3 master colorist Dave Hussey – rock star colourist and all round awesome guy

Color Balance Skies and Shot Matching

Do you need to color balance every shot in your video? What are the best strategies to color balance and enhance gray skies? Listen & learn.

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.

Mixing Light From The MailBag Ep 14

In this episode of From The MailBag learn about what to do when you have no client direction & how to achieve that national spot look

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.

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

Grading Master Clips in Adobe SpeedGrade & Premiere Pro

Learn how to leverage grading a master clip in SpeedGrade & Premiere Pro. By using master clips you can speed up your grading dramatically.

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 - New Matte Finesse Controls MixingLight.com

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 MixingLight

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 | MixingLight.com

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

Sky Replacement Challenge | MixingLight.com

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

How to make Blown-Out Highlights Look Intentional

Frequently we need to make blown-out highlights in our videos look intentional. I demonstrate doing that using Lens Flares from Sapphire 7.

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.

Using Indie Essentials with DaVinci Resolve

Are you wondering how to use the Indie Essentials quicktime library with DaVinci Resolve? This advanced tutorial demonstrates one workflow.

Best Exposure From Your Raw Files MixingLight.com

Working With raw files allows you to to get the best possible results with your footage. Lets start with getting the best exposure

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

Using External Mattes In DaVinci Resolve MixingLight.com

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

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.

Masking and Tracking in Premiere Pro CC

Learn techniques for masking and tracking in Premiere Pro CC in this color correction tutorial from a professional colorist.

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.

Colorist Inspiration – Jean-Clément Soret

Jean-Clément has been the most influential post production professional in London and for many years. Here is a look at his work.

Legalizing Video with DaVinci Resolve

Legalizing Video with DaVinci Resolve can be done in several ways. In this video we show you how to do it Shot-by-Shot.

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.

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

Double Side Technique: Complementary Color On Both Sides Of The Frame

Learn how the Double Side Technique can help you to create more dynamic color grades on flat or boring shots.

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.

Techniques for Color Correcting Long Steadicam Shots

Color correcting long steadicam shots can be a challenge. Learn how a professional colorist cracks this nut with shapes, tracking and keyframes.

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.

Color Correcting With Blending Modes : Using the Add & Screen Modes

In Part 2 of this series you learn how to use the Add and Screen blending modes to create glows, texture or light leaks to your moving images.

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.

How To Use the RGB Mixer To Remove The Arri Alexa Film Matrix

Are you fighting a green color cast with Arri Alexa footage? This may be due to the Arri Alexa Film Matrix. Learn how to use Resolve's RGB mixer to fix it.

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.

How To Use The Premiere Pro Title Tool To Color Correct with Shapes

Using shapes to isolate areas of your image for color correction is a key color correction skill. Learn how to do this using the Premiere Pro Title Tool!

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...

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 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.

An Introduction to the OpenFX Film Convert Plug-In: Part 1

Part 1 of our two-part overview of the Film Convert Plug In. Learn how to use the OpenFX version in DaVinci Resolve 10 and explore its various options.

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.

Creating Color Correction Looks: The Low Contrast Look

The Low Contrast Look is a flat style of color correcting. In this video, learn how we execute it without making our images look lifeless.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

What Are the Limitations of LUTs When Color Correcting in 32-bit Float?

When using Look-Up Tables you've got be careful with LUTs and 32-bit Float... otherwise you may end up clipping out valuable image detail. Learn why.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

DaVinci Resolve: Preconform or Conform Before Starting A Job?

When preparing to color correct a job in DaVinci Resolve, to Preconform or Conform is a question you need to ask yourself (and know their differences).

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.

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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