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Nodes 101 – Mastering DaVinci Resolve’s Serial Node

Do the nodes in DaVinci Resolve's Color Page confuse you? In Part 1, learn how to think about using nodes with this intro to the Serial Node.

Combining Group Grades With Shared Nodes While Avoiding The Pitfalls

In Part 2 of this advanced workflow series, learn how you can use Shared Nodes inside Group Grades for quick & easy revisions down the road.

Using Playheads - Working Faster In DaVinci Resolve's Color Page

Learn how to accelerate your color grading in DaVinci Resolve's Color Page by using multiple Playheads to quickly navigate the timeline.

Combining Shared Nodes and Group Grades in DaVinci Resolve

Applying the one color grade to multiple shots is easier with Resolve's Groups or with Shared nodes. Learn how to combine the two approaches.

Creating And Modifying Speed Effects in Davinci Resolve

Learn how to fix frame rate problems and create both constant- and variable-rate speed effects (and image processing options they enable).

Working With Reference Images: Evaluating Camera Source Footage

In Part 2 learn how you can evaluate the source footage on your timeline to answer: Is this footage a good match for our references?

Better Blurring In Davinci Resolve: Part 1

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you how to take simple blurs to the next level on the DaVinci Resolve Color Page

The Fundamentals of DaVinci Resolve's Gallery and Memories

Learn how to use Resolve's Gallery for comparing and sharing color corrections or nodes between different shots.

Working With Reference Images: Part 1

In part 1 of a new series, learn the essentials of how to interpret and read references for contrast, tonality, and other key factors.

Advanced Keyframe Editing in Fusion

Learn powerful keyframe editing techniques in DaVinci Resolve's Fusion page, using the built-in spline and keyframe editors.

What's Tone Mapping?

In this installment of From The Mailbag we sit down to talk about tone mapping and how's used in software and on consumer displays.

ACES 201 - Node-based Grading, Sharing Looks to On-Set and VFX

In this webinar, learn an alternative approach to color grading ACES projects in DaVinci Resolve plus collaborating with others in ACES.

A Review of Blackmagic's Editor Keyboard: 1 year later

Learn what a online editor and colorist thinks after spending a year working with the Blackmagic editor keyboard, full-time. Plus, his tips.

Custom ACES Part3: ODTs, Deliverables and HDR

Learn how to use a custom ACES workflow to easily manage deliverables in different color spaces, and easily take your grade from SDR to HDR.

The 10-Minute Grade: Shot Balancing

In this installment of The 10-Minute Grade, Cullen Kelly walks you thru a few different techniques to quickly get shots balanced when time is of the essence

Mastering DaVinci Resolve Cloud, Point Trackers for Shapes and OpenFX

If you want to master DaVinci Resolve's Color Page then you need to master its Cloud and Point trackers. This Insight sets you on that path.

Performance Optimization in DaVinci Resolve Webinar

Creative decision-making on a stuttering timeline is no fun. Learn what you need to know about playback performance within DaVinci Resolve

Custom ACES Part 2: Grading Custom ACES With Fixed Node Structures

Learn how to build a powerful fixed node structure in DaVinci Resolve to work within a valid ACES pipeline, without normal limitations.

The 10-Minute Grade: Global Contrast

In the first installment of a new series, Cullen Kelly shares his strategies for quickly getting a grade on its feet by creating global contrast

HDR Essentials: Vocabulary & Workflow Webinar

In this Mixing Light Webinar replay, join Mixing Light co-founder Robbie Carman as he explores HDR essentials, including vocabuarly & workflow

Custom ACES Part 1: Building An ACES Workflow In A Resolve Node Tree

Learn how to leverage a powerful ACES workflow without any limitations, by customizing it a DaVinci Resolve node tree.

ACES and DaVinci Resolve 101 Webinar - Understanding the Workflow

Are you confused about what is ACES? What is it used for? How do you use and implement ACES within DaVinci Resolve? This webinar is for you.

Three Strategies for Increasing Color Separation in DaVinci Resolve

Do your images need to look more colorful? In this Insight, learn 3 color separation tools for increasing perceptual colorfulness.

Mastering DaVinci Resolve's Stabilizer and Classic Stabilizer

Learn DaVinci Resolve's Stabilizer and its legacy 'Classic Stabilizer'. This Insight is pulled from our Courses with a new introduction.

Resolve Remote Workflow: Hawaii To LA & Back

In this From The Mailbag we revisit some key aspects of a Resolve remote workflow as we try to answer questions from a member on the same subject.

Integrating Resolve's 'CST' Plugin with Fixed Node Trees

Learn how a pro colorist is integrating the Resolve 'color space transform' plugin into his fixed node tree to get better results, faster.

An Overview and Tour of DaVinci Resolve 16's Cut Page

When you open DaVinci Resolve 16 for the first time, you land on its Cut Page. How is it laid out? How does it differ from the Edit Page?

Quick Export: Customizing Resolve's New Export Features

DaVinci Resolve's Quick Export is often overlooked because it looks simplistic. Learn how to power up Quick Exports and save yourself time.

Separating Your Selections from Corrections in DaVinci Resolve

Learn to become more productive in DaVinci Resolve by separating your color corrections from you masking and keying selections.

Revisiting Temporal and Spacial Noise Reduction in DaVinci Resolve

Take a fresh look at Resolve Studio's native noise reduction tools. Learn the process for working through the Temporal and Spacial toolsets.

Removing Unwanted Elements Using ResolveFX Revival Plugins

Do you want to remove artifacts from dirty lenses or remove objects that are distracting. These ResolveFX can help you, in Resolve Studio.

Colorist Inspiration - January 2020

Dan kicks off January 2020 by looking back on 2019 and speaks about his personal favourite grades & experiences of the past year.

The Color Mangled Workflow: Modifying Look-Up Tables For Better Results

Do you struggle getting a good starting point while using Look-Up Tables (LUTs)? This idea may make things easier (in Davinci Resolve).

Macros on MacOS - Switching from AutoHotKey to Keyboard Maestro

Learn how to use Keyboard Maestro and Stream Deck to supercharge your workflow in DaVinci Resolve on Mac with powerful macros.

Sculpting Clipped Highlights - Roll-offs, Tints, Glows, and Streaks

Dealing with clipped highlights is a regular annoyance. Learn how to make these artifacts look more natural & intentional with color grading.

Color Grading In Spectachrome Part 2 - Working With The Fuji XT-3

Working with new cameras is always a challenge. Get an inside look at what Dan does when working with the Fuji XT-3 camera

Inside Pat's Color Grading Head - The Evolution of His Fixed Node Tree

Learn the benefits of a 'fixed node tree' in DaVinci Resolve. Get a look inside one colorist's node tree - and how it evolved over time.

Emulating Film Halation in DaVinci Resolve

Learn two different methods (with different levels of control) of emualting the beauty of film halation using DaVinci Resolve.

Creating Supplemental IMF Packages in DaVinci Resolve

What is an IMF package? How doyou use DaVinci Resolve to create supplemental IMFs for delivering fixes and alternate versions?

Broadcast Promo Finishing Workflows in DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to use DaVinci Resolve to finish and output coutless versions of broadcast promos, easy fast and without any mistakes.

Color Grading In Spectachrome - Starting With Grain

Dan answers some comments from members about why he adds his grain to the image at the very beginning of his node graph

ACES in Action Part 2 - Breaking Down the Imaging Pipeline

In Part 2 of this Series, learn the details of an indie film navigating ACES between DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, and After Effects.

Simplifying DCP Drive Delivery With Cinematiq's DCP Transfer

Learn about Cinematiq's DCP Transfer application for streamlining EXT2 DCP driver deliveries - without having to jump in the Terminal!

ACES Color Correction in Action: An Indie Case Study Part 1

The ACES color management workflow is a key technology for major Hollywood productions. Learn how an Indie film implemented ACES.

Working On The Road - Taking Vacation As A Freelance Colourist

Working as a freelance colorist seems like freedom and flexibility. But what do you do on vacation - and the client has urgent revisions?

Exploring Saturation Controls in DaVinci Resolve - Color Boost Part 3

Learn how various Saturation controls in DaVinci Resolve are identical to each other. Plus, understanding saturation-related hue shifts.

Is DaVinci Resolve 16 Public Beta Now Ready For You To Upgrade?

DaVinci Resolve 16 is very exciting. But it's currently in 'Public Beta'. What does that mean? Can you update to it safely?

Understanding Color Boost in DaVinci Resolve - Part 2

We continue deconstructing Resolve's Color Boost controls, offer an alternative definition, and demonstrate how it differs from Saturation.

My Favourite New Feature In Resolve 16 - Analog Damage ResolveFX

Dan shares his thoughts on recreating tape based artifacts using the brand new Resolve 16 Analog Damage tool.

Scopes and Critical Image Evaluation In Resolve 16

Video scopes are an essential tool to all colorists. Learn all the exciting new scope features in Resolve 16 to speed up your grading.

PixelTools Review: Is There Magical Pixie Dust in These PowerGrades?

A video review of how PixelTools uses the native tools in Davici Resolve to construct custom looks and utilities with PowerGrades.

My Favorite New Color Feature in Resolve 16: The Adjustment Clip

Resolve 16 adds hundreds of features, including powerful new adjustment clips. Learn how to use them streamline your grading workflow.

What I Learned (and Surprised Me) in 5 Hours at NAB 2019 - Part 1

At NAB 2019 with 5 hours of 'me time', in Part 1 learn what I though was significant in Resolve 16 and Mistika Boutique.

Understanding How Color Boost Works in DaVinci Resolve - Part 1

It's not always clear how Resolve's 'Color Boost' tool works differently than its 'Saturation' tool. This video breaks down the differences.

Troubleshooting 101 – Cleanup With The Color Compressor & Node Resizing

Dan shares his breakdown of cleaning up a bike frame using the color compressor and node resizing in Resolve

Troubleshooting 101 - Cleaning Up An Annoying Background

Dan shares his thoughts behind his solution to removing a reflection using Resolve's Color Page - on a 16mm shot with moving grain structure.

CDLs in Action and Roundtripping Through DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to create, export, and import ASC-CDL compliant color grades using DaVinci Resolve. Plus tips and tricks with CDL data.

Troubleshooting 101 - Resolve Color Management

Troubleshoot an interesting problem for a more in-depth understanding how Resolve Color Management (RCM) works.

Overview of Materials and Auxiliary Channels in DaVinci Resolve Fusion

Learn the workflow of the 3D toolset in DaVinci Resolve Fusion. Discover how to change materials, add reflections, color grade 3D objects.

Look Inspiration - Emulating VHS Camcorder Footage

What's harder than faking a VHS-look from a high-end camera? Intercutting that look with actual crummy VHS. Learn one way to do it.

Using DCTLs And Expanding Resolve's Functionality

Do you perform repetitive tasks on a regular basis when color correcting or finishing? Then learn how to use DCTLs to automate those tasks!

Breaking Down A Black and White Film with a Violet Twist

Isolate an object in a black & white film, isolate its color, and use keys to shift hue, saturation, and gain. How hard can that be?

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part Four

Dan wraps up his behind the curtain series with a watch through and matching pass on the whole video to make sure it flows as a whole film

What Is A CDL And When Do You Use It?

Take an introductory look at the Color Decision List (CDL) and learn about the strengths and weaknesses of an ASC-CDL based workflow.

From Commercial Colorist to Dailies - How Does the Job Change?

A successful commercials colorist color grades dailies. He shares his challenges, mistakes, and how it's different than commercials.

The Benefits Of Fixed Node Structures in DaVinci Resolve - Part 2

In Part 1 you learned how to build a Fixed Node Structure in Resolve's node tree when color grading. Now learn its huge time-saving benefits.

Behind The Curtain - Not So Near-Set Grading

Dan shares his story from a recent "not so near-set grade" for an upcoming collaboration with friends on a short film.

How To Develop A Fixed Node Structure In DaVinci Resolve: Part 1

Building out node trees on the DaVinci Resolve Color page can be a messy affair. And haphazard. Learn how to develop a personalized node tree.

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part Three

Dan is back in part three of his unfiltered look at a recent grade. In this part we take a look at matching the externals in this 16mm style

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part Two

Dan picks up where he left off in this series on real time grading a music video. In part 2 we look at the noisy internal scene.

Learning Fusion The Easy Way: Using Resolve's Fusion Text Generator

DaVinci Resolve's Fusion page is intimidating. In this video, learn an easy way of getting into Fusion, with a simple Text animation.

Handling Over-Sharpening: How to Soften Footage Without Losing Detail

Drone footage adds tons of production value to projects. But the cameras often suffer from over-sharpening. Get tips for fixing this problem.

Revisiting the Versatile RGB Mixer (in DaVinci Resolve)

Mixing the R, G, and B colour channels is a versatile color grading technique. Using Resolve's RGB Mixer, learn its simplicity - and power.

Making It Pop: Evaluating Methods of Adjusting Saturation

Do all saturation controls behave similarly? Or are there subtle differences that add new arrows in your quiver of saturation controls?

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Style Grade Part One

Dan shares the opening part to his full unfiltered look at how he graded a music video in a 16mm film style.

Behind The Curtain - Cleaning Up For 2019

Dan shares his thoughts on trying to clean up his grades in 2019 and moving away from his favourite film emulation techniques.

Behind The Curtain - 16mm Film Emulation

In this Insight, Dan shares his approach to creating a classic 16mm Film Emulation that he used on a recent music video.

Using Python and Expanding DaVinci Resolve's Functionality

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

Color Correcting With Blending Modes -Recovering Highlights With Multiply

Dan shares his technique of using the multiply blending mode to recover highlights easily and naturally via a layer node.

Creating A Western Look Using Color Space Transform & Emulation LUT

While creating a Western look, learn how to use a color space transform with a film print emulation LUT in DaVinci Resolve.

Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 3: Dolby Vision For Everyone!

In part 3 of our ongoing Dolby Vision series, learn about big changes to Dolby Vision & Resolve in 2018, plus new tools & workflows.

Grading Challenge - 90s Video Review

Dan shares his 90s video review and his attempt at going bold, bright soft and crushed in this grading challenge.

Adapting Photoshop's 'Channel Masks' to DaVinci Resolve, Part 2

Are you trying to do Photoshop's Channel or Luminosity Mask techniques in DaVinci Resolve? Learn how, by simplifying the workflow.

Behind The Curtain - Liberty Commercials: Adding Depth To Drone Footage

Drone footage is a very common occurance on timelines these days. Dan shares his techniques for adding depth to the footage.

Photoshop-Style 'Channel Masks' and Blending Modes In DaVinci Resolve

Are you replicating Photoshop's Channel Masks and Blending Modes workflows in DaVinci Resolve? Learn how (and why you might not want to).

Revisiting DCP Creation With Resolve 15

Resolve 15 supports the ability to create DCPs natively. In this Insight, learn how that works and get back ground info on essential DCP specs.

Behind The Curtain - Liberty Commercials Sun vs No Sun

Sometimes we are gifted with better sun than other times. In this Insight Dan shares his experience on a job shot over multiple months.

Guide To Safely Upgrading To DaVinci Resolve 15 (and beyond)

If you want to upgrade from an earlier version to DaVinci Resolve 15 then how do you do it safely? This checklist will help you out.

Behind The Curtain - Thrice The Grey

In this Insight, Dan shares his experience in developing a look to back up the lyrics and narrative in a music video by his favourite band.

An Overview (And Tips) On Using The DaVinci Resolve Project Server App

Designed for sharing database on several computers in DaVinci Resolve, learn how the Resolve Project Server App simplifies your life.

Elsewhere On The Web: Managing Saturation, Live HDR, Resolve Fusion (& more)

Summer 2018 round-up of don't-miss color correction tutorials from other websites (with commentary). We wish we had them here, first.

Rediscover The Basics - Fixing Exposure Shifts

Exposure shifts creep up in projects regularly. With the right node structure and correct technique you can easily fix these in seconds.

How To (Improperly) Export LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 15

Learn the 'rules' when exporting LUTs in DaVinci Resolve 15. You also learn how to break a LUT to understand the problems with many LUTs.

Behind The Curtain - Live Concert Grade

Dan shares a tale of things going a bit wrong on a live concert grade w/ high powered LED lights and how moving over to ACES solved things.

10 Things I've Learned (So Far) About HDR Grading

In this Insight, Robbie explores 10 things he's learned in 3 years of grading HDR and how his recent experiences have informed his view on HDR.

Colorist Toolbox 2.0 - Building A Look Library 2018

The only person that is going to inspire you is yourself. A Look Library surrounds you with inspiration keeping you motivated and current.

What's Wrong With The 'Sound Library' Feature In Resolve 15 Beta?

The Sound Library feature released with DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta feels very incomplete, and how I think it needs to improve.

Speed Boosting The Resolve Mini Panel With Gaming Keypads

Are you looking for ideas on programming your El Gato Stream Deck or Razer Orbweaver to speed up color correcting? Get some tips about focusing your efforts to reduce 'mouse travel' - increasing your productivity.

DaVinci Resolve Compound Nodes: Efficiently Managing Looks

Now that DaVinci Resolve is gaining tools by the month, Dan takes a look at managing the node graph to keep things organised and flexible - with the goal of allowing for quick changes.

One Year Later: A Video Review of the Resolve Mini Control Surface

In this 'Resolve Mini' control surface Video Review, see several exciting features in action - plus a bug that confuses things.

How Hard Is It To Export A 'Broken LUT' from DaVinci Resolve?

In an earlier Insight, you learned how to Stress Test your Look Up Tables (LUTs) to discover if they are introducing artifacts in your images. In this Insight, learn how easy (or hard) it is to generate 'broken LUTs' in DaVinci Resolve.

How To Safely Upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta

The latest release of DaVinci Resolve 15 is very exciting. But it's currently in 'Public Beta'. What does this term really mean? And how can you update to it without putting your computer (or your projects) at risk?

Is Your LUT Damaging Your Image? How To Do A LUT Stress Test

Look-Up Tables (LUTs) are black boxes that make it difficult to know what precisely they're doing to your image. Colorist Jason Bowdach shows you how to stress test and evaluate your LUTs.

Practical Beauty Color Grading Level One: Quick and Effective

Sometimes even offering the smallest level of beauty work for a client can go a long way. Learn quick skin-smoothing / eyebag-reducing tips .

First Impressions with DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta (after NAB)

Learn what one colorist thinks of DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta the first time he launches it. Not on the trade show floor in Las Vegas where he first saw it... but in quiet of his suite. And discover the huge new feature no one is talking about!

Practical Beauty Work - Why You Need To Be Offering It

Beauty work and re-touching can be a great additional source of income as a freelance colourist. Dan shares his thoughts and kicks off a new series on getting involved in retouching.

Inspired by Mini 2018 - How One Colorist Emulates A Vintage Look

We've all seen amazing commercials and films that inspire us, but how do we turn that into color corrections that we can use on our own projects? Dan shares his approach to being inspired by a recent award-nominated color grade.

Colorist Inspiration -Best Colorist Nominations 2018

Dan Moran shares his thoughts on the best commercial color grade nominations 2018. Top work from excellent colorists are great sources of ideas.

Resolve 15 New Color Page Features

In this Insight, colorist Joey D'Anna, fresh off demoing Resolve 15 at the Blackmagic booth at NAB 2018, shares his thoughts on the top new features that benefit the dedicated colorist the most in Resolve 15.

Two Ways of Using DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer Node

In Part 2 of this series you learn two different ways of using DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer node. We take the theory from Part 1 and put it into action on real footage (from one of our Color Correction Practice Projects).

Behind The Curtain - Can You Prebuild An Ideal Node Structure?

Can you prebuild a perfect node structure and use it to speed up your grading? Dan is taking a deep dive to find out how well it works, and if it's a genius idea or a total waste of time.

Understanding DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer Node (and when to use it)

Understanding DaVinci Resolve's Parallel Mixer node is essential to eventual mastery of the software. In this Insight, learn how the Parallel node works and the difference between it and the Layer node.

From The Grading Room – Is Yellow The New Orange?

In the last couple of years there has been a shift away from teal and orange to teal and yellow. Dan investigates that transition and looks at his own grades. He also asks do you miss teal and orange?

Re-Revisiting Multi-Channel Audio Output In Resolve

No, that's not Déjà vu! We're re-revisiting multi-channel audio output in DaVinci Resolve! In Part 1 of a new series, we'll explore the essentials of multi-channel output including using the 'Timeline Tracks' method, The Link Group behavior, and basic bussing.

Behind The Curtain - Refining and Enhancing 'Bread'

In this insight, we take a look at the final pass on the bread short film. Dan looks at his matching with fresh eyes, checks his black and white levels and decides on the sharpening and grain levels of the film.

How to Get Real-Time Playback with Multicam Clips

Editing Multicam clips can be a great workflow... unless you can't get real-time playback and your system keeps dropping frames. Learn how Resolve's optimized workflow can help you get back to real-time.

Multicam Gone Wrong: Re-syncing Clips in DaVinci Resolve 14

DaVinci Resolve's automatic syncing of multiple cameras for its multicam editing workflow often fails. Learn how to reliably re-sync cameras after creating a multicam clip.

Behind The Curtain - Shot Matching 'Bread'

In part two of grading the bread short film, Dan dives into the matching side of things. Although it's the least glamorous part of grading it's also the most important.

How To Migrate PowerBins, PowerGrades, Configs Between Databases?

Team Mixing Light discusses strategies for moving Resolve PowerGrades, PowerBins & project configurations between databases.

Behind The Curtain - Bread Short Film Part One

In this new series, Dan is showing a real-time grade of the bread short film he graded recently. Shot in less than ideal conditions with natural light on a compressed camera, it's a great chance to see the good the bad and the ugly from the grading suite.

Behind the Curtain - Commercial #2: From Base Grade to Final Look

In this Insight, Dan covers another of his behind the curtain commercials. This time we look at a bright morning kitchen scene. In this real-world assessment and grade, Dan focuses on getting a bright airy feel without losing on the filmic sense.

Grading The White Cyc Stand Up - When White Is Not White

In this video, you learn techniques for color correcting log encoded white cyc footage. Plus get several solutions for fixing common problems with these types of shoots and why, many times, your corrections are a compromise.

CalMAN Part 10: Using Calibration Test Patterns In Your NLE

If you want to calibrate your reference display through your main non-linear editing software then you want to use calibration test patterns playing through a timeline. Learn how to be sure you don't have Data- and Video- level mismatches.

Behind the Curtain - Commercial #1: From Base Grade to Final Look

Dan returns to his Behind The Curtain series with a real-time insight that shows his approaches to this commercial grade. He covers primaries, look theory, shot matching and Look refinement.

Demystifying Contrast and Brightness Calibration Test Images

In our reference display calibration series we've been using a specific set of calibration test images. But two test images (used to precalibrate our Contrast and Brightness settings) generate a lot of confusion. Get unconfused in this Insight.

Is Your Reference Display Input Properly Set To Data Levels Or Video Levels?

If you have a broadcast reference monitor for editing and color correction then you need to make sure it's properly processing your images. Learn how to know if you have a mismatch in data levels with your editing or color correction software.

Grading A Short Film Part 2 - Testing The Feel Of The Footage

Dan shares his assessment of how to get the feel of the footage before you speak to the director. It helps when you can be upfront about what is and isn't possible.

Precalibrating A Reference Display (without using LUTs) Part 1

In this CalMAN Studio series you've learned how to calibrate a video reference display using Look Up Tables (LUTs). Not every display supports internal LUTs. If you don't have (or want) an external LUT box then what do you do then? Watch and learn.

Grading A Short Film Part 1 - Download The Footage

Dan is excited to launch a new series on Mixing Light that will feature a briefing from the real director of the project. In this intro Insight, download some RED 8k footage to attempt a grade before getting creative brief from the client.

Elsewhere On the Web... Insights You Shouldn't Miss 'Out There'

Our focus in our Insights Color Correction Library is on creating original content. But sometimes we see original thoughts on other websites that you need to read. In this post, we share a few of those don't-miss insights from the internet.

What Not To Do When A Client Asks For A New Direction

Dan shares a tale from the grading room of a film emulation gone wrong and how by missing the mistake was destined to fail in the grade with his clients.

The Challenges (And Lessons Learned) Of Color Restoring Classic Films

The color restoration of classic films is one of the few 'Dark Arts' of digital color correction. Colorist Jim Wicks shares his challenges - and lessons learned - from this unforgiving niche of the craft of color grading.

Building A Show LUT to Keep Your Looks Consistent

When you have complex node trees, rolling it into a show LUT can make your life. Learn how to build your own LUT for your project.

Learn How to Start Scripting El Gato's Stream Deck Using Autohotkey

The Elgato Stream Deck is a powerful control surface add-on for colorists, especially when paired with autohotkey. In this insight, learn to take that functionality to the next level with advanced scripts and workflow examples.

Colorist Inspiration - January 2018 Edition

Colorist Dan Moran spends the first day of January 2018 looking back on his best work from 2017. Picking his favourite commercials, music videos and long form narrative projects and also sharing the stories behind when he enjoyed them so much.

When do you reach for Temp or Tint controls to White Balance shots?

White balancing is a basic color correction task. And Temp or Tint controls are often a time-saving shortcut. But they don't always work. Learn why?

Can You Save This Shot? Part 2: Patrick's Solution (in real-time)

How do you save a shot that has exposure changes and compression artifacts? Patrick shows you how he does it, with footage you can download.

Image Cleanup In Resolve - Rotoscoping, Cloning, and Repeated Frames

Being able to offer Basic Cleanup in the grade is a great ability. It saves moving to and from a compositing application and helps finish off that job.

The Fundamentals of Rotoscoping in DaVinci Resolve

Sometimes a shot is so basic that a little VFX knowledge goes a long way. In this insight Dan shares his real world rotoscoping example

Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 1: Terminology, Gear, and Workflow

In part 1 of our series on getting to know Dolby Vision HDR workflow & color correction, you learn the essentials of setting up a professional Dolby Vision mastering suite.

Fixing VFX Colorspace Issues In A Problematic Pipeline

VFX colorspace issues are the last thing you need when you are on a tight deadline. Dan shares his experience solving issues like these.

Introduction to Reference Display Calibration - Series Overview

Begin learning how to calibrate your color correction Reference Display by seeing how to calibrate your colorimeter for highly precise measurements.

Grade Rescue - Saving A DSLR Moving Portrait

Dan filmed some bad footage on his 7D with the wrong color temperature, harsh lighting & heavy compression. He offers up his best effort on a grade rescue.

Can You Save This Shot? (while learning Resolve's Noise Reduction)

Download and color correct a challenging video clip - following the instructions of a supervising colorist. And learn about Resolve's noise reduction.

Color Grading Challenge - Beauty Grading Review

Dan critiques your beauty grading entries and shares his attempt. The challenge was quite advanced and the results are great. Dan's DRX is also downloadable

How to Work with Color Charts in DaVinci Resolve 14

If you use DaVinci Resolve to color correct with Color Charts then should you change your workflow in DaVinci Resolve 14? The answer isn't simple. Or is it?

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

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.

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.

How do you choose Gamma 2.2 vs Gamma 2.4 when color correcting?

When you start delving into the finer points of color correction you'll eventually learn about Gamma 2.2 vs Gamma 2.4. Learn how to choose between them.

DaVinci Resolve 14 Public Beta 7 and Its Redesigned Preferences

In Davinci Resolve 14 Public Beta 7 the Project, System & User Preferences are revised. Learn what's changed, what needs improvement and what's left to do.

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

Choosing Between ACES Or RCM? Plus, Control Surface Sensitivity.

The Team fields a member question about how we set up the sensitivity of our colorist control surfaces? How do we decide?

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?

Creative Color Grading - Blending LUTs | Mixing Light

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!

Is Your ARRI Alexa Mini Color Pipeline Properly Set in ACES?

The ARRI Alexa Mini is a great camera - and it color corrects beautifully in ACES. Learn how to confirm your color pipeline (in DaVinci Resolve).

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

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

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.

From the Mac to PC for Media Pros: Answering Member Questions Part 2

If you need to buy a high-performance video post production computer today, then you're looking at a PC. Here are more answers to questions of Mac users.

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.

DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel - Scroll Mode

Using Scroll Mode in DaVinci Resolve is a quick and effortless way to audition grades for your current shot by loading grades

Moving From A Mac to PC for Media Professionals: Member Questions

A 2-part interview series for media pros talking about the challenges Mac users face when moving to the PC elicited many questions. Here are the answers.

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.

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.

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?

What Are The Key Elements Of An On-Set Color Correction Cart?

Rich Roddman C.S.I. shows how he sets up his Cart for on-set color correction... and the thinking behind his choices.Part 4 of a DIT series.

First Look: Getting To Know the Resolve Mini Control Surface

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 Individual 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.

From Mac to PC - What Post Pros Need To Know Building A Custom PC

Are you a Mac-based Post-Production professional moving to the PC platform? Eric Bowden, custom PC builder, talks about the differences.

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

How To Use DaVinci Resolve's Color Match In An ACES Pipeline

DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' function is simple but can be confusing. Learn how to properly set up Color Match in ACES workflows.

How to Color Match using Color Charts with RAW (or LOG) Footage

DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' is terrific for Color Charts recorded on-set. Learn the tricks to this feature if your Footage is RAW or Log.

Feature Inspired Color Grading Looks - Blade Runner 2049

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

How To Prepare And Quote A Bid To Color Grade A Feature Film

Dan jumps from commercials to features in this series and shares his guide to getting organized and plan for efficient feature grading

Saving The Day With Input Sizing in DaVinci Resolve

If you're having trouble with you sizing in Premiere Pro not being replicated in DaVinci Resolve, the Input Sizing control may be your hero.

How to Handle Scaling in XML Workflows for Premiere Pro CC

Learn what settings to use in Premiere Pro CC when Scaling in XML workflows. And the settings to use for importing into DaVinci Resolve.

Developing Looks And Settling On Your Exposure Levels

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

Understanding the Premiere to DaVinci Resolve Image Sizing Handoff

If you have problems exporting XMLs with image sizing from Premiere to DaVinci Resolve, this video explores the settings you need to know.

How A Colorist Makes Decisions Through The Grading Process

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

Why You Need to Master the 'Frame Size' Option in Premiere Pro CC

If you send your timelines from Premiere Pro CC to DaVinci Resolve then you know resizes often fail. Your 'Frame Size' selection is the key.

An Overview of the Logitech G13 Gaming Keypad For Use By Colorists

Get an overview of how the Logitech G13 Gaming keypad works - with ideas on how it can speed up your video post-production workflow.

Sky Replacement - Is It An 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 and How To 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 DaVinci Resolve's 'Offline Reference Clip' to Conform Timelines

Learn how to use the 'Offline Reference Clip' to see what the final approved timeline looked like - while color correcting in DaVinci Resolve.

Creating Haze To Add Depth To Your Image Without Using Shapes

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

How To Quickly Generate Color Correction Ideas At The Start Of A Session

Are you having problems deciding how to attack color correcting your images? Learn how to quickly generate ideas in this video.

Finishing In Resolve - Reframing, Blanking & Delivering

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

Resolve Collect

If you're having trouble with DaVinci Resolve's built-in Media Manager then check out this video featuring 'Resolve Collect'.

Creating the Classic Black and White Look By Thinking Like A Colorist

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

Managing Media in DaVinci Resolve

Part of a larger series, we finish conforming a timeline and start managing media off a client hard drive onto our RAID, in DaVinci Resolve.

Conforming In DaVinci Resolve - Solving Sync & Frame Rate Problems

When importing a timeline & conforming in DaVinci Resolve, problems occur. See how we methodically solve frame rate & sync problems.

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.

How to Fix 'Reel Conflicts' and 'Force Conform' Errors in DaVinci Resolve

When importing a timeline into DaVinci Resolve, learn how to find and solve 'reel conflicts'. Plus, learn to solve a 'Force Conform' error.

Exploring XML Conform Options in DaVinci Resolve

Importing XMLs into DaVinci Resolve can be frustrating. Sometimes, a change in Resolve's 'Conform Options' settings can save the day (or not).

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.

Media Manage An XML For Color Correction (from client drives to your raid)

Learn how to prepare to Media Manage an XML, and get footage off your client's hard drives and onto your high-performance RAID.

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: 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.

What is the Golden Rule of Conforming Timelines?

If you move your timeline from one bit of post-production software to another then you need to know the 'Golden Rule of Conforming'.

DaVinci Resolve Detective: Is the Mouse Math fixed in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3?

Did Blackmagic fix the 'Mouse Math' problem in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3? Plus, how about the other bugs we found in our Resolve Detective series?

White Balancing Shots and Solving Common Problems

Learn how to white balance shots with mixed color temperatures. Plus, how to deal with subtle color balance issues.

How To White Balance Shots Using Common Color Correction Tools

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

Remote Grading Via Skype

When Your Director Is 6000 Miles Away In this Insight I’d like to share an experience I had this week. I had a room full of clients in London but…

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: Visual Effects Workflows

Our Getting To Know ACES series continues, looking at the essentials of using ACES for VFX roundtrips with DaVinci Resolve. You learn how to move images between VFX and color grading within the ACES color science.

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.

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 DaVinci Resolve Control Panel: Part 1

The DaVinci Resolve Control Panel gives you the most hands-on control of Resolve. In this Insight, learn about the design & functionality.

Color Grading with the ResolveFX Lens Flare Plug-in

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

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?

Hands On the Tangent Ripple Colorist Control Surface and Tangent HUD

A hands-on overview of the most affordable color correction control surface on the market today—the Tangent Ripple.

New Stereoscopic Tools for HDR Workflows in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 has introduced some new Stereo features... to support HDR workflows for High Dynamic Range color grading. Learn more...

From The Grading Room – Radiohead

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

What's New in the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Update?

What's new in the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Update? Learn about new features, new behaviors and general observations about this latest update.

Should You Go For That Film Look Or Embrace The Digital Clean Look?

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.

How to Protect Skin Tones While Color Grading with a Heavy Look

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!

Controlling Saturation in DaVinci Resolve

If you're looking for ideas on controlling excessive saturation in DaVinci Resolve, this tutorial will offer some food for thought.

How to Color Grade With Client 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 Color Grading Looks - Taking Your Image To The Limit

Dan shares his techniques for taking your image to the brightness, saturation, and sharpness limits 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

Dirty Looks - Emulating Early Film Looks with Light Leaks

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.

Getting Started with CalMAN's Colormatch Workflow

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

Dirty Looks - Pushing Your Images Toward Extreme Warmth

Some projects call out for extreme warmth to help back up the story. Learn methods to get an extremely warm feel that looks real.

Graphs in Lightspace DPS: How To Read Your Profile Results

Learn how to read the graphs in Lightspace DPS, to evaluate if your display requires calibration for color correction.

Inspiration - Color Grading Methods In A Fashion Commercial

Get an inside look on methods and techniques a professional digital video colorist uses on a short-form fashion commercial.

Getting Started with Lightspace DPS - Do You Need To Calibrate?

'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 - Creating Looks from Reference Images

Learn how Dan uses reference images to create his Looks - and download the sampe footage to try your hand and practice your skills.

12 New Features in Resolve Studio 12.5 (that are worth paying to upgrade)

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 for the Paid Version

Learn how Resolve Studio 12.5, the paid version of Resolve, is starting to get siginificant features that free users will want.

Color Correction Ergonomics - Working Faster and Comfortably

If you're looking to improve your color correction ergonomics for your editing or color correction suite - this post has some ideas for you.

Resolve 12.5 - Dan's Favorite New Can't Miss 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 You Need To Know

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

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.

Shot Matching – Match My Shot Pt 2

Dan shares his node breakdown from his match my shot challenge including a downloadable Resolve project

How to Properly Use Dropbox with DaVinci Resolve (and avoid disaster)

If you're using Dropbox and DaVinci Resolve as a server for your disk databases, that's not a good idea! Learn why...

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…

Understanding the Scene Cut Detection Workflows in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve's 'Scene Cut Detection' workflow can be efficient. But it gets confusing if you've got revisions—here's one way to handle it.

From The Grading Room Grading Underwater Footage

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

Shot Matching 101 - Techniques for 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!

Advanced Finishing Techniques - Dealing with Picture-In-Picture Effects

How do you color correct Picture-In-Picture effects in DaVinci Resolve, when all you have is a single rendered movie of the entire timeline?

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 - Learning Through A Commercial Case Study

Dan shares a job as a commercial case study in shot matching - from pristine stock footage to constantly changing clouds.

How To Work With Non-Broadcast Frame Sizes in DaVinci Resolve

Are you trying to work with non-HD Frame Sizes in DaVinci Resolve? It's very common for display advertising and this video will show you how to handle it.

From Big Shop To One Man Show - A Workflow To Minimize 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

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.  

An Introduction into 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.

Data Levels or Video Levels — How To Choose Wisely

DaVinci Resolve allows you to choose between 'video levels' and 'data levels'. Learn how to choose wisely and if you should be making a choice at all?

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 - Getting the 70s TV Inspired Retro Look

There is a time in every colorist’s life when we need to add some retro 70s TV vibes to footage! This insight is based on both creating a parody of…

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?

Look Inspiration - Adding To The Narrative In 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.

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.   

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

Look Inspiration - Getting the Classic ENR Processed Look

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

HDR Essentials: Getting Setup In DaVinci Resolve

Diving into HDR (high dynamic range) video?  Check out this Insight to learn the essentials of getting setup for HDR in DaVInci Resolve

Magic Bullet Looks 3 - An Overview

Watch an overview of how a professional colorist uses Magic Bullet Looks 3 to jump-start the 'look creation' process.

Look Inspiration - Executing the 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

Optimizing X-Keys With A Colorist Control Surface

Learn how to maximize your color correction speed if you're using a Tangent Element or Avid Color by optimizing X-Keys, a low cost USB hardware add-on.

RED HDRx Workflow With Resolve

In this Insight, learn the essentials of working with RED HDRx media in DaVinci Resolve to get the most out of an exposure and the look of a shot.

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

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

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

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.

Finding Opportunities When Color Correcting

How do you stay creative when you're not feeling creative? Learn how one professional is always finding opportunities when color correcting.

Look Inspiration - Hyperreal Look

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

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 - 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.

LAB Colorspace in DaVinci Resolve 12

How DaVinci Resolve 12 changes the way we write contrast curves in the LAB Colorspace. See the difference between Resolve 11 & 12 curves.

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.

Tales From The Grading Suite - Pains In The LUT

Dan shares recent issues from his grading suite and focuses on noise and keying issues when working with a lut on recent jobs

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.

Advanced Key-Framing Tips: A Color Correction Breakdown

Learn advanced key-framing techniques as we break down a color correction of a short film for a real-life haunted house.

Look Inspiration - Metallic Monochrome

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

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

Delivering Multi-Channel Audio From Resolve

Resolve is a capable finishing tool not just for video but for audio as well. In this Insight, learn how to configure multi-channel output

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.

DaVinci Resolve Remote Grading : An Introduction

Remote grading in DaVinci Resolve is a unique way to color grade. It allows clients to view real time grading anywhere in the world.

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.

Organizing the DaVinci Resolve 12 Media Pool

DaVinci Resolve 12 offers several new tools for keeping your Media Pool organizing. Learn how to use them when starting a new project.

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.

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.

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.

First Look at the DaVinci Resolve 3D Keyer

Are you figuring out the DaVinci Resolve 3D Keyer? In this color correction tutorial we take a First Look at this new feature in Resolve 12.

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

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.

Creating A Shared DaVinci Resolve Database Server

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

Setting Up X-Keys: A Control Surface Companion

In this video, contributor Josh Petok shows how to setup the X-Keys XK-24. It's a perfect companion to many colorist control surfaces.

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

Using Post-Clip Grouping As A Timeline Grading Alternative

In this Insight, learn how to use Post-Clip in DaVinci Resolve's grouping behavior as an alternative to timeline level grades

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

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

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?

Frequency Seperation : An Introduction

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

Patrick's Shot Matching Workflow

Do you have trouble with shot matching while color correcting video? This tutorial will show you a reproducible workflow for any software.

Advanced Beauty Grading Part Three : Smoothing Skin Tones

When working with people we always need to smooth skin tones. In this video I explore my three favorite skin smoothing tools.

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

Rendering Filtered Timelines in DaVinci Resolve

Rendering filtered timelines in DaVinci Resolve is a two-step process... Learn how to get it done.

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.

Color Correction Workflow: Seeing Like Your Client

What's a quick and efficient color correction workflow when collaborating with a client? Part 1 shows you, using Resolve's Grouping feature.

How to Become a DaVinci Resolve Project Preset Ninja

Learn how to 'hack' DaVinci Resolve Project Presets so you can easily share them in other databases - or on someone else's computer.

How to Use Project Presets in DaVinci Resolve, Part 1

If you want to learn how to wield Project Presets in DaVinci Resolve like a ninja, then you must understand Presets—which ain't easy.

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

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.

Designing a Color Match Workflow (in DaVinci Resolve)

Are you looking for a reliable color match workflow for DaVinci Resolve? Learn how to get the most from Resolve's 'Color Match' feature.

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

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

Manual Color Matching in DaVinci Resolve 11

Part 3 of a series on how to use the DaVinci Resolve 11 'Color Match' tool. In this video, learn how to build your own Color Match node.

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

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

Resolve's 'Color Match' Is Easier Using 'Brightness First' Rule

DaVinci Resolve's 'Color Match' feature can be tricky. But if you follow the 'Brightness First' Rule, you'll probably get better results.

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?

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.

Advanced Beauty Grading Part One

Advanced Beauty Grading is quite a dark art in the world of color grading. Dan shows you his approach to beauty grading on a commercial.

MailBag Episode 18:YouTube/Vimeo & SSD For Render Cache

Check out this episode of From The MailBag to learn about grading of Vimeo/YouTube & When to use an SSD For Resolve's Render Cache.

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.

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.

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.

LAB Color in DaVinci Resolve: Is it effective?

Explore several types of source footage to determine which one are best suited for working with LAB color in DaVinci Resolve.

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

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

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.

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.

Building A Visual LUT Library With Resolve 11

Learn how to take a list of Look Up Tables in Resolve 11 and make it into a visual LUT Library. This workflow can be used in any version of Resolve before Resolve 15 (which introduced a built-in LUT Library).

DaVinci Resolve: Consolidate Clips Function

DaVinci Resolve's renamed Consolidate Clips function can now work with Quicktime and MXF files. Learn how to use this command.

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.

Automatic Database Management

Tired of manually backing up your Resolve? Using some handy scripts Dan shows you how to fully automate the process

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.

Commercial Breakdown - Smirnoff

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

Shot Matching - The Basics of Matching Cameras Together

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

Resolve Keyframes - From Newbie To Ninja

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 Skin Tone

Making people look as good is part of the dayjob for colorists. Working with skin tone 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.