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Speed Shootout: DaVinci Resolve On Rocky Linux vs. Windows 11

Which is fastest with DaVinci Resolve? Windows 11 or Rocky Linux? Colorist Igor Riđanović tests his dual-boot system to find out!

Pat’s DaVinci Fixed Node Tree (2024 Edition) - Color Grading 101

Patrick shares how he's designed his fixed node tree, plus outboard hardware and software optimizing color grading speed and efficiency.

Office Hours Live-NAB 2024 What We Expected + iPad Calibration

We discuss what we expected at NAB 2024, calibrating an iPad Pro, and how/if we're using the headline Resolve features of prior years.

Baselight Inspired: Resolve’s Color Warper For Look Development

Colorist Jamie Dickinson is inspired by Baselight's Chromogen 'stages' paradigm of look development and applies it to Resolve's Color Warper.

Old-School Color Grading - Shot-Matching People & Time Of Day

Learn how Patrick color graded (in Resolve) in 2013! In an upcoming Insight learn how he's overhauled his workflow - for better results.

Recreating the Kong: Skull Island ‘Toxic Yellow’ Look

Exercise your grading skills by matching Kong: Skull Island's 'Toxic Yellow' look in DaVinci Resolve. Luke Ross shares his approach.

Alternate Uses For Shared Nodes in DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to unlock the utility of Shared Nodes by minimizing the need to switch between the clip-level and timeline-level node graphs.

How To Adapt A Photoshop 'Channels' Technique to Resolve

Patrick answers a member's question about simplifying their node tree, adapting a Photoshop color grading technique to DaVinci Resolve.

A Guide To Composite Modes in DaVinci Resolve

Refresh your knowledge on blending modes: What they are, what they do, and how to utilise them as color grading tools in DaVinci Resolve.

Color Grading 101: Shot Matching & Working With Multiple Nodes

In Part 2 of his series, Colorist Patrick Inhofer starts working 'at speed' on the Base Grade and then moves to Shot Matching (with scopes).

Emulating Baselight's Texture Blend Tool For Noisy Secondaries

Colorist Marty Webb shows how to emulate Baselight's Texture Blending in DaVinci Resolve to control noisy secondary operations.

'Barbie Look' In Resolve: Emulating Technicolor's 3-Strip Process

Colorist Jason Bowdach creates a Barbie-inspired 3-Strip Technicolor film look with customization controls using Nodes in DaVinci Resolve.

Color Management With Log, The Elusive "Filmic" Look, & Clients

Mixing Light's panel of Colorists answers questions on color management with log footage, the "filmic" look, and choosing your clients.

Automatic Naming Using Metadata Variables in DaVinci Resolve

Luke Ross explores DaVinci Resolve's 'Metadata Variables'. Learn how to generate still, burn-in, and render setting names - automagically.

Color Grading 101 - Defeating the Tyranny Of The First Move

Is color grading mystifying because you have trouble getting similar results as the pros? Reboot your confidence with this new series.

Accelerated Workflows with Resolve’s Remote And Local Grades

Learn how to speed up your color grading workflow using DaVinci Resolve's under-utilized Local and Remote Grades functionality.

Upgrade Your Toolkit By Creating A Subtractive Color Balance Tool

Colorist Cullen Kelly teaches you to create a subtractive color balance tool for more pleasing color washes & looks in DaVinci Resolve.

Sky Replacements Inside DaVinci Resolve Using Match Move OFX

Learn the fundamentals of DaVinci Resolve's OFX 'Match Move' plugin - in a color-managed pipeline replacing the sky with an sRGB image.

Connecting the APIs: From DaVinci Resolve To OpenAI, Part 2

Igor Riđanović shows you how to create a YouTube summary from a Resolve timeline with the APIs from DaVinci Resolve and OpenAI using ChatGPT.

Upgrade Your Toolkit: Get Better Hue vs Lum Results

Enhance your color grading toolkit in Part 2 of this series. Learn to affect color density with greater consistency using Hue vs Lum curves.

Getting Started With Blackmagic Cloud Storage in DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to set up and share project media with collaborators in DaVinci Resolve with Blackmagic Cloud Storage and the BMD Camera App.

A Deep Dive Into Rendering H.264 & H.265 from DaVinci Resolve

Mixing Light contributor and freelance colorist Luke Ross takes a deep dive into H.264 & H.265 render options on a Mac and PC in Resolve.

Connecting DaVinci Resolve and OpenAI - Part 1

Using a little bit of Python code, you'll learn the fundamentals for connecting OpenAI and DaVinci Resolve using their APIs.

Upgrade Your Toolkit: Create Custom Highlight & Shadow Controls

Learn how to create a custom highlight roller tools tailored to your creative needs inside DaVinci Resolve.

How To Build A Custom Contrast-Pivot Tool Using Curves

Colorist Patrick Inhofer shares his favorite, and simplest, method for controlling the contrast of your images when doing Primary corrections.

DaVinci Resolve Printer Lights VS Baselight Base Grade Bumps

Explore and compare DaVinci's Printer Lights tool with Baselight's Base Grade Bumps controls, mapping either tool to a keyboard number pad.

Tips For Avoiding (and Solving) Gamma Shifts On MacOS Renders

Avoid the Mac Gamma Shift problem on your exports with this step-by-step guide to consistent color management in DaVinci Resolve on a Mac.

Do You Need Free, Fast, & Accurate Transcription? MacWhisper.

Do you need free, accurate, and quick audio transcription for captions, paper edits, or documentary scripting? Learn to use MacWhisper!

Alpha Channel Manipulations 101 - Fusion Page Fundamentals

Learn the fundamentals of alpha channel manipulations, including tonal adjustments, blurs, and combining masks from VFX artist Bernd Klimm.

How to Export the Highest Quality YouTube Videos

Learn how to set up DaVinci Resolve's color management when delivering to YouTube and modify the default preset for better quality.

Film Print Emulation: Dehancer Pro v7 Review - Part 2

In our Dehancer Pro v7 Part 2 review, colorist Peder Morgenthaler digs into its 'dehancing' tools: Grain, Halation, Bloom, Weave, and more.

Using Resolve 18.5 Transcription & Subtitle Tools

Colorist and finisher Jason Bowdach teaches you to use DaVinci Resolve 18.5's new Machine Learning-powered transcription and subtitle tools.

Office Hours LIVE! HDR White, Saturation Controls, New Displays

Mixing Light's professional colorists answer questions on graphic white points in HDR, crafting meaty saturation and the limitations of AI.

Film Print Emulation: Dehancer Pro v7 Review - Part 1

Colorist Peder Morgenthaler reviews the popular Dehancer Pro OFX plugin for DaVinci Resolve for creating detailed filmic looks.

Office Hours LIVE! Color pipelines, Gamma & Remote Live-Review

Our Contributors answer tough member questions on color management issues, mastering gamma, and affordable remote live review solutions.

Using The ResolveFX Relight Plugin With The Fusion Page

Learn to accelerate the Relight ResolveFX by feeding normals maps from CG renders, making it a powerhouse effect for VFX and CGI workflows.

Creative Look Inspiration - Wes Anderson's 'Asteroid City'

Build a low-contrast, targeted saturation look inspired by Wes Anderson’s 'Asteroid City', by learning how to evaluate the production stills.

Creatively Manipulating Node-Based ColorSpace and Gamma Tags

Learn colorist Cullen Kelly’s favorite uses for node-based Color Space and Gamma context menus available within individual nodes in Resolve.

Tips for matching an imported timeline in DaVinci Resolve

Get tips for solving common - but challenging - mistakes when conforming an offline reference, including eye-matching variable speed changes.

How To Set Up A Headless Computer For Resolve - And Why?

Colorist Jason Bowdach on regaining control over your multiple computers while ditching the keyboard and mouse and gaining new efficiencies.

Office Hours - NAB 2023, Sony HX-3110, Resolve 18.5, Virtual Sets

Team Mixing Light discusses Sony's prototype 4,000nit display, Resolve 18.5 Beta new features, and colorist opportunities on Virtual Sets.

Ideas For Using The Resolve 18.5 Relight Effect

Joey D'Anna shows how to integrate the Relight ResolveFX plugin into fixed node trees to maximize its usefulness, capability, and performance.

How To Manipulate Hue More Effectively In DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to dramatically improve your Hue vs. Hue adjustments in DaVinci Resolve by changing a node's color model - and why this works.

Office Hours LIVE! Color Management, HDR, & Cinema Grading

Four Mixing Light Contributors help one of our members solidify their color management settings & workflows for HDR and cinema color grading.

‘Smearing Shadows’ For More Pleasing High-Contrast Looks

Colorist Cullen Kelly explores a technique for sculpting rich, soft, and filmic shadows on high-contrast looks for a more pleasing effect.

Update! DaVinci Resolve ‘Levels’ Setting For Premiere Renders

Colorist and finisher Jason Bowdach revisits the topic of which setting to use in Resolve for exporting to Premiere Pro: Data vs Video Levels?

Temporal And Spatial Noise Reduction 101 in DaVinci Resolve

Colourist Luke Ross shows how to uses the various selections in Resolve Studio's Noise Reduction toolset - and identifies mistakes to avoid.

Is The Mini Control Surface 'Breaking' HDR Palette Operations?

Learn how the Blackmagic Mini control surface is giving you the 'wrong' results on the HDR Palette if your not paying VERY close attention.

Learn How To Build Your Custom Film Print ODT

Cullen Kelly shows you how to build a custom transform by combining a film print LUT with basic color science - to add style to images.

How To Install And Evaluate The Upcoming ACES 2.0 ODT

Cullen Kelly shows how you can explore the candidate ACES 2.0 output transforms. Learn the differences compared to the current ACES release.

Adding Colour Contrast To Night Footage (in DaVinci Resolve)

Colorist Luke Ross demos a creative technique he used recently, adding colour contrast to make a night image pop using foreground separation.

How To Upgrade Your GoPro Hero11 To A 10-bit Log Workflow

Learn to leverage GoPro labs firmware and Resolve colorspace transforms to color manage footage from the new Hero 11 cameras in 10 bit log.

The Multiple Personalities of Resolve's Contrast-Pivot Controls

Colorist Patrick Inhofer shows you the three different and distinct behaviors of DaVinci Resolve's two Contrast-Pivot controls.

Substituting ACES ADX for Cineon Film Log With Film Looks LUTs

Explore how to get better results from Resolve’s Film Looks LUTs by leveraging the ACES ADX standard — even if you're not grading in ACES!

First Look: Elgato Stream Deck + with SideshowFX Profiles

Colorist Jamie Dickinson shares initial impressions using Elgato's Stream Deck + (with SideshowFX profiles) to control Resolve's HDR Palette.

The Do’s And Don’ts of Color Correcting with Hue-vs-Sat Curves

Colorist Cullen Kelly explores his favorite uses of the Sat vs Lum curve in Resolve and best practices for consistently great results.

A Hands-On Introduction To DaVinci Resolve On iPad Beta for Pros

Colorist Joey D’Anna gives an extended review of DaVinci Resolve for iPad Beta, how it differs from the desktop, and what it may excel at.

Deep Dive: DaVinci Resolve Cloud Remote Collaboration

In Part 2 of our series, learn the many features (and tips/trick) of Davinci Resolve 18's cloud-based Collaborative Workflow

Using The Surface Tracker On Complex Power Window Operations

Learn how to apply a VFX-style workflow to color grading (replacing the tedious operation of tracking multiple power windows independently).

New Little Features Packing A Punch In DaVinci Resolve 18.1

DaVinci Resolve 18.1 is a feature-rich update. Colorist and finisher Joey D'Anna offers his list of impactful features - that aren't obvious.

Using the Surface Tracker Resolve FX for Color Grading - Part 1

Learn how to use Resolve's 'Surface Tracker' Resolve FX for color grading - using it as a Power Window or to warp an existing Power Window.

Emulating the ‘God Rays’ Look with the Light Rays Resolve FX

Crepuscular rays (God Rays) are a unique natural phenomenon. Learn how to quickly emulate this effect using Resolve's 'Light Rays' plugin.

Color Grading Docs, HDR Trims, NVMe Disks for Cache, and more!

In this Office Hours, a team of Mixing Light Contributors tackles member questions about estimating time for HDR trim passes - and much more!

Creating Glows with the Aperture Diffraction ResolveFX Plugin

Learn how to get a physically realistic glow-like effect by manipulating the properties of Aperture Diffraction's “virtual” iris.

Learning to Color Balance More Quickly With Fewer Adjustments

In the final episode of his 'Flexing Fundamentals' series, Cullen Kelly shows how to color balance more efficiently by thinking differently.

Delivery Tips for Remote Sessions and DaVinci Resolve Trainers

When it’s time to share your Resolve User Interface with a remote client or classroom, a few simple tips and optimizations can win the day!

How To Manage Versions for VFX & Graphics in DaVinci Resolve

If you have many graphics or visual effects shots that might be replaced at the last minute, learn the value of Resolve's 'Take Selector'.

Controlling The Eye By Relighting With Motivated Power Windows

Building on a Cullen Kelly Insight, colorist Patrick Inhofer demos leveling up the concept of a 'motivated vignette' for scene relighting.

How do ‘Motivated Vignettes’ improve your color grading?

Colorist Cullen Kelly explores vignettes: What they do, when they’re appropriate, & how to deploy them in a motivated and photographic manner?

NEW: DaVinci Resolve Courses, Credits, All-Access Memberships

Announcing: 5 new DaVinci Resolve courses, a credit system allowing members to unlock them, and an upcoming 'All-Access' membership level!

Advanced Optical Flow Techniques For Image Repair

Learn to use optical flow for more than speed changes. In this Insight, fix a corrupt frame and repair archival footage pull-down artifacts.

Intro to Resolve's Collaborative Workflow - LucidLink and Proxies

Get started with DaVinci Resolve 18's Cloud-based Collaboration workflow. In Part 1, begin sharing media and projects with a remote team.

How To Use The Sapphire S_Ultraglow OpenFX

In Part 2 of Jason Bowdach's series on glow effects, get a close look at the Sapphire S_UltraGlow and the additional options it offers.

Contrast Adjustments: Which Is The Right Tool For You?

In Part 3 of Cullen Kelly's 'Flexing Fundamentals' series, learn how to think about organizing contrast adjustments to improve your results.

Using Color Grading To Tell A Decades-Long Story

Colorist Joey D'Anna breaks down his color grade of an indie feature - showing how he executed the goals & technical challenges of this film.

Edit Faster With 10 Keyboard Tips & Tricks For DaVinci Resolve

Learn 10 essential keyboard shortcuts you can bind on the DaVinci Resolve edit page to speed up your editing workflow.

Learning To Work Quickly Using The 'Glow' Resolve FX

Glow effects are versatile - but you can waste time fiddling with their controls. Learn how to work with the Glow Resolve FX, intentionally.

How To Upgrade Your Contrast, Pivot, Lift, and Gain Adjustments

Learn why colorist Cullen Kelly loves Contrast-Pivot for his contrast adjustments - and how you can upgrade them for more nuanced control.

Extending the life of old computers? Becoming a Contributor?

This lively Office Hours answers questions on extending the life of an old computer, becoming a Contributor, and impressions of Resolve 18.

Film Print Emulation: A Deep Dive Into The Filmbox OFX Plugin

In this deep dive into the Filmbox OFX plugin learn its basic operation, features, and how it compares to alternate film print emulators.

Better Keying Using DaVinci Resolve’s 3D Keyer

Are you pulling a key for color grading and Resolve's HSL keyer isn't doing it? This dive into the 3D Keyer may get better results, faster.

Flexing Fundamentals: The Hidden Power of the Offset Wheel

In a new series on Primary color corrections, Cullen Kelly explores the hidden strength of the Offset Wheel - when working color-managed.

Leverage The Power of Resolve 18’s New Magic Mask ‘Object Tracker’

New in Resolve 18 is the ‘object tracker mode’ in Magic Mask. Learn to use it for color grading and advanced blurring workflows.

Charting Gamma Curves, REC-709a, Premiere 2022 Color Management

Team Mixing Light, and members, discuss Log Gamma curves, revisit Rec-709a, Premiere Pro 2022's color management, and declining job offers.

Texture Management - BYO Advanced Unsharp Mask tool in RGB & LAB

In Part 4, Hector Berrebi shows how to add clipping and range controls to our basic Unsharp Mask node tree in DaVinci Resolve in LAB and RGB.

How To Build Your Own ‘RGB Crosstalk Curves’ Node Matrix

In Part 7 of Cullen Kelly's 'Visual Math' series, rebuild Resolve’s RGB Mixer with splitter/combiner nodes to control with Custom Curves.

ResolveFX Surface Tracker Part 2 - Beauty Work Within Fusion

In Part 2, Igor Ridanovic leverages the stabilization work of the new Surface Tracker plugin to execute beauty work on the Fusion page.

Using Compound Clips For Dolby Vision Revisions & IMF Delivery

Learn an advanced compound timeline use-case for Dolby Vision deliverables - without ever rendering & replacing the original HDR timeline.

Digging Into The Depth Map - One of Resolve 18’s Best New Features

Learn how to use the new ResolveFX 'Depth Map' on the Color and Fusion pages - and get a range of ideas showcasing its fantastic versatility.

Deconstructing Blur, Mist, and Unsharp Mask Operations

In Part 3 of Hector Berrebi's 'Texture Management' series, learn what blur is doing to your images and build an Unsharp Mask using nodes.

How To ‘Trace’ a LUT’s Contrast Curve By Hand

Learn how to use Layer Mixer nodes to recreate a LUT's contrast curve for further creative manipulation in Part 6 of the Visual Math series.

Digging Into The ResolveFX Surface Tracker (For Retouching)

Resolve 18's Surface Tracker combines a multiple-point tracker and a warper in one tool. Learn how it works while prepping a retouch job.

An Introduction To Versioning Efficiently Using Compound Timelines

Use compound timelines in DaVinci Resolve for speed and efficiency when managing separate versions of timelines and multiple creative teams.

Five Don't-Miss Features in DaVinci Resolve 18 Public Beta

Joey D'Anna gives you a taste of his NAB 2022 demo artist skillset, sharing the 5 new features he likes the most in DaVici Resolve 18.

How Do You Avoid Adding Visual Artifacts When Sharpening Your Images?

Are you adding RGB artifacts into images when sharpening? How is Midtone Detail different (in DaVinci Resolve)? Plus, sharpening in LAB space.

How Do You Succeed Running A Color Grading Business?

The team is joined by our newest Contributor, Zeb Chadfield, answering business-related questions on being a colorist and getting paid.

Film Print Emulation: Paul Dore’s ACES DCTL Look Modification Transform

In Part 3, learn how to go beyond LUTs for an artistic approach to emulating film print looks using Paul Dore's DCTL in an ACES workflow.

An Introduction to Texture Management (using DaVinci Resolve)

In the start of a new series, colorist & educator Hector Berrebi defines the terms and tools of the important concept: Texture Management.

Using Parsec and VirtualHere For Remote, Secure Color Grading Sessions

Learn how to control a remote DaVinci Resolve workstation using Parsec with VirtualHere to virtualize locally-attached USB devices.

Evaluating Skin Tones, Working With Drone Footage, Grading On Laptops

Team Mixing Light helps our members work through confidence problems color grading skin tones, drones, and laptop displays in a live call.

Building Custom 'Lum vs Sat' Curves In HSL Using Resolve's Node Tree

In Part 5 of our 'Visual Math' series, learn how 'vs. Curves' work from within Resolve's node graph by building your own in HSL space.

DIY - Virtualizing Your Networked Resolve Database Server On Linux

Learn how to install and configure Postrgres database servers in a Linux virtual machine across an internal network for DaVinci Resolve.

Moving timelines into DaVinci Resolve Using EDLs - More Tips and Tricks

50 years later, the simple EDL is still useful for sharing timelines! Get more tips and tricks on integrating EDLs in colour managed projects.

Film Print Emulation: Breaking Down PixelTools 'Film Lab PowerGrades'

Continue developing your critical eye for evaluating Film Print Emulations (FPEs) by breaking down Pixel Tools Post's 'Film Lab PowerGrades'.

Extracting Only The Hue Or Saturation of a LUT using DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to extract the hue and/or saturation shifts of a 3D LUT, without getting stuck with the LUT's accompanying contrast adjustment.

The HDR Palette One Year Later & Selling Your Project Files: Good Ideas?

Team Mixing Light, in a live conference call, takes member questions on Resolve's HDR palette and the practice of handing over project files.

Color Management For Preconformed Workflows With EDL Clip Names

Using Resolve's Edit Index and EDL comments, you can prepare a preconformed timeline for color management much easier than you think.

Why Are Film Print Emulation LUTs Special (and how to use them)?

In this new series, build the foundation to evaluate & implement ANY Film Print Emulation (FPE) - with the Kodak 2382 film stock as baseline.

Creating And Evaluating PowerGrade Tools - Tips and Tricks

Colorist Jason Bowdach teaches you his approach to developing and evaluating technical PowerGrades (and how it helps your creative grading).

DaVinci Resolve 17.4.5 - Custom YRGB Output Color Spaces

Colorist Joey D’Anna explains why the new Output color space setting in DaVinci YRGB projects is a great tool for node based color management.

Color Warper Tips Part 2 - Migrating Off Curves in DaVinci Resolve

Colorist Patrick Inhofer shares how he modified his approach to Resolve's Color Warper - and now rarely uses 'Hue vs' and 'Sat vs' curves.

How To Extract A LUT's Split-Tone Component Using DaVinci Resolve

Learn how to isolate the color impact of a LUT from its luma component to craft the image to your preferences, all within DaVinci Resolve.

Colourlab Ai - Working In A Color Managed Workflow

In Part 3 of this series, Jason Bowdach demonstrates how to use Colourlab Ai in a color-managed workflow in Resolve and shows new features.

Office Hours LIVE! - ACES Color Management Using Nodes (in Resolve)

Join colorist Joey D'Anna as he answers node-based color management strategies for ACES and RCM workflows (including groups and shared nodes).

Build Your Own Qualifier In HSL Color Space Using Curves (In Resolve)

Learn an alternate method for creating masks limiting adjustments to particular luminance regions, using Curves and Splitter/Combiner nodes.

Joey’s Custom Workshop - Two Useful Scripts And A Fusion Effect

Colorist Joey D’Anna shares with you new custom tools for batch rendering, automatic backups, and a 3D motion control template.

Resolve Color Warper Tips Part 1 - Pin Patterns Within Fixed Node Trees

Learn how to build Color Warper 'Pin Patterns' for flexible saturation fixes in DaVinci Resolve and integrating them into fixed node trees.

Building A Subtractive Saturation Node Tree In DaVinci Resolve

'Subtractive saturation' is a hot topic with colorists. Learn how to manually build this tool in DaVinci Resolve for more natural results.

Office Hours Live Stream - Color Management (and much more)

This is our first Office Hours Livestream. Four Mixing Light Contributors take and answer questions from members in a livestream.

Dolby Vision - Custom ACES SDR to HDR Part 4 - Deliverables And QC

In Part 4, learn how to QC and deliver your Dolby Vision HDR and SDR masters, including Video- or Data- level settings for ProRes exports.

Custom ACES SDR to HDR Part 3 - Dolby Vision Trims

Learn how to use the original SDR color grade as a reference for a new SDR Dolby Vision trim from an HDR re-master (gulp!)!

Live Call - Coding DCTLs Wrap-Up Discussion with Cullen Kelly

Cullen Kelly wraps his 10-part intro series about Coding DCTL. It's a live Q&A session answering questions, while Cullen learns something new!

Elsewhere On The Web: Netflix Recommended Displays (and more)

This series returns with stories on Netflix recommended displays; being a better colorist; color harmonies; and note-taking.

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 9 – Adding A Visual Curve Overlay

Colorist Cullen Kelly finishes off coding a split-toning Resolve DCTL plugin with a visual overlay showing how the RGB channels are modified.

SDR To HDR - Working With Graphics In Node-Level Color Management

In part two of his series, Colorist Joey D'Anna shows you how to color manage graphics when trimming a project from SDR up to HDR.

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 8 - Refining UI Parameters

Colorist Cullen Kelly finished defining his Davinci Resolve DCTL plugin. Learn how he tweaks the interface, eliminating 'dead zones.'

Resolve 17.4: My Favorites From A Huge Release

DaVinci Resolve 17.4 is a substantial update. Colorist Joey D'Anna explores his favorite features, big and small, on the Color & Edit Pages.

Custom ACES: SDR To HDR - Part 1

In this Insight, Colorist Joey D’Anna shows you how to move an SDR grade into HDR using a Custom ACES fixed node structure.

Color Page Tools You Might Have Forgotten About Or Didn't Know

In an application as deep as Resolve its easy to forget about a feature or not even know one was there! In this Insight, Robbie Carman explores some of these

Creative Coding with DCTL Part 7 - Adding Split Toning

In Part 7, Colorist Cullen Kelly shows how to add split-toning into the custom DCTL. Then he debugs and commits it to the main GitHub branch.

Color Grading An Animated Short Film - Part 1

Colorist Patrick Inhofer shares a behind-the-scenes look at color grading an animated short film - and how it differs from live action.

Better Window Tracking: Combining Tracking With Manual Keyframes

Colorist Joey D’Anna shows you his methodology for nailing challenging power window tracks in DaVinci Resolve

Binary Logic In The Node Tree: Creating Procedural Node Structures

What does binary logic have to do with color grading? Colorist Joey D'Anna shows you how to build switches and logic into your Resolve node structure.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 6

In part 6 of his ongoing series, Cullen Kelly explores how to combine two separate DCTLs for increased user functionality without adding complexity.

Coloring Reality: How To Color Grade 1700 Shots In Two Days

Coloring Reality TV can be a huge undertaking. However, if you organize and prepare, you'll deliver a high-quality show on time.

Can You Use Project-Level Color Management With 'Flat File' Workflows?

Learn how to tag a single clip with multiple 'input color spaces' in DaVinci Resolve when executing a 'flat file'/preconformed workflow.

Match Move ResolveFX: A Color Page Multitool

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you how to use the DaVinci Resolve Match Move ResolveFX plugin for powerful tracking, stabilization, and paintwork

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 5

In part 5 of his ongoing series on coding DCTLs, Cullen starts to get into the thick of the tool he's creating - exploring how to define and code contrast.

Creative Coding with DCTL: Part 4

In part four of his ongoing series on creating DCTLs, Cullen Kelly builds upon work done to create a static DCTL by adding user adjustable controls.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 3

In part 3 of this ongoing series, with foundational knowledge in place, start coding your first DCTL a colorist Cullen Kelly guides you step by step.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 2

In Part 2 of his series on coding DCTLs, Cullen Kelly covers some additional setup and tools you'll need to successfully build DCTLs

Using A Blackmagic Color Panel Remotely - Resolve 17 Solves A Problem

Learn how to use Resolve 17's new remote panel capabilities for remote color grading that is secure, interactive, and color accurate.

Creative Coding With DCTL: Part 1

Cullen Kelly kicks off a new exciting series about DCTL coding. Learn the vocabulary, syntax, and techniques to create DCTLs to aid your color grading.

Colorist Inspiration - UK Music Video Awards 2020

Dan shares some grading inspiration from the 2020 best colour grading nominees at the UK music video awards

How Do You Use Resolve's Parallel Mixer and Layer Mixer Nodes?

In Part 2 of our series on learning how to use Resolve's Serial Nodes, we look at combining them with Layer and Parallel Mixer nodes.

Joey's Custom Workshop: Solving Problems Using DCTL and Python

Expand your colorist toolbox with custom Python scripts and DCTLs for Frame.io workflows, subtractive saturation, and timeline duplication.

Inside the Grade: The First Pass On A Feature Film

Watch over the shoulder of senior colorist Cullen Kelly as he works through his first pass on a feature film and shares his approach.

Getting Sync'd Up: Advanced Audio Monitoring In DaVinci Resolve

Learn to measure audio/video sync issues with a smartphone, and compensate in DaVinci Resolve using Fairlight's B-Chain

Getting Up To Speed On Resolve 17's New Proxy Workflow

Get up to speed on Resolve 17's new proxy workflow for lightning fast editing and grading performance when working remotely.

Color Warper 101 Part 3: Creating Looks (Plus A Grading Challenge)

In the finale of the series, colorist Peder Morgenthaler puts what we've learned into action creative 3 looks with the Color Warper.

Look Development Part 3: Sweetening The Color Palette

In the last installment of his series on the essentials of look development, Cullen Kelly guides you through the concept of preferential color mapping.

Color Warper 101 Part 2: Managing Points & Pins + Chroma-Luma Panel

In part 2 of his series, Peder Morgenthaler dives deeper into the controls in DaVinci Resolve's Color Warper.

Review - Controlling The HDR Palette With The Resolve Mini Panel

How does the DaVinci Resolve Mini control surface manage to control 7+ color wheels in the HDR Palette, with only 3 physical trackballs?

Look Development Part 2: Dialing In The Contrast Curve

In Part 2 of his series, Cullen Kelly takes a look at dialing in the contrast curve for a look with the new HDR Zone tool in Davinci Resolve 17.

How To Set Up and Deliver Dolby ATMOS in Resolve 17

In this Insight, learn how to setup, monitor, edit and deliver Dolby Atmos immersive audio in DaVinci Resolve 17

Resolve 17 Color Management Tips and Pat's Fixed Node Tree

Learn how to set up Resolve Color Management for success. You'll also see a colorist's node tree, designed for RCM & the HDR Palette.

Color Warper 101 Part 1: Concepts and Interface Fundamentals

The new Color Warper in DaVinci Resolve 17 is very powerful, very accurate, but a bit complicated. In Part 1, learn this tool's fundamentals.

HDR Palette 101 - Resolve Color Management 2.0 + Contrast Controls

In Part 3 of this series, learn how the color grading controls work differently with RCM 2 enabled. Plus, contrast control in the HDR Palette.

HDR Palette - Using Multiple Zones, Contrast, Presets, Global Control

In Part 2 of this series, we dig deeper into the HDR Palette and continue exploring its differences from the traditional Primaries Palette.

Resolve 17 Big Little Features Part 2 – The Edit Page

Small features can make a huge difference to your workflow! Learn new edit page features to speed up and improve your workflow in Resolve 17.

How Do Zones Work in Resolve 17's New HDR Palette?

The HDR Palette represents a major advance in Resolve 17's color grading toolset. Learn about it's core concept, Zones, and how they work.

Resolve 17: Big Little Features Part 1 - The Color Page

Sometimes, it's the small features making a huge difference! Learn new color page tools to speed up and improve your workflow in Resolve 17.

A Mixing Light Special Report: Resolve 17 Announcement

Blackmagic Design just announced Resolve 17. We jump on a call to discuss the release, its timing, new features, and our initial thoughts.

Resolve 17: First Impressions And Favorite Features

Resolve 17 Public Beta is here and it is a huge release! Colorist Joey D'Anna points you to his favorite new features, updates, improvements.

Node Tree Compositing: Building A Green Screen Shot In One Node Tree

In this Insight, Joey D'Anna shows you how he uses the DaVinci Resolve color page node tree to build great looking green screen composites.

Working With Reference Images Part 3: Building The Look

Cullen shows how to put the analysis of reference images + analysis of shots on the timeline together to create a cohesive, matching look.

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 Part 3: 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 – 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?