The classic granddaddy of color correction Looks is the heavy vignette. You’ll be applying this vignette at the Group level—and since the shots all match already, it’s relatively easy work. But as with most Group level color grading, you’ll still need to drop down to the Clip level to make a few tweaks to get it to work.
- Whenever I'm working on a documentary…I'm always looking for what I call opportunities.…Well, what's an opportunity?…Well, I'm looking for a setup that's used…multiple times throughout the film…so that I can slow down and really fine-tune that image.…And once I've spent a little bit of time on it…I can reapply that look over and over again.…And one of the most common places…where you're gonna find an opportunity…in any kind of documentary, reality-based type of production…is interview setups.…
It's often time the only place…where the director has sat down,…they're able to set up lighting,…they're able to position the subject…exactly where the want, they'll actually make changes…to the props around the room, and you get,…really, a crafted image out of the can.…And that gives you time as a colorist,…a great place to sit down and really enhance…what's already there.…Let's take a look at shots 12 and 22.…This is a perfect example of a interview…being used multiple times, and it means…that if we spend extra time working on…
Indie feature film and broadcast colorist Patrick Inhofer puts these more sophisticated features to practical use—color-grading shots from a documentary. Along the way, he covers the Resolve Studio databases, media management, advanced primary and secondary color-correction techniques, and even Resolve performance optimization. Follow along with the three "In Action" chapters to learn how to create a base grade, match shots, and build cinematic looks. Plus, get a glimpse into the advanced features available only in DaVinci Resolve Studio, such as motion effects and noise reduction, to help you decide if you need to upgrade to the paid version of DaVinci Resolve.
It doesn't matter what kinds of projects you shoot or edit. This training will help you develop your color correction "muscles" and deliver better results more reliably every time.
- Understanding Resolve's database structure and options
- Managing and relinking media
- Using the advanced primary and secondary tools
- Working with the sizing menu
- Advanced tracking
- Comparing shots in split-screen
- Reducing noise
- Increasing playback performance in DaVinci Resolve
- Rendering, delivering, and archiving footage
- Applying Resolve's tools to real-world projects
- Learning a repeatable workflow for the entire color grading process
Skill Level Advanced
1. Advanced Database Concepts
2. Additional Media and Edit Page Concepts
3. Advanced Color Page Concepts: Primary Corrections
4. Advanced Color Page Concepts: Secondary Corrections
5. Studio-Only Tools and Workflows
6. Increasing Playback Performance
7. Color Management and ACES
8. Rendering, Delivering, and Archiving
9. In Action: Cold Open—the Base Grade
10. In Action: Cold Open—Shot Matching
11. In Action: Building a Look
Cold open: Closing thoughts1m 32s
12. What's New in Resolve 12.5
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