Join Patrick Inhofer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of DaVinci Resolve Guru: Color Correcting Log Raw and Flat Footage.
If you have access to the exercise files, I strongly encourage you to follow along with what I'm doing as you watch this series. After all, the best way of learning something new is to involve as many of your senses as possible. So watch, listen and do. Here's what you'll find in these exercise files: In this media folder is a DaVinci Resolve archive which will import into Resolve. It'll pull up the project we'll be working in and automatically relink to the footage on your drive.
As you can see, we've got RAW and QuickTime files for you to work with as we explore color correcting RAW, LOG and Flat footage. I've also included some onset LUTS created by my good friend and top-notched DIT, Rich Rodman. He graciously provided these for us to explore. We're about to create our database for this GURU title, and I like to create a database for each job, or sometimes, on a per client basis.
If you don't understand what I'm doing here, please follow up and watch the chapter on databases and projects in my Resolve 12 essential training series. Resolve projects are different than most other software you've used. They take some explanation, which I cover in the essential training title. But I will walk you through it right now. We're launching DaVinci Resolve, and it's going to launch us into its default database, and I'm going to go ahead and create a brand new database.
I'm going to put that database on the desktop. We'll call this here in our database manager, GURU_RAWLog, and I'm going to set database here on the desktop. I'll call that folder GURU_RAWLog, select open, create new database and then open up this brand new database, which now sits here, out on my desktop.
Next, we're going to import our DaVinci Resolve Archive file, so I'll right lick in this gray space, click restore because this is a archive and we restore archives. We don't import them. Click restore, navigate to my desktop, exercise files, media and I'm going to click on this top level here because it has a .dra extension. Resolve doesn't let me dig down, even though we can on the Desktop. I'll click open, and here we go.
We've got our project and the footage should be linked. I'm going to open this up. If the footage isn't linked, you're going to need to go in here, shift click all of these, right click and relink clips for selected bins.
Once you're familiar with the differences between log, raw, and flat recordings, explore two different methods for color correcting that footage. First, Patrick shows you how to color correct manually, using the traditional tools in DaVinci Resolve. Then, he explains how to use lookup tables (LUT), and discusses LUT strengths and limitations.
- Differentiating between raw and log recordings
- Differentiating between cameras that record flat vs. log
- Setting project-wide raw and LUT preferences
- Applying LUTs to footage
- Exporting LUTs from Resolve
- Color correcting raw footage
- Color correcting log footage
- Using LUTs with log, raw, and flat footage
- Importing, exporting, and managing LUTs in Resolve