Understand the many hardware choices, components, and compromises involved when building a DaVinci Resolve-based color correction system.
- Hey there, I'm Robbie Carman. - And I'm Patrick Inhofer. - And welcome to Resolve Guru: Hardware for Color Correction. You know Pat, as two professional DaVinci Resolve colorists, we absolutely love the craft and art of colour correction. But you know what? Modern colour correction is very gear dependent. - It is, computer monitors, control surfaces, tablets, other pieces of hardware. Understanding the gear surrounding colour correction is just as important as understanding contrast in DaVinci Resolve.
Especially if you don't have an assistant or chief engineer who can figure all of this stuff out for you. - I totally agree. And it's not that gear is more important that the artistry required to be a good colorist, it's just that gear on many levels determines what you can do. You know, the formats you can work with, your real-time performance, and the speed at which you can do you work. - And in this title we're going to explore the essentials of the hardware surrounding a DaVinci Resolve system. We'll start out by discussing the different software platforms Resolve can run on, you know, Mac, Windows, Linux, and we'll talk about the pros and cons of each.
And then we're going to take a look at a critical document that most of us overlook which is the DaVinci Resolve Configuration Guide. - Right. - It's published by Blackmagic. We think it's so important, we're going to dig into it. - After that, we'll explore specific computer hardware including CPUs, GPUs and IO devices. - Then we'll discuss what is probably the most important hardware component to a colorist, the reference monitor. We'll explore what is a reference monitor, why it matters, and common display technologies.
We'll also take a look at UHD 4K displays and talk about the emerging high-dynamic-range standards. - You know Pat, in my mind, what separates an editor doing colour and a dedicated colorist in terms of the speed at which they work, is a control surface. So we're going to look at control surfaces that work with DaVinci Resolve and since we've had tons of hands-on experience with each one, we'll provide our opinions about the various ones that are available. - Now Robbie, no colour correction hardware discussion would be complete without all the various extras that go into building a colour correction suite.
I'm talking accessories like BIOS lights, GPU expanders, input devices. The things that make a colorists life easier. - Absolutely, now as two professional colorists, Patrick and I have nearly 50 years of experience between us. We love colour correction, and the gear of colour correction. So in this title, we're going to explain the essentials of hardware in a DaVinci Resolve system. But you know what? When it comes to gear, there's always more pieces that you could add to your kit. - It's true. It's really a never-ending story, but this is where we're going to begin.
Thanks for joining us.
- Understanding Linux, Mac, and Windows Resolve systems
- Key hardware components: CPU, RAM, and GPU
- Video reference monitors
- Control surfaces
- Hardware accessories for color correction