Friday, 24 January 2014

Getting Started With Resolve: Video #5

With Tutorial #4 complete, I can finally release this one!

This tutorial looks at the Camera Raw adjustments that are available from within the Colour Wheel pane at the bottom left of the Resolve Color window.

These adjustments are only available for raw footage, and they are very powerful - allowing you to change colour temperature, exposure, gamma and a host of other parameters.

Getting Started With Resolve: Video #4

OK, so despite having video tutorial number 5 completed some time ago... I hadn't done video #4! Of course, the obvious thing would have been to do them all in sequence, but it wasn't until I'd nearly finished #5, that I realised that I hadn't done this one...

So, here it is... video tutorial #4 that introduces the colour wheels, or more specifically, the primary colour wheels and master controls. These will allow us to apply our primary colour correction before we start our grading, i.e. making sure that the shadow and highlight levels are sorted before we apply any further colour treatment to them.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Getting Started With Resolve: Video #3.

I've been busy with creating new tutorials and new videos - I've got a sequence of 12 videos planned at the moment, and I know that production of these will slow down as I've just got a heap of work in that takes me through to the beginning of March (which is great news!).

However, I will try to continue to update these tutorials - both written and video, it's just that it might be a bit slower than usual. So, just before I head off to do some filming about a weaver at her new gallery, I wanted to post up the latest video tutorial which covers the introduction to the Color window and how to use (and manage) the video scopes.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Davinci Resolve: Part 18. Primary correction #2.

In the last tutorial we looked at one method of primary correction using the Contrast and Pivot controls available in the Color Wheels pane of the Color window.

Whilst this may have given us better values for our black, and white, levels - it really didn't give us the correction that was needed. This quick method of using just the Contrast and Pivot controls can be all that is needed, so it's a useful tool to try out.

The image we were using needed another method of primary correction, and that's what we will look at in this tutorial.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Davinci Resolve: Part 17. Primary correction #1.

We have been working our way through the essential basics of Davinci Resolve in order to allow us to actually start colour correction and grading of our footage.

These tutorials are based around raw footage captured on a Canon DSLR running Magic Lantern, but in essence, the basics of colour correction and grading is the same wherever your footage comes from.

So, we are going to begin with colour correction, and there are often several ways to achieve a similar result but to begin with, we'll make sure that our black, and white, levels are correct...

Friday, 10 January 2014

Davinci Resolve: Part 16. Curves.

I wondered about mentioning the Curves pane at this stage because it's really more suited to grading the image rather than basic colour correction, but then we are still supposed to be in the section where we are just taking a look around the various sections in the Color window.

I'm not going to dwell on this pane too long, we will definitely come back to it, as much of the power of Resolve is held within it. Unlocking the mysteries it contains could fill an entire book in itself, getting to grips with tracking, qualifiers and power windows is not for right now, but we will end up using these tools fairly soon when we come to grading.

Let's turn our attention to the Curves pane...

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Davinci Resolve: Part 15. Camera raw adjustments.

We are going to take a quick break from the color wheels, to look at some of the other adjustments available to us, because we are using raw footage (remember I'm basing these tutorials around my own personal experience with using Magic Lantern raw on my Canon DSLR).

We have rather a lot of basic parameters that we can change because of the raw file, so in this tutorial we will explore the Camera Raw option available in the same pane as the color wheels - so you don't have to travel too far from the previous tutorial ;)