Aug 6, 2020
Edited: Aug 19, 2020

DaVinci Resolve Q&A + Demo

This is the last part of Mik's DaVinci Resolve Series! Special thanks to @Mikhail von Asmuth for hosting this series, sharing his knowledge and letting us peak into his world as a colorist.

In this video, Mikhail answers participant's questions, shares some more knowledge on how to operate DaVinci Resolve, and gives beginners some online tools & advice. Colorgrading plays a key role in all things visual, so if you're in the Industry this knowledge will certainly benefit you as well.

To make sure that you've got everything down and that you don't miss a beat, Mik also created a checklist that you can use as a workflow guide when you are colorgrading. I've typed this down for you below, after the video snippets.

Much thanks to all who has participated in any of the workshops! For those who missed or have not watched the others, we also have Color Correction using DaVinci Resolve and Color Grading using DaVinci Resolve. Check out past workshops here and upcoming workshops here as well.

Some snippets from this session:

THE CHECKLIST: How to approach your work

1. Assessing the video: to know how long it will take to grade

  • Size

  • Frame rate

  • Artifacts

  • Checking the scopes

  • Camera Profile

  • Log/Raw/Compress

2. Inspiration based on the Colorist: Be Creative

  • My preferred look

  • Movie Reference

  • Idea from anywhere, a website for example

3. Knowing what the video is for: What things to consider

  • Commercial: food, car, beauty, fashion

  • Music video

  • Documentary

  • Film

  • Experimental

  • Cinematic

4. Discussing with the clients: to smooth the grading

  • Ask what is on their vision in mind

  • If they have a reference

  • Ask the DOP what they want

  • Ask what they don’t want

  • Any issue with skin tones

5. Play with footage : to know what approach in grading

  • Grade it the way you want it

  • If you have old grading, apply it to the footage to see results

6. Doing Primaries

  • Keep it simple, use one node

  • Contrast, saturation, and curves

7. Stylizing/ Secondaries

  • Soft or hard contrast

  • desaturate of colors

  • sharpen/blur

  • grains

8. Looking at your grade

  • Compare with the reference

  • Is there no issue: hand, skin tone, clippings

9. Shot matching with other shot

  • The black level, exposure and contrast

  • Skin tone

  • Saturation

  • Color

10. Look refining

  • If it’s commercial, the product should pop out

  • Do vignette

  • Make the subject the eye of focus

11. Do some over grade look:

  • To show the clients other looks besides the safe grade

We hope you get to use this checklist and that this is helpful!


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