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
Checking the scopes
2. Inspiration based on the Colorist: Be Creative
My preferred look
Idea from anywhere, a website for example
3. Knowing what the video is for: What things to consider
Commercial: food, car, beauty, fashion
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
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
10. Look refining
If it’s commercial, the product should pop out
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!