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Tip #1233: New Color Tools in DaVinci Resolve 17

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

DaVinci Resolve continues to set the pace for color control and creativity.

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DaVinci Resolve has long been respected for its color grading tools. In the Version 17 release, these were improved even more. Here’s a quick summary of the new features, taken from the DaVinci Resolve website.

Next Generation HDR Grading Tools. The HDR grading palette lets you create new color wheels with custom roll off for specific tonal ranges, giving you more creative control to make fine adjustments. The wheels include exposure and saturation controls for each zone. They’re color space aware so you get perceptually uniform results.

Color Warper for Refined Grading. The mesh based warping tool lets you adjust two color parameters at once. You can adjust both hue and saturation or chroma and luma. Adjustments are made by dragging control points, with smooth falloff for clean, natural looking adjustments. It’s an entirely new way to transform color in your images!

Targeted Grading with Magic Mask. Selecting and tracking people for targeted correction has never been easier! Magic mask uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically create masks for an entire person or specific features such as face or arms. You get matte finesse tools, the ability to add and remove strokes and automatic tracking!

Advanced Color Management. DaVinci Resolve color management adds features to simplify your workflow and improve image quality. You get wide gamut image processing, new input and output tone mapping and color space aware tools that provide for a more consistent response while grading and greatly improved image quality!

DaVinci Wide Gamut Color Space. DaVinci wide gamut and DaVinci intermediate are timeline color space and gamma settings that provide a universal internal working color space. It’s larger than what cameras can capture, or BT.2020, ARRI wide gamut and even ACES AP1. You’ll never lose image data, no matter where it comes from!

Updated 3D Professional Scopes. You can now open multiple versions of the same scope, set customizable waveform scales, create 3×3 layouts and open a separate scope window on a second display. You could open 3 vectorscopes, set to different tonal and zoom ranges, allowing you to simultaneously see shadows, midtones, and highlights.

Additional LUT Support. DaVinci Resolve 17 lets you generate 17 point 3D LUTs directly from the timeline, which are great for monitoring on set. There’s also support for video range LUT metadata, as well as the ability to set your own custom LUT paths either on local or to a network volume for sharing LUTs in a facility.

New Viewer Wipe Modes. New diagonal, venetian blind and checkerboard wipes provide additional flexibility for comparing images in different ways. A new split screen mode for comparing up to four playheads from the timeline is useful for comparing multiple clips or for comparing different frames within the same clip.


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