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Fastest Ways to Get Film Look in DaVinci Resolve

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

There are so many tricks in post production stage that can make your footage more impressive with cinematic effects. But you need to grab information about which effect will show right results for your needs.

The article below will help you to learn fastest ways to implement film look using DaVinci Resolve software tool. Some of the best results can be easily obtained by simply controlling blue colour’s saturation and the advanced LUT effects for clips. It is possible to get classic image within few seconds with your own camera features.

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The Fastest ways to get film look in DaVinci Resolve:

Section 1: Reducing Dynamic Range in Blue Channel:

Here are few details about what you can achieve with this control:

1. Reduce Blue colours from highlights and pump them to higher values in shadow areas.

The major concept behind this method is quite simple. As you simple need to minimize the blue colours from highlights and need to boost these details in shadow areas, this task can be easily completed using primaries bar that contains sliders. These settings can be utilized to adjust gain, gamma, blue, green and red lift to generate effective results. This technique is considered as one of the simplest method to improve colour tones for image shadows without disturbing the highlights.

2. Using Curves to Refine:

Note that professionals avoid adding more blue shades to extreme shadows at the time of colour grading adjustments. If you also want to implement editing with quality results then it is good to access DaVinci Resolve curves for easy adjustments. Simply tweak the blue channel and try to balance shadows with highlights. Now add one new node, move towards Luma Vs Saturation tab where you need to reduce the saturation value. It will help you to get right effects in desired areas effortlessly and without destroying other details.

Section 2: Using LUTs to get Film Look Fast:

1. What is LUT?

LUT or Lookup table is a special kind of modifier between 2 images: the first one if original image and second is displayed image- the relation here is established on the basis of a mathematical formula. There are so many types of LUTs: 3D, 1D, calibration, transform and viewing etc. Note that LUTs cannot be used for colour correction or calibration; they are just advanced tools to make this process easier.

2. How to add LUT to DVR platform?

If you want your DVR software tool to recognise 3D LUTs then they must be placed inside this folder: The Pop us menus of colour management panel have a sequence of factory preset LUTs. They are installed using DVR or you have imported them into specific directory of OS.

  • On OS X: Go to Library, then Applications Support> Blackmagic Design> DaVinci Resolve and then move to LUT section.
  • One Windows: Go to C:\ProgramData, and then move to Blackmagic Design and further to DaVinci Resolve. Get inside Support section and then select LUT.
  • On Linux: Go to home then resolve and finally you will see LUTs.

Note: In case if you have downloaded your Resolve tool from Apple App Store then LUTs are automatically saved in separate location so that Resolve can stay independent. Here, to access your LUTs, simply hit on the Open LUT folder button that is available in Lookup table panel inside Project Settings. It will help you to open the Finder Window at specific location where LUTs are actually stored. LUTs can be copied from this window or you can also delete them when they are not required.

In case if you have added your LUTs to any other directory after opening Resolve window then it is important to hit the Update List button so that your tool can refresh to gain information about new location of LUTs.

How to Apply LUT in DaVinci Resolve for Film Look?

The LUTs can be applied to specific media files; they are either log or working with log of debayering. Here are few simple steps that you need to follow:

Step 1: First of all you need to launch your software tool.

Step 2: Now create a new project or open any existing project as per your need.

Step 3: Go to the main window of your software and then access the colour page available at bottom part of screen.

Step 4: Simply right click on the clip node over Node Editor Window and then select LUT from 3D LUTs or 1D LUTs sub-menu in order to apply specific LUT effect.

1D LUTs: They are best choice if you want to work on contrast settings, on the white point of display or on overall adjustments for colour balance. These LUTs help to manage image impression at the time of grading process and they work on minor complexities. 1D LUTs can be used to process every colour channel individually so that effective output can be generated.

3D LUTs: These advanced LUTs can be used to process all channels interactively. It does not add values with 256/channel adjustments rather it helps to multiply them. This effect directly helps to produce millions of unique values for easy settings. Most of these effects are present inside DVR platform whereas others are accessed from third parties.

Related: How to Create LUTs in DaVinci Resolve

Liza Brown
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