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Using Power Grades in DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Aug 31, 2020• Proven solutions

Lookup Tables provide an easy way to maintain a specific reference look over multiple color grading suits as well as NLEs. However, its main disadvantage is that users cannot modify LUTs once they are applied to footage. One can only make changes for its effect strength and opacity so that a desired look can be maintained for footage. In case if you wish to have wider control over your footage during color grading function, then you need to work with Power Grades. In simple words, power grades option assist users to have fantastic control on projects and it also allows easy sharing with DVR collaborators.

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Using Power Grades:

A power grade helps to retain all the footage corrections and it also has ability to save all node structures. Note that, all power grades presets are like static grades as they do not contain any keyframe function of window tracking ability. Once user applies this advanced look to their clip, the node structure is automatically stored and all user interface controls are naturally set to saved values.

Further, users can easy make changes for all settings as well as they can adjust the node activity. Beginners can learn many tricks about grades using this facility in DVR. On the other side, LUTs have wider range of applications for colour editing but they do not provide any detail about grade creation process.

Section 1: Creating and Saving Power Grade:

In order to develop most effectual power grades to maintain your colour grading style, simple identify your repetitive actions, especially those which are completed after following multiple steps. Then

Step1: Choose your grade to be saved and right click on it. From the drop down menu simply select “Grab Still” option but ensure that you have labelled it accurately.

Step 2: It will help you to add your stills into gallery and users can also rename it for proper organisation inside a folder.

Step 3: In case if you want to know the details about how look for your saved project has been created then simply right click on your image and then hit ‘Display Node Graph’ option. It will help you to open new window that assists in node by node look creation.

Section 2: Export Power Grade:

Those who want to export the specific power grade can simply mark their grade using power grade album, then right click and export. When users need to select their projects from a wide set of projects then this feature can be highly useful. It will make your generation process easier when you are working on a series of colour grades that share repeatable or common looks. Generally, stills are saved in some albums inside gallery but PowerGrade albums can be easily shared among all projects that work on same database. DVR never poses any restriction over numbers of power grade albums.

Watch the video below from Theo of MiesnerMedia to get more information about how to Import and Export Powergrades.

Section 3: Importing a Power Grade:

Users can easily install a third party Powergrade on DVR platform:

  1. Download DRX file from computer; go to powergrade section from gallery page of DVR and then hit right. Select import option.
  2. Search for your .DRX file and select it. Your Powergrade must have been successfully loaded to DVR window.

If you want to apply grade to shot then it can be easily dragged from Gallery on middle of the colour page. Place it on the first node and it will soon replace all existing nodes of grade with powergrade. In case if you want to apply power grade to your already created grades then right click over Powergrade and select “Append Node Graph” option. It will help you to add PowerGrade at end of node tree.

Watch the video to get more detailed information about using a Power Grade in DaVinci Resolve.

In simple words, we can say that DVR window contains lots of features for colour grading but note that these power grades can be accessed only in DVR whereas lookup tables can be accessed on all NLEs that extend support for image conversion format.

Liza Brown
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