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Davinci Resolve R&D and Discoveries!

Something I forgot to mention in the past was my R&D into color grading for our short film. While Nuke is very powerful and can help with color grading, we stumbled across a program called Davinci Resolve, which many studios and videographers use to edit color grading in their films. Hogan's friend is a professional colorist and highly recommended we look into it, so I was tasked with learning about it to see if it was something we could use. Unfortunately, I lost all of my files on the computers at the DAC before quarantine happened, so I might have to do another test to prove my R&D into Resolve is something we can use..and something else I could add to my demo reel. If anything, I can just share my findings on here in the event I can't get a Resolve "demo" for my demo reel for the end of the semester.


After messing around in Resolve and doing a live demo for my group in early March, we found that this program would come in handy in the future. It is incredibly intuitive to use, artist friendly (if you know where to look!) and can achieve some really fantastic looks. This will help us in lighting and coloring, especially to achieve the HDR look we want in our film. It will most likely be the best call when lighting not to immediately blow out the colors so we don't lose information in the renders. Instead, what we can do is bring it into Resolve and mess with the lighting and colors there (as well as Nuke, of course). It will be a lot simpler and easier to control the specular hilights and "loss of information" that might come with an HDR look.


While this might not be relevant for our short (but who knows!), I found that Resolve does an incredible job at replacing colors,fixing skin tones. It is able to isolate very specific colors in an image, automatically (or intuitively) rotoscope and follow those colors and objects around the scene, and find out where the colors need to be changed as the characters or objects move around the shot. This might save some time rotoscoping in Nuke if there are only a few simple changes on a shot that need to be adjusted. It seems like it would be a really good idea to bounce back between Resolve and Nuke to help adjust the images. Since Christine is kind of our "go to" compositor for this project, I will most likely find time to figure this out with her once we start getting a few sample images from our short. That way, we can find out a good and simple pipeline for us to work on in post.


If I have time, I will post a short demo showcasing a little bit of Resolve in my demo reel. If not, I hope this is proof enough that I worked on it and performed a live demo for my teammates on this project. It is a very cool program, and I'm excited to learn more about it over the next year!

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