DaVinci Resolve uses node based processing where each node can have color correction, power windows and effects. Nodes are similar to layers, but more powerful because you can join unlimited nodes sequentially or in parallel. That means you can combine grades, effects, mixers, keys and even plug-ins in any order to create limitless color effects and unique looks. If things get too crowded you can collapse multiple nodes into a single compound node then save it to your Gallery as a “look” to be used on other scenes!
Grading from RAW Files
Cinematographers will love the camera RAW palette in DaVinci Resolve 12. You get high quality de-bayer with highlight recovery, white balance, color space and gamma controls, along with adjustments for fine tuning exposure, color temperature, tint, sharpness and more so that you have virtually unlimited creative control over RAW images. Now you can take advantage of the full wide dynamic range of RAW images and pull the maximum detail out of the highlights, shadows, and mid tones in real time!
Enhanced Node Editor
DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces major enhancements to the node editor so now it’s possible to quickly navigate between nodes, swap nodes, select multiple nodes with a lasso, copy node contents, extract nodes, use embedded alpha channels in mattes and more. When dragging a saved grade from the gallery, customers now have the option to drag the grade in as a single compound node, or as a fully expanded node tree. These changes allow professional colorists to work even faster, while also making it more intuitive for video editors that are learning how to use Resolve’s massive set of color correction tools for the first time.
High dynamic range production is a new deliverable format for feature film and Ultra HD television production because it dramatically improves quality with its massive color gamut and incredibly wide contrast ratio. HDR footage looks more vivid and realistic than ever before! The grading tools in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio can now work in an extended dynamic range especially designed for HDR deliverables such as HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Plus, HDR footage can be cached in visually lossless formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ and DNxHR, which are far more efficient than uncompressed 16-bit float files!
Great color correction starts with a well balanced image. Get perfect looking images with the world’s most powerful primary color corrector for setting lift, gamma and gain with the control and precision of DaVinci’s unique YRGB color space and ACES 1.0 digital cinema standard. Primary controls include temperature, tint, shadows, mid tones and highlight log controls with offset.
Target specific colors or areas of the image with DaVinci’s precision secondary color correctors. Precise HSL, RGB color and LUM qualification lets you target specific areas of the image. With the advanced 3D keyer in DaVinci Resolve, you simply drag over an area to instantly pull a clean key and isolate areas in a shot. For the most complex grades, the enhanced Matte Finesse controls ensure everything blends seamlessly.
Automatic Color Match
Whether your footage was shot on film, video or is RAW, DaVinci Resolve’s Color Match can automatically give you a primary base grade by analyzing shots containing standard color charts! Color Match lets you set the source gamma, target gamma and target color space for the chart used in your shot. Simply use the chip grid to identify the color chip chart and Resolve will automatically balance the shots, even if they were shot on different cameras, under different lighting conditions and with different color temperatures!
Invented by DaVinci, Power Windows revolutionized grading by letting you isolate specific areas in the image. You can create an unlimited number of Power Windows using circular, linear, gradient and PowerCurve shapes and then combine them using matte and mask controls. With DaVinci Resolve 12.5 you can now edit multiple control points in PowerCurve windows simultaneously! Windows can automatically follow objects in the image using Resolve’s built in multi point and new single point tracker!
Open FX Plug-ins
DaVinci Resolve also supports OpenFX plug-ins on both the editing timeline and within color nodes so you get almost limitless creative options! Work with third party plug-ins from developers like Red Giant™, Sapphire™, Boris™ and more. DaVinci Resolve uses full 32 bit float GPU based image processing so you’ll always get the best looking results as fast as possible, even when using third partyOpenFX plug-ins!