In today's fast-paced video editing world, efficiency is key. Any tool or technique that can help us work smarter and faster is worth its weight in gold. For colorists, a custom Resolve kit is one such tool that can supercharge your color grading workflow. In this blog post, we'll delve into what a Resolve kit is, why it's important, and how to create your own.
Understanding the Resolve Kit
Imagine you're a chef working in a high-end restaurant. You wouldn't want to waste time hunting for the right knife or the perfect pan every time you cook a new dish. Instead, you'd have your kitchen organized with the tools you use most often, ready at your fingertips. A Resolve kit is your organized kitchen in the world of color grading.
A Resolve kit is essentially a collection of Powergrades tailored to your specific needs. It's a way to save your most frequently used color grading settings as presets. For example, if you often use a particular combination of color curves, split toning, or sharpening, you can save these settings as Powergrades for easy access in the future.
The Need for Speed
Why is a Resolve kit important? In the world of video editing, speed and consistency are crucial. Every project comes with its unique demands, and having a toolkit of your most-used settings can significantly speed up your workflow. When time is of the essence, efficiency becomes your best friend.
Building Your Custom Kit
Creating your own Resolve kit is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps to get you started:
1. Identify Your Essentials: Take a moment to analyze your color grading process. Which settings or tools do you find yourself using most often? These could be specific curves, split toning, texture enhancements, or anything else you deem essential.
2. Save as Powergrades: Once you've identified your go-to settings, save them as Powergrades. This is the heart of your Resolve kit. Think of it as creating presets for your most-used tools.
3. Organization is Key: Like any well-organized kitchen, the key to an effective Resolve kit is organization. Categorize your Powergrades logically. For example, group contrast settings together, split toning in another category, and so on.
4. Speed Up Your Workflow: Having your Powergrades organized in your Resolve kit will dramatically speed up your workflow. It's as simple as drag and drop. Instead of manually adjusting settings every time, you can just apply your Powergrades and fine-tune as needed.
A Word on Customization
Your Resolve kit is like your personal cooking style. You may not use every tool or preset for every project, and that's okay. Customization is the name of the game. You can always add new Powergrades to your kit or remove ones that you no longer need. Your kit should adapt to your evolving style and workflow.
Just as a chef's expertise shines through their dishes, a colorist's artistry shines through their work. By creating and using your custom Resolve kit, you can streamline your workflow, achieve consistency, and unlock the creative possibilities that the world of color grading offers.
In conclusion, if you're serious about supercharging your color grading workflow, investing time in building your Resolve kit is a small effort with significant rewards. Your creative journey becomes more efficient and enjoyable when your toolkit is finely tuned to your unique needs. So, start crafting your Resolve kit today, and watch your color grading prowess soar to new heights.
Our Gift to You
We believe that the art of color grading should be accessible to all, regardless of your experience level. That's why we're delighted to offer these 65+ free Powergrades as our gift to you. We hope they spark your creativity, simplify your workflow, and elevate the quality of your video projects.
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How to use my Resolve free power grade
Setup: Color Management As with any Powergrade, it's important you use these as intended -- to set up a color management pipeline Like this
Color Management >
● Color Science > DaVinci YRGB Color Managed
● Uncheck Automatic Color management
● Color Processing Mode > Custom
● Input Color Space > Choose your Camera Color Space
● Timeline Color Space > DaVinci WG/Intermediate
● Timeline Working Space > Choose Custom then Set 10000 nits
● Output Color Space > Rec709 G2.4 / Rec709A / Your monitor Color Space
● Output DRT > Luminance Mapping (For Rec709G2.4 Footage) Using without color management -- this will result in a low-contrast, low-saturation image, which will yield unpredictable results and possible artifacts.
Importing your Powergrades
About This Kit
Look Choose 1 from each section to create a custom look Base look Refinement >Base look Atmosphere > Split Tone > Creative Contrast Or Creative Contrast > Split Tone > Base look Atmosphere > Base look Refinement
Creative Contrast: Custom Contrast Using Curve Without affecting the middle gray
Creative Split Tone: Split-Toning Using Curve Without Affecting Middle Gray
Base look Atmosphere: HSL Curve
Base look Refinement: HSL Curve
Color Contrast: using HSL and LAB color Space (3 Strength)
Film Print Emulation Setup For DWG (Go inside Compound Node and Select)
Middle Gray: Pivot Point / Curve Point Setup For DWG/Log C Middle Gray so here you can create custom contrast without changing the middle gray.
Texture: Sharpen/Highlight Detail/ Sharpen (3 Strength)
Color Space Transfer
1. CST Setup for DWG/LogC/Rec709