3 Things You Need to Know If You Are New to Davinci Resolve 12

Posted on: 28 November 2016


If you just recently purchased the DaVinci Resolve 12 video-editing software system, here are three things that you need to understand about this particular type of video-editing software in order to get rolling with it and start to make your own videos.

#1: Use the Primary Sliders to Adjust the Color

When you want to adjust the color, you have two options with DaVinci Resolve. You can either use color wheels or sliders to correct the primary colors within your video. 

Although it can be tempting to turn to the color wheels, with this particular software system, using the sliders will provide you with more control and precision with the color adjustments. You will be able to fine-tune the colors at particular moments in your videos in order to, for example, get a perfect white or a perfect black for a shot. You will be able to see the adjustments that you are making immediately in your video and will be able to respond and adjust the sliders in real time.

If you do switch over to the color wheel instead of the sliders, all the adjustments that you have made will show up there as well. 

#2: Disable Ganging Before Adjusting Log Gamma Profiles

If you need to adjust the log gamma profiles in your video, it is important to realize that when you apply an s-shaped luma curve to your video, all of the four curves that you can apply are joined together, and this is referred to as ganging. That means if you adjust one of the s-shaped luma curves, all of them are going to change. 

However, you most likely don't need to adjust all four s-shaped luma curves in order to correct the log gamma profiles in your video; more than likely, you only need to adjust one. In order to do this, you are going to want to turn of the ganging option so that you can adjust each individual curve instead of having them move all together as one.

#3: Blurring an Image

DaVinci Resolve offers really advanced features for blurring images in your video, such as corporate logos that need to be blurred in videos in which you don't have permission to use the logos.

When you have a particular image that you want to blur, first you are going to want to apply a mask that goes around that specific image. Then, if that image is not stationary and moves around within the shot, you are going to want to apply tracking to the mask so that it moves with the object. Finally, you are going to want to turn on and apply blur to the mask that you are tracking. This will allow you to blur out the image without using any outside filters. 

These are just three tips to get you started with your new video-editing software.