5 Tips for Good Skin Tones in DaVinci Resolve 18

Don't key faces.Don't try to correct skin tones using the tint and temperature sliders in the RAW controls.Grab a still before color correction and use the image wipe in the viewer to compare before/after as you make adjustments.Use Offset or the Global wheel in the HDR palette for correcting skin tones.Upload to YouTube using ProRes... Continue Reading →

HEVC High Bitrate vs. ProRes 4444 XQ (HDR)

In this test, we compare HEVC bitrate 39,000 kbps (which ended up being 22.6 Mb/s), HEVC bitrate 80,000 kbps (which turned out to be 46.3Mb/s overall bitrate ) and ProRes 4444 XQ. To compare the clips yourself, open up the videos in three different tabs of your browser. As of today, we officially bid farewell... Continue Reading →

HEVC 10-bit 4:2:2 vs. ProRes 4444 XQ to YT

If you don't mind the ginormous file sizes and waiting longer for YouTube to finish uploading and processing your video, ProRes 4444 XQ does offer benefits over HEVC 10-bit 4:2:2 (using the standard bitrate for web publishing in Apple Compressor): more detail and improved contrast as well as richer color. In the sample clip, there... Continue Reading →

Create Textural Depth with Depth Map

Grain is one of the key components of the film look but few things are more distracting than seeing clumps of film grain dancing around on the talent's face. One solution is to use the HSL qualifier to isolate skin tones and use the keyer to de-emphasize the grain. An even easier way is to... Continue Reading →

Create Textural Depth II

The viewer’s eye can be drawn to the subject in a number of ways. Two of the techniques employed here are color separation, achieved through split-toning, and obscuring the surroundings using a mask and reducing brightness. Another approach is to create textural depth by accentuating the texture in cooler, darker backgrounds while de-emphasizing grain in... Continue Reading →

Projector Central Weighs in on 4:2:0

Over at Projector Central, Michael J. McNamara, former Executive Technology Editor of Popular Photography magazine and a renowned expert on digital capture, storage, and display technologies writes:  “Does using 4:2:0 subsampling significantly degrade image quality for movie viewing versus using 4:2:2? Not according to most viewers who've enjoyed any number of 4K UHD SDR and... Continue Reading →

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