Grading Log Footage in Davinci Resolve Using FilmConvert

By March 23, 2017Video

IS FILMCONVERT ENOUGH TO GRADE?

Firstly, let’s look at what this video achieves. The image below is a comparison slider which works perfectly for this kind of demonstration. It’s a beautifully clear example of the starting footage and the graded result coming out of FilmConvert.

Log Footage before FilmConvert Grade Footage after grade in FilmConvert and Davinci Resolve
These frame grabs / stills were exported directly from Davinci Resolve. See here for more info.

WHAT’S IN THE VIDEO?

In short, color grading 4K log footage using only the OFX FilmConvert plugin in Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 12.5.

This demonstration shows the power, relative speed and simplicity of the FilmConvert OFX plugin for Davinci Resolve. I take you through the following…

  • A full grade of a Panasonic Vlog clip from camera to the final output using only the color correction tools within the plugin itself
  • Applying a Fuji film stock and tweaking the mid tones and highlight color to suit my project and desired look.
  • Playing a sample of the clip so you can see how well Davinci Resolve performs at real time playback using this GPU accelerated plugin.

Davinci Resolve is sometimes criticized as it can be terribly demanding on resources but I have always found FilmConvert together with Resolve to be a reliable and extremely fast combination.

If you would like to download the source vlog 10-bit 4:2:2 4k clip and have a play around with it yourself, click on the link below but it’s pretty large so you’ll need a reasonable connection. The source file specifications are listed for reference together with the equipment used on the shoot and to make the video.

Gear Used

Mic (shoot): Rode NTG 3http://amzn.to/2nbFY70
Mic (shoot): Sennheiser EW100 G3http://amzn.to/2mYOMMx
Wind Protection: Rycote Windjammerhttp://amzn.to/2mUYw9L
Mic (tutorial): Sennheiser MK 8http://amzn.to/2nbr6Fz
Camera: Panasonic DVX200http://amzn.to/2nN913H
Recorder: Atomos Shogun Infernohttp://amzn.to/2nbL6I7
Color Grading: FilmConverthttp://bit.ly/2nrVTQM
Editing: Adobe Premiere Prohttp://bit.ly/2lO9fGb
Titles: Adobe After Effectshttp://bit.ly/2lO9fGb
Thumbnail: Adobe Photoshophttp://bit.ly/2lO9fGb

General

Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : QuickTime
Codec ID : qt 2005.03 (qt )
File size : 4.71 GiB
Duration : 1 min 2 s
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 645 Mb/s
Writing library : Apple QuickTime

Video

Format : ProRes
Format profile : 422 HQ
Codec ID : apch
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 643 Mb/s
Width : 3 840 pixels
Height : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 25.000 FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:2
Scan type : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 3.103
Stream size : 4.69 GiB (100%)
Writing library : atms
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2017-03-22 13:29:21
Tagged date : UTC 2017-03-22 13:29:21

Audio

Format : PCM
Format settings, Endianness : Little
Format settings, Sign : Signed
Codec ID : in24
Duration : 1 min 2 s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 2 304 kb/s
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
Bit depth : 24 bits
Stream size : 8.61 MiB (0%)
Language : English
Encoded date : UTC 2017-03-22 13:29:21
Tagged date : UTC 2017-03-22 13:29:21

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FilmConvert in Resolve Stock Photograph

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