How To Color Grade BMPCC 4k Footage in DaVinci Resolve

Color grading is, in my opinion, the most fun phase of the ‘behind-the-computer-phase’. I always load in my footage and drag that one clip I remember to be sick in the timeline to grade it first. I’m just so curious about what the possibilities are with that particular clip that I can’t wait until the end of the whole editing phase. 

How I Color grade my blackmagic pocket 4k footage in davinci resolve

There are a lot of techniques to get the grade you want. As with many artistic things, ‘all roads lead to Rome’. 

CST (Color Space Transform)

For me, the easiest way to grade RAW footage is by using the Color Space Transform Tool inside the OFX panel of Resolve. This tool lets you go from and to different colorspaces non destructively. Meaning, you won’t lose any data when for example the highlights clip (after applying the CST tool on your node). 

Of course, the process of transforming footage from a LOG curve to Rec.709 can be done manually which, in some cases, is the better option. Personally, I feel like using the technique that gives you the best results while doing this in the shortest amount of time, is the best option. 

LUTs

Many filmmakers out there use LUTs to acquire the look they want which is a fast and very time-efficient approach to color grading. The downside to this approach is that all the data, after the LUT, is backed in. Meaning, if you change colors, levels, or anything else, it will cause a lower resolution output. 

I would always try to get the look yourself using the tools available in DaVinci Resolve. Not only will this boost your color grading skill, but also gives you loads more control over the final look of the image. 

The only time I would personally smash on a LUT, is for vlogs, dailies, or other material I don’t really care about. 

Node Tree

The node tree is essentially your color grading pipeline. The LOG footage starts left and comes out crispy clean on the right. A node tree is different for every colorist, therefore I would suggest checking out as many colorist workflows as you can to find out which one suits you best!

Check out the video below for all the information you need and, of course, for a visual representation of color grading in Davinci Resolve. 

 

That’s it!

Thanks for reading and watching everyone!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them down here, or under the YouTube video! 

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