Compositing in DaVinci Resolve 12.5


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Rated 4.38 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
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  • Use the HSL Qualifier to key out a sky
  • Use the 3D Qualifier to create a greenscreen key
  • Add and track a Garbage Matte
  • Combine keys with the Key Mixer Node
  • Animate your key using Auto Keyframes

Match Move Tracking

A common technique used in many films is to replace the sky to give the scene more texture and interest. But if the shot is moving you’re composited sky will need to be tracked and Resolve has just the right tools for this.

Get Great Looking Keys

Using Resolve’s powerful 3D Keyer and only a few swipes of your mouse you’ll get a great looking Green Screen keys right out of the box. Then you’ll apply Resolve’s Despill feature to clean up the edges of matte.

Solve Keying Problems

In more challenging shots you may have a subject that creates obstacles to a good key (green shirt anyone?). In this tutorial you’ll learn how to use Resolve’s Key Mixer Node to address issues like this one.

About the Author:

Alexis Van Hurkman
Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist. His award-winning short film “The Place Where You Live” played 18 festivals in 2015, while his feature “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at festivals around the world in 2006. As a colorist, he's graded programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and the BBC, features and shorts that have played at the Telluride and Sundance film festivals, and video art pieces that have been exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Alexis has also authored and contributed to over twenty books and user manuals on post-production, including two editions of the industry standard “Color Correction Handbook,” and five editions of the DaVinci Resolve User Manual.
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8 reviews for Compositing in DaVinci Resolve 12.5

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Todd (verified owner)

    Quite seriously, another excellent training series from Ripple Training. Alexis Van Hurkman does a fantastic job at taking me through the steps necessary to complete sky replacements, and basic and advanced keying techniques in Resolve. As in other Ripple series, the pace is perfect. Alexis never rushes through the steps at completing each task. Looking forward to more Resolve tutorials from Ripple Training.

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    Rated 4 out of 5

    Bruce C. (verified owner)

    Sky replacement and green screen replacement is not something that I’ve had a need to do yet, however the skills are good to have if and when the time comes. I have had recently the need to fix problems in the background where these techniques could be put to use. In one case there was a shot where a boom mic shadow appeared on the wall behind the actors. And in another case, there was some unwanted movement across a small glass patio door in the background that was distracting. Each of these cases could be dealt with using these techniques, provided you have a replacement layer. And that can be where the gotcha is. Creating a replacement layer clip would be good subject to cover. Overall I liked the tutorial and I did learn something.

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    Rated 4 out of 5

    Paulo B. (verified owner)

    This is s very useful training on how to do compositing in Resolve, while not being a dedicated compositing package.
    It shows you the methods you need to pull a decent key from 3 different scenarios, using the HSL and 3D qualifiers, depending on the situation, as well as how to combine different keys in order to refine the resulting key.
    I personally missed the explanation on how to make a light wrap effect in order to better integrate our subjects into the background.
    While not being an extensive training on compositing in Resolve, because all 3 examples could have been taken to the next level, for sure it shows you how to do it properly.

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Yassel Q. (verified owner)

    As always, Alexis shows us, in a very easy to understand tutorial, how to achieve a perfect compositing end product using the amazing tools that come with DaVinci Resolve.

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    Rated 3 out of 5

    Andreas B. (verified owner)

    Alexis is great but the tutorial was a bit short. No info on travel mattes and could have more examples of match moving graphics and video. For instance computer screen replacement etc. Also compositing elements such as rain, lightening, smoke or snow could have been interesting,

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Guido Z. (verified owner)

    Thanks Alexis and Ripple training!
    Your training are exemplary!

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike P. (verified owner)

    1. This guy has done the hours of learning and understand how to use this powerful program and he shares the knowledge in a cool and realistic style that is easy to understand and follow and use immediately like no other.
    2. You do not have the time to self learn this program.
    3. This training program has been the secret to my success

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    Rated 4 out of 5

    James L. (verified owner)

    Alexis is fantastic as always. Very useful stuff and comprehensively explained. It would have been even better if screen replacements were covered as well. It is a common task a lot of us face and have to use other apps to get the job done. It would have been great if this tutorial covered accomplishing this task in Resolve as well.

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