DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 40: Working with Windows

By Kevin P. McAuliffe

In our last lesson, in our look at learning DaVinci Resolve, we talked about working with Curves, and how you can use them to independently adjust the highlights, midtones and shadows of your YRBG levels.  In this lesson, I want to move on and talk about Windows, or masks, as they are more commonly referred to.

We’re going to be back in the Color Module for the next few lessons, and to access your Window Parameters, you’re going to click on the third tool in the bottom center of the interface.  Now, what’s important to keep in mind about the Windows Tool is that they are not designed to be traditional masks. They are designed to mask out, or “window” certain areas of your shots for color correction.  Let me give you an example of how this works, using a simple Vignette “effect” as an example.

First, we need to choose the right window tool for our job.  In our case, it’s going to be the Ellipse window tool. 

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 1

Once we select it, you will see it appear immediately in the interface.

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 2

Once it’s on screen, we’re going to adjust its borders to have it fit just inside of the frame that we’re working with.

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 3

If you take a look at the Nodes window, you’ll notice that the mask is now visible on the Node itself.  What we can see in the Node is what is going to be adjusted. In our case, that is the inside of the ellipse.

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 4

Now, we can choose any grading tool we want, and once we start to make an adjustment to that parameter, we’ll notice an immediate update inside the borders of our Window.

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 5

This does, however present us with a bit of a problem as we don’t want to adjust what’s inside of the ellipse, but what is outside the ellipse, so we need to basically do an “invert” to our mask, so that our adjustments are happening on the outside.  No problem. Simply hit the “invert” button, and how all your adjustments are happening on the opposite side of the Window, and your Vignette is looking exactly the way we expect it should.

DaVinci Resolve - Ellipse Window Tool 6

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