DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Part 43: Animating in the Color Module

In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we talked about working with 3rd party LUT’s.  In this lesson, I want to I want to talk our earlier discussion on Keyframing a little farther, and discuss Keyframes in the Color Module.

If you’re looking for the lesson where we discussed Keyframing in the Edit Module, you can find it at this link.  You would think that any keyframing you need to do would be done in the same place, but that is not the case inside of DaVinci Resolve.  The first thing that you need to know in the Color module is where do you find your keyframing parameters, as there is not an Inspector here, as there is in the Edit Module.  To find your keyframe window, simply make sure it’s selected in the lower right hand corner of the Resolve interface, and that it is the tool that is selected.

DaVinci Resolve - Keyframe Window Color Module

Now, one thing that you’ll notice is that to the right of the “Lock” icon, there is an orange button that you can toggle on and off, and what this basically does is turn animation on and off.  If Animation is turned off, and you’re making color grading changes to your footage, the grade will stay the way it is over time.  Add keyframes, and now you have animation! You’ll notice that once you toggle one of them on, let’s use “Color Corrector” as an example, nothing happens.  No keyframes are added unless you manually add one by right clicking and adding a static (or dynamic) keyframe.

DaVinci Resolve - Add Static Keyframe

Adding one this way will give you a base starting point for whatever animation you want to create.  Moving down the timeline and making an adjustment to the color wheels will automatically add a keyframe, and you’re all set to go!  What’s also very cool is that once you have added some keyframes (and animation) to multiple parameters in the keyframes window, you don’t need to worry about scrolling through the window to adjust keyframes.  As keyframes are added to different parameters, you’ll notice “relative” keyframes appear in the “Corrector 1” line, at the top of the Keyframes window.  Any adjustment you make to those keyframe will trickle down to the keyframes they are associated with.

DaVinci Resolve - Adjusting Keyframes

Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.


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