By Kevin P. McAuliffe
In our previous lesson of our look at learning BlackMagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve, we took a look at creating a very cool speed ramp effect that you would see on Survivor or The Amazing Race. in this lesson, I want to focus on effects, and take a look at some of the ResolveFX inside of DaVinci Resolve.
Now, the first big question you might have is, how do we access these effects. Well, the first thing you’re going to do is to head over to the Effects Tab at the top of the Resolve interface.
Once there, you’ll see all the titles that you have access to, but you’ll also notice that there is no section called “ResolveFX”. Well, to access those effects, you’re going to head into the “OpenFX” category, and once there, you’ll find not only all your ResolveFX effects, but any third party OpenFX effects from companies like Boris FX (BCC, Sapphire, Mocha Pro), as well as from other companies like Red Giant. Now, you can pick an effect, let’s choose a Glow Effect, as it’s one that I use all the time, and simply drag it from the effects window, and drop it onto your footage. Once it’s there, to get access to the effect parameters, you’re going to head over to the Inspector, and click the “OpenFX” button to access the parameters for whichever effect you have applied
Keep in mind that you not only have access to the ResolveFX effects inside of your edit module, but you also have access to an ever expanding line up of ResolveFX effects inside of the integrated version of Fusion as well. With each update, beginning with 15.2’s update (the most recent update as of the writing of this article), the hope is that more and more ResolveFX effects will be added to Fusion, inside of Resolve.
Now, before we wrap things up, talking about ResolveFX inside of DaVinci Resolve, I want to point out that there are some effects, like Lens Flare, that are only available in the full version of Resolve. Keep in mind that the full version of Resolve is only $299, but you will get updates forever. I’ll let you decide if it’s worth it!
Meanwhile, check out our entire catalog of tutorials for DaVinci Resolve here.