White Balancing Footage Quickly In Resolve

Sep 26, 2017

White balancing video footage is crucial to make it consistent between sequences of edits you are putting together. Using DaVinci Resolve 14 you can make the adjustment incredibly fast and easily using the white balance picker in the color editing tab.

DaVinci Resolve is without a doubt the industry standard for video color grading. It offers so much that sometimes we forget the most simple things such as the white balance assisting tools. There are multiple ways of adjusting your white balance. The first and most obvious is using the white balance picker. It can be found in the Color editing tab right below the Color Wheels. Press on it, and then move your cursor to any zone that should be neutral on your image. By neutral, I mean any area that shouldn’t have any color (white, black, or gray). Click and let DaVinci Resolve do the color correction work for you.

Sometimes, the color cast is in either the shadow or highlights, but not on the whole image. Or you may want to also adjust the contrast of the image by setting a pure white and pure black point. To achieve this, in the Color Wheels tool you can use the Black Point and White Point pickers. They are located right above the Lift and Gain wheels (it works similarly if you use Primaries Bars or Log). Select what point you want to adjust and then, just like with the white balance picker, move the cursor to your footage and click on the point that should be pure black or white, depending on what picker you are using. Resolve will then adjust the color wheel accordingly.

Read the full Fstoppers artciel by Quentin Decaillet at this link: https://fstoppers.com/post-production/how-set-whit...

Also at the Fstoppers link, view the video tutorial by Dave Andrade.

To learn more about DFS and SpeedLooks, visit looklabs.net/ to see how easily you can achieve a great color finish on your next project.