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Sam Hakes
"Levels" in DaVinci Resolve
on Aug 3, 2018 at 1:41:11 pm

There's an effect in After Effects and Photoshop called "Levels" Is there something comparable to this in Resolve? We're shooting on a white backdrop and want to clip it to pure white.

In Photoshop


In After Effects


Thanks! - Sam


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Glenn Sakatch
Re: "Levels" in DaVinci Resolve
on Aug 3, 2018 at 2:47:13 pm

With levels you are adjusting your blacks, mids and highlights. Same as just about every corrector in the world.

Although the UI might look different, you can do the same thing in several ways in resolve. (depending on the type of curve you are looking for between the sections)

Use your color wheels, or your curves, or a combination of the two.
try the curves with all channels locked, and then try with a "Y" only adjustment, you will see a different result.

Switch your scopes to histogram, and you will even get a similar looking display.

Glenn


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Sam Hakes
Re: "Levels" in DaVinci Resolve
on Aug 3, 2018 at 3:52:25 pm

Thanks Glenn, viewing it with the Histogram does help a lot! I really like the UI from Adobe, but viewing the histogram and adjusting the curves seems to serve the same function and might even be more control.



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Marc Wielage
Re: "Levels" in DaVinci Resolve
on Aug 4, 2018 at 9:55:51 am

I think you would be better off learning how to read the Waveform Monitor and the Vectorscope. While Histograms can be useful in some cases, for scene-to-scene color matching, the former are far more useful.


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