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Face Tracking: DaVinci Resolve Workflow

Johnathan Paul

In this post we share a workflow on using face tracking for color correction in DaVinci Resolve.

Blackmagic continues to incredible resources into Resolve, thier high end color grading (and now video editing) application. With their recent acquisition and rerelease of Fusion, a high-end compositing and VFX application, Blackmagic seems to have their sights set on providing a full end-to-end production and post pipeline. We’ll be excited to see what they have up their sleeve for NAB 2015. But I digress, let’s jump into the tutorial.

Davinci Resolve Face Tracking for Color Correction

Focusing on its original use as a color correction software TunnelvizionTV has posted a great video tutorial on how to use face tracking for detailed color correction.

Having very little experience with DaVinci Resolve I found this tutorial to be really helpful and the tracking within Resolve to be incredibly accurate. As you saw in the tutorial once you set your track radius the software takes over and applies a number of tracking nodes to the face for nice precision. I plan to use this workflow on a current film project. Although I’ll be performing the color grade in Resolve, I’ll be doing the edit in Premiere Pro CC, which brings up a good question…

DaVinci Resolve to Premiere Pro CC Workflow

What’s the best way to ’roundtrip’ from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve and back again? Here is a tutorial from Muto Made I found on how to effectively utilize a DaVinci Resolve and Premiere Pro CC Workflow.

Again, with the easy transition from Premiere Pro CC to Resolve and back, having the ability to color correct to that level is really nice. And Resolve Lite is no slouch, it can do nearly everything the full paid version can.

Curious about more post production workflows? See our previous post: How to Migrate Timelines Between Video Editing Applications.