Whether you’re just getting started or are a professional colorist, DaVinci Resolve color control panels let you work faster and be more creative. The panels give you fluid, hands on control over multiple parameters at the same time, so you have more creative options and can work much faster than is possible with a mouse. Designed in collaboration with the world’s leading colorists, all panels feature a logical layout that puts the most important controls under your natural hand positions, which allows you to work quickly. All knobs, dials and buttons are high quality and have been custom designed to produce the perfect amount of resistance, so you can accurately fine tune any parameter.
The trackballs let you adjust the colors in an image based on lift, gamma and gain tonal ranges. Unlike a mouse and keyboard, you can manipulate multiple trackballs simultaneously to create unique effects. The smooth gliding rings around the trackballs let you set master levels and establish dynamic contrast. Keys above each trackball reset the color adjustment, level adjustment or both. Three keys at the top of the DaVinci Resolve Mini and Micro Panels let you switch between primary and log wheel modes, activate offset, temperature and tint controls and turn on your full screen viewer output. The DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel has a fourth master gain trackball to adjust the entire image.
Primary adjustment controls affect the luminance and chrominance of your entire image using a variety of tools that target specific tonal and hue ranges. These tools represent the most common adjustments required to produce dynamic imagery, making them a popular choice for photographers, graphic designers and colorists working on a tight deadline. The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel and Mini Panel include 12 primary color correction control knobs that make it easy to quickly adjust image contrast, saturation, hue, temperature, tint, midtone detail, color boost, shadows, highlights and more. All knobs can be pressed to instantly reset the control so you can easily experiment with new looks!
The dedicated lift, gamma and gain knobs, which are sometimes referred to as shadows, midtones and highlights, allow you to adjust the luminance, or brightness, of each specific area of an image’s tonal range. With these specific controls, you adjust brightness without affecting color saturation.
Contrast is used to change the tonal difference between light and dark parts of an image. Pivot adjusts contrast “balance” which can offset the contrast tonal ranges. Once contrast is set, use pivot to refine the tonal center of tonality, brightening or darkening the image while retaining contrast.
Dozens of creative color grading, effects, and technical tools are organized in DaVinci Resolve’s color page in the form of individual palettes. This way, the program is able to feature a variety of intensive toolkits that support a wide range of workflows, while keeping the interface tidy and user intuitive.