How to Color Grade Any Drone LOG File – Davinci Resolve 16 Tutorial

How to Color Grade Any Drone LOG File – Davinci Resolve 16 Tutorial


You have to shoot log files with your drones to get the best quality footage out of them. They are very flat and desaturated files and
grading those could be tough sometimes so in this video,
I’m showing 2 methods to color correct and color grade your drone’s log file. For this Tutorial,
I’m using a Mavic 2 Pro DLOG-M file but you can use this technique on any log file as
well. What’s going on guys? For those who are new here,
my name is Ehsan and on this channel, we talk about everything about photography
and videography so if you are interested in those areas,
be sure to subscribe and hit the Bell button to be notified for future videos so without further ado lets jump into it. We need to divide our process into two different
steps. The first step is color correcting that we
will deal with the contrast and saturation of the footage
and the second one is color grading to add any cinematic look we want by using LUTs. Go to the color tab and Select Color Wheels. In here we have 4 different Wheels to work
with but we mostly need the first three of them. Lift is for working on shadows,
Gamma is for the Midtones and the Gain will affect the highlights. The main idea here is to drop the shadows
next to the zero levels and increase the highlights to the top. First, turn the Lift wheel to the left to
make the shadows darker then turn the Gain wheel to the right to increase
the highlight levels. Be careful to not clipping the highlight otherwise,
you’ll miss some of their details. Now its time to bring some detail to the midtones
so let’s turn the Gamma wheel to the right to make the midtones pop up a little. For Correcting the saturation first choose
the Vectorscope, let’s increase the vectorscope brightness
to see everything better. We have some room to increase the saturation
so let’s lift the saturation until you get satisfied with the result. It’ good enough now. As you can see the vectorscope is more towards
the yellow, it’s normal for this shot cause we have lots
of trees in it but for those footages that shot with a wrong
White Ballance, you may fix it by moving this dot, for example,
if your image is too yellow you should go the opposite side that is blue, you’ve got the idea. The first part of color correction is done
so let’s rename the node to something like Color Wheels and let’s add a new Serial Node and go to the Curves section. In this part, we are going to add more contrast
to the image but you cannot add a typical S curve,
you have to make small changes on every parts base on your shot
so I’m going to make some changes until I feel it’s enough. Be careful and make small changes
unless you’ll lose some details on shadows or highlights. This is before and after our curves adjustments. Let’s rename the node and see what we’ve done
until now. In the first step, we worked on shadows and
highlights and also add some saturation to the footage
and in the second step, we enhanced the contrast and add more depth
to the footage by working with Curves and this is before and after both steps. The color correction phase is done, to add
some cinematic look or any color grading, first add another serial
node, open the LUT panel and add any LUT you want
to the footage. Make sure your selected LUT is designed for
Rec709 color space cause in the previous steps we convert our
log file into a Rec709 file. If you apply these LUTs to a log file it won’t
give you the result you want, this is why color correcting part is important
in the process. You can change how much your LUT will apply
to the footage by going to the Key tab and in the Key Output
section, decrease the Gain amount. The second way to color grade a LOG footage
is by using a LOG to Rec709 conversion LUT. I Created 3 Dlog-M to Rec709 LUTs for you
to download and use for free. You can find the download link in the description
section. Let’s add a new version of our footage to
check the differences later. I’m resetting all the adjustments for this
version, you can move between the versions by hitting
the COMMAND/CTRL + N. After installing my LUTs you’ll have these
three versions to work with. Each of them works well in some situations
so check them out and find the best one to apply to your footage.
for this footage, I think the High will gives us a better color correction. Let’s add another node and apply the exact
color grading LUT that we used before to it, also, decrease
the gain level like the other one. As you can see in the first version we have
more details on the highlights but somehow I personally like the second version
more, it has more depth and contrast. Doing the color correction part by yourself
gives you more flexibility for sure but having these LUTs could save you some
time and also gives you a good enough grading level. I hope you enjoyed this video
and I can’t wait to see your results so please share them with me in the
comment section. And also, if you are interested in these kinds of videos, I’m uploading a new one every couple of days so be sure to subscribe by hitting the red
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