DOING IT ALL IN DAVINCI – PART 4: POWER WINDOWS & TRACKING
Doing It All in DaVinci is a series of editing tutorials instructed by editor Dale Campbell that demonstrates exactly what the title suggests.
Dale and his team have given away one of the best editing courses online in their Doing It All In Davinci pack. Dale focuses on editing, color grading, and a little bit on sound design using a video that his team filmed for the launch of Aston Martin’s latest car.
Doing It All in DaVinci Tutorials
- Part 1: Introduction to Editing
- Part 2: Adjusting Color Temperature
- Part 3: Patch Replacer and Tracking FX
- Part 4: Power Windows & Tracking
- Part 5: Lighting Effects
- Part 6: Overview of Audio in Fairlight
PART 4: POWER WINDOWS & TRACKING
In this part, we use power windows to draw around an object in frame. Then, we change the color of it and track that grade onto it as it moves through the frame.
The story of this project put our young girl in a modern home playing with a model Aston Martin.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible to get hold of the correct model before the shoot date. So, we ended up with a silver model and the final car is a shade of white. That’s obviously going to be something we need to adjust here to get around it.
I drew a power window and then tracked that power window onto the model of the car as the girl moved it through the frame.
HERE’S THE PROCESS:
This part of the process is completed with the mouse.
- Zoom in a little bit to move around the object you’re tracking. Move in a little bit closer and click around it.
- Go over to the tracker window and pull the tracker up.
- Set track forwards and it will do its thing.
That is one of the great things about DaVinci Resolve. I was sitting there with the client, and they mentioned the silver car and I said, don’t worry, we can fix that.
When we come to do the correction and they said, “Are you sure it’s going to look okay?” So I just fired up the tracker, put the window around, and hit track. It made me look like a miracle worker in front of the client. They were just blown away that it could be done that quickly and easily.
So, I got that tracker on. And all I would have to do then is go in and finesse some things. We can change the color and it fits seamlessly into the final sequence.
In the next part, we’re looking at the button effects, specifically the lighting effects.