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Cinelog-C for DaVinci Resolve - User guide Overview

This Cinelog-C for DaVinci Resolve user Guide will give you an overview of a simple workflow to produce a ProRes or DNxHD Log master (in Cinelog-C colorspace) from your raw DNG/CinemaDNG images using DaVinci Resolve.

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve is the industry leading color grading application that is fast becoming an all-in-one solution for color and editing. With the recent acquisition of Eyeon Fusion to Blackmagic's line-up, not to mention the fact that Lite, fully featured versions of these apps are available FREE, you now have access to a very powerful toolset for color grading, editing, mastering, compositing and VFX without spending anything.

For this Basic User Guide I will be using the full version of DaVinci Resolve 11 but don't worry if you are a Resolve Lite user!

Everything described in the guide is applicable to the FREE Lite version and produces identical results. In later guides we may be using a couple of features, such as Temporal Noise Reduction, that are only available in the full version but we will try to show alternative methods involving other apps or plugins to achieve the same (or even better) end results using DaVinci Resolve Lite.

The workflow detailed in the User Guide may seem like a long procedure at first but most things in parts 1 and 3 are a one-time task that can be saved as templates/presets and later reused for all your transcoding jobs - setup time for a typical transcoding job in DaVinci Resolve (using a template you will create) will take only a few seconds plus the time you take for white balance and exposure adjustments.

DaVinci Resolve has multiple locations where LUTs can be added (detailed in a later guide) but in this example we will describe how to set-up a simple transcoding job that will render your footage to a Cinelog-C intermediate video and view the output in REC709 colorspace without baking the REC709 look into the log video file - The REC709 LUT works as a visual aid when adjusting white balance and exposure.

This guide assumes you have at least a basic knowledge of DaVinci Resolve and have downloaded and installed Cinelog-C for DaVinci Resolve plus the additional LUT packs found in the the LUT bank, specifically the Cinelog REC709 pack. If you have not yet installed the LUTs please refer to the short installation guide.


Setting Up a Transcoding Project in DaVinci Resolve

Unlike some other applications, DaVinci Resolve requires you to specify certain project settings before importing footage therefore you should know a) the dimensions of your raw footage and b) the frame rate used by the camera when filming.


Some important information About Magic Lantern Raw Video

Although Magic Lantern Raw Video (MLV) is maturing, it still lacks much of the metadata that is typically embedded when filming raw (Cinema DNG) on other video cameras cameras and, in some cases, contains only partial or incorrect metadata for important things such as DNG color matrices. To ensure your MLV DNG files contain the correct/necessary metadata for accurate color reproduction in Resolve, we recommend reading our MLV metadata guide (available later this week) that will detail how to check, fix and update missing and/or incorrect metadata before continuing with this guide.

If you use the latest version of Magic Lantern Video File System (MLVFS) for Mac or extract DNG files with Raw2CDNG (version 1.6.5 or newer) for PC you can skip the MLV metadata guide as these apps both now embed the correct dual-illuminant color and forward matrix metadata for all EOS cameras that can shoot MLV.


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