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DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals - Working with Nodes

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This post is part of a series called Introduction to DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals.
DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals - Power Windows and Masking
DaVinci Resolve Fundamentals - Managing Grades

In Part 7 we're going to talk about Node Tree Structures. Serial nodes or the Output goes into the next Node. The second Node follows the first one and every change in the second Serial Node is applied upon the first. If you switch them... the final result will change.

Parallel Node Structures

You can apply two or more overlapping adjustments to a single place in a node tree. You can use the Parallel Node structure when you want to apply several Secondaries or different changes all at once (in one stage). You can't make any changes in the Output Image of the Nodes (all are made inside the parallel nodes before).

When you add a Parallel Node to an existing Node, DaVinci Resolve automatically adds one Corrector
Node below the current Node, and adds a Parallel Mixer Node to its Output. Every single Parallel Node takes their input from the previous Node.

Tip: Always create Serial Nodes before a series of Parallel Nodes! If you manually connect a Node to the Parallel Mixer Node, you create an additional Input by right-clicking the Parallel Mixer and adding one input. If you add another Node in parallel, the Parallel Mixer automatically adds another input. You can have as many Nodes in parallel as you need and it does not matter which Node is on top of which... they are equal!

Converting Parallel Mixers to Layer Mixers

If you want one Node to overlap the others in the Parallel structure, you need to switch to Layer Mixer! This gives you the opportunity to choose between several composite modes.

Layer Node Structures

This is basically the same as the Layer Mixer in Parallel Structure Nodes, but with several differences.

  1. The Layer Mixer Node combines multiple adjustments with priority given to the image adjustment in the lowest overlapping Node input.
  2. You have the option of combining all of the Corrector Nodes that are connected to a Layer Mixer using one of several different composite modes.

We are going to see more complex examples of Node structure in the Bonus Tutorial in Part 10... If you want additional tutorials about Custom Looks inside DaVinci, How to structure them, or any other DaVinci-related topics to make your life easier, just drop a note in the comments!

See you next week!


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