Color Page: Interface
Let's have a look at the color page interface. When you open up the color page it should look something like this. And in the upper middle, we have our viewer. This viewer works just like the other viewers in the edit and cut page and the fusion page. This is just what the audience is going to see when they watch your movie. Below that we have a couple of timelines. This first one is called the clips timeline. And it's just a thumbnail of, by default, the first shot of each clip from your project. And yes, it will actually open up every single clip from your project. So if you have 2000 clips in your timeline, you know, for like a hour long show or something, every single clip will have its own thumbnail here and you can scroll through and just select it by clicking on it. Down below the clips we have what's called the timeline panel in the color page. And it actually looks a lot like the upper timeline in the cut page. But the difference is that you can't do anything with it. You can'...
t really edit with it or move things around. It's just for reference. So if you wanna go to the beginning of your movie, you can click at the beginning. If you wanna go to the end, you can click on the end. This is something that oftentimes I don't feel is super helpful. A lot of the time when I'm ready for color, what I've done is I've put all of my clips on one line. And this timeline is really helpful if you have clips on multiple different tracks and you can kind of get lost just having all of these thumbnails, because it can be really confusing to just have a bunch of thumbnails without really knowing what track they're on. But again, most of the time I just have all of my clips on one track. And so, I don't really feel like it's that useful to have this. And I really like screen real estate. And so, oftentimes what I'll do is I'll go up to the upper right-hand part of our screen and just click on the timeline button to get rid of that. That just gives us a little bit more room. You can leave it there if you want to. You might really like it, but it's just, you know, it's not for me. In the upper right-hand corner, we have another kind of node graph, which, if you're kind of freaked out by nodes from Fusion, this is a little bit easier. Really, this works in a similar way in that it's a flow chart. We have the starting image, which is this little dot right here and the ending image, which is this dot right here. And all the magic happens in the middle, very similar to the media in and media out nodes in Fusion, but each one of these nodes can do a bunch of different stuff. It's really less like a node in Fusion, and more like a group of adjustments that you can make to a clip. This will make a lot more sense when we get into the examples here in a minute, but for now just know that this is where the nodes live. And it's kind of a similar idea in that it's a flow chart of steps for your color grade. In the upper left, we have our gallery. Now, this is where you can save presets and you can save still images from anything that you've worked on here in the color page. A way to make a still is to right-click here on our viewer and say grab still. And what that will do is keep a still frame of what we've done that we can use for reference later. But it also keeps all of the data from our color grade. So it's almost like a preset that also has a image with it. In fact, that's exactly what it is. You can export this out and you can import it into another system or into Resolve later. And you can go in and edit any adjustments that you make with the color. And it also gives you a preview image of what that looked like when you saved the still. Down in the lower half of the screen, we have our color palettes. Now, this is kind of the point where, you know, if you're new to color or you're not familiar with this kind of interface, it gets a little bit intimidating, because there are so many different controls here and you can switch them out with these little mini buttons up above, kind of in our toolbar here. It's not just what you see here, but each one of these can switch out into different palettes and they all do different things. And not only that, but each of these palettes has little buttons that switch out even just within that little palette. And so it can kind of like make your head spin a little bit, but I promise we're gonna look at the most essential things that you need to know. You don't have to know every single part of this lower half of the screen. In fact, I don't even know every single part of this lower half of the screen, because you don't need to to do like 80 or 90% of the work in color grading. The last thing that I really wanna point out here just as far as the interface is this lower right-hand panel. This switches out just like the other color palettes here, but one really essential one is this kind of middle icon here, which brings up our color scopes. And this is just a really nice way to be able to measure what kind of colors are in our shots. But that's an overview of the interface in the color page.