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4 Slick Tutorials for DaVinci Resolve & Fusion 17

4 Slick Tutorials for DaVinci Resolve & Fusion 17

Learn how to get the most out of Resolve and Fusion with these four simple tutorials.

Blackmagic Design recently released version 17 of their industry-favorite editing and VFX software DaVinci Resolve and Fusion

While there are numerous speed improvements and organizational updates to give users a smoother workflow, today, we’re going to look at some useful and relatively simple tutorials for getting the most out of your VFX in DaVinci Resolve & Fusion 17.

Let’s get started!

How to Create a High-Tech Surveillance Effect

If you’ve ever wanted to create the popular look of a target-and-identify effect seen in almost any spy movie, this first tutorial shows you how to do it.

Harnessing the power of both Resolve and Fusion 17, this in-depth tutorial is ideal for those who are brand new to version 17 of DaVinci’s editing and VFX suite.
What’s cool about this effect is that it can really be accomplished in a matter of minutes thanks to the Fusion panel inside of Resolve. The tutorial above shares everything you need to know to make this effect much more customized to fit your specific needs.

How to Add a Muzzle Flash in DaVinci Resolve 17

Casey Faris walks Resolve 17 users through composting ActionVFX muzzle flashes into a scene in the tutorial below. He uses masks to selectively add colored highlights to certain areas of the shot, reacting to the muzzle flash effect.
The result of a few well-placed masks, selective color grading, a slide animation, and a couple of quick refinements, along with a handful of ActionVFX elements, is a clip that immediately looks ready for primetime TV.

How to Use the Magic Mask Tool (DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio)

AI enhancements are becoming more and more commonplace in video editing and VFX software, and DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio is no exception. 

While there’s an abundance of features in the free version of DaVinci Resolve 17, the upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 17 studio includes access to the DaVinci Neural Engine, an AI-powered interface (similar to Adobe Sensei) that’s capable of automating previously cumbersome tasks with a single click.

One of the latest Neural Engine advantages available in DaVinci Resolve 17 is the Magic Mask tool, which can be a huge time-saver when it comes to selective color grading and rotoscoping work.
Like the Rotoscope 2.0 tool in After Effects, using the Magic Mask tool in DaVinci Resolve is an incredibly simple task that replaces what could've taken a huge amount of time manually keyframing masks, with a single-click operation.

While the previous tutorial was perfect for compositing a muzzle flash, adding digital lighting effects in response to longer stock VFX clips (like explosions or fire) can often take quite a bit of extra work. With tracking and keyframing masks if there is a lot of subject or camera movement in the source clip. 

The beauty of the Magic Mask tool is that it can automatically track and mask the objects for you, allowing you more time to focus on the aesthetics of the lighting effects rather than worry as much about the logistics of tracking and masking.

How to Create Your Own Transitions in Resolve 17

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own custom video transitions, look no further! This tutorial shows how easily you can generate almost any transition imaginable, with the ability to re-time and re-use it across any project you need.
Using Resolve 17’s new Anim Curves modifier, you can quickly adjust any parameter you need, creating as many variations as you want to build the perfect transition for your scene. 

You can create whips, zooms, blurs, and anything else you can dream up, all in a matter of seconds.

For a comprehensive look at all the new features in Fusion 17, you can check out this video

Lastly, if you’re interested in learning more about node-based VFX production in DaVinci, be sure to check out our free beginner’s guide to DaVinci Resolve/Fusion!

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