Watch our exclusive 'how to' video to discover how to get the most out of the node options in Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 12.5 video editing software


Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.5 editing software is an all-in-one editing package that offers non-linear video editing with an advanced colour corrector so that users can edit footage, colour correct, finish and deliver final edits from one system. With a free-to-download version (Lite 12.5) – and a paid-for version (Studio) – it offers filmmakers of differing abilities a simple-to-use editing set-up. As part of The Video Mode’s ongoing Film School series in our exclusive ‘how to’ video we walk you through what the nodes in DaVinci Resolve do and how to use them…

The node system is a different way of working and to make it easier to understand we’re giving you a quick overview of different types of nodes within DaVinci Resolve and what they do.

Here are some of the key nodes that we’ll show you how to work with:

Serial nodes
Serial nodes are the most simple and direct way to add a colour correction and allow you to apply one correction at a time, one after another. You’ll find this node will probably used for about 80% of your colour correction workflow.

Parallel nodes
A parallel node does two or more colour corrections at the same time, combining the corrections into one.

Layer nodes
A layer node is exactly what it says – it takes images, not corrections, and composites them together by stacking them on top of each other. So, essentially, it’s a compositing tool that allows you to combine images in a very specific way.

Node graphs
A Node graph is where you organise each of your nodes within a grade. Just think of each node as part of your grade flowing from left to right and within this flow you can toggle nodes on and off so you can see what corrections looked like before and after. A ‘No Entry’ sign/control allows you to disable everything that you’ve done to an image so you can view the original image.

Renaming nodes
To keep everything organised you can rename your nodes just by clicking on their title – for example, if one mode is doing contrast call it ‘Contrast’ or if another node is doing saturation call it ‘Saturation’.

You won’t believe how using nodes in Davinci Resolve Lite 12.5 can be so intuitive – just watch the video above to see exactly how it’s all done! Also, keep watching out for more DaVinci Resolve ‘how to’ videos on The Video Mode website in the near future!

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is one of the best free video editing software options you can get, and is available for download for PC or Apple Mac from the Blackmagic Design website here or the Mac App store

The more advanced version of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5, the Studio edition, has added features that aren’t in the free-to-download version. These include the ability to edit 3D/sterescopic footage, noise reduction and motion blur features, plus as a number of other more advanced features that professionals will require. You can find a comparison of the different versions of the editing package here