Sky Replacement in DaVinci Resolve Fusion

We are proud to introduce a Fusion masterclass in sky replacement with instructor Lee Lanier! With 6 easy-to-follow video lessons,  you will learn advanced techniques that can be used to replace a sky inside of DaVinci Resolve Fusion or with the standalone version of BlackMagic Design Fusion.

The DaVinci Resolve project files and footage are available for download so that you can easily follow along.

About the instructor

Lee Lanier has created visual effects on numerous features films for Walt Disney Studios and PDI/DreamWorks. Lee is a world-renowned expert in the video effects field, and has written several popular high-end software books, and taught at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Who is this course designed for?

Editors, Colorists, Compositors and other finishing artists

Some of the topics

  • Motion tracking
  • Keying techniques
  • Inserting sky in the background
  • Adding grain
  • Simple color correction

Software required

A free version of DaVinci Resolve or the free standalone version of Fusion

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9 hours ago, Braxton Daley said:


I'm loving this tutorial, but I am having issues. I was wondering why my background keeps cropping and bugging out when I apply the crop at the end from natural resolution down to 1920x1080? I have attached a link to a test render on Vimeo (password is: lowepost). 

 

https://vimeo.com/329713194

 

Does this occur during playback, or just when rendering? Does this happen without the Crop? 

I've seen this behavior before - if I remember correctly, I deleted to tool to which the motion tracking data was applied and recreated that section of the network.

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2 minutes ago, Lee Lanier said:

Does this occur during playback, or just when rendering? Does this happen without the Crop? 

It happened in both playback and rendering. What I did to fix it was this, I went to the crop node after the dreamstime background file and clicked "reset size". I also re-did the entire background section of the node network and it fixed it.

 

Thank you for the quick reply!

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Nice series, but for a beginner in Fusion, it is very confusing. How do you know which tool to put where in the node tree, and what tool to use out of the hundreds available? How do you know where to put the merge, transform, etc nodes? That's the big mystery. Are there any tutorials that go over all of these tools and when you would use each one, and in what order?

 

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55 minutes ago, Myron Hobizal said:

Nice series, but for a beginner in Fusion, it is very confusing. How do you know which tool to put where in the node tree, and what tool to use out of the hundreds available? How do you know where to put the merge, transform, etc nodes? That's the big mystery. Are there any tutorials that go over all of these tools and when you would use each one, and in what order?

 

Yes, it takes some practice - node-based workflows can be confusing at the start. You might want to check out the "Introduction to Visual Effects in DaVinci Resolve Fusion" series at Lowepost. In it, I go over all the major categories of nodes and how to use many of them. Beyond that, the Fusion help manual has a descriptions of each node.

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2 hours ago, Spencer Nicholson said:

The project appears broken with 16

Hmm. Unfortunately, I am running Resolve Studio 16 but not the Fusion Studio 16 standalone. Are you unable to open the .comp files or is there some element of the motion tracking or node network that is not working?

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18 minutes ago, Lee Lanier said:

Hmm. Unfortunately, I am running Resolve Studio 16 but not the Fusion Studio 16 standalone. Are you unable to open the .comp files or is there some element of the motion tracking or node network that is not working?

im running Resolve Studio 16 as well. The Image sequences do not appear to link

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11 hours ago, Spencer Nicholson said:

im running Resolve Studio 16 as well. The Image sequences do not appear to link

You'll have to RMB-click on the clips in the Media tab, choose Replace Footage, and browse for the missing image sequences.

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Hi guys!

I love this tutorial, but I had some serious issues towards the end that I can't seem to fix.  I went through it twice because I thought I must have missed a step, but I'm pretty sure I followed single step.  I tried my best to fix it, but something is happening in the Color Curves node when I go to correct the curve that makes the original foreground sky start to rip through the background still.  Almost like what would happen with colors in the Chroma Keyer when adjusting to get the key.  I also seem to have some strange green spill on the runner at the end and I'm not sure how to take care of it.  Any tips are much appreiciated. Oh, and I'm running on DaVinci Resolve 16.2.4  Thanks!

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