Rotoscoping in DaVinci Resolve

Rotoscoping in DaVinci Resolve Fusion

 

The art of rotoscoping is probably the most important skill to master for everyone working with visual effects and compositing.

Rotoscoping is frequently used as a tool for removing unwanted objects, separate objects from the background so they can be placed on top of other elementsm isolating color, effects or parts of your image, cleaning-up green screen composites and much more.

Rotoscoping can be a very difficult, time-intensive process that ends with a bad result, but in this course you will learn techniques to work fast, intuitive, with great precision and have fun with your work.

The rotoscoping course is taught by Lee Lanier which has written several books on the topic and teached rotoscoping techniques at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood. The first part of the course Lee will demonstrate basic techniques, and as the course progress he will move on to more advanced topics.

The course is taught in DaVinci Resolve but users of other tools (NUKE, After Effects, Flame, Silhouette etc) can also benefit from taking this course. 

The footage and assets used in this course 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?

  • Compositors
  • Editors
  • Colorists

Lessons overview

  • 01: Introduction 
  • 02: Color Power Windows
  • 03: Color Window Tracking
  • 04: Masking in Fusion
  • 05: Using masks with merge tools
  • 06: Custom masking in Fusion
  • 07: Rotoscoping in Fusion
  • 08: Masking toolbar options
  • 09: Using double edge masks
  • 10: Advanced masking options
  • 11: Creating luma masks in Fusion
  • 12: Other Luma Mask techniques
  • 13: Using the Color Qualifier
  • 14: Importing and exporting masks
  • 15: Mask tracking in Fusion
  • 16: Paint tools in Fusion

 

Software required

DaVinci Resolve
 

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Amazing course as allways, If I may add some knowledge. On the color page tracker, choosing the frame option lets you keyframe everytime you do a change on the mask, I find it easier than using keyframe window.

 

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On 12/23/2019 at 4:45 AM, Fabián Matas said:

Amazing course as allways, If I may add some knowledge. On the color page tracker, choosing the frame option lets you keyframe everytime you do a change on the mask, I find it easier than using keyframe window.

 

Ah, good point. Thanks for reminding us of that.

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I need help revealing a text element with an image in a shot.  Someone walking by and revealing text.  Can you help??  

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9 hours ago, Benjamin Folts said:

I need help revealing a text element with an image in a shot.  Someone walking by and revealing text.  Can you help??  

There are two ways you can approach this:

1) Remove a piece of text in the shape of the person with a subtractive mask. The cut out text is placed on top of the shot with a Merge where the text is the FG connection and the shot is the BG connection.
2) Cut out the person and place him/her on top of the text with a Merge. The cut out person is the FG connection and the text is the BG connection. Then the output of that Merge is connected to the FG of a second Merge and the original shot is connected to the BG of second Merge.

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Thank you, Lee!  Is there a way to do this action on the timeline in the edit tab?

 

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What I described can be done in Fusion. The Color tab has its own set of masking tools. I actually have not used the Edit tab too much, buy would say no.

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I’m sorry if this is mentioned elsewhere, but why would you pipe MediaIn1 into the color corrected and ALSO the merge? It seems redundant but I’m sure I’m missing something.

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