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Tutorials: The Skies The Limit! Sky Enhancement & Replacement in DaVinci Resolve and After Effects

Tutorials: The Skies The Limit! Sky Enhancement & Replacement in DaVinci Resolve and After Effects
Tutorial Feb 21, 2017 at 10:10 AM

Pumping up the saturation or levels in your sky can add drama, mood, and beauty to your scene. Here are some resources that will help you improve your skies, or even replace them! Here are nine tutorials: five for Resolve and four for After Effects.

DaVinci Resolve Tutorials

Enhance Your Sky in Under Five Minutes in DaVinci Resolve

Enhance Sky in Davinci Resolve -

It's not always easy when contrast is a concern. It's important to get your exposure right and know which filters to use. Here are some tips from Lewis McGregor at Premium Beat on enhancing your sky in DaVinci Resolve.  

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Easy Sky Replacement In DaVinci Resolve

Digital Media Dude has special guest Ben Brownlee of Curious Turtle to explain how to replace a cloudy or overcast sky in your video footage with a photo of a beautiful sky inside of DaVinci Resolve.

Sky Replacement/Fake HDR - Davinci Resolve Tutorial

MiesnerMedia explains a "party trick" about how to replace a sky in Resolve. He recommends using a compositor like After Effects instead so this is why he calls it a party trick. It's an informative tutorial covering a complex technique, hopping into the topic of dynamic range of cameras. 

Sky Replacement Tutorial in Davinci Resolve

A slightly different take on Sky Replacement in Resolve. He also says to use a compositor but this is for a basic sky replacement.

After Effects Sky tutorials

Bring out details in the sky with ease in After Effects

This was made for After Effects 6, but everything still applies to the current version.

Replace a Bland, Overcast Sky with a Gorgeous Sky in After Effects

Replace a Bland, Overcast Sky with a Gorgeous Sky in After Effects

This is a tutorial I did in 2014 but everything is still relevant to today's software version. In this tutorial, I create an alluring azure sky with fluffy clouds, a sublime sunset or a moody moonlight scene. I’ll give several options, utilizing plug-ins from CoreMelt, Video Copilot, Boris FX, Red Giant, SUGARfx, and Imagineer. Most of these products are available as a demo, so download some demos and take them for a test drive!

Watch the tutorial here... or read it!

Eclipse - Behind the scenes - Sky Replacement

This is some beautiful work for the film Eclipse. They replace a flat sky with a gorgeous eclipse. This is very similar to the technique I use in the tutorial above.

Sky Replacement in After Effects

I always love the content from Film Riot and here's a nice tutorial on Sky Replacement in AE. He stresses that Sky Replacement isn't a paint-by-numbers technique, and will vary with every shot.

Posted by Michele Yamazaki

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