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Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020: DaVinci Resolve, Carey Dissmore Interview

Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020 : Favorite Color Grading and Finishing Tool

DaVinci Resolve took almost 45% of the votes in the category of Favorite Color Grading & Finishing Tool in the Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020! DaVinci Resolve has been a revered color grading tool for years. But, artists are now using it for their entire post-production pipeline. We talked to Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design about how it became such a venerated tool. We also talk to Carey Dissmore, who uses DaVinci Resolve extensively in his workflow.

It’s worth mentioning, second place in the Toolfarm Plugin Awards 2020 went to Red Giant Magic Bullet Suite.

Blackmagic Design’s goal is to always be driving innovation and new product advancements to meet our customers’ and the industry’s changing needs, and DaVinci Resolve is a cornerstone of that. With its roots in color grading, we’ve grown the software to now be an end-to-end post-production solution for editing, visual effects, audio, finishing, and more.

As you may know, Toolfarm is the only place where you can get Resolve as a download, and that has been EXTREMELY popular. So popular, in fact, that we often have a tough time keeping it in stock. If you want to order DaVinci Resolve but it’s on backorder, just sign up for backorder notifications. We will contact you as soon as it’s available.

So, why is DaVinci Resolve so popular?

Dan May, President of Blackmagic Design explained, “Blackmagic Design’s goal is to always be driving innovation and new product advancements to meet our customers’ and the industry’s changing needs, and DaVinci Resolve is a cornerstone of that. With its roots in color grading, we’ve grown the software to now be an end-to-end post-production solution for editing, visual effects, audio, finishing, and more.”

“We’re honored by this recognition from the Toolfarm Plugin Awards and want to thank our customers for their support as we continue to drive DaVinci Resolve forward,” Dan added, “Especially in a year when its remote and collaboration features were needed more than ever, we’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with the latest version, DaVinci Resolve 17. We look forward to continuing to work with our customers to update and expand the software’s capabilities even further.”

DaVinci Resolve User Profile: Carey Dissmore

Carey Dissmore
Carey Dissmore

Carey Dissmore, a Minnesota-based post-production artist, has been working professionally in the video industry since 1985 when he was just 18 years old. Like most of us, he wears many hats including Editor, Motion Graphics, and Colorist. In addition to that, Carey founded the International Media Users Group (IMUG) in 1998 and the MediaMotion Ball, a prominent ‘must-attend’ event geared to motion graphics artists and held during NAB in Las Vegas. Carey has been doing a lot of broadcast color grading work lately with DaVinci Resolve. We talked to him about how and why DaVinci Resolve became such an important tool in his arsenal.

What are your favorite features in DaVinci Resolve?

Carey: Speaking broadly, what I appreciate most about Resolve is that it has a really solid software foundation. The application, while big and fully featured, is remarkably stable. But, it’s really about the color science at the core of it all. There is a lot of serious math happening under the hood.

I use a ton of post-production software, and almost everything I use has some complement of color controls. I use them when it is expedient to do so, but Resolve’s toolset and imaging core is next-level in every way. The ‘feel’ of the controls and ability to get to the result you want is really good. The built-in non-linear video editor is really good now. Being able to switch between an editing timeline and the color page any time I want – without all the hassles of exporting, importing XML, or AAF from other NLEs – is quite attractive.

I’m not going to minimize the need to develop one’s skills, nor give away all of my secrets, but I will point out that Resolve can be configured in ways to enable highly efficient workflows to maximize throughput while having access to the powerful tools I need to produce an excellent product.

When appropriate, I edit and finish projects entirely in Resolve, but in other cases, I’m importing work from Adobe apps or Avid, and that works too. Sometimes I finish mastering in Resolve, other times we round trip back to the other NLEs. It really is about using the best tools and workflow for the job.

How does DaVinci Resolve help you achieve your goals?

Carey: What originally drew me to Resolve was color grading, and that is, for me, how I use it most today. But in the same breath, I must acknowledge how I find myself using its full feature set more all the time. I do a fair amount of color grading for broadcast and cable. Sometimes it is very high-end commercial work. For example, a spot I graded aired during the 2021 Super Bowl. Other times, I’m cranking out episodic or mini-series content.” Carey works with some high profile networks.

Recent series work has aired on HGTV, Food Network, Travel, History, MSNBC, ID, Discovery+, and currently working on some upcoming Magnolia Network shows. On one extreme you have commercials, which are short but very highly crafted work where you can spend a lot of time doing advanced tracking, qualifying, and beauty work to perfect every frame of the project. On the other extreme, you have a limited budget and the need to grade a 900 shot half-hour cable show in a couple of days. Standards and expectations have never been higher for this work. I’m not going to minimize the need to develop one’s skills, nor give away all of my secrets, but I will point out that Resolve can be configured in ways to enable highly efficient workflows to maximize throughput while having access to the powerful tools I need to produce an excellent product.

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Below, the spot that Carey referred to above, that aired during the 2021 Super Bowl. Beautiful work, Carey!

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