Discover the Game-Changing Davinci Resolve ‘Depth Map’ Plugin

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Davinci Resolve, one of the most popular video editing software in the market, has just released a brand new OFX plugin called ‘Depth Map.’

This powerful tool is a game-changer for video editors and comes with a plethora of perks that will take your editing game to the next level.

In this article, we will explore the top 5 benefits of the Davinci Resolve ‘Depth Map’ OFX plugin, or better, my personal Top 5 Usage of the Depth Map OFX

1. Advanced Depth Controls

The ‘Depth Map’ plugin allows users to have advanced depth control over their clips. This means that users can fine-tune the depth of individual elements within a scene, creating a more realistic and immersive experience for viewers. For example, if you have a clip of a landscape with mountains in the background, the ‘Depth Map’ plugin can enhance the depth of field and make the mountains appear further away and more realistic.

Just the fact that you now have the possibility of controlling your image ‘DOF-wise’ is, in my opinion quite incredible.

Just think about 3D Compositing – With the ‘Depth Map’, users can easily create 3D composites! This is a huge benefit for video editors because it allows them to add depth and dimension to their videos in a way that was previously impossible. For example, if you have a clip of a car driving down a road, you can use the ‘Depth Map’ plugin to create a more 3D environment and make the car look like it’s really driving in space.

2. White Balance & Exposure best friends

From what we already said, just think about this scenario:

your talent is illuminated with a 5600K key, and the background is at 4500k

You want the background to match the foreground temperature… what do you do?

Now with Depth Map, you can easily do this:

  1. Isolate the BG with the OFX
  2.  Transport the selection to a second corrector
  3.  Invert your selection
  4.  Make the desired White Balance on the BG

So simple, so effective!

3. DOF fixtures

This is one of my favorite things from the Depth Map, and I’ll explain it to you with an example.

Let’s say that your DP hasn’t opened that Lens at T1.4 like all the time you guys shoot, and you like that Blurred DOF… you really enjoy that buttery bokeh.

What can you do to fix that?

  1.  Apply the Depth Map
  2.  Select the Background
  3.  Transport the Key selection to another corrector
  4.  Invert the selection
  5.  Use an OFX like Lens Blur
  6.  Accurately blur the BG

This is a tricky one and is a bit more complicated than that (’cause sometimes an incorrect selection or a badly set OFX could bring your image to an undesired form) – check the video for more details.

4. OFX creativity

Just think of all these selections and mask applications extended to the crossed usage of OFXs like the Glow o the Light Rays one.

The possibilities are endless, and the fact that you can actually be creative with an alpha matte is just stunning. Mixing parallel nodes, using inverted selections from the map itself, will bring your image to infinite results.

5. VFX Stunning Integrations

Last but not least would be about the endless possibilities this OFX opens for all the ones that work frequently with Alpha Matte.

Guys… gals… this OFX generates LIVE, real-time, an Alpha Depth Map of your clip!

Yes, that ‘white matte’ seen as a reference could be used and exported as a matte that would be incredibly handy on tons of productions! About this, I remember a video clip we made a few years ago where we had the necessity of generating a particle system starting from an Alpha Matte. This OFX would have saved us DAYS OF WORK just by exporting the selection generated by it.

In conclusion, the Davinci Resolve ‘Depth Map’ OFX plugin is a powerful tool that brings a lot of value to video editors. It allows for advanced depth control, 3D compositing, realistic reflections, increased flexibility, and improved performance.

In the future, we can expect the ‘Depth Map’ plugin to add even more value to the Davinci Resolve editing experience. Some potential future improvements include improved integration with other plugins, more advanced 3D modeling tools, better compatibility with different video formats, and improved support for virtual reality editing.

With all these exciting improvements on the horizon, colorists have a lot to look forward to when it comes to the ‘Depth Map’ OFX.

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