Setting Up Color Spaces in DaVinci Resolve for Consistent Exports

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Have you ever experienced frustration after color grading a video in DaVinci Resolve, when you find that the exported result is dull and doesn't resemble the vibrant colors you saw in the preview?

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Date:Mar 2, 2023

Setting Up Color Spaces in DaVinci Resolve

Have you ever experienced frustration after color grading a video in DaVinci Resolve, when you find that the exported result is dull and doesn't resemble the vibrant colors you saw in the preview window? This guide will help you ensure that what you see in DaVinci Resolve is exactly what you get in the final export.

Before starting your color grading process, it's crucial in the "Preferences" tab under “General”, to enable "mac display color profiles for viewers". Don't forget to save your changes and restart DaVinci if this is your first time enabling this setting.

Use Mac display color profiles for viewers
Use Mac display color profiles for viewers

To set up the proper color space settings, in the "Project Settings" panel, navigate to the "Color Management" section, and set the "Timeline Color Space" to "DaVinci WG/Intermediate". This color space offers excellent dynamic range and retains highlight detail, allowing for more creative freedom in your color grading.

Timeline color space
Timeline color space

In the coloring page, make sure that the last node in your node tree has a color space transform effect, and set the output color space to "Rec 709". This allows you to view your footage at the same level of color and light range as most standard screens.

Output Color Space - "Rec 707"
Output Color Space - "Rec 707"

Finally, in the export settings, under "Advanced Settings", set the "Color Space Tag" and "Gamma Tag" to "Rec 709".

Advanced Settings > Color Space Tag & Gamma Tag - "Rec 709"
Advanced Settings > Color Space Tag & Gamma Tag - "Rec 709"

After following these simple steps, you'll never have to worry about mismatched colors in your exported videos again! Your finished product will always look just as vibrant and true to life as it did in the DaVinci Resolve preview window.

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