Cinematic colour grade in Davinci Resolve

A guide to dehancer plugin in davinci resolve


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How to Create a Cinematic Color Grade Using Dehancer in DaVinci Resolve


Hey team, today I’m going to walk you through how I created the cinematic color grade you saw in the footage at the beginning of this video. Using the Dehancer plugin within DaVinci Resolve, I’ll show you how to achieve those soft lifted blacks, compressed highlights, and rich yet subtle colors typical of high-quality film grades.

Setting Up Dehancer in DaVinci Resolve

First, let’s get started with the basics of using Dehancer in DaVinci Resolve. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up the plugin and preparing your footage for grading.

Color Management Setup

  1. Open DaVinci Resolve and navigate to your project.
  2. Ensure you are in a color-managed workflow: Go to DaVinci YRGB Color Managed.
  3. Set your input and output colors:
    • Input: HDR DaVinci Wide Gamut Intermediate
    • Output: Rec 709 Gamma 2.4

Loading the Plugin

  1. Add a new node in your color panel.
  2. Open the Dehancer plugin and set the source to DaVinci Y Gamma Intermediate.

Choosing Film Profiles

Dehancer offers a variety of film profiles that have been meticulously sampled to emulate different film stocks. Here’s how to choose and apply them:

Selecting a Film Profile

  1. Go to the Film section in Dehancer.
  2. Choose a film stock: For this tutorial, I’m using Kodak Vision 50.
  3. Pair it with a print profile: I recommend Kodak 2383 for a soft, cinematic look.

Adjusting Basic Settings

  1. Temperature: Adjust to taste; slightly warmer can enhance the filmic look.
  2. Tint: Add a touch of purple to counteract green hues.

Fine-Tuning the Grade

Film Developer Settings

  1. Enable Film Developer and tweak settings like contrast and color boost to refine your image.
  2. Gamma Correction and Color Separation: Usually left at default but adjust if needed.

Adding Film Grain

  1. Enable Film Grain: I prefer a softer grain, such as 65mm ISO 50.
  2. Customize grain settings to match your desired aesthetic.

Enhancing the Film Look

Film Compression

  1. Enable Film Compression: This helps soften highlights and shadows for a more authentic film look.

Print Settings

  1. Adjust Tonal Contrast and Color Density: These settings can dramatically impact the overall feel of your footage.
  2. Expand: Use this feature to fine-tune black and white points, helping to control contrast without losing detail.

Exploring Additional Features

Filmic Effects

  1. Film Breath and Halation: These can add subtle filmic effects like color shifts and red glows around highlights.
  2. Bloom: Use this if you haven’t used a mist filter to soften highlights.

Creating and Exporting LUTs

  1. Create a LUT once you’re satisfied with your grade.
  2. Export the LUT for use in your camera, monitor, or future projects without reopening Dehancer.


Using Dehancer in DaVinci Resolve, you can achieve a stunning cinematic color grade that enhances the storytelling of your footage. The plugin offers a range of tools to emulate classic film looks and fine-tune your images to perfection.

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