Each month, Blackmagic Design continues to iron out the bugs in the Resolve 16 beta, nearing prime time with each iteration. With so many new features that improve colorist workflow, there will soon be no reason to remain with the stable pre-NAB build. Some features, like the Cut Page, are among the biggest new changes, but there are a bevy of other features that improve workflow in smaller yet no less powerful ways. These include a major facelift to the scopes, an essential tool for any professional colorist. Let's explore these changes.
CIE 1931 Color Space
The biggest change to the scopes are the inclusion of the CIE chromaticity diagram, displaying the project's gamut as set in the Color Management preferences. This can be a useful, alternate way of looking at an image's trace to judge when values are out of legal range, and can even function as an educational tool for learning about the range of specific color spaces.
Low Pass Filter
The Parade and Waveform scopes now have a low pass filter mode that reduces noise in the trace, visually sharpening the display of the scopes to allow for easier detection of elements in the frame.
The top image shows the waveform and parade scopes as colorists have been used to seeing them in Resolve: without the low pass filter applied. The bottom image has the low pass filter applied (accessed via the three-dotted button on the top right), which results in a cleaner and more defined display of the waveform in the scopes.
Low, Mid, and High Views in Vectorscope
This is another of my favorites. The vectorscope now has the ability to toggle the shadows, midtones, and highlights of the image independently of each other. Plus, their ranges can be set, allowing for even greater visualization control.
Histograms Over Curves
The histogram now appears outside of the scope panel embedded inside the Curves tab on the bottom Palette. In the Custom Curves tab, click the three dots for a pulldown menu to see the Input or Output of the histogram. This is great for finding the element in the frame to adjust much quicker. This feature might be the most imminently useful of this entire list.
Resolve 16 ships with an "all new scopes engine" that is GPU accelerated, allowing the scopes to respond quicker than in the past. With the option to set the quality to low, medium, or high, the scopes will now respond to a range of hardware systems. The enterprising colorist will be able to toggle the modes based on if they're working on a stationary shot or want to see how the scopes react in real time while playing down a scene.
YRGB View in Parade and Histogram
The parade and the histogram now have the ability to view luminance along with the red, green, and blue channels. There's also an option for YCbCr mode in the Parade, a color space I have yet to use.
Extents are weak elements in the signal that are of lesser importance to the stronger elements. These can now be revealed to give a full illustration of what information lies in the image, and can be useful for determining if data is being clipped beyond legal limits.
That covers the major improvements to Resolve's scopes. Now go out and improve those images using these new features on your next job.