What is a PowerGrade?
Powergrades are looks saved in DaVinci Resolve. A power grade contains the node structure that was used for the look. PowerGrades are fully customizable and non-destructive for the tonal range. If you apply a PowerGrade to an image, you can see the complete node structure and then change every single parameter of a node. PowerGrades offer maximum flexibility. Darren Mostyn posted a great video on how to work with PowerGrades: STILLS in DaVinci Resolve – (Top Tips from a Pro).
What is a Node?
DaVinci Resolve gives you the option to create multiple nodes, each node containing one or more corrections that affect the image. Due to the special arrangement of the nodes, you can precisely control the order of the operations carried out, which offers many advantages. Nodes can be universally connected to one another. The entirety of all nodes and their structure (connections) is called the node tree.
What is a LUT?
LUT, lookup table, transforms tone and color based upon settings chosen by the creator of the LUT. A LUT transforms incoming RGB data to your desired output values. Originally LUTs were designed for practical purposes. A “Viewing LUT” would allow you to make log footage look like rec709 footage so you had a better representation of what your final film would look like. “Calibrations LUTs” are used to calibrate monitor displays. There are “film emulation LUTs” that mimic the look of stock film.
More recently LUTs have been employed for creative purposes. (Creative LUTs). In order for a LUT to be 100% precise the input has to match the conditions in which the LUT was created likewise the output has to match 100% as well. You have to know exactly what your input device and output device will be. This is why LUTs are mainly used in-house at post production houses or colorists working on their own stations.
What are the benefits of PowerGrades over LUTs?
With PowerGrades you have full control over your look. You can see exactly what is being done in each node, and you can make any adjustments required.
You can turn each node off and on. Furthermore, you can change the intensity of each node. And the most important part is that you can change any value of that specific node. With a LUT, all the characteristics are baked into one single node. You can change the intensity of a LUT, and there are techniques on how to deconstruct a LUT to a certain point. But never fully. A LUT can have math inside, which can not be done with PowerGrades. It is good to understand that those are just different tools and to understand when to use those tools.
Do you offer any free PowerGrades?
Yes, The “MID” (inspired by “Midnight in Paris”), “CHI” (inspired by “Children of Men”) and “LIG” (inspired by “The Lighthouse”) PowerGrades are totally free. Check the store page. You can also check “Tools” and my Blog for more free content.
Will the products work with the free version of Davinci Resolve?
It depends. Most PowerGrades works with the free version of DaVinci Resolve. But things like “Grain FX”, “Lens Distortion”, “Halation” are only available in the Studio Version. If you are experiencing difficulty with getting these PowerGrades installed and working, please first check “How to install” and also “How to use PowerGrades” before contacting me. Thank you.
How do I install PowerGrades?
For installation instructions visit this page.
Which Operating Systems are supported?
PowerGrades uses native DaVinci Resolve tools and effects. Compatible with all Operating Systems that run Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 17. Compatible with MacOS, Windows, Linux.
Will it work with my specific camera / Rec709 / LOG?
Mononodes PowerGrades will work with any camera and footage that is supported by Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 17. The “First 12” PowerGrades are not specific for LOG or Rec709 footage. Also not camera specific. The Grades are based solely on the behind the scenes images that can be seen on this website. Please check out the “Examples” Page for more information on that topic. On “Soft 2 Strip” and “Film Emulation” you will also find all the necessary information on color spaces.
How do I access my purchased products?
The moment you purchase the product, it will instantly be available for download. All Files are in a ZIP File. You can either download them using the link on your checkout page, or via the download link that will be automatically sent to you by e-mail. The download page contains the unique, secure download link for the product you just purchased.
What is your refund policy?
Refunds will not be given for digital downloads. Please ensure you have the correct software before purchasing. If you are experiencing difficulty with getting these PowerGrades installed and working, please first check “How to Install” before contacting me. Thank you.
What payment methods are available?
The following payment methods are available in our online shop:
. American Express
Any questions left?
For questions, comments or if you need support contact me at stefanATmononodesDOTcom