Two Stops Over

graded with the Da Vinci Resolve for Mac
(note: this youtube video wasn’t graded)

Two Stops Over is a Photography TV show, which airs on Sundays at 7:30 PM (Philippines) on 2nd Ave. It’s an interesting show because it doesn’t just focus on the technicalities of professional photography but also, you get a peek at the lives of their subjects. So, even if you’re not into photography, I think you’ll still like the show.

I like getting projects that aren’t TVCs. It’s refreshing. They give you creative freedom, so, you can do whatever you want (within reason, of course). And usually, they just generally want it to look good. At least, better than what they initially got after shooting.

It can be a little tricky though. Since these are, on average, around 20 minutes long, it takes me most of the day to get it done. To make it easy, I group similar shots together, which are usually the interview shots. Since the material comes to me in one whole sequence, the scene detector helps loads, but it still depends on the edit. So far, I’ve done 4 episodes. And, each time, I learn a new way to help me work faster.

It gets difficult when the edit has a lot of dissolves. These are the times when I miss the Film Master. Nucoda’s dynamics work differently than the Resolve’s. With Nucoda, when you put a dynamic, the split clips are treated as independent clips, while in Resolve, they have to have the exact same nodes. You can only manipulate the values in them. And, you can’t even just apply the grade, even if it has the same nodes. It will also apply it to the other part of the clip on the other side of the dynamic. This is why I prefer the Nucoda’s dynamics, simply because it’s easier to work with.

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