Adding highlight fix to all shots in a project

Hello,

Is it a good idea to add the highlight fix to all shots in a timeline. The implementation in resolve requires it to be added in the media pool, and takes too long to do it shot by shot. And any implementation doing it shot by shot would take too long. Identifying problem clips, applying the correction, maybe you miss some problem clips… etc. So, what is the harm in doing a blanket fix to all clips in a timeline. I know it’s warping some colours eg blues very slightly, but I don’t see that being a huge problem. Particularly for content which has a lot of coloured Practicals.

It would be great to hear any views / experience on this. Is there a problem with this approach?

Thanks
Colin

Hi Colin,

In my opinion, if done early on before beginning with color grading, applying the fix to an entire project would have very minimal effect. It can shift all colors ever so slightly, but it is definitely (and intentionally) most noticeable in blues. Since minor adjustments are likely going to be made anyway, any undesirable effects can be adjusted back out while gaining the benefit of circumventing very noticeable clipping artifacts. Think of it as a subtle “show LUT” that you can then apply further adjustment to.

This also presumes that the DP or director haven’t already fallen 100% in love with exactly how they captured it on-set. So it depends on the type of project and what the priorities are - avoiding artifacts? or getting exactly what was captured? (even though it’s likely to be color-corrected somewhat anyway)

That being said, it’s easy for me to say this since I haven’t personally needed to use the fix on actual productions. I usually just provide it for one or two problem shots. So others who have more practical experience implementing it might have other experiences and opinions.

Thanks Scott. This is exactly how I see it too. Most shows won’t require this, but depending on practicals, lighting and sets, it’s something That is sometimes necessary. / useful.

Thanks
Colin