Dehancer OFX Plugin for DaVinci Resolve

Add some spice to your edit
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Have you ever found yourself in a creative rut while editing? You have an established workflow for editing and grading, which is generally a good thing, but your clips are all starting to look the same. You like your look, but perhaps it's time to try something new. Dehancer is a unique and powerful tool that offers film-like controls over your image. It can emulate film stock, add film grain, apply old school film coloring techniques, and add physical film characteristics. I was contacted by the team at Dehancer.com about making a video about their plugin, and I was happy to oblige. Give it a watch by clicking the image above.
If you’ve used Filmconvert Nitrate you already have some idea of what Dehancer can do. However, Dehancer’s suite of tools go well beyond what FilmConvert can do. The Dehancer team has put a lot of effort into emulating the analog film processes to create this powerful plugin. You have the standard film stock emulation, which currently features 53 different types of film. These aren't just a simple color lookup table adjustments. Dehancer's engineers have spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort to research and build realistic film profiles. They've detailed that complicated process along with many other processes in articles on their website. They're definitely worth a read: https://blog.dehancer.com/articles.

The Tools

Dehancer is broken down into sections of tools that have individual control over their features. Each section can be collapsed with the up/down arrow to reduce visual clutter and to make it easier to see just the tools you are using. Conveniently, each tool has an impact slider to adjust the overall influence of the tool and a toggle switch to turn it on or off.
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The Input Section

The input section is where you tell Dehancer what kind of color space to expect. The choices are Rec.709, Rec.2020 (HDR), ACES, and "Choose Camera". By selecting "Choose Camera", you get a list of camera vendors such as Canon, Sony, Blackmagic, RED, etc. By choosing your particular camera and colorspace, Dehancer knows how to work against your footage. You can also adjust exposure compensation here.

The input section also features a Defringe tool that can help reduce chromatic aberrations like purple fringing.

Select your input source.
Select your input source.
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Select your camera brand.
Select your camera brand.
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Select your camera.
Select your camera.
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The Film & Expand Tools

The Film and Expand sections.
The Film and Expand sections.
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This is where the magic happens. Dehancer currently has 53 film emulations developed from analog mediums. The list has some recognizable names like Agfa, Fujifilm, Kodak, and Polaroid. It also has some more obscure ones, particularly some Russian or Eastern European types that I've never heard of. There's a push/pull slider which emulates the response of film when you over or under expose it.

The Film tool works in conjunction with the Expand tool below it. Expand's two sliders allow you to establish the base black and white points of your image. You can quickly bring your image to the boundaries of your luminance range. There's also an auto-expand option which will do this for you.

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Kodak Vision3 200T film profile
Kodak Vision3 200T film profile
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Fujichrome Velvia 100 film profile.
Fujichrome Velvia 100 film profile.
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Lomochrome Purple XR 100-400 film profile.
Lomochrome Purple XR 100-400 film profile.
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The Print Tool

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Analog film is a negative and requires processing to produce a positive image with the contrast and color we expect. This process is called printing. The Print tool in Dehancer has some controls that carefully emulate the historic printing process. Sliders for Exposure, Tonal Contrast, Color Density, and Saturation give you a great amount of control over your image. I found the Tonal Contrast slider to be particularly effective. While it works much like the native contrast control in Resolve, I think there's something a special about it and the results are excellent. It enhances the contrast of both luminance and color and makes my footage really pop.
This look is relatively dark and flat.
This look is relatively dark and flat.
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By adjusting only the Tonal Contrast and a Color Head slider, this look has more pop.
By adjusting only the Tonal Contrast and a Color Head slider, this look has more pop.
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The Color Head Tool

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Color Head is also a film printing process. It historically involved color filters applied against the film which would affect the color of the print. Once again, Dehancer has a nicely detailed article about this process: https://blog.dehancer.com/articles/color-head/.

These images show how easy it is to apply a dramatic color shift with a single Color Head slider.

The Yellow-Blue slider moved all the way to yellow.
The Yellow-Blue slider moved all the way to yellow.
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The Yellow-Blue slider moved all the way to blue.
The Yellow-Blue slider moved all the way to blue.
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The Magenta-Green slider all the way to magenta.
The Magenta-Green slider all the way to magenta.
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The Magenta-Green slider all the way to green.
The Magenta-Green slider all the way to green.
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The Cyan-Red slider all the way to cyan.
The Cyan-Red slider all the way to cyan.
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The Cyan-Red slider all the way to red.
The Cyan-Red slider all the way to red.
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Film Grain

The Grain tool.
The Grain tool.
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What would a film emulation be without some film grain? Dehancer's implementation offers a number of controls to tailor the grain to your liking. Size, amount, and sliders for shadows, midtones and highlights allow you to adjust the grain with fine control.
A normal Rec.709 look.
A normal Rec.709 look.
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With the Film and Grain tools activated, this clip is transformed.
With the Film and Grain tools activated, this clip is transformed.
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The Halation Tool

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The Halation tool emulates a unique characteristic of film where a red halo forms around highlights and high-contrast areas. The Halation tool offers eight different sliders to control the character of halation. This is truly an effect unique to Dehancer.
Before the Halation tool.
Before the Halation tool.
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After the Halation tool.
After the Halation tool.
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The Bloom Tool

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The Bloom tool adds a soft hazy glow to brighter parts of the image. It offers seven sliders to give ample control of the appearance of the bloom. I've cranked the sliders up pretty hard to get the effect in the image below.
The Rec.709 look.
The Rec.709 look.
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The Bloom look.
The Bloom look.
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The Vignette Tool

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The Vignette tool does just what you think it does. However, it gives you a lot of fine control over the size, shape, and position of the vignette. Use the feather slider to soften the edge and make it more subtle. The last example below shows clearly just how much you can manipulate it.
No vignette added.
No vignette added.
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A nice, soft vignette added.
A nice, soft vignette added.
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A strong vignette added.
A strong vignette added.
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Make the vignette as strong as you want, make it oval shaped, and position it wherever.
Make the vignette as strong as you want, make it oval shaped, and position it wherever.
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The Film Breath and Gate Weave Tools

Film Breath and Gate Weave tools.
Film Breath and Gate Weave tools.
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Film Breath and Gate Weave are best shown off in video, so definitely give my YouTube video a watch to see what they do. You'll recognize them when you see them. Film breath emulates the random change of brightness you see when watching film projected onto a screen. Gate weave is where the film moves around loosely as it passes by the lamp. That path is called the gate. You can adjust the parameters of both of these effects to suit your taste.

False Color, Output, LUT Generator

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As if to throw in the kitchen sink, they added a false color tool to the suite. Resolve 17 added this feature as well so this is redundant now, but it is implemented nicely.

Output simply allows you to adjust the overall impact of the plugin. I like that they use the term "impact". It just makes sense. LUT generator lets you output 17x or 33x LUTs. LUTs can only carry luminance and chrominance information. This means things like film grain, film breath, and gate weave can't be contained in the LUT. The last two buttons at the bottom check for software updates and open up the dialogue window where you enter your license key. Without a key you can still use the plugin, but it leaves a watermark and won't export LUTs.

Dehancer's false color tool.
Dehancer's false color tool.
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DaVinci Resolve's native false color plugin. You can change the colors for the various ranges with this plugin.
DaVinci Resolve's native false color plugin. You can change the colors for the various ranges with this plugin.
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Future Updates

The Dehancer team has plans to update the plugin and add new features:
  • Currently Dehancer only supports Mac OS. Dehancer plans to add support for both Windows and Linux.
  • Additional camera support in the input section.
  • A highlights compression tool.
  • A soft edges tool.

How to Buy

Dehancer can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's website. You can purchase the entire suite, called Dehancer Pro, a smaller suite, or even individual effects.

Be sure to use promo code "FLANNEL10" to save 10% on your purchase!

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