Using Dehancer Pro in our Post-Production Workflow

Patrick Fitzgerald  |  03-28-2023
Dehancer Pro Review — Davinci Resolve Workflow & Lens Filters

The Dehancer Pro OFX Video Plugin is one of the most popular plugins on the market. It can be used to edit photos but we almost exclusively use it in DaVinci Resolve as a powerful tool in our post-production workflow.

I thought about doing a tutorial but there’s so many out there that do a great job of walking you through the plugin already. So instead, I’m going to show you how you can use it in your post-production workflow and touch a little on some of the looks that you can achieve while also comparing a quick Dehancer grade to commonly used lens filters. 

I felt this was important as lens filters are almost always used on commercial sets and there are some shortcuts you can take within the Dehancer plugin that can emulate not only film, but the look these filters give you.

So let’s take a look. 

Dehancer is Intuitive and Easy to Use

Out of the box, you can tell Dehancer what camera your footage was shot on and it’ll optimize for that color space. 

Its slider based approach flows from top to bottom and makes it intuitive to use. I had a lot of fun just poking around out-of-the-box and it didn’t take me long to feel like I had a pretty strong grasp on the basics. 

However, a plugin this robust could feed you more data as the slider approach feels archaic at times. It’s fantastic for beginners but most people that use a Resolve workflow aren’t beginners and want to see how the changes they are making affect the raw image data, 

Little things like being able to dial in the intensity of certain effects with ease go a long way.

I’ve been seeing more and more examples of people grading an entire image in a single node. In some instances you may want multiple nodes and more control of the image, but there are plenty of times where this method is advantageous and definitely a huge time saver.

Post-Production Workflow

There’s a few ways to use Dehancer from a tactical standpoint. As I mentioned, you could color an image in a single node or it might make sense to work backwards in a sense. 

Dial in the look with Dehancer; get your grain, bloom, and all that good stuff then create some nodes before it to adjust contrast, saturation, highlights, and shadows.

As a DP, I’m trying to get the best look possible in camera. Using Dehancer on set is a great way to make adjustments in real time as long as I know the general look that I’m aiming to achieve in post.  You can even save your look as a LUT and use that look in-camera as a reference. 

One of the reasons we initially made the switch to DaVinci Resolve as a company was because of the collaboration possibilities within the software. I could see taking footage and creating a look with Dehancer and then handing the project off to a colorist for a more complete and accurate grade. 

Dehancer is such a flexible plugin that it can really fit into any workflow.

Wrapping it Up & Get 10% Off

If you’re thinking about grabbing Dehancer, start with their free trial and I’m sure you’ll be hooked. When you’re ready to upgrade to the pro version, use promo code: clockwork9 for 10% off.

We’ve found a lot of ways to use it in a workflow. It’s empowered a lot of creative looks and it’s easy to learn how to use. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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