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Using the Drastic OpenFX plugins in DaVinci Resolve

davinci resolve logo smDrastic Technologies has created two OpenFX plugins to view the output of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve editors; the FlowCaster Remote Monitoring plugin, and the DrasticScope Signal Analysis Tools plugin. FlowCaster provides a comprehensive set of collaboration, review and approval tools for editors, and can create and export session markers to/from Resolve. Drastic's signal analysis tools are professional vectorscope/waveform/histogram scopes for audio and video signals.

Here is how to send Resolve output to the Drastic OpenFX plugins.

When you install FlowCaster, or one of our signal analysis tools that support DrasticScope such as 4KScope, HDRScope, or 2110Scope, the install places an OpenFX plugin for DaVinci Resolve, typically in C:\Program Files\Common Files\OFX\Plugins, where Resolve expects to see it. Some of the plugin's features may only be available when running under at least a temp license - please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Note: Other creative software products also support the OpenFX standard and should be able to output to FlowCaster and Drastic scopes software, including Autodesk Flame, Foundry Nuke, Sony Catalyst and MAGIX Vegas Pro, Assimilate Scratch, Filmlight Baselight, Boris FX Sapphire and Silhouette, RE:Vision Effects, and others. The following notes are based on testing Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve.

When you run Resolve and open a timeline, you can confirm the plugin has loaded by going to DaVinci Resolve | Preferences | Video Plugins:

loaded successfully

--- Adjustment Layer Method (Recommended)

To use FlowCaster.live, or Drastic's signal analysis tools to monitor the clips in the timeline, you will need to create an adjustment layer above your clips in the timeline in the Edit Page.

Go to Effects Library | Toolbox | Effects.

effects adjustment clip

Grab the Adjustment Clip from there, drag and drop it onto the layers you want it to affect. You can stretch the Adjustment Clip to cover the range of clips you want to view by clicking on it and using the handles to resize it.

drag onto timeline

--- Place the Drastic OpenFX plugin on top of that layer

Find Effects in the Toolbox in your Edit Page on the left side of your timeline.

The FlowCaster plugin will be at: OpenFX | Filters | FlowCaster_Monitor

The DrasticScope plugin will be at: OpenFX | Filters | ScopeDirect_Monitor.

Drag the FlowCaster or DrasticScope plugin on top of that Adjustment Clip.

drag the plugin

When the plugin has been dropped onto the Adjustment Clip, an 'fx' icon will be added in its lower left corner.

fx adjustment clip

--- Using the FlowCaster Plugin to View the Output of Resolve in an Online Collaboration Session

- To use the FlowCaster plugin to send video from Resolve to a FlowCaster.live session, create a New Meeting on the FlowCaster.live site.
- Copy the Meeting ID.
- Run Resolve and add the Adjustment Clip as above, and place the FlowCaster plugin on it.
- Clicking on the Adjustment clip will select it. Go to the Inspector | Effects | OpenFX tab:

sending

--- FlowCaster.live Settings

- Set the Transmit Type to WebRTC.
- Paste the FlowCaster Session Meeting ID into the URL field.
- At the bottom of the OpenFX edit window, click Set New Config.

Resolve should then show up as a participant in the FlowCaster meeting session, and begin sending high quality video and audio along with time code, for collaboration and review workflows.

session

--- Using the DrasticScope Plugin to View the Output of Resolve Through Drastic Scopes

- Run Resolve and add the Adjustment Clip as above, and place the DrasticScope plugin on it.
- Clicking on the Adjustment clip will select it. Go to the Inspector | Effects | OpenFX tab, and adjust the settings to match the signal.
- At the bottom of the OpenFX edit window, select Set New Config.
Resolve should then begin sending frames to 4KScope, HDRScope, or 2110Scope.

--- Timeline Node Method

You can also use Timeline Node in the Color Page, but there can be issues with caching.

Placing an OpenFX plugin in the Timeline node can cause side effects when Caching is enabled in Resolve - the plugin can start sending frames to FlowCaster or DrasticScope once the background renderer is started even if the clip is paused. To avoid that please use the recommended Adjustment Layer approach outlined above.


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