The Cheapest Colorist Control Surface EVER!

Colorist Josh Petok

(This is a guest post by Colorist Josh Petok)

A colorist once said using a mouse is like “drawing with a potato.” That was my motivation for buying a Magic Trackpad. When using DaVinci Resolve, Power Windows are one of the strongest tools in your arsenal. I found that using the Magic Trackpad gave me speed and efficiency, as well as taking up much less space. However, that was only the beginning.

I found a utility called BetterTouchTool which allows you to link keyboard shortcuts to gestures like: 3 finger swipe up, pinch out, four finger tap, and over 60 others. In this tip, I will show how to map your own gestures, as well as how I use them within DaVinci Resolve to make your grading faster and more streamlined.

Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course – Josh can be found on Twitter.


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Using the Tektronix 7020 waveform monitor

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As a colorist, one of your challenges can be balancing out shots with extremely different luminance values. We are all human and our eyes can get tired after watching image after image all day. That’s where the scope comes in.

The Tektronix 7000 series of scopes have several tools that make it easier to visualize your clips color and luminance without being effected by the actual image. In this tutorial, I will demonstrate two essential Tektronix functions: Capture and Line Select. Unlike software scopes, having immediate access to these hardware buttons can really speed up your workflow.

This knowledge can be applied wether you’re on DaVinci Resolve, Apple Color, Film Master, Avid Symphony, or any other system that relies on color correction.


Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course – Josh can be found on Twitter.


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Can You Customize the Tangent Wave for DaVinci Resolve?


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Editor’s Note: I am thrilled to present Tao of Color’s first Guest Post! If you like this tutorial, please leave a happy note in the comments and welcome Josh into the Tao of Color fold!


Colorists: Are you constantly looking for small workflow improvements when you do color correction? I do, because one little tweak can save me a few seconds – and those seconds can add up over the days, weeks, and years of my career as a colorist.

And if you color grade on DaVinci Resolve using Tangent’s Wave… you’ll love this tip on how to customize the Wave panel – something you can’t do natively within Resolve.

For this tutorial we’ll start with something very simple…

Two of my most used keys in DaVinci Resolve are simply: Enable All and Disable all. These toggle all the nodes on and off – so I can quickly switch between the uncorrected image and my grade.

These ‘toggle’ commands are natively mapped to the up- and down- arrows on the keyboard. Unfortunately, the good folks at BlackMagic haven’t mapped this command to Tangent’s Wave. Join me as I teach you how to do it for them…

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Josh Petok is a Colorist who helps reality shows look their absolute best. From his beginnings on “The Surreal Life,” he strives to intensify drama or comedy while still keeping the presence and authenticity of reality tv. Completing work on his 47th show, Josh is continually learning and developing new methods for enhancing the shows that he works on. You can find Josh on his homepage, his blog The Current Cut, and – of course – Josh can be found on Twitter.


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Tao of Color has not received compensation, goods, or services from anything mentioned in this post or in the Video Tutorial. We hope, one day, this might change. Affiliate links are clearly marked, resulting in a commission on sales (which helps support TaoOfColor.com).

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