How to make your video look retro

RGB Shift: Da Vinci Resolve Tutorial

How to make your video look retro with the RGB shift effect using Da Vinci Resolve.

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create the effects mentioned above with a few simple steps. We will be using free software for editing & color correction called Da Vinci Resolve.

To follow along you can download it here, just choose the nonstudio version and the operating system you are using:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/




1. Step Importing your footage

Once you have opened Resolve you will be greeted with the media window. This is where you import your footage. Go to File and then you will find the import media button under import file.



2. Creating a timeline with your footage

Once our media is imported into our project, we can go about creating a timeline. Firstly we need to Switch from the Media panel to the Edit panel. We can find the edit panel at the bottom of the screen right next to the Cut panel.


To create a new timeline with your footage go file, new timeline. When a popup window appears click OK. Now that your timeline is created simply drag the footage you want to use onto it.

3. Setting up our color channels

First, go to color panel and click the menu in the upper part of the screen titled "Color" then click nodes and select "Splitter & Combiner node".This will split your video into 3 color separate channels which we can now move around to create our effect.


4. Creating the effect

The splitter combiner node has divided your video into nodes, one for each of the 3 color channels. The color channels go from top to bottom, meaning the node is red, the middle node controls the green, and the bottom channel controls the blue channel.


Now that we know which nodes control which color channel its time to start moving them around. Select one of the 3 nodes and go to Sizing. Next click the where it says Input sizing. From the drop-down menu select node sizing.


Next click the where it says Input sizing. From the drop-down menu select node sizing.


Go to the sizing controls and start moving the Pan slider in any direction. You can also click and drag the value itself if you want a bit more control.


When you start moving the slider left or right something similar to this should happen to your image:


This is where you adjust the effect to your taste. I set mine to 10 since It looks shifted enough for the effect to be noticeable without the image separating too far. You can also do the same to any of the other channels if you want the video to look even more distorted. If a colored edge appears on one of the sides like in my case simply increase the zoom value until the undesired edge is gone.



5. Export

If you are satisfied with how your effect looks export it by going to the delivery panel and pick the codec and the file format of your choosing.


Add your clip to the render queue and start the render. You have now successfully exported your clip with the RGB split effect.