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True Motion Picture Film Emulation (16mm/35mm/IMAX)

FilmPrint35 is a film emulation PowerGrade for Davinci Resolve. More than a LUT or a plug-in, FilmPrint35 is a full node-based image-processing pipeline that allows colorists and cinematographers to recreate 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm celluloid film looks. The

PowerGrade contains a variety of built-in looks and options, while also being fully customizable to suit the needs of any project.


Color grading with film emulation in DaVinci Resolve can add a unique and nostalgic look to your videos, reminiscent of classic film stocks. DaVinci Resolve is a powerful professional-grade color grading software that allows you to achieve precise and creative adjustments. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply film emulation in DaVinci Resolve:

1. Import your footage:

Launch DaVinci Resolve and create a new project. Import the video clips you want to color grade by dragging them into the Media Pool or using the import option.

2. Organize your timeline:

Create a new timeline and drag your video clips onto it in the desired order. This timeline will be your workspace for color grading.

3. Apply a base correction:

Before applying the film emulation, start with a basic color correction to adjust exposure, contrast, white balance, and any other essential settings. Use the primary color grading tools in the Color page to make these adjustments.

4. Add a film emulation LUT:

In DaVinci Resolve, LUTs (Lookup Tables) are used to apply specific color transformations. Many film emulation LUTs are available for purchase or free download online. Once you have a film emulation LUT file, proceed with the following steps:

a. In the Color page, navigate to the 'Nodes' section, and right-click to create a new node.

b. Click on the node to select it, and then head to the 'LUTs' section located in the top-right corner.

c. Click on the 'Open LUT Folder' icon and navigate to the location where you saved the film emulation LUT file.

d. Drag the LUT file from your file explorer and drop it into the 'LUTs' section in DaVinci Resolve.

e. Your LUT is now applied to the selected node. You should see an instant transformation of your footage with the film emulation look.

5. Fine-tune the film emulation:

After applying the film emulation LUT, you may find that some adjustments are needed to achieve the desired look. The intensity of the film emulation can be controlled by adjusting the node's opacity slider. Lower values will reduce the effect, while higher values will intensify it.

6. Secondary color grading:

Depending on your footage and the specific film emulation, you may need to perform secondary color grading to fine-tune specific areas of the image. You can use the qualifiers, power windows, and other advanced tools in DaVinci Resolve to isolate and adjust specific regions.

7. Monitor your changes:

Color grading is an iterative process, and it's essential to monitor your changes on a calibrated monitor or external display to ensure accurate color representation.

8. Export your graded footage:

Once you are satisfied with your color grading and film emulation, it's time to export your video. Navigate to the Deliver page, set your desired export settings, and click on 'Add to Render Queue' to export your final video.


Using film emulation in DaVinci Resolve can add an artistic and nostalgic touch to your videos, evoking the timeless aesthetics of classic film stocks. By following this step-by-step guide and experimenting with different film emulation LUTs, you can elevate your video projects and create visually stunning and emotionally captivating content. This is how you achieve the true motion picture film emulation look.


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