Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Studio has a terrific tool to correct lens distortion.
Let’s say you’re intercutting fisheye, wide-angle, action shots with pristine, undistorted landscapes. You love the GoPro’s 170 degree field of view curving horizon. But the art director, client, producer— whoever has final cut and final say— doesn’t share your enthusiasm.
There are two options. Reassemble the crew, rent distortion-free lenses and cameras that cost 200 times more, return to location, pray for stellar light, and reshoot.
The more logical option might be DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Studio.
• In Edit mode, click on the scene in your timeline.
• Click INSPECTOR (top right of screen) and scroll down to the bottom of the window on the right side.
• Below LENS CORRECTION, click ANALYZE.
• Next, adjust the slider left or right to correct distortion and straighten the horizon.
Fixed heroically in post once again!
Download DaVinci Resolve: blackmagicdesign.com
Action footage provided by GoPro. gopro.com
A version of this article appears in print on page 65 of Issue 77-78 in Film and Digital Times with the headline: DaVinci for DPs: Lens Correction. Subscribe here
The “before” seems more natural than the “after.” The horizon may be straighter, but everything else seems more distorted.