How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in DaVinci Resolve

How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in DaVinci Resolve

Kevin P. McAuliffe shows you how to use Rampant's Travel Mattes in DaVinci Resolve. Kevin also shows you why these mattes are different and how to use the individual pieces that come in the product. 


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How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in DaVinci Resolve Tutorial Transcript:


Hey everyone, Kevin P. McAuliffe here for Rampant Design Tools, and I'm back again

with another tutorial. In this lesson, I've been given a challenge. Recently, Rampant

Design Tools released a new product called Rampant Travel Style Mattes. A question has

come up in both tutorials for Premier and for Final Cut Pro-X, and the question was very

simple, "Can you show how to do this same technique in Resolve with multiple clips? In

previous tutorials it's only been shown how to do it with two clips. I'm keen to buy this,

but if I can't do it with more than two clips, I won't be making the purchase."

Well, in this lesson I'm going to show you how easy it is to get in and to setup multi-clips

style mattes inside of Resolve very quickly and very easily. Alright, now, before we get

rolling, what I want to do is I want to head on over to Google Chrome and I want to

head to the Rampant Travel Style Mattes homepage, and I want to bring to your

attention just actually what you're getting when you make this purchase. So $49, half

price, already a huge bonus. The second thing I want to draw your attention to is the

fact that you're getting 104 drag-and-drop mattes. Now, 104 is quite a lot, but I do want

to mention the fact that a lot of these mattes can be combined in very cool, and very

unique ways, to take that 104 count, and double it, triple it, and potentially even

quadruple it. So, basically, you're just getting an absolute ton of elements for you to

work with, with this one purchase. Don't think of it as 104, think of it as 104 plus so

much more.

Now, what I want to do in this lesson is we're going to use this travel style matte as an

example. Now, this is a very common type of element that we would work with. I'm

going to show you the common way to work with it, but then what I want to do is I

actually want to take this and break it down and show you how we're going to take

three separate elements and add them into this travel matte, so that we can have three

separate images on the screen at the same time.

Alright, so let's command, or Alt and Tab into DaVinci Resolve, if you happen to be on

Windows. I have the clips that we're going to be working with here. These are just some

great clips here that come to us courtesy of Artbeads. And don't forget, you can always

check out these clips plus thousands and thousands of others at . Now, I'm

just going to head to the media pool here. Here are these style mattes that I have on my

desktop. Now, it's important to keep in mind is that we're not importing these as just

regular clips. What we want to do is right click on them, and we want to add them to the

media pool as matte elements, so that when they appear, you'll notice we have that

little icon in the lower left-hand corner, representing that these are matte elements for

us to work with inside of our timeline.

Alright. Let's head on over to the edit module. What I want to do is, I'm just going to

grab one of these clips. Doesn't even matter which one, we'll just grab this one. Now,

how we're normally accustomed to working with these elements is quite simple and

quite straightforward inside of Resolve. What we're going to do is we're going to head

to the color module. We're going to take the clip that has the, or the node, that has the

clip on it. We're going to right click on it. We're going to add a matte to it. Now, the

matte that I'm going to add is just a standard matte, none of the different parts. We're

going to come to that matte and we're going to use the luminance for the Alpha output.

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Once we've done that, we want to add a new Alpha output, so this element is all set to


You'll now see, that if I come back to the edit module, we come back to the beginning

and we hit play, this element, now, transitions on and it's all good to go. Alright, now.

This is all great and everything if we happen to be working with one element. But what

happens when we want to take the sky shot, and we have our flying over the valley

shot, and we have our ocean shot here. We want to add each one of those into the

different compartments of this Rampant Travel Style Matte. Well, this is where the

different parts come into play. You'll see, I'll just double-click on this part here. This

element has been broken down into its three parts to make it easier for us to work with,

but we do have to think a little bit ahead when working in Resolve, specifically for the

situation of, we might want to reposition these shots inside of the different matte


Let me go ahead and show you how we're going to do this. We'll take our sky. We'll put

that on the bottom. It really doesn't matter which element we put where, because it's

really once we attach the travel mattes it's going to make a difference. Now, what we

want to do, at this point, is we want to create new compound clips for each one of these

shots that we have on our timeline. Because when we attach the matte to the clip, it

doesn't matter what you've done to the clip, that matte is being attached to that clip.

What we want to do is we want to have the ability to step into that clip once we've

attached the matte to it and make the basic position or, potentially, even scale

adjustments to that clip and not have it impact the matte at all. So let's do that.

What I'm going to do is right click, come to new compound clip. We'll just call this ocean

shot. We'll call our next one valley shot. Why not? And we'll call the last one,

appropriately enough, sky shot. What we're now going to do is we're going to add our

Rampant Travel Style Mattes elements to each one of these different layers. So, much

like we had done before, we're going to head to the color module, and you'll see, right

now, we have our topmost shot selected. So let's just go with it in order; top, middle,

bottom. I'm going to right click and, actually, before I do that, let me just hide it. Let's

just make sure that element one is the top, which it looks like it is here. Perfect, it is.

Let's come back here. Let's right click. Let's come down to add matte, and we're going to

add part one to this. Now, again, much like we've done before, add an Alpha output. We

also want to make sure that we invert this. We use the luminance for the Alpha output.

There we go, looking very nice. Let's now come back to our edit. There we go. Exactly

the same thing that we're going to do with video layer number two. Let's right click,

come down to add matte. We're going to add part two. Again, we're going to add an

Alpha output, just like such. Last, but certainly not least, let's take our bottom most shot

here. Again, right click, let's come to add matte. Let's go to part three. And it looks like

we are now all set to go. Let's come back to the edit module here, and you can now see

there are our three shots.

Now, I did mention before that we might want to get in and make some adjustments. So

how do we go about doing this? Let's use the topmost shot as the example. Now, what I

want to do is I want to reposition this. I don't really care about seeing the coastline here,

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I want to take this, I want to shift the whole thing up, just a little bit, so I see a little bit

more of the ocean, a little bit more of the mountains. What we're going to do is right

click. We're going to open that shot in the timeline. We're now going to come in and

simply adjust its position. Maybe this rock here is important for me to see right at the

top of the shot here. Let me just position that more towards the top of the frame, so

this way, when I come back to the timeline, you'll now see there's that rock element

right there.

Now, I'm just going to come down a little bit from when it establishes itself. There we

go. And there's that rock element exactly where I had wanted it. Let's say, for the valley

shot, I want to see a little bit more of that skyline there. So let's take our skyline. Now,

what's also important to keep in mind is that I can call up one of these mattes side-byside,

so that when I make the position adjustment here. Let's just make the position

adjustment. That I make sure that, that is going to sit exactly where I want it to sit when

I head back to my timeline. There we go. You'll see, looking very nice. Now, as far as our

sky shot goes, we definitely want that to be more so towards the actual sky, less so

towards the clouds. There we go. So let's reposition this here.

What we now have is our Rampant Travel Style Mattes working exactly the way that we

want them to in our timeline.

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