Can You Customize the Tangent Wave for DaVinci Resolve?

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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…


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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  1. Toby June 17, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

    Is there any way to customize the sensitivity of the wave panel knobs and balls?

    • Patrick Inhofer June 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM #


      Inside Color – there are adjustments in the Setup room for overall knob, ball, and contrast ring speeds. I’ll reach out to Josh and see if there are other adjustments on the panel itself.

      – pi

      • Toby June 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM #

        Sorry, I meant inside DaVinci Resolve

        • Patrick Inhofer June 17, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

          In the Config Panel, go to the Settings tab, then look at the Control Panel section.

          There are individual adjustments for each contrast control (‘Master Sensitivity) and trackball (RGB Balance Sensitivity). That’s 6 independent sensitivity settings.

          There are also adjustments for Qualifier rotary knobs, and Hue / Sat / Lum rotary knobs – but I’m not sure if those only effect the custom $29k Resolve control surface.

          – pi

  2. Josh Petok June 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM #

    On the config tab in Resolve under the settings tab, there’s a pref for setting the panel’s sensitivity. This is usually defined by the app. 

    Tangent does have a “Panel Control” but it is only for Apple Color at this point. It’s only function is to remap keys on the panel. Hopefully, Tangent will work with Resolve enable users to remap keys as needed.

  3. Craig Mieritz July 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM #

    Very nice.  Thank you Josh. 

  4. Fred February 24, 2017 at 2:04 PM #

    Can I use this Tangent Elements with editing in Resolve 12.5?

    • Patrick Inhofer February 24, 2017 at 4:28 PM #

      Yes and no. Resolve 12.5 (and earlier) has support for the Elements – but the buttons are optimized for the Color page. You won’t find much in there mapped to the Edit page, so you’re pretty much left to the mouse and keyboard shortcuts.


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