As you may recall, the Point Tracker is one of the latest enhancements introduced with DaVinci Resolve 12.5. In essence, it’s designed to track very specific points or features of a moving subject in your frame that you need to follow. Unlike the Cloud Tracker, however, which automatically looks for all trackable points within a particular part of the image, the Point Tracker lets you pick one or more specific points represented by crosshairs that you must manually position in the Viewer. Theo of MeisnerMedia takes this functionality a step further by utilising the GPU accelerated Lens Flare effect added in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Studio to stylise the following footage.
You can find the OpenFX plug-ins within the Library of the OpenFX panel, which can be accessed by clicking the FX button at the top right of the Color page Interface Toolbar. Once you have found the Lens Flare filter in the Library, just drag and drop it onto a new node to apply the effect to your grade. Keep in mind that you can apply only one effect to a node at a time, but by using multiple nodes you can add as many plug-ins to your grade as you need. It’s also worth noting that these lens flares are procedurally generated, which means that their resolution will be as high as the required one of your project.
Now, to make this trick work, go to the Tracker tab first and make sure that the FX is enabled. Select the pointer and click on the subject in your frame that you want to track. Naturally, to make this effect look more realistic, you should choose a source of light to which you will apply the flare. Once you’ve tracked the moving source of light in your frame, go to OpenFX, find the Lens Flare filter and drop onto the existing node. Finally, select a suitable lens flare preset and tweak its settings until you get the desired look. All in all, this plug-in is highly customisable so you can modify those flares in multiple ways.
For instance, you can change the color of the glare, adjust its intensity, position, brightness, the way it blends with the rest of your image, deform the flare elements and much more. Stylizing your footage with flares have never been easier, so if you want to enhance the look of your videos and make them look as if those flares were captured in camera, this particular DaVinci Resolve workflow will certainly help you to get some stunning results in no time.