The Complete Guide to the Layer Mixer & Parallel Node in Resolve

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Layer Mixer Node and Parallel Node are critical to understanding the node graph in Resolve, and understanding them is important. In contrast to Serial Nodes, both the Layer Mixer and the Parallel Mixer allow for many inputs to be used simultaneously. Both types of nodes process and integrate their feeds into a single output, however, the outcomes are vastly different between the two types of nodes. This blog will examine the Layer and Parallel Mixer in Resolve and how they can be used to enhance the workflow.


  1. What is a Parallel Node?
  2. What is a Layer Mixer Node?
  3. How is a Layer Mixer different from a Serial Node?
  4. What is the difference between a Parallel and Serial Node?
  5. How can you use both Layer Mixers and Parallel Mixers in your workflow

Conclusion: Understanding the difference between Parallel and Serial Nodes is very important when using Resolve.

It is typically more effective to use these nodes rather than just linking together serial nodes one after another to get diverse outcomes. In certain cases, the differences between these two operations are insignificant. However, at other times, the variances are significant. The topics covered in this Article include both sorts of nodes, how to utilize them, and when you may expect them to function in the same way as one another.

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Layer Mixer Node

Colorists frequently need to combine many levels in the Color Page node tree. The Layer Mixer node allows this: Combine several Serial Nodes, each doing a separate function, and let the colorist prioritize the layers.

How does it work?

The layer node treats these two nodes as if they were layers stacked on top of each other, with the bottom node representing the node immediately above it. And if we add another layer node to it, it will regard the bottom node to be the top-most layer in the stack of these nodes, which is a good thing. The result is that if I apply a mask to the bottom-most node, resolve will display the masked region as if it were a layer on top of the current node. Furthermore, the method through which you mix these layers is entirely up to you as well.

Parallel Node

The Parallel Mixer node is identical to the Layer Mixer node, except it doesn’t have a priority setting. Moreover, if the activities carried out in the Serial Nodes coincide with those carried out within other nodes supplying the Parallel Mixer, then those operations begin to interact with one another. What’s essentially happening over here is that the way a parallel node works, it takes 50% of an effect from a single node and combines it with the 50% impact from the second node.

How are they Different?

Take a look at our tutorial video explaining further use cases for both Layer Mixer node and Parallel Node


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