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Color Correction with DaVinci Resolve

2 Days

10 modules (view curriculum)


Available live, online or in person​.



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DaVinci Resolve is one of the most powerful and widely used post-production tools available and in this officially certified course, professional colorist Ollie Kenchington offers an in-depth guide to its tools, effects and workflows. Follow along with the included project files through numerous practical exercises to gain a detailed understanding of how to color correct and grade real-world productions. Following completion you will be eligible to sit the official Blackmagic Design exam to become a certified color professional.


Balancing Footage

Opening a Resolve archive

Setting up project backups

Maximizing the dynamic range

Understanding the grading workflow

Setting tonal range and contrast

Balancing colors

Understanding Log controls and Primaries wheels

Exploring a color managed workflow


Creating Color Continuity

Building a shot-matching strategy

Organizing shots using flags and filters

Applying shot match

Matching shots using stills

Comparing and matching shots manually


Correcting and Enhancing Isolated Areas

Controlling the viewer’s eye

Sharpening key elements

Tracking obscured objects

Fixing overcast skies

Warping colors to a target

Enhancing skin tones with face refinement

Adjusting skin tones manually


Conforming from an XML Timeline

Importing an XML timeline

Syncing an offline reference

Conforming a timeline

Associating HQ footage with a timeline for online workflows


Mastering the Node Pipeline

Understanding node-based compositing

Understanding the importance of node order

Creating separate processing pipelines with a Parallel Mixer node

Visualizing mixer nodes

Compositing effects with the Layer Mixer node


Managing Grades Across Clips and Timelines

Working with local versions

Appending grades and nodes

Using shared nodes across multiple clips

Saving grades for other projects

Copying timeline grades using ColorTrace

Copying grades using the Timelines album


Using Groups

Creating a group

Applying base grades at pre-clip group level

Making clip-specific adjustments at the clip group level

Creating a unifying look using the Post-Clip group level

Applying timeline level grades


Adjusting Image Properties

Preparing media using scene cut detection

Understanding timeline resolutions and sizing palette modes

Using keyframing

Applying noise reduction

Optimizing performance with render cache


Setting Up RAW Projects

Adjusting RAW settings at the project level

Adjusting RAW Settings at the clip level

Color correcting with RAW through Resolve color management

Setting up a render cache for RAW media projects


Delivering Projects

Using Lightbox to check timeline prior to delivery

Understanding the render workflow and presets

Creating custom renders and saving presets

Configuring a timeline for digital cinema

Rendering a DCP

Using commercial workflow to export versions

Exploring advanced render settings

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