DaVinci Resolve Tutorials

DaVinci Resolve

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DaVinci Resolve is a high end color grading application that is used to correct and enhance the color of film and video. It has been used to color grade more feature films and TV spots than any other system and is considered to be the benchmark or gold standard upon which all systems are measured.

DaVinci dates back to 1984 when the corrector was used in conjunction with a telecine system and only very rudimentary color correction could be performed. Nearly two decades later and lots of groundbreaking development DaVinci Resolve software (the flagship product of DaVinci Systems), is now owned and aggressively furthered in development by Blackmagic Design.

Perhaps the most exciting and revolutionary part is the fact that the system once costing in the hundreds of thousands of dollars is now available for free in the Lite version (pick platform, DaVinci Resolve then Lite) from Blackmagic Design (the full license is available for under $1K).

If color grading is something that is of interest to you for either improving the aesthetic look of your film or because you want to embark on an exciting and lucrative career as a colorist I have tutorials that teach you the “how to’s” of DaVinci Resolve. Learn more about DaVinci Resolve 9 by watching the DEMO video below and I will soon have tutorials on the NEW Blackmagic Cinema Camera!

If you have questions, please let me know. You can email me at denver(at)colorgradingcentral.com

And if you want to learn more about full colorist training on Resolve click here.

Enjoy the free tutorials!

DaVinci Resolve v11 -
Table of Contents

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    Setup State

  1. Welcome Screen & Project Manager
  2. Preferences & Project Settings
  3. Monitoring Solutions
  4. Interface Overview
  5. Media Page
  6. Edit Page
  7. Color Page
  8. Gallery Page
  9. Conforming Introduction
  10. Scene Cut Detection
  11. Fixing Scene Cut Detection Errors
  12. Conforming with an EDL
  13. Conforming with an XML
  14. Roundtripping from Client to Delivery (Part I)
  15. Roundtripping from Client to Delivery (Part II)
  16. Resolve Conform Issues
  17. Scopes Introduction
  18. Waveform Scope
  19. RGB Parade Scope
  20. Vectorscope
  21. Histogram Scope
  22. Order of Operation Workflow

  23. Order of Operation Workflow
  24. Working with Nodes Series

  25. Working with Serial Nodes
  26. Working with Parallel Nodes
  27. Working with Layer Mixer
  28. Working with Key Mixer
  29. Correction Stage

  30. Setting Exposure
  31. Recovering Skin Tones
  32. HDR Grading Technique
  33. Log Grading
  34. Color Balancing
  35. Shot-to-Shot Matching
  36. Shot-to-Shot Matching Advanced
  37. Using LUTs

  38. Using LUTs Overview
  39. Using LUTs for Technical
  40. Using LUTs for Speed
  41. Using LUTs for Creativity
  42. Grade Management

  43. Working with Remote/Local Grades
  44. Working with Groups (Part I)
  45. Working with Groups (Part II)
  46. Looks Building

  47. Creating Mood
  48. Suggesting Time of Day
  49. Contextual (Location Based) Looks
  50. Bleach Bypass Look
  51. B&W Look
  52. Day for Night Look
  53. Cross Process Looks
  54. Vintage Looks
  55. Cosmetic Look
  56. Orange/Teal Look
  57. Dialing Looks to Taste
  58. Creating Looks Around Skin Tones
  59. Stylized Looks Based on Color Scheme (Part I)
  60. Stylized Looks Based on Color Scheme (Part II)
  61. Secondary/Isolation

  62. Cleanup with HSL Qualifier
  63. Cleanup with HSL Qualifier (Advanced)
  64. Cleanup with Hue Curves
  65. Cleanup with Power Windows
  66. Enhancements
  67. Racoon Eyes
  68. Focusing
  69. Color Theory

  70. Contrasts of Color Introduction
  71. Contrast of Light & Dark
  72. Contrasts of Hue
  73. Warm/Cool Contrast
  74. Complementary Contrast
  75. Contrast of Saturation
  76. Finishing Stage

  77. Broadcast Safe
  78. Render Page
  79. Additional Concepts and Techniques

  80. Working with RED
  81. Keyframes Editor
  82. Grading “White Limbo”