Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve 11/12


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  • Learn to create digital dailies
  • Grade with Color Wheels & Curves
  • Improve Contrast & Dynamic Range
  • Work with RAW and LOG footage
  • Save Time Using Remote Grades
  • Build Complex Grades Using Nodes

DaVinci Resolve is the world’s most advanced color correction software and is used by colorists around the world to grade feature films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and much of the content you watch every day. In this tutorial taught by leading authority Alexis Van Hurkman, you’ll learn the entire process of color grading from start to finish.

You’ll begin by creating a database and setting up your project including an in-depth look at the various project settings to ensure your project is perfectly configured for the footage you are working with. Creating digital dailies is a big part of modern filmmaking and you’ll be guided through the steps for quickly grading your footage for client reviews or on-set playback.

Jumping into the Color Page, you’ll learn various approaches to grading by employing Resolve’s powerful Color Wheels and Curves Controls in conjunction with the video scopes to correct and improve your image’s contrast and dynamic range. You’ll understand the benefits of RAW workflow and how to pull hidden detail out of shadows and highlights. If you are working with LOG encoded footage, you’ll learn how LUTs (Look Up Tables) affect a Node and how to grade with and without a LUT applied.

Since time is money, you’ll get Alexis’ specific insights on how use Resolve’s Color Match palette and how to quickly apply grades across multiple clips using Remote Grades. Once the contrast and color balance are dialed in, you’ll begin exploring Resolve’s Secondaries palette for isolating your correction using HSL Qualifiers and Power Windows. Along the way you’ll learn advanced tracking techniques and how to deal with challenging footage that would confuse trackers in other applications.

Since working faster involves understanding Resolve’s Nodal approach to grading, you’ll learn how to quickly navigate the Node Editor; how to build various node structures; and how to combine, subtract and mix Keys to solve problems encountered during the shoot. For even more control, you’ll explore the Keyframe Editor for fine-tuning how your corrections are applied over time. Lastly, you’ll learn the steps for outputting your graded projects in various formats using the Deliver Page.

Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve 11/12 is the most comprehensive tutorial we have ever produced on this subject and is carefully broken into topic specific topics that can be searched in our Ripple Player.

About the Author:

Alexis Van Hurkman
Alexis Van Hurkman is a writer, director, and colorist. His award-winning short film “The Place Where You Live” played 18 festivals in 2015, while his feature “Four Weeks, Four Hours” screened at festivals around the world in 2006. As a colorist, he's graded programs that have aired on The History Channel, The Learning Channel, and the BBC, features and shorts that have played at the Telluride and Sundance film festivals, and video art pieces that have been exhibited at the NYC Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Alexis has also authored and contributed to over twenty books and user manuals on post-production, including two editions of the industry standard “Color Correction Handbook,” and five editions of the DaVinci Resolve User Manual.
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