DaVinci Resolve 12 QuickStart


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  • Get up to Speed Quickly in Resolve
  • Import and Organize Media
  • Assemble a Sequence
  • Add Transitions, Titles & Effects
  • Perform Basic Color Grading

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DaVinci Resolve 12 QuickStart was created to give you an overview of the Resolve 12 workflow from start to finish. You’ll begin by learning how to set up up a brand new installation of Resolve, including whether to use a single or shared user account, and how to set up the most essential Preferences and Project Settings.

Next, you’ll take a tour of Resolve’s user interface to better understand how Resolve integrates editing and grading in a single application. Then, starting with an empty project, you’ll learn how to import, organize, synchronize, and tag media to prepare it for editing. You’ll use that media to assemble an edited sequence in the Edit Page, getting a glimpse at Resolve’s many and varied editing and trimming operations as you shape a scene from a short film.

You’ll then add transitions, titles, and effects before moving into the Color page to begin color correcting the clips you’ve just edited; adjusting color and contrast, and balancing clips in the scene to match one another using Resolve’s automated and manual tools. Then, you’ll move back to the Edit page to perform a basic audio mix using keyframes, automation, filters, and the audio mixer. Once the mix is in hand, you’ll get a brief look at some of the deeper grading tools available to hone the look of your scene, including qualifiers and windows for making isolated corrections, HSL curves for quickly shaping specific hues and saturation levels, and ways of quickly copying your grades to other clips in the timeline. Finally, you’ll learn how to output your project and share your work with others.

We’ve included the media from a short film the author, Alexis Van Hurkman, recently shot so you’ll have the benefit of applying the concepts you learn to real-world footage. As you work through the lessons, you’ll discover that Resolve 12 really can handle it all – from editing through color to final delivery.

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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1 review for DaVinci Resolve 12 QuickStart

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    Rated 5 out of 5

    Chris S. (verified owner)

    The quality of online training is directly related to the on-camera/on-mic personality and style of the presenter. Alexis Van Hurkman has a great voice and his presentation style is swift but relaxed – very easy to follow and to listen to. There is nothing superfluous to the script and no boring repetition or unnecessary emphasis.

    The DaVinci Resolve 12 Quickstart is just as described and will give a quickly sketched introduction to the main features of Resolve 12. These videos will leave you well-informed on the basics and looking to explore further.

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