Color Correction with DaVinci Resolve 16 Class – April 21

Dive into color correction with this hands-on training using the BMD official curriculum which takes you through a series of practical exercises. Below are the dates, registration link, class agenda, and important information for how you should prepare for the upcoming class.

Apr 21, 2020 10:00 AM
Apr 22, 2020 10:00 AM
Apr 23, 2020 10:00 AM
Apr 24, 2020 10:00 AM


Link to register:

Online class agenda:

Day One
Interface Review
     Color page layout
     Primaries wheels
     Palette panel
Part 1 – Color Correcting a DaVinci Resolve Timeline
Balancing Footage
     Opening a Resolve archive
     Setting up project backups
     Understanding the grading workflow
     Setting tonal range and contrast
     Balancing colors
     Understanding Log controls and Primary Wheels
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

Day Two
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
Part 2 – Managing Nodes and Grades
Conforming from an XML Timeline
     Importing an XML timeline
     Syncing an offline reference
     Confirming a timeline
     Associating HQ footage with a timeline for online workflows
     Maximizing the Dynamic Range

Day Three
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
     Copying grades from clips and stills
     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

Day Four
Part 3 – Optimizing the Grading Workflow
Using Groups
     Preparing media using scene cut detection
     Creating a group
     Applying base grades at pre-clip group level
     Making clip-specific adjustments at the clip group
     Creating a unifying look using the post-clip group Level
     Applying timeline level grades and effects
Adjusting Image Properties
     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
     Using sidecar data
     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

To prepare for your upcoming class you will need to:

1. Download training media from the Color Correction with DaVinci Resolve 16 book which is on the Blackmagic Design website: (you will need to scroll down the page a bit) The media is in three parts and will take awhile to download so please download prior to the class.

2. While on the training page, we recommend you download the book PDF too!

3. Download DaVinci Resolve 16.2: Download and install the zoom classroom application for macOS and Windows:
(For iPad download the Zoom Cloud meetings app.)

4. For the most optimal experience there are a few things you can do to prepare for the class:
– Set aside a space that has very few distractions where you can focus for a few hours.
– We strongly suggest you have a dual monitor setup or use a laptop or iPad for Zoom and open Resolve on your desktop.
– You’ll want to have headphones to hear the Zoom laptop or tablet.
– If you have questions during the course we please use Zoom’s built-in Q&A to send a message to our co-host.
– Please be sure you have downloaded Resolve 16.2 and the media as mentioned BEFORE the class. This is critical in allowing you to following along with the instructor.

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