Color Grading with Da Vinci Resolve: Beginner to Advanced
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- You will be able to take a grading project from start to finish and deliver to a professional standard
- You will be able to guide others through the color grading worklfow
- A working familiarity of video editing
Color grading still enjoys an odd, almost mystical status among some filmmakers. Well, there' no magic (Blackmagic doesn't count) here, just hard graft and know-how. This course will take you from a standing start, right the way through to high-end and professional color grading using the excellent Da vinci Resolve. The training material I'm providing comes from real-world projects where I was paid to provide my labor. I'm gong to take you through how I approached each and every one of these projects to achieve professional, high-end results.
I'm now a Blackmagic Design certified trainer in Da Vinci Resolve and I've been color grading professionally for over six years and in that time I've produced work for brands such as Unilever, Greggs Bakery, TNT Logistics, Joules (a UK clothing line), the NHS, the BBC and Virgin Airlines. It doesn't stop there either. I've delivered drama and factual work for broadcast and web as well as feature films for international distribution.
I'm bringing the benefit of my experience to this course because I know what it's like to have no-one to teach you. When I started to grade on my film course back in university, there were no tutors who could teach the grade at all. I wound up spending long nights in the grading suite (some winter days I actually missed the sun completely) teaching myself to use Resolve from scratch. It paid off as I wound up delivering grading work for the BBC wildlife unit whilst still studying at university! But why was it like that? I still believe I'd be a lot better now if I'd had the right training earlier, all the harder to iron out bad habits when there's no-one around to call you out!
So this course is my attempt to provide that support and that training to as many people as possible, all for the price of a pizza (a heavily discounted pizza if it's a large one). If you want to learn how to finish your film projects to a higher standard then come along as we cover Da Vinci Resolve in Depth in this course!
This course is now in a near-finished state. I have plans for one additional bonus module on HDR grading in the future, but otherwise I will be revisiting all the lectures here as new versions of Resolve are released.
- Anyone who wants to take their film projects to the next level through color grading and high-end finishing
- Anyone who needs to know the workflow of the grade in post production using the industry's most popular solution
A quick overview of the edit panel within Da Vinci Resolve, we're going to be taking our projects into this before we start grading.
What is a "conform?" It's how we take an edit from our choice of NLE (editing program) and take it into resolve with all the editing decisions made intact. We can then grade that timeline and return that to our client.
This is our first real look at the workings of resolve. we're going to take a "Baked Master" File, which is a single video file containing our whole edit, and cut it back up into workable cuts within Resolve using the scene cut detector utility. This is the simplest way to get a project into resolve and a real bread-and-butter workflow for anyone working on shorts or corporate video that has been shot on the likes of an ARRI Alexa/Amira, a Sony FS7/700 or any DSLR.
The first step of a slightly involved process. We're going to bring a timeline into Resolve, intact and still referencing the original rush files our editors worked with. This is the essential Workflow for anything captured in any RAW format or any high-end project as well as longer form projects such a serial-length or feature films. Here we take a look at the first step, and the first step is always organization, follow along with the Premiere pro project file provided.
Now we've got the pre-grade out of the way, we're going to prepare our project and bring the footage into resolve. We'll go over how to lead resolve to footage that has moved, this is an essential step if the project has migrated workstations.
Now we're going to go through the edit we've brought into Resolve and proof-check it using the offline reference file we made during the first lecture on the XML roundtrip. We need to be totally sure that what we've got is correct here as we have to send the footage back to our client at the end of the process!
A quick overview of what a primary grade actually is. An adjustment that effects the entire image.
The primary wheels are our most basic and important tools in Resolve. We go through how to make adjustments to the brightness of our image using these simple yet powerful tools.
A quick look at secondary grading tools. Here' we'll start to see how we'll select or "qualify" parts of our image to work on and make highly targeted adjustments to our image.
We've got a shape, now we're going to make it move! We can track windows to significant features on our image and make them follow along. this is very useful for faces in particular. we'll also go over how to manually keyframe a power window and use manual keyframing to fix a partially correct track.
Alpha is a fourth channel that governs transparency, whether or not we can actually see a part of our image. In the context of resolve it allows us to combine qualifications to make highly accurate adjustments to our image, we're going to look at how to do this in this lecture.
Here's the first bit of real work. We've done a simple primary grade but now we've got to finish the job and get this sequence into top shape. We'll use everything we've learned to grade this sequence to a professional standard. Download the demo file from the Dropbox link and follow along!
Now we're going to look at how to deliver a project for upload to the web. We'll start with an overview of the delivery panel, then we'll go through how to get our graded project back to our client in either a single piece or as a new timeline and an XML to finish up our roundtrip.
We're going to look at how to render out multiple timelines from a single project. Useful for when we'e got a series of shorter videos cut form a common pool of rushes or when you've got a single contract with multiple separate videos that can all be exported in rapid succession.
We're going to move onto the first phase of a real grade. We're going to develop a number of looks that our client can feedback on and then we're going to progress with the chosen look. We'll take a look at how to find inspiration and what we might consider when looking through our project and deciding on the direction of a grade.
With the look chosen by our client we'll now go onto the first pass of our grade. We'll use everything we've learned to get a rough approximation of our chosen look on the whole timeline and we'll think about how far to go before presenting the project for feedback. Then we'll prepare to continue with the second pass.
We're right at the finish line! We'll polish off the last few lingering issues with our project and then get it ready for delivery back to the client who will take care of the online edit and final export for their delivery to their choice of web platform.