DaVinci Resolve: Color Correction | BAVC
Video and Audio Postproduction

DaVinci Resolve: Color Correction

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Note: This class uses PC computers This two-day class introduces students to the powerful color correction tools in Davinci Resolve Lite. The class focuses on color correction and color correction workflows for finishing films.

Topics covered:

Part 1 - Color Correcting a DaVinci Resolve Timeline

Balancing Footage

  • Opening a Resolve archive
  • Setting up project backups
  • Maximizing the Dynamic Range
  • Understanding the grading worksflow
  • Setting tonal range and contrast
  • Balancing colors
  • Understanding Log controls and Primary Wheels
  • Exploring a color managed Workflow

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

Correcting and Enhancing Isolated Areas

  • Controlling the viewer’s eye
  • Sharpening key elements
  • Tracking obscured objects
  • Fixing overcast skies

Part 2 - Managing Nodes and Grades

Conforming from an XML Timeline

  • Importing an XML timeline
  • Syncing an offline reference
  • Conforming a timeline
  • Associating HQ footage with a timeline for online workflows

Mastering the Node Pipeline

  • Understanding node-based compositing
  • Understanding the importance of node order
  • Creating separate processing pipelines with a Parallel Mixer node

Managing Grades Across Clips and Timelines

  • 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

Part 3 - Optimizing the Grading Workflow

Adjusting Image Properties

  • Preparing media using scene cut detection
  • Understanding timeline resolutions and sizing palette modes
  • Using keyframing
  • Applying noise reduction
  • Optimizing performance with render cache

Using Groups in the Grading Workflow

  • Creating a group
  • Applying base grades at pre-clip group level
  • Making clip-specific adjustments at the clip group level
  • Creating a unifying look using the Post-Clip Group Level
  • Applying timeline level grades

Setting up RAW Projects

  • Adjusting RAW settings at the project level
  • Adjusting RAW settings at the clip level
  • Color correcting with RAW through Resolve color management
  • 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

Interface Review

  • Color page layout
  • Primaries wheels
  • Viewer Paletter panel
Required Pre-requisites