Color Grading / Davinci Resolve Resources

For information about my grading services see Colour Correction & Grading (Davinci Resolve).

Color Grading

Colour Grading (sometimes called colour timing) is the process of giving a video a aesthetically pleaseing in look.  This can range from a totally natural look tO highly stylised ones.   It generaly starts by getting the levels (blacks/whites/exposure) correct then moving onto setting the colour (often starting with something similar to colour/white balance).  On a profesional level this involves using a reference monitor (costing thousands or pounds) or a Philips Plasma (which works well and is a lot cheaper but the smalest are 42").   Whatever you use these have to be properly calibrated (generally to Rec.709).   

Balckmagic Davinci Resolve

Resolve is the software of choise for many Film and TV graders.  The full version with Blackmagic Control services is oner £20,000 but there is a free version (with very few restrictions, the main being can only use one GPU, only go up to 2k and does not have noise reduction, basically all you need to indy film & video making). There  is also a £700 full version without the control services and 3rd party control services can be got for around £2000.

 Davinci Resolve  Control Serface  Wave Control Serface

Getting Started

You can try the free tutorials below and they will get you started but if you are serious I would recommend starting with Ripple Trainings Resolve Core Training by Alexis Van Hurkman. Alexis has also written an excellent Colour Correction Handbook.  He is extremely well respected in the grading communities around the world and wrote the Resolve 9 manual.

Classes on Demand have a good set of introduction videos which are a good place to start.  You will have to sign up but it is free,  Go here and create an account to access it.

Colour Grading Central also have some free tutorials.

F Stop Acadamy have 4 introductory videos, alough they show using Resolve with a control service more of what is here is still relevant if you are not using one (alough you may wish to skip the first).



Useful Videos

How to avoid accidental clipping.

 Resolve 9, the differences and how to use Parallel and Layer Nodes

Editors Lounge 2013 Talk on colour Balancing/Grading.
Summer 2013 blockbuster look, blue/teal and neutral/warm skin tones.