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Color Grading with Da Vinci Resolve

The course updates to Resolve version 17 are largely complete.  further updates and re-recorded lectures will be added on a regular basis.

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.

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Subjects Art & Design
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so far

So far, the course is familiarizing me with the tools and UI of Davinci which is helpful before importing my Premiere projects.

So far so good.

Es excelente, pero me demoro con la traducción ya que solo esta en ingles So far the course is easy to understand but it goes into detail when needed to develop a better understanding f colour grading Although I took this course to refresh my knowledge, I like the pacing, the level of detail and the delivery Hi is teaching like a yoda It is a great match and the time is perfect to learn or relearn things you might miss within a day So far, So good.


so well organised and clear Excellent tutor Digestible nuggets, take you through the process bit by bit which helps the overwhelm of a complex programme:) The instructor brought out operations that I was not aware of in DR So far so good.

So far I'm getting the depth of understanding that I've been looking for.

Clear and concise so far Great, clear and quick.

very good colour So far yes!

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easy to follow

He gets into a rhythm that is easy to follow.

The explanations are easy to follow.

So far, it's been very smooth and easy to follow.

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color grading

This is by far the best lecture on Davincy Resolve and Color Grading overall, that I was lucky to participate.

No matter if you're just beginning with Color Grading or already have some background knowledge, Matthew's sure to have some great tips and tricks for you mixed with real life projects.

This is an excellent DaVinci Resolve color grading course for individuals seeking to understand and accomplish professional quality color work.

Another plus of this course are the practical projects Matthew shared, in which you can watch him at work while explaining what he doing over a period of a few hours of color grading.

Just the course I needed to learn color grading.

Also, I haven't seen too many YouTubers that have the same qualifications as the instructor in color grading.

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looking for

Thanks Fast update+more technical explanations for those who are interested - that's what I was looking for.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the course.

Yes this is what I was looking for Very professional lessons!

As I did a couple of other courses about Davinci Resolve for beginners, I was looking for a course to learn some more advanced techniques on this software.

The quantity of information Matthew shares in this course is exactly what I was looking for, as he doesn’t insist too much on very basic info and extend the knowledge into the more advanced area (I was replete by how other instructors are covering only the basic info over a long period of the course, over and over again, which is inefficient for my time and also very boring to watch).

Looking forward to getting into the coloring.

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very informative

I am from India....glad to say this course is very informative...hoping that the author keeps updating the course regularly with real world well spent....extremely happy.

This course is very informative, with working examples and explainations.

I find very informative to see a professional colorist at work, sharing tips and tricks in different scenarios.

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learn from

Though I could learn from this from Davinci Resolve tutorials, but it was brief.

I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn from a real expert.

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with real

Very well structured course with real world examples and insider tips & techniques.

practical projects

I really enjoyed the practical projects.

Moreover, Matthew is willing to bring more practical projects into the course, along with the already two existing ones (I’m hoping for a HDR project someday :) Not necessarily on the negative side but, often because of the Matthew’s high verbal debit, there are some repetitions and funny noises which were probably best muted.

familiar with

IF you are familiar with the terminology of the trade and are quite familiar with editing software.

I do think this class would be great for Intermediate level learners who are familiar with FinalCut or Premiere.


An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

Color Specialist Trainee $35k

Freelance Color Artist $42k

Vice Assistant President Risk Grading Officer $45k

Color data coordinator $56k

Technical Color Specialist $63k

Color Sales Specialist $66k

Color and Chemical Specialist $71k

Senior Color Designer $85k

Senior Risk Grading Officer $87k

Color Tech $95k

Vice Senior President Risk Grading Officer $96k

Color Laser Development Engineer $111k

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Rating 4.5 based on 86 ratings
Length 32.5 total hours
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $20
From Udemy
Instructor Matthew Falconer
Download Videos Only via the Udemy mobile app
Language English
Subjects Art & Design
Tags Photography Video Design Photography & Video

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