I put together a free DaVinci Resolve Tutorial, to get as many filmmakers as possible to get started using Resolve. Not only is this amazing software the world’s most powerful coloring environment, but it’s also a capable (and free) NLE.
With such advanced coloring tools, Resolve can feel intimidating at first.
In this free DaVinci Resolve training, you’ll learn the basics of Resolve, in less than 30 minutes.
What’s Covered In This DaVinci Resolve Tutorial
When I was creating this DaVinci Resolve tutorial, I really wanted it to be the EASIEST Resolve tutorial. I wanted beginners, who have no prior knowledge in Resolve or even color grading, to really understand the interface and the powerful coloring tools that this amazing software has to offer. Here’s a breakdown of what we’ll cover in this tutorial.
1. DaVinci Resolve’s Interface
DaVinci Resolve is the leading coloring platform in the industry. With such powerful tools, the software can be intimidating to filmmakers who are not used to its interface. In this section of the training, I’ll walk you through Resolve’s interface.
If you haven’t downloaded Resolve yet, head over to Blackmagic Design’s website to download the free version.
Basically, the interface is divided into the following 4 main tabs:
- Media Tab: This is where you import the footage and add meta data to create smart bins. Smart bins allow you to have the same file in multiple folders, without having to create multiple copies of the same file.
- Edit Tab: Here’s where you manage your timeline and edit your footage. Here, you can create your edits and view your smart bins that were created in the media tab. Also, you can add multiple effects, transitions, multi-cam edits and keyframes to tell your story.
- Color Tab: This is where you do your color correction, color grading and finishing.It’s divided into these 7 sections:
- Viewer: This is where you see the particular clip you’re working on at the moment.
- Gallery: Here you can save still frames for reference. And these frames can include node structures.
- Node Editor: This is where you build your node structures. Every node saves the color adjustments performed on the image through any of the color controls. It then sends it’s output, to the input of the following node.
- Timeline: The content in the timeline here, is identical to the content of the timeline in the Edit tab. The only difference is that each clip in the Color tab timeline has the same size, whereas in the Edit tab the size of the clip represents its length.
- Left Palette: Here’s where you’ll find the Camera Raw, Color Match, Color Wheels, RGB Mixer and Motion Effects tabs.
- Center Palette: This includes Curves, Qualifiers, Power Windows, Tracker, Blur, Key, Sterioscopic 3D, Data Burn-In
- Keyframe Editor: This is where you change your color over time.
- Deliver Tab: Here’s where you render your projects.
2. The Three Main Ranges
In this part of the DaVinci Resolve tutorial, we’ll talk about shadows, midtones and highlights.
If you’ve been confused by nodes and you’re not sure how to use them, this section is for you. I’ll explain what nodes are, and why and how we use them. I also demonstrate how to use a serial and a parallel node in Resolve, and how they affect the final output.
4. The Outside Node
This type of node basically includes everything that’s not being selected in the node right before it. In the tutorial, I show an example that clarifies how this node works and why we use it.
5. Primaries vs. LOG Wheels
In this part of the video tutorial, I’ll explain what are Primaries and LOG controls, and how they are different from one another. If you want a simplified explanation of Raw and LOG profiles, check out this blog post.
6. RGB Curves
DaVinci Resolve has 6 types of curves. The reason we use curves, even though we can adjust using curves, is because it’s more precise.
The most popular type of curve is the RGB. and it’s important to understand how it works.
7. The Key Tab
It allows you to dial your look down. So that your grade remains the same, it’s just more subtle.
8. Color Grading Sample
In this section of the Resolve tutorial, I’ll color grade a clip from start to finish.
Don’t forget to head to FilmSimplified.com to sign up for this free DaVinci Resolve Tutorial, and get your free practice footage and free LUTs!