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RG201 Virtual: Advanced Resolve Techniques
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RG201 Virtual: Advanced Resolve Techniques

This course will give you a general look at color correction as well as DaVinci Resolve specifically.


***PLEASE NOTE: This virtual training session will take place in the PACIFIC TIME ZONE.***

Ideal for current Resolve Colorists with at least a year’s experience or students who have taken a previous ICA class. We cover advanced techniques using the latest Resolve software. Focused on Colorists who are grading Feature Films, Commercials, Documentaries and TV Drama.

A variety of different ICA media formats will be used and the emphasis will always be on grading a sequence rather than individual clips.

The ICA media used comes from a variety of different cameras, and is not always beautifully shot so more like the footage and challenges we face everyday as a colorist.

ICA virtual classes are capped at Eight people with each student getting a media download link 7 days before the class starts. Students are encouraged to share their own material so they can get individual feedback from Warren. 

This class is designed around a number of small sequences. We will work through the timelines from start to finish considering the best strategies to get the job finished efficiently. The student can keep all the ICA media, the lessons, projects and the screen recordings. Making it a great way to continue your learning long after the class has finished.


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What will you learn?

  • Start with a complete look at the latest version of Resolve, what are the new advanced tools. Why should you use them?
  • Grading RAW files inc BRAW, RED IPP2, Drone in D-LOG.
  • Where do we start the grade, how do we approach the session?
  • What do clients expect from you?
  • Complete refresh of Primary controls using an edited sequence. Lift Gamma Gain, Offset, Curves, RGB Mixer, LUM Mix and LOG grading. When to use each tool?
  • The Nodes explained including the Layer, Parallel and Shared Nodes.
  • Making a LUT, exporting LUTs and PowerGrade Looks.
  • Grading in ACES v DaVinci Color Managed v Normal YRGB.
  • Conforming issues, how can we fix conform issues.
  • Workflows with Multiple timelines using the Scene Cut detector.
  • Do you ever re-grade a show 6 months later? Use Color Trace to recover your grades.
  • Adding VFX shots and managing bigger projects.
  • Adjusting skin tone with confidence.
  • Doing small VFX in Resolve like a sky replacement, what is expected?
  • External mattes and RGB mattes, how do they help us?
  • Using Blur in a Node to soften a key or external matte.
  • Adding an .SRT subtitle file
  • Advanced Problems, we don’t always get the best footage to work with.
  • NR we look at the different types.
  • HDR and Dolby Vision set up what can we do in Resolve to get ready for HDR?
  • Resolve OFX Plugins for the Colorist.
  • Color Compressor
  • Shift Tilt
  • De-band
  • Face Refinement
  • Soften and Sharpen
  • Color Space Transform
  • Patch replacer
  • Shrink and Grow
  • Aperture diffraction
  • Lens Flares
  • De-flicker


Daily Schedule:
09.00-10.30 Session 1
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Session 2
12.30-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Session 3
14.30-15.30 Happy Hour is optional. Ask questions and review!



Warren has been coloring for 30 years and has been using Resolve since 2005. He co-founded the International Colorist Academy in 2009 and now splits his time between grading and teaching. Warren is based in Brisbane Australia where he owns and operates his own Color grading shop.


Frequently Asked Questions

What equipment will I need?

  1. A laptop or desktop PC or MAC capable of running the latest DaVinci Resolve software.
  2. 2 monitors are preferred but not essential. This means you can have your software on 1 monitor and the instructor on the other.
  3. A headphone set and microphone is essential.
  4. Check that you have a steady reliable Internet connection. 
  5. Ability to download 15GB of training footage. 


How will I get the training footage and supporting documents?  
A week before your class you’ll receive a download link. This will enable you to be confident and comfortable of your set up before the class begins.

Can I keep the training footage after the class?
Yes. Media and any handouts can be used to progress your learning.

Will I get a recording of the class?
Yes. All classes are recorded and distributed as soon as we can. 

Are the ICA virtual classes certified like the classroom?
Yes, you will receive a digital ICA certificate.

Can I still become an ICA member?
Yes, you will be able to get your bio on the ICA website and will have access to discounts from the sponsors and future ICA events.



Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

Great for any current Resolve colorist with at least 1 year experience or previous students who have completed either the ICA Basic or Advanced classes.



All students on this course receive an ICA Virtual Certificate and a screen recording of the class.



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