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Colour Grading with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

Colour Grading with Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

London College of Communication
Taught by
Kenny Macleod, A respected industry expert


Learn to use DaVinci Resolve, the Hollywood-standard programme for colour grading, to enhance and alter your video footage. This course gives you a solid grounding in the use of the software, providing the perfect platform from which to develop towards grading colour for features, documentaries, music videos and more.

With video demand increasing, colour grading is rapidly becoming a highly requested skill and mastering the industry standard programme can make the difference when applying for a job.
This involving and hands on course is taught through demonstrations and practical exercises allowing you to become familiar with the user interface.

Topics Covered

Day 1 

  • Projects and Archives
  • Importing Media / Interface and Tools 
  • Analysing Footage / Scopes 
  • Primary Grading
  • Balancing a Scene

Day 2

  • Secondary Grading: Masks and Qualifiers 
  • Tracking, Animating and Stabilising 
  • Colour Grading LOG Footage / Creative Looks 
  • Round-tripping and Da Vinci Resolve Studio features 

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Walk-through the software interface with familiarity
  • Feel confident in using the node-based workflow
  • Analyse contrast and colour balance of video content
  • Perform primary and secondary colour grading
  • A basic understanding of grading LOG and RAW footage
  • Colour grade a round-trip project from Adobe Premiere Pro

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal if you wish to progress your career within film or television post-production by adding colour grading with DaVinci Resolve to your skills' portfolio. It is also suitable if you are an independent filmmaker who wants to colour grade your own material and take your skills to the next level. You will also find the course useful if you use video for marketing campaigns, crowdfunding or journalism.

Intermediate: You should be able to use a computer comfortably, but do not need any previous experience of using DaVinci software. You should have some previous editing experience.

Follow up Courses
After you have completed this course you may want to extend your skills in other areas of filmmaking with Documentary Storytelling or Adobe After Effects and Animation: Beginners.

Customised Training
We also offer bespoke colour grading courses for groups, individuals and businesses. To find out more, visit our Customised Training page.

Tutor Description

Kenny MacLeod is particularly interested in how the creative immediacy of the hand drawn design image can be translated into clear, crisp and elegant vector graphics, from technical drawings to editorial illustration, as well as digital surface textile design, pattern, printing and engineered print. As a tutor since 2005 he has taught Illustrator for fashion as short courses and as bespoke training to companies such as New Look and Debenhams. This drew on his experience as Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion from 2004 to 2010 teaching digital illustration and moving image on the BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration course. A fellow of the Higher Education Academy he gained his PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in Art & Design in 2009 and more recently completed his Masters in Postproduction at the Media School, Bournemouth University in 2014. Originally having studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, London and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, his work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad including commissions for Bloomberg SPACE, ‘When Drawing and Photography Meet Fashion’ at LCF, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and is held in the collections of the Arts Council England, British Council, Rijksakademie Amsterdam and The Wonderful Fund, London.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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