Color Management Workflow in DaVinci Resolve

    Color Management Workflow in DaVinci Resolve

 

We continue our DaVinci Resolve 17 training with a new high-end course in Color Management Workflow. This is an intermediate course for colorists and visual effects artists taught by our instructor Lee Lanier.

In this training series you will learn to work with both display-referred and scene-referred management including ACES, matching camera profiles with color space transforms and DCTLs, how to set up your projects for multiple color space outputs, everything about RED IPP2 and RAW workflow, how to use the Gamut tool, LUTs, CSTs and OpenColorIO in Fusion, and much more. 

The DaVinci Resolve project files and footage are available for download so that you can easily follow along.

About the instructor

Lee Lanier has created visual effects on numerous features films for Walt Disney Studios and PDI/DreamWorks. Lee is a world-renowned expert in the video effects field, and has written several popular high-end software books, and taught at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists
  • Visual effects artists

Lessons overview

  • Lesson 01: Introduction and terminology
  • Lesson 02: Display vs scene referred
  • Lesson 03: Display referred space and LUTS
  • Lesson 04: Mixing Camera footage in display referred
  • Lesson 05: Matching cameras with an OFX plugin
  • Lesson 06: Color management in Fusion
  • Lesson 07: Using RCM Resolve color management
  • Lesson 08: Working with ACES
  • Lesson 09: RCM and ACES inside fusion
  • Lesson 10: Adding color transforms in resolve
  • Lesson 11: Adding LUTS and using opencolorIO
  • Lesson 12: Switching to RCM wide gamut
  • Lesson 13: New color space aware tools and HDR palette
  • Lesson 14: RCM input and and output DRTS

Software required

A free version of DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve studio

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This is the best course I have seen about color management in Resolve. It's a lot of bits and pieces on other sites but here everything is covered in one class and it's extremely well put together. Thanks Lee and Lowepost for always delivering top quality!

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Very good tutorial - simple and straight to the point. And every bit showed is useful. Definitely making me a lot more confident to try ACES for my next indie feature I'm starting in a few days. I might play around with it and see how it feels, but at least I'm confident that the configuration of the project will be correct and work as expected. Well done guys!

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When working with RCM, what is an appropriate timeline colour space to work in ? Is it better to work in something like an ARR-Log_C format or a REC_709 space. Thanks 

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1 hour ago, Ryan Dean said:

When working with RCM, what is an appropriate timeline colour space to work in ? Is it better to work in something like an ARR-Log_C format or a REC_709 space. Thanks 

The color controls will feel a bit different but it's totally up to you if you prefer to work in the standard range or in one of the others.

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I have been using DaVinci Resolve for more than a decade but these workflows are completely new to me as I have only been working display referred. I think you have managed to make this rather complex topic very easy to understand. Looking forward to dive into both RCM and ACES. 

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