Conforming in DaVinci Resolve

    Conforming in DaVinci Resolve



This is the ultimate course for editors and conform artists who want to learn everything about conforming inside of DaVinci Resolve! 

With 22 lessons and almost 5 hours of in-depth DaVinci Resolve training, Kevin McAuliffe will take you through every step and technical detail of the process from conforming media to mastering the final picture.

About the instructor

Kevin is an award winning editor and visual effects creator based in Toronto with over 15 years of teaching and training experience. Over the past years Kevin has delivered world-class work for clients such as Warner Bros, Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Elevation Pictures.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Editors
  • Conform Artists
  • Colorists

Lessons overview (subject to change)

  • Lesson 01: Getting started with the conform process
  • Lesson 02: Sending a Media Composer timeline to DaVinci Resolve
  • Lesson 03: Sending a Premiere Pro timeline to DaVinci Resolve
  • Lesson 04: Sending a Final Cut X timeline to DaVinci Resolve Resolve
  • Lesson 05: Creating Dailies in DaVinci Resolve
  • Lesson 06: Linking proxies to high resolution material
  • Lesson 07: Working with different timeline aspect ratios
  • Lesson 08: Working with anamorphic footage
  • Lesson 09: Importing flattened video and pre-conformed timelines
  • Lesson 10: Working with offline reference clips
  • Lesson 11: Technical LUTs basics
  • Lesson 12: Working with optimized media
  • Lesson 13: Dealing with offline media and conform issues
  • Lesson 14: Understanding matte workflows
  • Lesson 15: Working with alpha channels
  • Lesson 16: Sending a DaVinci Resolve timeline back to Avid
  • Lesson 17: Sending a DaVinci Resolve timeline back to Premiere
  • Lesson 18: Sending a DaVinci Resolve timeline back to Final Cut X
  • Lesson 19: Outputting the timeline for delivery
  • Lesson 20: Understanding codecs
  • Lesson 21: Review and approval
  • Lesson 22: Moving and archiving projects

Software required

A free version of DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve Studio. Avid. Premiere and Final Cut X are used in some of the lessons.

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In lesson 2, Kevin mentioned in passing that you have to export an AAF from Avid with both audio and video if you're working above HD (ie 3840x2160).

Can anyone expand on this, and why it's necessary even if you're just interested in the video?

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Great tutorial! Can't wait to see a workflow with Premiere. It has given me a lot of headaches to get things ok in Resolve, specially when there is a retimed or a clip with a different frame rate in the timeline.

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Thanks for this great work Kevin. One note: in lesson 2 sending a premiere project to Davinci Resolve you skipped over sending audio from premiere to resolve and said to just render out a steep mixdown. This is generally always my workflow when grading, but given the Fairlight integration it would be useful to know how to get a working audio timeline into resolve as this is generally the thing that messes up.

would have also liked some discussion around retiming and speed ramp issues as well as the difference between the types of effects transferable over aafs and xmls. 

Thanks for all your hard work!

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Hi Kevin,

I have a question about conforming from Resolve. As I wrote before, conforming timelines with retimed clips (even when the retiming was just a 50p clip in a 25p timeline) has been given me very mixed results, with lots of clips starting at the wrong timecode. I was using xml though... Perhaps that is the big difference?

Thanks for the good work!

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Overlaying a clip to match instead off a reference clip... what I foud out years a ago is to make the reference footge 50% transparant and invert it... you directly see the match which is completely grey... what is not matching will be embossed.

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37 minutes ago, Frits Jan Smit said:

Overlaying a clip to match instead off a reference clip... 

Different techniques in different lessons. If you watch the offline reference lesson you see that he use the reference clip to overlay instead of stacking and blending the clip on the timeline.

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Thank you guys, this course has been really helpful beyond my imaginations. Resolve continues to surprise me all the time. It's feature rich, but the features are all with great purpose to get you from start to finish. 

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