Learn Colour Grading with DaVinci Resolve

Learning the software is the easy bit and there's a lot of good books and videos out there, but having a veteran telecine colourist at your side as you learn how to "see colour" makes this course unique.


Where is the course?

Melbourne, Australia.

When does the course run?

All year round with weekend bookings available.

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How long is it?

2 x 7 hour days.

How much is it?


How do I book and pay?

Email your dates from the calendar above. I'll send you an invoice for a $200 deposit. The remaining $600 is payable at course completion. Pay by bank transfer.

What's the structure?

It's one-on-one training. You operate the DaVinci panel as we work through the tutorials. The trackballs allow you to "feel" colour and get you up to speed faster.

What's covered?

Everything from basic primary and secondary grading and how to use scopes, through to shot matching and creating stylized looks. We can also cover things like equipment choices and display calibration. As it's one-on-one training we can focus on your specific objectives and work at a pace you're comfortable with.

Who should do it?

Cinematographers and camera assistants, film and video editors, directors and producers, film and media students, multi-media content makers, digital imaging technicians, VFX artists, post-production coordinators and supervisors, web and graphic designers, or anyone who just wants to make better looking images.

What equipment will I learn on?

Choice of Mac or Windows system and DaVinci Micro panel.

Who runs the course?

Tim Farrell has worked as a telecine colourist in Sydney and Mumbai and has been a DaVinci user since 1995.

What's your grading philosophy?

Take your time and really try a lot of different options at the start of a session. Learn to use your scopes! Eyes get tricked easily and also get tired very quickly, so if you can't use scopes you're flying blind. When you're just starting out spend most of your time in the Primary tab. It takes a lot of practice to get the perfect balance, so the more time you spend using lift, gamma and gain, the better! Always look for depth in the frame and try to create imagery that immerses an audience.

What do I need to bring?

Nothing, but feel free to bring some of your own footage. Lunch is provided.

I'm not from Melbourne, where can I stay?

Visitors can stay overnight and I can also do airport pickup and drop. Cost is $100.

Are there student discounts?

Students receive a $100 discount.

What do I take away?

USB Drive of grading sessions and tutorials
Certificate of Achievement
Reference (for students)

Do you have any testimonials?

"I have been to hundreds of telecine sessions throughout my career and thought I knew a reasonable amount about correction. That was until I spent two days with Tim Farrell learning to use DaVinci Resolve." Matt Stewart ACS

Do you do grading work?

Yes. I have just completed grading the feature film Suite for Fleur (view at www.ozflix.tv) and available for short and long form work.

Video Tutorials

Watch these videos to learn about using scopes, log grading and calibration.

Introduction to Video Scopes

Two approaches to Log

Calibration with Calman


I started working as a colorist in 1995 at Frame, Set & Match in Sydney. One of the most memorable projects was all the 35mm and VistaVision rushes transfers for The Matrix sequels. In 2003 I began working in India and during my time at EFX and Famous Studios, I graded TVCs for major brands such as Pepsi, Sony, Colgate, LG, Orange, Revlon, Chevrolet, Monster, Revlon and Tata Indicom as seen in the showreel.




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