DaVinci Resolve 8 Training – My Roadmap

Announcing DaVinci Resolve 8 Training

DaVinci Resolve 8 for Mac was released just a two short weeks ago. And Tao Of Color is deep into development on our MasterClass training! At the end of this post I’ve included the Course Outline for you to check out and comment upon.

If you’re not familiar with my MasterClass training… a reading of the Outline should show how Tao’s training is different than any other training you’ve taken! It’s not quite training… much more like a Mentorship (details to follow as we get closer to launching).

About DaVinci Resolve 8

 

DaVinci Resolve 8 - The Color Tab

DaVinci Resolve 8 - The Color Tab (click to enlarge)

Here’s a quick overview of the new features in Resolve 8 (with the Apple Color’ist in mind):

  • Multi- video track support… with keying operations and external mattes (yes, we’re talking in-context grading of composited elements)
  • Support for Transfer modes
  • FCP Legacy round-trip support
  • More advanced versions of Apple Color’s Hue Curves
  • Stabilization
  • New color science
  • Plus quite a few productivity enhancements for Resolve 7 users
  • And I’m not even including the new Stereoscopic features of this full-featured grading tool. Or the additional 2 pages of new features documented in Resolve’s “What’s New” section of the manual.

What about Apple Color?

As if those new features weren’t enough – Apple has helped push many desktop colorists in the direction of Resolve 8 now that Color has been End Of Life’d.

I’m not suggesting you abandon Color. It still has it’s place:

  • Color is 100% viable for the next few years (which is why I’ll continue to offer the MasterClass training on Final Cut Studio Legacy).
  • Anyone serious about freelancing as a Colorist will want to be conversant on Color – since it’s included with a large chunk of those 2 million copies of Final Cut Studio Legacy installs.
  • Color is also a GREAT gateway into Resolve 8. Especially since all the major features of Apple Color are now in Resolve (minus the Advanced Tab). Everything you learn while working in Color can be transported when you begin to learn Resolve 8.

MasterClass Series: DaVinci Resolve 8

Training & Tutorials

Below is a JPEG pulled from my MindMap of the training. The thing to keep in mind about this training:

  • I’m not reading aloud from the manual – but I go way deeper into the Interface than I did on Color, FCP or Colorista II, since there isn’t (at the time of this posting) any other training out there that teaches you the buttons. And also because the interface is very intimidating and we need to get you un-intimidated.
  • The training is designed as a 6-week course. Why? When talking to students in my Final Cut Studio training – many of them felt overwhelmed since they had total and complete access to everything the moment they joined up – as if an entire 5-course meal was presented to them before they even had their first cocktail.I’m going to reduce the overwhelm factor by breaking this out over 6 weeks. But… for the impatient among you, my weeks are 5 days long… once all the training has been recorded, those 6 weeks get released to you in 30 days.
  • I don’t just teach interface. I share: Best practices, client management, interacting with the Director, balancing images, matching shots, finding emotion, giving your clients choices, taking notes during client review sessions, online delivery, and more!In other words: Weeks 4, 5, and 6 have almost nothing to do with interface and everything to do with… color grading!
  • Take a look at the Jpeg. Click on it to see it full size. Leave comments below.

Are you concerned I’m missing something? Is there something in particular you’d like to see? Now’s the time to tell me! I’ve started recording this past weekend and will continue for the next few weeks. If I think it fits within the scope of this training, I WILL incorporate your suggestions.



JPEG of Resolve 8 Training Mind Map

On the left are individual classes (Orientation, Quick Start, Grade Prep, etc)... moving right are the topics covered in each class. On the far right are the Weeks each class will be released. (Click for Full Size, Leave Comments & Requests Below)

 


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  • Julian

    Looks great! I’m looking into getting Resolve since Color was EOLed, so this would be a great help to getting me familiar with Resolve and everything it can do.

    I did notice that you had a section on nodes. I was wondering if you would include things like what are parallel/serial nodes etc and how you would use them? If you haven’t already thought of that. I’m pretty familiar with nodes but any extra insight is really welcome.

    Thanks.

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    Julian,

    You bet! Nodes will be prominently featured since they are the guts of how we grade in Resolve!

    Parallel / Serial nodes will get extensive coverage, the other Nodes not quite as much – but I’ll show them and the intention behind them.

  • Phil

    Seems like a lot of new stuff to learn, great! I’m also leaving the Apple Color ship for Resolve. I would be interested in learning:
    - to do some basic looks (like some that we get with Magic Bullet)
    - I use now Premiere Pro so I would also be interested in what is the best workflow.
    - A small presentation of some external device to command Resolve (like Tangent wave) 
    - Noise reduction 

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    Phil,

    -Looks creation: Let me think about how to do that with “In Tents”.

    -Premiere Pro Roundtrip: Right now, it’s either an EDL roundtrip or notching out a flat render… I’ll put that in Odd and Ends.

    - Control Surface: I’ll be using the JL Cooper I own. You’ll see quite a bit of it.

    - Noise Reduction: You bet. That’s a great new feature I’ll be covering under Advanced Techniques.

    Thanks for those suggestions!

  • John W. H.

    Thank you for your very interesting and educational blog.  There are not many quality sites on color correction and grading.  This site is a gem for those of us who want to learn this skill.

    I am very sad to see Apple Color go, but as you said, it will still be viable for a couple of years. 

     

  • Phil

    Thanks for your reply.
    One more thing ;-)   maybe a quick overview of what is needed (hardware cards) to have the most pleasant experience with Resolve. What can be done with only a MacBook Pro? Is there some stuff that can’t be rendered? Is there a resolution limit? What can we connect to a MacBook Pro to expend resolve? 
    Resolve Light is coming soon, and I guess that some people will want to learn the program but they won’t know what is needed to start. You could also have a small explanation on how to go from Resolve light to Resolve.
    I’m getting my copy of Resolve tomorrow…

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    John,

    Thanks for your kind words. It’s greatly appreciated.

    Yup – Color isn’t going anywhere for a while.

  • Bueller

    Should be outstanding.  The only thing I would add, and maybe you have included it in your program, just that it’s not apparent is taking an actual project from womb to tomb. That is the way I learn best.

  • Efriesema

    Sounds very interesting.  would like a little more information about cost and expected time required.  i know it’s a case of the more you put in the more you’ll get out but I’ll have to balance this with other commitments and I’ll need at least a rough guess on how many hours a week this will take.  Also and maybe it was just me but your site masterclass.taoofcolor.com seemed to hang up my browser every time I tried to visit it.  I’m just running Windows 7 but it seemed to give my Explorer browser lots of problems. Anyway my email is and I’d appreciate any follow ups on your Resolve 8 class

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    I actually stopped testing against Internet Explorer a few years ago. Too annoying to support. Too many workarounds. I’m not a coder and don’t have the patience when so many other browsers seem to work just fine. Besides, traditionally, surprisingly little of my traffic comes from Explorer. You’ll find much better luck with Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

    masterclass.taoofcolor.com has full pricing details.

    The class itself is self-paced. It will take as long or as short as you desire to put into it. I’m currently 2/3rds the way through Week 2 content. There’s over 8 hours of Lessons to watch. With 4.3 weeks of content yet to deliver (although much of the heavy feature-set training will be finished by the end of Week 3′s lessons).

    I gotta say… I don’t think I should have named this training the Resolve 8 MasterClass. I should have named it the ‘Resolve 8 Masters Class’. I feel like I’m creating a Masters-level training course! Very extensive. Very deep.

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    I actually stopped testing against Internet Explorer a few years ago. Too annoying to support. Too many workarounds. I’m not a coder and don’t have the patience when so many other browsers seem to work just fine. Besides, traditionally, surprisingly little of my traffic comes from Explorer. You’ll find much better luck with Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.

    masterclass.taoofcolor.com has full pricing details.

    The class itself is self-paced. It will take as long or as short as you desire to put into it. I’m currently 2/3rds the way through Week 2 content. There’s over 8 hours of Lessons to watch. With 4.3 weeks of content yet to deliver (although much of the heavy feature-set training will be finished by the end of Week 3′s lessons).

    I gotta say… I don’t think I should have named this training the Resolve 8 MasterClass. I should have named it the ‘Resolve 8 Masters Class’. I feel like I’m creating a Masters-level training course! Very extensive. Very deep.

  • Stephen McNutt

    Julian,
    I assume that we can work at our own Speed. I will not be able to give the lessons my full attention on a weekly schedule. I also assume we will be receiving weekly downloads that i can place on my Drive to use when I wish.Class sounds great. I’m a Cinematographer and have been using Resolve to reference my Log C footage for the final colorist. I want to be more in depth so I can give him the more or less final look.

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    Stephen,

    Correct. Self-paced. Take as long as you want to complete the training.

    The ‘Weekly’ concept is to minimize the overwhelm factor. Each week has a fair number of videos to download covering different topics. I’ve got the MOVs tagged with iTunes metadata so it all organizes itself as a single podcast within iTunes… if you use that to manage your video library.

  • YH

    Are you still going to do this training?

    Thanks.

  • http://www.taoofcolor.com Patrick Inhofer

    YES!

    It’s just over 50% completed. Full details here:
    http://masterclass.taoofcolor.com

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