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5 star rating

JOSEPH TELLO

5 star rating

Module 1

Robbin Holmes

I think that module one was great it definitely showed me alot of things that I didnt even know i could do but it was an eye opener to see all the tricks and...

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I think that module one was great it definitely showed me alot of things that I didnt even know i could do but it was an eye opener to see all the tricks and tools.

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Module 3

Sinan Mattar

It was so helpfull in terms of how to grade in a right track of work to get the best result from your footage.

It was so helpfull in terms of how to grade in a right track of work to get the best result from your footage.

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CGC Academy for Resolve

Charles Elmore

Great course! Denver's lighthearted and easy-going approach made taking this course much easier to digest. My confidence in my color grading skills has never...

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Great course! Denver's lighthearted and easy-going approach made taking this course much easier to digest. My confidence in my color grading skills has never been higher.

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Absolutely worth the money

Dipak Mistry

Every single concepts explained nicely. Also, the explanation of why something is done in particular way helps a lot to master the concept. If you follow alo...

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Every single concepts explained nicely. Also, the explanation of why something is done in particular way helps a lot to master the concept. If you follow along with exercise files, nothing in the world can stop you from becoming expert/pro colorist. Denver is highly knowledgeable and he really mastered both theory as well as practical. His explanation style is really good for variety of audience whether it's absolute beginners, intermediate or experienced colorist. His voice is crisp and clear and editing as well as breakdown of the concept is phenomenal. Overall, I'm extremely happy with the course I can say for sure that I've learned a lot from the course. Now I know before hand what wheels of sliders to move to get the expected results. No nonsense content absolutely to the point. Absolute value for money. Thank you.

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Jose Rivera

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Incredibly Detailed, clear and useful

Craig Ouellette

WOW! Thank you Denver for putting together such a detailed course, that is clear and easy to understand. You have done what you claimed, which was to demyst...

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WOW! Thank you Denver for putting together such a detailed course, that is clear and easy to understand. You have done what you claimed, which was to demystify color grading and turn it into a useful, powerful tool that I can use on my own projects and anything I am hired to do. It has taken quite a bit of time, as you have given so many great tutorials, but I know it is time well spent. I am constantly amazed with what Resolve can do and thank you again for helping me to harness the power of this filmmaking tool!

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COLOR GRADING MADE EASY!

ELAINE A SILVA

Denver has really been able to translate complex stuff into something fun to learn! Now I know it's possible to master the skills for becoming an outstanding...

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Denver has really been able to translate complex stuff into something fun to learn! Now I know it's possible to master the skills for becoming an outstanding colorist! Thanks Denver!

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very useful

Fatima Faidallah

I spent a lot of time looking for these information and they're based on Denver's experience which is incredible.

I spent a lot of time looking for these information and they're based on Denver's experience which is incredible.

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5 star rating

Module 4

Jl Bolden

Good Stuff in all of the Modules, Especially Module 4 that gives much needed theory behind the what's and why's of Colors. There are also several refences to...

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Good Stuff in all of the Modules, Especially Module 4 that gives much needed theory behind the what's and why's of Colors. There are also several refences to books of note that need to be added to every colorist Library.

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5 star rating

Great!

Julio Vidarte

It is definitely a great course. It is very detailed and with very good visual references. A great starting point for a career as a colorist. Julio ...

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It is definitely a great course. It is very detailed and with very good visual references. A great starting point for a career as a colorist. Julio Vidarte

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5 star rating

Great Course

Gerard Charleza

I tinkered with Resolve for few years. Most of my knowledge was acquired on YouTube and was pretty fragmented. This helped me to connect the dots and conside...

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I tinkered with Resolve for few years. Most of my knowledge was acquired on YouTube and was pretty fragmented. This helped me to connect the dots and considerably advanced my understanding of processes behind color grading.

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Eva Borkhuis

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Amazing!

Latchman Balkaran

Super amazing training!

Super amazing training!

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5 star rating

Excellent excellent

Ramon Bannister

This is an invaluable tutorial for those who want to reach the next level in video or film editing. You'll often want to pause the video to do what Denver sh...

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This is an invaluable tutorial for those who want to reach the next level in video or film editing. You'll often want to pause the video to do what Denver shows us. It's also easier with a double monitor setup so you don't have to minimize 1 window - you can just mouse over to the next screen. Surprising videos I did not expect but which add tons of value to this series are: Setting up a studio for accurate color grading; Color theory and how it applies to film; Various "looks" of famous films and how to create them. In Module 3, there's an intense section at the end where you go through a project from start to finish - this is a good example of the process you should go through.

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Module 2 review

Paul Fletcher

Love it, Although I need to do a fair bit of practice, this is beginning to make sense and already my edits are looking better

Love it, Although I need to do a fair bit of practice, this is beginning to make sense and already my edits are looking better

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5 star rating

Excellent Breakdown

Ven Scott

Definitely well worth the money just on cutting through youtuber training videos that 'assume' a certain level of experience or understanding. Looking forwar...

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Definitely well worth the money just on cutting through youtuber training videos that 'assume' a certain level of experience or understanding. Looking forward to Module 2!

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5 star rating

Module 1

Islam Faham

It was really helpful at this level .. Thanks man! moving to the next one ;)

It was really helpful at this level .. Thanks man! moving to the next one ;)

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Bernard Gray

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Fantastic!!!

Jack Wright

Thanks so much Denver for such a great course. Having had little to no real experience using Davinci Resolve or even technical grading knowledge, your academ...

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Thanks so much Denver for such a great course. Having had little to no real experience using Davinci Resolve or even technical grading knowledge, your academy has taught me all the ins and outs and now I feel as though I have what it takes to be able to grade footage professionally. Will highly recommend!!

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Course Description

Are you a filmmaker looking to improve your color grading either as a professional freelancer or small business owner? You know how important color grading is to the final product and in helping you ‘stand out’ from your competitors. That’s why we have designed a 4 week training school specifically for you that is a step-by-step guide to understanding the art and theory of color grading so you can tell better stories. Our objective is to help you improve your color grading so you can elevate your production style leading to more clients and better paying opportunities.


HOW YOU'LL ADVANCE YOUR COLOR SKILLS

  • Follow step-by-step color correction and grading instruction plus mentoring*
  • Follow a proper grading workflow
  • Learn how to match multiple cameras and shots in a scene
  • Learn strategies to help you work more quickly and efficiently
  • Learn how to get proper and natural looking skin tones
  • Learn in depth color theory so you can create "looks" that aid the story
  • Learn how to create looks that imitate popular feature films
  • You'll receive certificate of completion upon completing the school

* Mentoring provided through private FB group

(SCROLL DOWN TO SEE COURSE CURRICULUM)

What people are saying about the school:
“It’s no understatement to say that your online course has provided me with some essential new skills – skills that I have been craving for years really without knowing it – and the benefits will be show up in my work. Many thanks and best of luck with everything.” Boris Jänsch, Baci Films Ltd, U.K.


“[Your tutorials] are amazingly good. The presentation is clear, to the point and well thought out. I especially liked how you emphasized on the basics and workflow. That gives me a firm foundation and a clear roadmap of what needs to be done. Kudos to you for putting it up online…” Imran Saleh, Singapore


“What [Denver Riddle] has done with his tutorials is make color grading no longer too daunting, and no longer an after thought that people like myself could one day really venture into. His [tutorials] are amazing, and for me personally these have really helped me think about what potential stories I can tell, and how color will enhance the mood and feel of the story I am trying to convey.” Cecil Bonifacio, San Francisco, California


“You’ve been a fantastic teacher,… all your video’s on color grading central have helped me understand color grading and color correction in a much better way.” Ben Munro, Australia


“Thanks for such a great resource, Denver. I was awash in a sea of useless/no information online until I landed on your site. I wouldn’t say that I’m an expert at grading because of the tutorials you offer, but they definitely gave me the confidence and competence to know what’s involved and navigate my way around.” Noah Witchell, Omaha, Nebraska


“Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with us. Many people know a rare thing but very few reveal it.” Mazhar Shaik, Hyderabad, India

“[When] I discovered Color Grading Central, I was very impressed because for the first time, a colorist shared his working method to the world. And the results were great!” Lamberto Lamberti, Italy

Colorist

Denver Riddle

Hi I’m Denver. Yeah I know like the city and no I wasn’t born or conceived there :P In high school I borrowed my grandmother’s digital camcorder (the first "MiniDV" camera to the market which technically belonged to the university where she taught) and made extreme sports videos with my friends… luckily we returned it in one piece… She still doesn’t know what exactly I was using it for, shhh our little secret ;)From that moment forward I knew that I was destined to create things with video to either capture experiences or tell powerful stories. When I discovered color grading I felt like it was a powerful extension of what I was capturing on camera. A way to enhance the story and one of the keys to making it look like a big Hollywood production.And so I decided to pursue a career as a colorist but quickly found there weren’t many resources or many people willing to help. It seemed like it was some sort of elitist club where you had pay your dues as an ‘assistant’ for a decade before you got a crack at the big fancy control surface.Well the good news is that isn’t the only way to do it and I did NOT do it that way. I learned that armed with the right techniques and some practice it can really go a long ways and where it took me years to discover some of the techniques you can start learning them today!I’ve had the pleasure of working with various clients and fortune 500 companies, from national commercial spots to feature films, from the U.S. Ski Team to Facebook and Instagram. I've been able to help thousands enjoy what I love and you can trust my experience and my commitment to hold nothing back.Do something great today and create what you love!

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome Start Here First

    • READ ME FIRST

    • READ ME NEXT: RAW FOOTAGE

  • 2

    Module 1

    • 17DR101 Database Setup and Project Manager

    • 17DR102 Preferences and Project Settings

    • 17DR103 Interface Introduction

    • 17DR104 Media Page

    • 17DR105A Cut Page

    • 17DR105B Edit Page

    • 17DR106 Edit Tools Part 1

    • 17DR107 Edit Tools part 2

    • 17DR108A Fusion Page

    • 17DR108B Color Page

    • 17DR109 Fairlight

    • 17DR110 Deliver Page

    • 17DR111 Gallery Page

    • 17DR112 Conforming Introduction

    • 17DR113 Conforming with an XML

    • 17DR114 Conforming with an EDL

    • Scene Cut Detection Exercise File

    • 17DR116 Scene Cut Detection

    • 17DR117 Fixing Scene Cut Detection Errors

    • 17DR118 Round Tripping Part 1

    • 17DR119 Round Tripping Part 2

    • 17DR120 Resolving Conform Issues

    • Download Scopes Introduction Exercise Files

    • 17DR121 Introduction to Video Scopes

    • Download Waveform Scope Exercise Files

    • 17DR122 Waveform Scope

    • Download RGB Parade Exercise Files

    • 17DR123 RGB Parade

    • Download Vectorscope Exercise Files

    • 17DR124 Vectorscope

    • Download Histogram Exercise Files

    • 17DR125 Histogram

    • 17DR125B CIE Chromaticity

    • 17DR126 Color Grading Workflow

    • Download Setting Exposure Exercise Files

    • 17DR127 Setting Exposure

    • Download Color Balancing Exercise Files

    • 17DR128 Color Balancing

    • Color Balancing with Color Overlay Waveform Exercise Files

    • 17DR129 Color Balancing with the RGB Overlay Waveform

    • Download Broadcast Safe Exercise Files

    • 17DR130 Broadcast Safe

    • 17DR131 Using LUTs Overview

    • 17DR132 Technical LUTs

    • Download Using LUTs for Speed Exercise Files

    • 17DR132B Using LUTs for Speed

    • Download Using Creative LUTs Exercise Files

    • 17DR133 Using Creatinve LUTs

    • 17DR133B Resolve Color Management

    • 17DR133C ACES Color Management

    • 17DR133D Understanding Gamut

    • 17DR133E Why Does My Output Look Bad?

    • Download Log Grading Exercise Files

    • 17DR134 Log Grading

    • Download Working with RED Exercise Files

    • 17DR135 Working with RED

    • Download Working with Blackmagic RAW Exercise Files

    • 17DR136 Working with BlackMagic RAW

    • DR137 HDR Palette Exercise Files

    • 17DR137 Working with the hdr palette

    • Questions and Comments about Module 1

  • 3

    Module 2

    • Working with Serial Nodes - Exercise Files

    • 17DR201 Working with Serial Nodes

    • Working with Parallel Nodes - Exercise Files

    • 17DR202 Working with Parallel Nodes

    • Working with Layer Mixers - Exercise Files

    • 17DR203 Working with Layer Mixers

    • DR204 Exercise File

    • 17DR204 Working with Key Mixers

    • Power Windows - Exercise Files

    • 17DR205 Power Windows

    • Exploring the 3D Tracker - Exercise Files

    • 17DR206A Exploring the 3D Tracker

    • Fine Tuning the Tracker Exercise Files

    • 17DR206B Fine Tuning the Tracker

    • Stabilizing with the Tracker - Exercise Files

    • 17DR206C Stabilizing with the Tracker

    • Advanced Cleanup with Power Windows - Exercise Files

    • 17DR207 Advanced Cleanup with Power Windows

    • HSL Qualifier - Exercise Files

    • 17DR208 HSL Qualifier

    • HSL Qualifier Advanced - Exercise Files

    • 17DR209 HSL Qualifier (Advanced)

    • Hue Curves - Exercise Files

    • 17DR210 Hue Curves

    • DR210B Color Warper Exercise Files

    • 17DR210B Color Warper

    • DR210C Magic Mask Exercise Files

    • 17DR210C Magic Mask

    • DR211 Keyframes Editor - Exercise Files

    • 17DR211 Keyframes Editor

    • 17DR212 Soft Clip Tools

    • Keeping Nodes Organized - Exercise Files

    • 17DR213 Keeping nodes organized

    • Grading White Limbo - Exercise Files

    • 17DR214 Grading White Limbo

    • HDR Grading Technique - Exercise Files

    • 17DR215 HDR Grading Technique

    • Raccoon Eyes - Exercise Files

    • 17DR216 Raccoon Eyes and Eye Retouching

    • Sky Replacement - Exercise Files

    • 17DR217 Sky Replacement

    • Noise Reduction - Exercise Files

    • 17DR218 Noise Reduction

    • Noise Reduction with Splitter/Combiner Nodes - Exercise Files

    • 17DR218B Noise Reduction with Splitter Combiner

    • Overlaying Effects - Exercise Files

    • 17DR219 Overlaying Effects

    • Working with OpenFX - Exercise Files

    • 17DR220 Working with OpenFX

    • 17DR221 Intro to Ideal Skin Tones

    • Correcting Skin Tones - Exercise Files

    • 17DR222 Correcting Skin Tones

    • Correcting Darker Skin Tones - Exercise Files

    • 17DR223 Correcting Darker Skin Tones

    • DR224 Exercise Files

    • 17DR224 Correcting Lighter Skin Tones

    • DR224B Correcting with a Variety of Skin Tones Exercise Files

    • 17DR224B Correcting Scenes with a variety of skin tones

    • Preserving Skin Tones with Parallel Nodes - Exercise Files

    • 17DR225 Recovering Skin Tones with Parallel Nodes

    • Recover Blown Out Skin Tones - Exercise File

    • 17DR226 Recovering Blown Out Skin Tones

    • Questions and Comments about Module 2

  • 4

    Module 3

    • 17DR301A Working with Remote Local Grades

    • 17DR301B Working with Shared Nodes

    • 17DR302 Working with Groups Part 1

    • 17DR302B Working with Groups Part 2

    • 17DR303 Using Gallery Stills

    • 17DR304 Choosing a Hero Shot

    • Automated Grading Features - Exercise Files

    • 17DR305 Automated Grading Features

    • 17DR306 Exploring Different Viewer Modes

    • Using The Lightbox View - Exercise Files

    • 17DR307 Using the Lightbox View

    • Matching Using the Split-Screen View - Exercise Files

    • 17DR308 Matching Using the Split-Screen View

    • Shot to Shot Matching - Exercise Files

    • 17DR309 Shot to Shot Matching

    • Shot to Shot Matching Advanced - Exercise Files

    • 17DR310 Shot to Shot Matching Advanced

    • DR311 Exercise Files Part 1

    • DR311 Exercise Files Part 2

    • 17DR311 Grading Multicam

    • Grading Multicam Advanced - Exercise Files

    • 17DR312 Grading Multicam Advanced

    • Masterclass - Exercise Files

    • 17DR313A Masterclass Basic Color Correction

    • 17DR313B Part 2 Shot to Shot Matching

    • 17DR313C Part 3 Grouping

    • 17DR313D Part 4 Look Building Introduction

    • Questions and Comments about Module 3

  • 5

    Module 4

    • 17DR401 What is the Goal

    • Creating Mood - Exercise Files

    • 17DR402 Creating Mood

    • Suggesting Time of Day - Exercise Files

    • 17DR403 Suggesting Time of Day

    • Contextual (Location Based) Looks - Exercise Files

    • 17DR404 Contextual Looks

    • Dialing Looks to Taste - Exercise Files

    • 17DR405 Dialing Looks to Taste

    • Creating Looks Around Skin Tones - Exercise Files

    • 17DR406 Creaing Looks Around Skin Tones

    • 17DR407 Contrasts of Color Introduction

    • Contrast of Light and Dark - Exercise Files

    • 17DR408 Contrast of Light and Dark

    • Complementary Contrast/Warm-Cool Contrast - Exercise Files

    • 17DR409 Complementary Contrast

    • Contrast of Saturation - Exercise Files

    • 17DR410 Contrast of Saturation

    • Contrast of Hue - Exercise Files

    • 17DR411 Contrast of Hue

    • 17DR412 Memory Colors and What Colors Mean

    • 17DR413 Color Schemes and Harmonies

    • Creating Looks Based on Color Scheme - Exercise Files

    • 17DR414 Creating Looks Based on Color Scheme

    • Bleach Bypass - Exercise Files

    • 17DR415 Bleach Bypass

    • B&W Look - Exercise Files

    • 17DR416 B&W Look

    • Day for Night Look - Exercise Files

    • 17DR417 Day for Night

    • Cross Process Look - Exercise Files

    • 17DR418 Cross Process Look

    • Vintage Looks - Exercise Files

    • 17DR419 Vintage Looks

    • Cosmetic Look - Exercise Files

    • 17DR420 Cosmetic Look

    • Orange/Teal - Exercise Files

    • 17DR421 Orange Teal

    • Wes Anderson Look - Exercise Files

    • 17DR422 Wes Anderson Look

    • Questions and Comments about Module 4

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