Level: Intermediate
Next Class: To be announced

Do you use the Resolve software, but need help with Node structure, grading different cameras, and workflow? If so, this class might be for you. It is ideal for current Resolve users or students who have taken the ICA RG101 or the ‘Introduction to Color Grading in DaVinci Resolve’ course, have taken an online introduction class, or are self-taught. It will give you the confidence to take your grading to the next level.

We cover intermediate techniques using the latest Resolve software that focuses on Colorists who are starting to work with clients for the first time. RG180 also looks at 8bit versus 10bit, 422 versus 444, color space, macro blocking, and general problems that occur during a session.

You Will Learn

  • Start with a complete look at the Resolve, and what tools are great for the colorist?
  • Dailies including sound sync, watermarks, and burnt-in text for editors.
  • Use the Clone and Media Management tools.
  • Grade a look for editing from the 4K RAW camera files.
  • Render 1920×1080 ProRes or DNxHD for editing, compressed H264 for the clients, and DPX or EXR for the VFX team.
  • How to export correctly from a Resolve RAW timeline for editing in Avid/FCP/Premiere.
  • Conform the finished cut in Resolve using the XML, and what to do if it’s not correct.
  • Bring in audio WAV files and compare the conform with the offline reference movie.
  • Swap to the RAW camera files.
  • Using the Media Management tool to copy just the media you need from the clients HDD.
  • Grade a complete project using advanced techniques on supplied material that you can take away.
  • Complete Primary controls. Lift Gamma Gain, Offset, Curves, and LOG grading, and when to use each tool.
  • 8bit versus 10bit? ProRes or DNxHD?
  • Color spaces and 4K-8K larger resolutions explained.
  • “Conform versus Bake”: What are the pros and cons of each workflow?
  • Grading dissolves and wipes in a baked timeline.
  • How to animate shapes and framing with the key-framing tools.
  • Secondary grading, including the 3D keyer and Hue Curves.
  • Tracking controls, including the FX and Point Tracker.
  • Total Nodes and when to use each type including the Shared Node.
  • Physically add grain and scratches from supplied ICA media.
  • External mattes: How do they help us?
  • NR: we look at the different types.
  • Creating multiple timelines.


Warren Eagles, co-founder of the International Colorist Academy

All ICA instructors have at least five years experience in the industry. They are working colorists, editors, and VFX artists.

Certificates & Materials

All students receive a Media ASYLUM/ICA Certificate, selected media, and PDF tutorials.