DaVinci Resolve is a video editing, color correction, and visual effects application for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It was designed by Blackmagic Design. In addition, it has an audio postproduction feature which is all included inside of one software. Davinci Resolve has a free version and a studio version ($299). But, the free version is powerful and capable of handling your basic video editing, color grading, and visual effect needs. It is the version I currently use to edit my videos. For more information on the difference between Davinci Resolve’s free and studio versions, check out this video. If you want to learn video editing with DaVinci Resolve, then these two Udemy courses may be right for you. The instructors of these courses will turn you into a professional in knowing Davinci Resolve. Also, you will know how to edit your videos.
Louay Zambarakji is an instructor who has courses in video editing, animation, motion graphics, and visual effects. In Louay’s course, he shows you how to edit and color grade videos. You will learn about the different editing tools inside of Davinci and how to use them. Some of these editing tools are the Selection Mode and the Trim Edit Mode. In addition, Louay shows you the types of editing that can be done with Davinci such as roll edits, slip & slide edits, and extend edits.
Moreover, you will learn how to add transitions to videos and customize them. Also, you will learn how to add different titles to your videos such as text, fusion, and lower 3rd titles. Additionally, Louay teaches you about Davinci’s Color Page and how to work with nodes (like Serial and Parallel nodes). In the color grading and color correction sections, you will learn how to color correct videos by using the color wheel. Furthermore, Louay gives you color grading techniques you can use to enhance your videos.
Matthew Falconer is a freelance colorist, and he has been using DaVinci Resolve for over six years. He has produced things such as music videos, cinema, short films, and more. In addition, Mathew is a Blackmagic Design certified trainer in DaVinci Resolve. In his course Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve: Beginner to Advanced, he shows you how to color grade videos like a professional. The only prerequisite for this course is that you have some knowledge in video editing (which is why I recommended the other course too). Within this course, you’ll develop a workflow for color grading videos. Also, you’ll learn about the primary and secondary grades in DaVinci (which are steps used in the color grading/correction process). Other things Mathew teaches you in his course are intermediate and advanced node trees, color space, and gamma.
Additionally, Mathew provides you with real world projects to work on. These are projects that Mathew has worked on himself and walks you through his process. You’ll get to color grade a music video, a corporate video, and a scene from a film. Furthermore, Mathew teaches you how to build a workstation such as choosing the right processors, graphics cards, monitors, etc. for color grading videos.
By taking these DaVinci Resolve courses, not only will you gain the knowledge of a new software, but you will also gain new skills: video editing and color grading. What you decide to do with these new skills are entirely up to you!
For more course recommendations, check out these 3D Modeling and Blender courses.