Color Grading Academy For DaVinci Resolve by Denver Riddle

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Color Grading Academy For DaVinci Resolve

Making The Grade | taught by Denver Riddle


Denver Riddle

Denver Riddle

About the instructor

Hi I’m Denver. Yeah I know like the city and no I wasn’t born or conceived there 😛 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 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.


  • 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


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


Course Curriculum

Welcome Start Here First




Module 1
  • 16DR101 Database Setup and Project Manager
  • 16DR102 Preferences and Project Settings
  • 16DR103 Interface Introduction
  • 16DR104 Media Page
  • 16DR105A Cut Page
  • 16DR105B Edit Page
  • 16DR106 Edit Tools Part 1
  • 16DR107 Edit Tools part 2
  • 16DR108A Fusion Page
  • 16DR108B Color Page
  • 16DR109 Fairlight
  • 16DR110 Deliver Page
  • 16DR111 Gallery Page
  • 16DR112 Conforming Introduction
  • 16DR113 Conforming with an XML
  • 16DR114 Conforming with an EDL
  • Scene Cut Detection Exercise File
  • 16DR116 Scene Cut Detection
  • 16DR117 Fixing Scene Cut Detection Errors
  • 16DR118 Round Tripping Part 1
  • 16DR119 Round Tripping Part 2
  • 16DR120 Resolving Conform Issues
  • Download Scopes Introduction Exercise Files
  • 16DR121 Scopes Introduction
  • Download Waveform Scope Exercise Files
  • 16DR122 Waveform Scope
  • Download RGB Parade Exercise Files
  • 16DR123 RGB Parade
  • Download Vectorscope Exercise Files
  • 16DR124 Vectorscope
  • Download Histogram Exercise Files
  • 16DR125 Histogram
  • 16DR125B CIE 1931 XY
  • 16DR126 Color Grading Workflow
  • Download Setting Exposure Exercise Files
  • 16DR127 Setting Exposure
  • Download Color Balancing Exercise Files
  • 16DR128 Color Balancing
  • Color Balancing with Color Overlay Waveform Exercise Files
  • 16DR129 Color Balancing with the RGB Overlay Waveform
  • Download Broadcast Safe Exercise Files
  • 16DR130 Broadcast Safe
  • 16DR131 Using LUTs Overview
  • 16DR132 Technical LUTs
  • Download Using LUTs for Speed Exercise Files
  • 16DR132B Using LUTs for Speed
  • Download Using Creative LUTs Exercise Files
  • 16DR133 Using Creative LUTs
  • 16DR133B Resolve Color Management
  • 16DR133C ACES Color Management
  • Download Log Grading Exercise Files
  • 16DR134 Grading LOG Images
  • Download Working with RED Exercise Files
  • 16DR135 Working with RED
  • Download Working with Blackmagic RAW Exercise Files
  • 16DR136 Working with BlackMagic RAW
  • Questions and Comments about Module 1

Module 2

  • Working with Serial Nodes – Exercise Files
  • 16DR201 Working with serial nodes
  • Working with Parallel Nodes – Exercise Files
  • 16DR202 Working with Parallel Nodes
  • Working with Layer Mixers – Exercise Files
  • 16DR203 Working with Layer Mixers
  • DR204 Exercise File
  • 16DR204 Working with Key Mixers
  • Power Windows – Exercise Files
  • 16DR205 Power Windows
  • Exploring the 3D Tracker – Exercise Files
  • 16DR206A Exploring the 3D Tracker
  • Fine Tuning the Tracker Exercise Files
  • 16DR206B Fine Tuning the Tracker
  • Stabilizing with the Tracker – Exercise Files
  • 16DR206C Stabilizing with the Tracker
  • Advanced Cleanup with Power Windows – Exercise Files
  • 16DR207 Advanced Cleanup with Power Windows
  • HSL Qualifier – Exercise Files
  • 16DR208 HSL Qualifier
  • HSL Qualifier Advanced – Exercise Files
  • 16DR209 HSL Qualifier (Advanced)
  • Hue Curves – Exercise Files
  • 16DR210 Hue Curves
  • DR211 Keyframes Editor – Exercise Files
  • 16DR211 Keyframes Editor
  • 16DR212 Soft Clip Tools
  • Keeping Nodes Organized – Exercise Files
  • 16DR213 Keeping nodes organized
  • Grading White Limbo – Exercise Files
  • 16DR214 Grading White Limbo
  • HDR Grading Technique – Exercise Files
  • 16DR215 HDR Grading Technique
  • Raccoon Eyes – Exercise Files
  • DR216 Raccoon Eyes
  • Sky Replacement – Exercise Files
  • 16DR217 Sky Replacement
  • Noise Reduction – Exercise Files
  • 16DR218 Noise Reduction
  • Noise Reduction with Splitter/Combiner Nodes – Exercise Files
  • 16DR218B Noise Reduction with Splitter Combiner
  • Overlaying Effects – Exercise Files
  • 16DR219 Overlaying Effects
  • Working with OpenFX – Exercise Files
  • 16DR220 Working with OpenFX
  • 16DR221 Intro to Ideal Skin Tones
  • Correcting Skin Tones – Exercise Files
  • 16DR222 Correcting Skin Tones
  • Correcting Darker Skin Tones – Exercise Files
  • 16DR223 Correcting Darker Skin Tones
  • DR224 Exercise Files
  • 16DR224 Correcting Lighter Skin Tones
  • Preserving Skin Tones with Parallel Nodes – Exercise Files
  • 16DR225 Preserving Skin Tones with Parallel Nodes
  • Recover Blown Out Skin Tones – Exercise File
  • 16DR226 Recovering Blown Out Skin Tones
  • Questions and Comments about Module 2

Module 3

  • 16DR301A Working with Remote Local Grades
  • 16DR301B Working with Shared Nodes
  • 16DR302 Working with Groups Part 1
  • 16DR302B Working with Groups Part 2
  • 16DR303 Using Gallery Stills
  • DR304 Choosing a Hero Shot
  • Automated Grading Features – Exercise Files
  • 16DR305 Automated Grading Features
  • 16DR306 Exploring Different Viewer Modes
  • Using The Lightbox View – Exercise Files
  • 16DR307 Using the Lightbox View
  • Matching Using the Split-Screen View – Exercise Files
  • 16DR308 Matching Using the Split-Screen View
  • Shot to Shot Matching – Exercise Files
  • 16DR309 Shot to Shot Matching
  • Shot to Shot Matching Advanced – Exercise Files
  • 16DR310 Shot to Shot Matching Advanced
  • DR311 Exercise Files Part 1
  • DR311 Exercise Files Part 2
  • 16DR311 Grading Multicam
  • Grading Multicam Advanced – Exercise Files
  • 16DR312 Grading Multicam Advanced
  • Masterclass – Exercise Files
  • 16DR313A Masterclass Basic Color Correction
  • 16DR313B Part 2 Shot to Shot Matching
  • 16DR313C Part 3 Grouping
  • 16DR313D Part 4 Look Building Introduction
  • Questions and Comments about Module 3

Module 4

  • 16DR401 What is the Goal
  • Creating Mood – Exercise Files
  • 16DR402 Creating Mood
  • Suggesting Time of Day – Exercise Files
  • 16DR403 Suggesting Time of Day
  • Contextual (Location Based) Looks – Exercise Files
  • 16DR404 Contextual looks
  • Dialing Looks to Taste – Exercise Files
  • 16DR405 Dialing Looks to Taste
  • Creating Looks Around Skin Tones – Exercise Files
  • 16DR406 Creating Looks Around Skin Tones
  • 16DR407 Contrasts of Color Introduction
  • Contrast of Light and Dark – Exercise Files
  • 16DR408 Contrast of Light and Dark
  • Complementary Contrast/Warm-Cool Contrast – Exercise Files
  • 16DR409 Complementary Contrast
  • Contrast of Saturation – Exercise Files
  • 16DR410 Contrast of Saturation
  • Contrast of Hue – Exercise Files
  • 16DR411 Contrast of Hue
  • 16DR412 Memory Colors and What Colors Mean
  • 16DR413 Color Schemes and Harmonies
  • Creating Looks Based on Color Scheme – Exercise Files
  • 16DR414 Creating Looks Based on Color Scheme
  • Bleach Bypass – Exercise Files
  • 16DR415 Bleach Bypass
  • B&W Look – Exercise Files
  • 16DR416 B&W Look
  • Day for Night Look – Exercise Files
  • 16DR417 Day of Night
  • Cross Process Look – Exercise Files
  • 16DR418 Cross Process Look
  • Vintage Looks – Exercise Files
  • 16DR419 Vintage Looks
  • Cosmetic Look – Exercise Files
  • 16DR420 Cosmetic Look
  • Orange/Teal – Exercise Files
  • 16DR421 Orange Teal
  • Wes Anderson Look – Exercise Files
  • 16DR422 Wes Anderson Look
  • Questions and Comments about Module 4