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We have introduced the DaVinci Resolve software suite in a post published few months ago. We have done it because we believe the available tool set is very useful for video post production.

The free version of the software is capable of generating high quality professional contents. With the paid version the possibilities are even more without taxing too much our wallets.

Among the best features available in the paid version there is a full Dolby Atmos support.

With that many options and features it is useful to identify the best possible way to learn how to use the program quickly and effectively.

In this post we collected the learning resources that can be useful to learn the foundations and, why not, get deeper into the details of the available functions. We have tried to discuss as much as possible the available free tools and resources.

The basic tutorials

First things first. As usual starting from the easiest things and the fundamental concepts allows one to have a solid background to start from and, eventually, build up in the future.

We focused our searches toward tools presented in Italian. As always happens when dealing with technology a good knowledge of the English language is highly recommended.

A basic but complete guide

The first interesting thing we have found is a video from the YouTube channel by Andrea Ciraolo.

The channel talks about very many topics connected with IT, coding and social media marketing.

Among the available videos there is a basic DaVinci Resolve video. In this video, less than two hours, all the components and features are covered.

Obviously the author doesn’t go deep in explain the details of the options. The resource is then useful to have a quick understanding in an effective way.

Basic guide for DaVinci Resolve

The language is the Italian and the video is divided into chapters which follow the program’s workflow. The course start with the program startup and goes up to the final product rendering and publication.

The less detailed topic is the one where DaVinci Resolve excels: the color correction and grading. We shall have more chances to go deeper on this topic later on in this post.

Follow this course if you need to understand the software suite at a glance.

A more traditional approach

On the web page about DaVinci Resolve that can be found on the Montalo website the learning material is organized in a more traditional way.

Features and functions are described textually with some videos for more specific functions.

The course is for beginners. Further information is available on the website but it is not provided for free.

There is also the possibility to chat directly with Gianmarco Capri who appears to be the main contact for the website.

The tutorial starts from the program installation and, going through the main workflow, provides tips and useful information.

Some topics have specific videos. The Media Management video is reported below. A lot more can be found on the website.

Media management video from the Montalo website

Going deeper

In the Fabrizio Gherardi’s YouTube channel the author talks about IT, technology and tutorials. An interesting series about DaVinci Resolve is available to those who want to get deeper into some selected functions.

The best way is to start from the first video (reported below) and get the YouTube suggestions to go through the several topics described in the tutorial.

The first of Fabrizio Gherardi’s tutorials

The duration of each video is in the tens minutes range. The discussion style is clear (in Italian) and the level of detail is good to improve from the resources indicated above in this post.

Color correction and color grading with DaVinci Resolve

As stated before, the Color Correction and Grading tab in DaVinci Resolve is the most successful one in the professional world.

The YouTube channel by Paolo Cavagna is specifically dedicated to those topics.

In this case the basic knowledge of the tool is given as pre-requisite. The information are provided with a great level of detail.

Here below you will find one of the video from the channel. Go browsing it for more interesting content.

One of Paolo Cavagna’s color management videos

In this series are used also functions not available in the free version of the program.

The channel is undoubtedly useful to learn tricks and tips for the color correction and the color grading.

The complete course toward the certification

For those who need to professionally work with the product the best resource, in our opinion, is the BlackMagicDesign website itself (BlackMagicDesign being the Company that produces DaVinci Resolve).

The Learning section of the website makes available a large amount of learning resources in form of Video tutorials, Training guides and Project files to support the lessons and practice.

In the same selection it is possible to access verification and certification exams.

The material’s language is English but knowing this language is a must for the third millennial professionals in the audio/video business.

The video tutorial page from the BlackMagicDesign website

The Video section covers, in detail, all the aspects of the operations, the features and the functions of the suite. Every video is accompanied by a tutorial project file to practice.

Often the theory behind the functions is explained in the video and this helps to understand the reasons for the specific implementations.

All the learning material in digital format is available for free.

The Learning Guides by BlackMagicDesign

The Learning Guides are in fact very interesting manuals about video editing and post production. Studying these books is greatly recommended to get certified.

The teaching guides page of BlackMagicDesign

Some more details about the guides (as provided by BlackMagicDesign’s website) follow:

The Beginner’s Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17

This step-by-step training guide covers high speed editing on the revolutionary new cut page, which is designed for fast turn around work. You’ll also learn how to use the traditional edit page for more sophisticated projects, along with DaVinci Resolve’s legendary color correction, Fusion VFX and Fairlight audio tools so you can start creating your own Hollywood caliber film and video today!

The Editor’s Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17

These hands-on lessons will teach you how to cut interviews, dramatic scenes, documentary material, and music videos in both the edit page and the cut page, as well as how to use the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor. You’ll also learn how to build eye-catching effects, mix audio and deliver your final film for online distribution, broadcast TV, or streaming services.

The Fairlight Audio Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17

This hands-on training guide will teach you the art of sound editing, sweetening, recording, mixing and mastering. Beginning audio editors and assistants will find clear workflow driven lessons, while seasoned audio professionals will quickly learn Fairlight’s user-friendly tools to create incredible soundtracks.

The Colorist Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17

This official Blackmagic Design hand-on training guide takes you through a series of practical exercises that will teach you how to use DaVinci Resolve’s color correction tools in detail. You’ll learn a wide variety of workflows, effects, and tools necessary to perform Hollywood caliber grades.

The Visual Effects Guide to DaVinci Resolve 17

These hands-on lessons will teach you how to create visual effects and motion graphics directly inside DaVinci Resolve, without importing or exporting large media files between applications. You’ll learn how its node-based interface makes it easy to quickly build sophisticated effects and quickly make changes.

Conclusion

It is now easy to understand that, being proficient with DaVinci Resolve, is not a matter of having available learning resources. You can either be a beginner or an experienced professional but everything is there available for you to study. So, you just have to decide your level and your pace and then you are ready to start. Enjoy!

Sono un ingegnere elettronico con la passione per la musica ed il suono. Mi sono avvicinato alla musica da autodidatta (salvo una breve parentesi alla University of the Blues di Dallas) e ho suonato nei peggiori locali italiani (con casuali puntate all'estero). Ho costruito la mia prima radio FM appena finita la terza media. Ho continuato con amplificatori a valvole e transistor fino ad arrivare alla produzione di circuiti integrati. Collaboro da anni con varie riviste (cartacee e web) di musica nelle quali mi occupo di recensioni di strumenti musicali e sistemi per l'elaborazione del suono. Trovate le mie pubblicazioni su Accordo (accordo.it), la rivista Chitarre (dal 2010 al 2015) e su Audio Central Magazine (audiocentralmagazine.com). Produco musica da un po' nello NTFC Studio che serve sostanzialmente per le produzioni di NTFC Band.