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While DaVinci Resolve is a widely accepted tool for color correction or finishing, it has also proven to be an invaluable application for on-set and near set use. With powerful tools for building and applying LUTs, as well as flexible transcoding options, Resolve is an important tool for every cinematographer to understand.

This class will focus on working with log or raw footage within Resolve, with an emphasis on processing footage for dailies and general deliverables. We’ll explore batch processing footage with a one-light look, and focus on using and applying LUTs. The class will also cover basic camera matching techniques, as well as transcoding and formats conversion.


Upcoming In-Person Workshop Dates


Friday, Jul 14th - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: AbelCine, Los Angeles
Early Bird Resolve for DPs - LA 7/14/17: $150.00
Resolve for DPs - LA 7/14/17: $200.00


Tuesday, Jul 25th - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: AbelCine, New York
Early Bird: Resolve for DPs - NY 07/25/17: $150.00
Registration: Resolve for DPs - NY 07/25/17: $200.00

Custom Training

Custom DIT & Engineering Training
Schedule a 1-on-1 or group training. We provide custom training at our offices or at your location.

Price: From: $225.00

Topics covered will include 1D and 3D LUTs, basic camera matching techniques, as well as transcoding and formats conversion.

  • Exposure basics
    • Quick overview of the various log implementations
    • Middle gray values
    • Exposure tools
  • Brief review of Look Up Tables (LUTs)
    • 1D vs 3D
    • Technical vs Creative LUTs
    • Understanding the numbers
    • DeLog curves
    • LUT combinations and layering
    • Hardware for LUT creation and monitoring
  • Using LUTs in Resolve
    • Importing and exporting LUTs
    • Applying LUTs to your footage
    • Storing looks and using look gallery
    • Using nodes
  • Working with raw files
  • Converting anamorphic files
  • Camera matching using Resolve Color Match
  • Applying corrections to your footage
    • Batch processing
  • Output options
    • Scaling and burn-in options
    • Outputting multiple formats simultaneously

This intensive, hands-on workshop is designed to train DPs in basic color grading and workflow. Attendees will work with raw and log files to produce one-light dailies.


Geoff Smith joined AbelCine in 2015 as a Camera Technology Specialist with a focus on workflows from capture to post-production. Geoff has a background in technology from web development to content management at companies like VMware, Lucasfilm and Silicon Graphics (SGI). Prior to joining AbelCine, he worked on an independent feature as a DIT and Assistant Editor. A passionate photographer, his editorial and fine art work has been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as exhibited in New York City and online. Originally from New York, Geoff graduated from California State University, Chico earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Design with an emphasis in Media Arts. Follow Geoff on Twitter: @geoffsmithphoto


Ian McCausland is one of AbelCine’s Camera Technology Specialists and Trainers. He holds a BA in Film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and his credits include the 1999 Black Sabbath concert video The Last Supper and the 2008 Smashing Pumpkins documentary If All Goes Wrong. As one of the original Abel staff members, Ian was integral to the formation of the company’s rental department in 1990. In 1997, he reprised his role when he moved out West to launch Abel’s Burbank rental department. Follow Ian on Twitter: @IanMcCausland

The “Davinci Resolve for DPs” class was a great hands on session to get familiar with the software, and how to interface it with various cameras and monitoring methods. It helped me to understand the nuts and bolts of LUT creation, and how to better implement them within my workflow on episodic TV shows and feature films. I am looking forward to experimenting with Resolve further and having a more hands on approach to creating custom, practical LUTs for various lighting scenarios I design.” -Anthony Hardwick, DP, AbelCine LA Student