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Introduction to DaVinci Resolve

Starts April 20

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

DaVinci Resolve was once the standard go to platform for color correction only – an expensive hardware-based platform that only high budget projects and studios could access. After being acquired by Black Magic Design, Resolve has begun a journey into post production at every level today and is a one-stop shop for all phases of post-production. Its editor rivals Avid and Premiere, and the ease at which one can do sound design and finish without the need for moving a project from one shop to another makes Resolve a great place for aspiring editors to handle their projects. 

This workshop will teach you the basics of Resolve, general editing techniques, and introduce you to color correction. Participants will edit a short piece together. By the end of the workshop you’ll have successfully learned the basics and be able to head home with the free version of DaVinci Resolve and start working on your own projects. 

Day 1

Introduction to DaVinci Resolve and the Assistant Editor Stage

    • Overview of the Pages in Resolve
    • Import media Assets and discuss basic project organization
    • Creating a timeline and syncing audio

The Editing Stage

    • Editing in theory (a bit of Walter Murch) with some examples of different types of edits
    • Editing in practice: learn the basic tools, cut/ roll, insert/overwrite
    • Non-destructive editing and naming conventions to keep the project organized
    • Editing our own projects
    • One-on-one guidance available

Day 2

  • Finishing up our edits: learning about stages of edits (rough cut, fine cut, locked cut)
  • Brief introduction to sound design (Fairlight tab)
  • Color Grading intro
  • Node workflow
  • LUTS
  • Using scopes
  • Isolating skin tones and other colors
  • Curves
  • Review and critique

NOTE: this in-person course is held at FilmNorth, 550 Vandalia Street, Suite 120, Saint Paul, MN 55114. FilmNorth is following CDC’s current COVID-19 variant guidance for Ramsey County:

  • People may choose to mask at any time. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high-risk for complications associated with COVID-19 variants.
  • People with any COVID-19 symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should stay home.

Tuition: $210 regular | $170 member | $135 low-income

Ryan McGuire is a dedicated and passionate professional with a Master of Arts in Filmmaking from the London Film School. With a love for all things creative, particularly filmmaking, Ryan brings heart and technical savvy to every production he works on. With expertise in video editing using software like Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer, he excels in picture editing, color grading, motion graphics, and sound editing. His experience encompasses editing a feature, short film and promotional materials for various campaigns and companies such as Achieve Financial, Calm, Winnebago, UMFO, DKY and more.

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those needing to cancel a registration at least 7 days prior to the first class session, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to the first class session, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.
  • By registering for this FilmNorth class you are agreeing to our Community Values Statement.




April 20 @ 10:00 am
April 21 @ 2:00 pm
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Ryan McGuire
Registration Deadline
April 15
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2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10:00 am-2:00 pm