DaVinci Resolve Guru: Hardware for Color Correction

with Robbie Carman
DaVinci Resolve Guru: Hardware for Color Correction

In video, hardware choices often impact software performance. DaVinci Resolve color correction workstations are custom built with this dependency in mind. The hardware you choose impacts the file formats you can work in, your real-time playback capacity, and your speed. Spend some time learning about your choices and maximize the performance of your system—before you build it—in this installment of DaVinci Resolve Guru. Join colorists Robbie Carman and Patrick Inhofer as they look at hardware considerations and components for Resolve systems, including GPUs and CPUs, video monitors, control surfaces, and other accessories. Learn about UHD 4K displays and emerging HDR technologies, as well as all the extras that make a dedicated colorist's life that much easier, like bias lights, GPU expanders, and input devices. Robbie and Patrick share practical knowledge about building a Resolve system that will allow you to work quickly and efficiently for years to come.
Topics include:
  • Understanding Linux, Mac, and Windows Resolve systems
  • Key hardware components: CPU, RAM, and GPU
  • Video reference monitors
  • Control surfaces
  • Hardware accessories for color correction


  • Introduction
    • Welcome
      2m 53s
    • What you should know before watching this course
      2m 11s
  • 1. Types of Resolve Systems
    • Resolve Studio vs. Resolve
      8m 15s
    • Mac
      7m 31s
    • Windows
      5m 48s
    • Linux
      5m 36s
    • About the Blackmagic Resolve Configuration Guide
      6m 13s
  • 2. Key Hardware Components
    • Processors and RAM
      8m 39s
    • Hard drives
      10m 46s
    • GPUs
      7m 43s
    • I/O devices
      6m 54s
    • Media type considerations
      5m 25s
    • 4K+ hardware considerations
      5m 28s
  • 3. Video Reference Monitors
    • What's a reference monitor and why is it so important?
      6m 58s
    • Common display technologies
      6m 55s
    • Understanding connection types
      3m 57s
    • Common color spaces and gamma
      7m 13s
    • UHD and HDR reference monitors
      3m 16s
  • 4. Control Surfaces
    • Why use a control surface?
      4m 10s
    • Tangent control surfaces
      10m 34s
    • Avid Artist Color
      8m 21s
    • JL Cooper
      7m 39s
    • DaVinci Resolve Control Surface
      9m 25s
  • 5. Hardware Accessories
    • Bias lights and other lighting solutions
      10m 20s
    • GPU expanders
    • X-keys and Razer
      6m 42s
    • Input mice
      8m 32s
    • Tablet and keyboard
      6m 33s
  • Conclusion
    • Additional resources
      2m 8s