blackmagic resolve ripple training

If you need more colour correction or grading than FCPX or plugins will handle, the best way to go is out to Resolve. Blackmagic Design's grading program has come a long way since its acquisition and it continues to grow. Alexis Van Hurkman can show you more.

Blackmagic have a habit of buying companies who make great but expensive products and then re-launching them to the mass market at a fraction of the cost. That's also true for DaVinci Resolve priced at $995 for the full version, but remember that the 1080 lite version is still free to download and use without restrictions.

DaVinci Resolve is a pro application and if you want professional looking results then money spent on video training will be well worthwhile. 

Ripple Training have launched their DaVinci Resolve 9 Core Training hosted by professional colorist Alexis van Hurkman. The training costs $89.99 for the 1080p, $79.99 for the 720p version and $99.99 if you would like either versions supplied on a memory stick.

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"Grading describes the process of adjusting the color, contrast, and overall look of a film or video as part of the finishing process. It is during this stage that a colorist works his or her magic to create visual continuity throughout each scene, fixes or adjusts lighting and quality issues encountered during the shoot, and shapes the overall look and mood of a film by adding visual style. DaVinci Resolve 9 sets a new standard for color grading and digital mastering, and is used on many of the most popular feature films, television shows, commercials, music videos, and documentaries you watch every day."

Alexis wrote the Color Correction Handbook, a reference publication that would make a great Christmas present for, erhem, yourself! The left hand book icon is the book and the right is the Kindle version. We will suggest to Steve at Ripple that they should do a package deal for the book and the training!


Ripple Training have posted some examples online of their DaVinci Resolve training course from Alexis so that you can see the quality of lessons you will be following. 

Tracking a Shape

Real-World Primary Grade Workflows

Working with Camera RAW

Creating a False Skin Tone Look

Grade Management - Linked Clips

Using Power Windows


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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

great house giveaway 2020

2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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