HDR Masterclass

with Dado Valentic


Nov 29 2021 10am PST


1 week


Advanced Levels


$249 early bird

HDR has become the most important delivery format for all Episodic, Feature, Documentary or Reality TV production content. We are witnessing an exponential rise in requests for colorists skilled to deliver HDR color grades of exceptional quality daily.


This intensive masterclass will prepare you for the job of grading and delivering HDR shows for Netflix, Amazon or any other HDR channel using Davinci Resolve 17.

The course program covers all aspects of HDR technology, its underlying Color Science, Specific Workflow and new Mastering Formats. You will learn everything that makes HDR grading different from standard grading jobs. You will learn how to approach grading sessions, translate looks from SDR to HDR and back to SDR. You will learn how to get the best image quality in the shortest possible time.

You will be working with a variety of professionally shot materials designed to expose you to a spectrum of HDR materials. From night scenes, studio lit and VFX scenes to bright exterior shots. You will also learn how to deal with problem shots like noise, archive footage or overexposed material.

Don’t miss this opportunity to work alongside Master Colorist Dado Valentic, responsible for the very first Netflix HDR show ‘Marco Polo Season 2’ and learn from a true pioneer of Color Managed Workflow, Master Colorist and lecturer attending the world’s leading film schools and a consultant to major and film and tv production companies.

Training Methods

Live Remote Classroom

Live remote classroom lesson that gets recorded in case you can’t attend.

Pre-Recorded Tutorials

Deep Dives, Software Training, Film Theory Studies at your own pace.

Self Study

Implementing new techniques following pre-recorded tutorials.

Practical Assignments

Design and submit four practical assignments.


Discuss, meet and share with fellow colorists from around the world.

Live Assignment Review

Live Questions and Answers and discussions of Student Assignments.

What you will learn

MODULE 1: Preparation for HDR Grading

What is HDR, all the formats and standards

Color Science: Color Gamut, Dynamic Range, EOTF and how it works

Grading Suite technical specification and setup

DaVinci Resolve Preferences and Settings

Media Ingest and Setup for Simultaneous HDR/SDR grading

MODULE 2: Look Development and Control

Workflow overview: From Camera to Final Master

Colour Management for HDR – how it works

Creating base grade and the right approach to HDR/SDR translation

Reading ‘NIT’ values and controlling the look and mood of the scene

Correct techniques for dealing with the challenge of Large Color Volume

MODULE 3: Developing an eye for HDR

HDR and Skintones

HDR and night scenes

HDR and bright exterior scenes

HDR and VFX shots

Common issues tips and tricks: Flares, Noise, Out of Gamut, SDR Archive

MODULE 4: Mastering

Mastering for Dolby Vision

Mastering for HDR10/HDR10+

Netflix IMF master creation and QC

Weekly Schedule



The class begins with a live stream, meet and greet session. Learn how to best setup for Feature Film Grading and overview of content and assignments



Self-paced study of Modules 1 and 2. Working on practical assignments for each module.



Self-paced study of Modules 3 and 4. Working on practical assignments for each module.



Get feedback on your assignments and get your questions answered in this live stream classroom.


This Masterclass is recommended for professional colorists and boutique grading facility owners working on commercials and digital content producers with the desire to elevate their skills to another level.

What you will learn

  • How to succeed in the business of commercials grading

  • Practical workflow tips

  • Art and Science of look design

  • High-end and Ai assisted retouching techniques

  • How to deliver to various digital distribution channels

Meet your instructor

Dado Valentic

Dado Valentic has contributed to looks for major film and TV productions like Game of Thrones, Exodus, Sherlock Holmes, Marco Polo, Crazy Rich Asians, Mr. Nice, Assassin and many more. His method of look design has been implemented in the plugin and stand-alone application ‘Look Designer’ responsible for the look creation of an estimated 50.000 TV shows, feature films and major commercials. 

When he is not designing looks, he trains and consults Google, YouTube, Dolby, WB Studios, Univision, Comedy Central, HBO, CBS, Adobe, Activision, NBC Universal, Electronic Arts and Disney.

Dado not only works in the industry but also maintains a vast training program and online community. His training program was developed at the British Film Institute’s initiative and is now adopted by SMPTE and is considered the reference on the topics covered. He has been invited to be a guest lecturer at major Film Educational Institutions such as the UCLA, Art Center College, London International Film School, NY Film Academy, UPGrade Berlin, International Colorist Academy, Moscow International Film School, Dutch Nation Film and Television School, Australian National Film School, SAE Oxford, Glasgow University, REDucation and many more.

One Week Masterclass

November 29, 2021 10am PST


I am not able to attend live stream classrooms, can watch it later?

If you are not able to attend live sessions, you are going to be able to watch recording later. A few hours after the live session has finished, we will upload recording that you can watch anytime it suits you.

How long will I have access to class materials?

This class is going to be available for the lifetime it will not expire. You will be able to login into your account, click on seminar title and rewatch it any time you like.

Do I need to be a member to attend?

You don't need any specific membership. The moment you enrol into this seminar you will automatically become a member of our professional colorist community.

Will I be able to ask questions if something is not clear?

Yes, this is a fully interactive masterclass and you will be able to ask questions and get answers via chat or by unmuting your microphone when prompted by seminar coordinator.

How can I interact with other attendees or ask questions at later stage?

After you join, you will receive a pdf with instructions on how to join our Discord community, where you will be able to communicate with other members.


This is now my third remote course with Colour Training, and I have to say it keeps getting better, and it's an absolute pleasure. I've learned so much and have become more confident in my process and grades.
Jeremy Castillo
I learned so many helpful techniques from this course. The virtual class style was great and Dado really helped us along, making sure he didn't miss anything. He gave plenty of time for questions and made sure we really grasped the content before moving on. Dado was really informative and the course was jam-packed with content. The community was really nice and supportive. There are a lot of trainings and tutorials on YouTube and elsewhere about how to achieve certain looks from blockbuster films, Dado dove deep into what is actually going on "under the hood" on why and how certain techniques work. I feel like I'm so much better equipped than I was before I took the class.
Justin Ihara
An interesting format to learn online with insite on how to use the tools built in and professional tips and tricks which can quickly elevate your work. Dado is such a likable teacher and he really guides you through the processes so that you understand every step. As a senior colourist attending the class, it was not just a refresher course, but also gave me motivation to try alternative methods and approaches. #fingerspitzengefühl
Shaz De Jav
Senior Colorist
I really enjoyed the course and Dado's approach to teaching. At some points it went a little fast but being able to re-watch the course was helpful in catching up on what I missed during the live session. I look forward to hopefully taking more classes in the future.
Derrick Woodyard
The overall experience was great. The community and collaboration waere too notch.
Manny Aroyo
Senior Colorist
Before I got this course, I've not had any knowledge about Commercial grading. When some clients asked me to grade their videos, i refused, because I was not ready to do the job properly. Now I'm more confident and already use all of the techniques you gave is, and the result is unbelievable!
Nadia Mishina
I have tried many online courses, but colour.training is the best. No one teaches at such a professional level. You're great. 🙂
Michal Levicek
The course was amazing. The Structure was very well and Dado explained everything really good. I was surprised at how well the questions were inserted into the seminar. Really good Job!
Lars Pölöskey
Personally, I had a great time taking this course. It was filled with information that is going to improve my workflow as well as my overall skill using DaVinci.
David Muessig
The course surpassed my expectations. I new it would be good but not that good:) I am a cinematographer and due to the filming restrictions put in place in Melbourne, Australia, during the Covid pandemic, I am now setting myself up as a remote colourist. This course has given me the confidence to take on bigger and more demanding projects. I am not an experienced colourist but I found the content very well presented and explained. The course covered so much and was full of tips and techniques relevant to todays commercial workflow. Dado is a fantastic teacher and I really appreciated the "classroom" feel of the remote classroom environment. I am very grateful to have found Dado and the team at Colour Training. I look forward to taking all of the available courses and one day selling myself as a colourist. Thank you!
Richard Oldfield
Really enjoyed and was very informative. I think it was great for me at my current level and I’m not a colorist
Daniel Farmer
The course was very well structured and still individual so I got a lot of information about color management for special use cases.
Tim Kersken
I learned so much. I felt that my workflow was the main thing getting in the way of my creativity and this helped me understand the things holding me back.
Tyler Desiderio
Freelance Colorist
This course opened my eyes. Love Dado, his openness, expertise, and humor made this course a real pleasure to participate in.
Cyrus David
I wanted to take the opportunity to say what a pleasure it was to meet all of you. The course itself was absolutely satisfying but, as Dado predicted, it was an added bonus to spend a couple of days with such a lovely bunch of talented people.
Vincent Taylor
Senior Colorist, NY
Thank you so much for generously passing on all your amazing knowledge and sharing your plugins and LUTs! The class was fantastic and far beyond my expectations! I can’t wait to start putting your methods and tools into use with my clients in San Francisco.
Jamie LeJeune
Colorist, SF
I expected the course to be more of a refresher and, at best hoped that I might pick up a couple of alternative ways of approaching things. Instead, you gave me techniques and principles that have revolutionised my practice, making me faster, moreflexible and ultimately just better.
Alex Parkison
DIT, London
I want to thank you for such an amazing experience, it was very enlightening for me. I am very grateful and hope to come back to studying with you very soon.
Manuela Paredes
Senior Colorist

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