August 13, 2015

Here Are Some Helpful Tutorials to Get You Started Editing & Grading in DaVinci Resolve 12

Resolve 12 Tutorials
A few weeks back, Blackmagic Design released the public beta for DaVinci Resolve 12.

When it's officially released later this summer (or early fall), Resolve will become the most fully featured NLE and color correction tool that you can get for free on any major operating system. Like many of you, I'm extremely excited for that proposition, especially considering that I edit a lot less than I used to, and forking out Creative Cloud subscription fees month after month is starting to seem like a waste of money. For that reason, I'm definitely thinking about adopting Resolve as my primary editing tool. And in order to learn it and see if it will meet my needs, I've taken to YouTube to find the best tutorials.

Even though the beta has only been out for a few weeks at this point, there are already some damn good tutorials showcasing both the editing and color correction prowess of the software. First up is an in-depth look at Resolve 12's editing interface from Dave Andrade over at the Post Color Blog:

One of the biggest additions in Resolve 12 is, of course, multicam editing. In this quick tutorial, MiesnerMedia shows us how quick and simple it is to create a multicam clip and then edit it down in realtime.

In almost all respects, it seems like Blackmagic has added enough editing features to satisfy most casual and professional editors alike. The real test for this system's overall viability, however, is editing and playback performance. By many accounts, playback can get choppy with certain media types, especially once you start adding transitions and color correction nodes. I've been playing around with 1080p ProRes 422 and h.264 DSLR footage on a maxed-out 5K iMac, jumping back and forth between the color and edit workspaces, and it seems to run smoothly. Then again, it's a fairly hefty machine, so results on laptops and other systems might vary.

The only problem I've come across is that the preset keyboard layout for Avid isn't particularly spot on, which made it necessary to go in and change a bunch of them by hand. Definitely a pain, but that's to be expected when working with a new NLE.

Now on to the color side of things. In an excellent overview video by Casey Faris, he walks you through the entire Resolve 12 interface and shows you the essentials that you need to know in order to get started with grading:

There are, of course, many more tutorials out there that go into detail about specific features and grading techniques, but these should get you started down the path of learning this powerful software. If you haven't downloaded the Resolve 12 beta yet, it's available over on Blackmagic's site.      

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These are for free and are still very relevant in Resolve 12. They are very focused on how Resolve is inspired by Final Cut & cover the bare bones of getting an edit done. I hope that someone finds them useful: https://vimeo.com/channels/editdavinci

August 13, 2015 at 4:23PM, Edited August 13, 4:23PM

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Paul David Murray
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Thanks. Any extra help and advice from any source is good. There's an awful lot to take in with resolve. I've played with extra LUTs to find ones best suited for an EOS-M

August 13, 2015 at 5:51PM

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Julian Richards
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Curse you, double posting!

August 13, 2015 at 5:51PM, Edited August 13, 5:51PM

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Julian Richards
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Thanks a lot, nice post.

August 13, 2015 at 5:17PM

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David R. Falzarano
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im new to this. how can i control music and voice over. im having a hard time figuring it out. sorry

August 14, 2015 at 10:14AM

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i am also using resolve now instead of adobe cc, more tutorials are great thanks.
i am running maxed out macbook pro 2015 and sometimes struggle with playback
any help on maxamising performance would be good, note that resolve 12 has fully crashed my computer several times, which no other program has ever done, any iinsight into why is welcome, maybe using to much power?

August 14, 2015 at 4:28PM

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Are the crashes after your machine has been sleeping? This is an issue for me and seems to be an unfixed bug from previous versions. Get the reports in - one assumes this would be fixed for the release.

August 16, 2015 at 11:58AM

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Sorry to gush, but to pay a few hundred pounds for these tools would be great value. To get them for free is mind boggling.

I've just been chipping away at a shot, tweaking RAW data, selecting items of the actor's clothing to saturate, softening the face, flipping between LUTS... and without any particularly noticeable artefacts or problems.

In several years, I'm sure we'll be doing all this on our watches. But to have an affordable RAW workflow now, so soon after wrestling with H.264 and a few plug-ins, is great.

August 15, 2015 at 4:39PM

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