Friday, February 04, 2011

Video Editing

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve
Oliver Peters reviews DaVinci Resolve for the Mac for Videography;
Whether or not the toolset is to your liking is strictly a matter of taste. I wish it had a plug-in architecture, as some of the more exotic results you can get by using filter effects in Apple Color or a with a filter like Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks just aren't available. There is a built-in blur tool, but it isn't as smooth nor achieves as extreme of a blur as many other types of Gaussian blur filters.
VideographyBlackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve for the Mac

The note about blur caught my attention, because I had just read the second post in Patrick Inhofer's series on his experience learning Resolve (coming from an Apple Color background) and one of the things he says is:
I’ve done (what I consider to be) lots of great work in Apple Color, and I love working with diffusion – but these blurs are just silky. There’s a quality that’s hard define. But having worked with blurs in my grades for years… this is different. Sexy. But with depth. Like Audrey Hepburn in her prime. This is no Gaussian blur.
So each to their own...
TaoOfColorGradingMoving from Apple’s Color to BlackMagic’s DaVinci Resolve, Days 4 & 5

While you're at Patrick's blog, you might want to check out his two part interview with Steve Hullfish, editor, producer, and author of "The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction".
TaoOfColorGradingSteve Hullfish Interview, Part 1

QuickTips for Editing
The EditBlog on PVC is doing 28 days of QuickTips; one tip a day for the entire month. Final Cut Pro, Avid and maybe a few for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Tips so far include: Applying multiple FCP bin comments at once, and Scrubbing the FCP thumbnail column thumb.
PVC: EditBlog

Final Cut Pro Sync Tip
A screen tutorial from Elskid explaining how to link a second sound-track to your video segments after you've synced it using PluralEyes.
elskid: Audio Sync Prep Tips In FCP

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