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Has anyone got any tips they could share for working in Davinci Resolve? I am just getting into it, and it seems fairly good for stop motion. Interested to hear from anyone who has some experience with the program.

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No tips yet, I just started using it myself so I’ll be watching this thread. So far I like it. Formerly  used Premiere Pro. Curious to know more about Fusion and what all those other tabs do.

I've only used Da Vinci Resolve for a couple of mini-shorts, a 1 minute film and a Harryhausen tribute of around 2 minutes.  Formerly used Final Cut Pro 5, 6, and 7 (no longer compatible with my updated OS), and it is roughly similar to them and another one I used years ago, Pinnacle Edition.  I import 1920 x 1080 QT mostly Apple ProRes files, and audio mostly in Wav format.  It seems to do everything I need, and I now have no intention of ever going to Final Cut Pro 10 (which appears more different from previous versions than Da Vinci Resolve does).  I still have a lot to learn though.  

So far I have done all my compositing, re-sizing, and cleanups in other software (TV Paint Animation, After Effects) before I import into Resolve.  I have found, though, that Resolve is really good for colour grading, so I do more of that in Resolve, where I can see right there how each shot matches up with the others.

I am making sets and props at the moment, and it will be a while before I am animating and putting shots together, so I won't be learning anything more that I can pass on for now.

I thought I would put a couple of things I have learned about DR here, and maybe others will have more to add.

I was editing a YouTube video recently and stumbled across a couple of really important things the hard way. Having completed my picture edit I was fiddling around with adding some music, didn't like a particular track, so I highlighted it and pressed Delete. It was a long while later that I realised I had deleted everything, video and audio in that time segment taken up by the clip. Worse, it was about 3 minutes and I couldn't seem to get it back!

So I have learned that if you want to delete something  e.g. an audio clip, or a video clip on its own, the way to do it is to double-click the clip and choose Delete Clip from the drop down menu. This does not disturb anything else around it. (It may be something common to other editors, but somehow I managed to avoid making such an error in PPro in the past)

Of course there is always the lock button to stop anything happening to a track, but somehow in the middle of an edit it never occurred to me!

And it seemed odd that I couldn't go back to an earlier save of the project... So that is how I discovered that DR does not automatically save projects. This has to be activated by the user from the Preferences menu> User (option at top next to System) > Project Save and Load, where you will find the tickboxes for autosave and all that. In my defence, I think it's an easy mistake to make because PPro does the auto-save by default, but DR does not.

One other little thing, but it's not really a tip. I try to keep the clutter off my internal drive if possible, but as I am on a Mac, DR does not seem to like me having the project and its database (caches etc) on an external drive (something about ExFat compatibility). So I am keeping just the source files on the external drive. I'll have to see if the caches start causing issues. But I did learn that when you delete a project DR kindly deletes everything associated with that project (except the source files!!!), so you don't end up with useless stuff hanging around.

I am hoping to use the 4K (UltraHD) option with DR, as it seems such a waste to lose all that lovely details from the jpegs, but will need to use Optimized Media to be able to run it on this computer. This video suggests an alternative manual proxy method for DR that might be of particular use for stop motion

"I am making sets and props at the moment"

Best news I've heard in a long while.

Hi Shelley!  Well, only for a 10 to 15 second segment for Anthony Scott's Stopmo Jam 3 (Halloween theme).  Which won't require much editing in Resolve on my part, just dropping in a couple of sound fx probably.   To be honest, I am spending more time on sanding and repainting doors, and cutting vines out of the guttering and roof tiles, and other chores, than on anything animation related. 

Shelley Noble said:

"I am making sets and props at the moment"

Best news I've heard in a long while.

Hi!!

Same. Same.

I keep my brain together by just repeating "One stick at a time" over and over. As in, "How does a beaver build its dam?"

Are you posting your prop work anywhere we could see?

One thing I have been discovering is that Davinci Resolve allows you to bring in jpeg sequences, create Optimized Media proxies, do all the work needed and then export from the original jpegs. This should mean that it is a simple matter to export at 4K or HD, and that one does not need to use a video intermediate, so there should be the absolute minimum of loss of quality. I have always been concerned that the need to create video footage just to be able to edit it introduces a loss of quality from the original.

When I generated optimized media for one clip DR showed that the original image sequence was about 500Mb but the proxy clip was about 25Mb. I tried to add some effects to the original, and it soon began to stutter badly on my 2015 iMac. But the proxy plays like a breeze.

Still learning, so if anyone knows better about this, please correct me!

Thanks for posting your DR notes. I will test this out next chance I get. So far I really like Davinci Resolve.

Simon Tytherleigh said:

One thing I have been discovering is that Davinci Resolve allows you to bring in jpeg sequences, create Optimized Media proxies, do all the work needed and then export from the original jpegs. This should mean that it is a simple matter to export at 4K or HD, and that one does not need to use a video intermediate, so there should be the absolute minimum of loss of quality. I have always been concerned that the need to create video footage just to be able to edit it introduces a loss of quality from the original.

When I generated optimized media for one clip DR showed that the original image sequence was about 500Mb but the proxy clip was about 25Mb. I tried to add some effects to the original, and it soon began to stutter badly on my 2015 iMac. But the proxy plays like a breeze.

Still learning, so if anyone knows better about this, please correct me!

Thanks Simon, I hadn't even tried bringing my image sequences into Resolve, I got used to having to make a QT mov file for Final Cut Pro.  That should save a step.  I will try it next time I m cutting some shots together.  Probably not the original Jpgs though, there is almost always some rig removal or fix-up before that, so I may as well carry on re-sizing to HD before the edit.  I might try the proxy thing as well, just to see how it works.

I have yet to try out rig removal in DR, but I think it should be much like doing it in After Effects, with the added bonus of not having to export and render. The rig removal could in theory at least be done at any stage of the process within DR, which might also mean not having to fiddle around with frames that get cut later.

I also found a neat tool in DR. Some of my exposures were quite long and in low light, and I have found that I tend to get dead pixels in those conditions. They show up as red and purple dots, but also sometimes grey ones. Under the drop down menu (in the Fusion page) for Open FX and under ResolveFX Reviver (or similar I think) there is an effect called Dead Pixel Fixer. With this you just click on any dead pixel, and it samples from surrounding pixels to correct it. This happens throughout the clip, so if the surrounding pixels change colour, it samples the new colour. Which means you only need to click once on the dodgy pixel.

Never heard of the dead pixel fixer but it's a needed thing these days. Very cool tool. I haven't gone into Fusion yet so I have no idea how rig removal would work as compared to AE. I'll have to dig up some YouTube tutorials and get familiar with Fusion.

Well that's why you use proxies, when you are satisfied with how it looks running with the proxies, then you turn on the originals in the render, and leave it to work on the output. Don't expect it to do much else than crash if you try working with highres originals in the program. Same goes with fusion. As for using .jpg as originals - it's a highly destructive compression, and should only be used as a low. It's a bit like having a betacam recording making a vhs copy to edit, and output to vhs.

The jpg algorithm is making the images increasingly worse each time it's being applied. I would rather import raw if possible or else 64bit tif. Make your mind up regarding the resolution (like 1920x1080) and scale the images accordingly. Maybe you can get away with doing the colour grading at this point as well, and export the graded images as 24 bit tif files.Then you get the most out of the colours. Then import those for editing using proxies. The early downscaling and colour grading, will be making the editing a lot easier. Just remember that if you plan to truck in or make other subtle camera moves, do so before the downscale and that goes for green screening as well, do those effects before you export to 24bit. Scene by scene. Working in 4K in raw or 64 bit calls for dedicated hardware. Jpg only stores 256 levels for each RGB channel, 64bit 1024, and raw is direct camera dump, it doesn't get better, changes from camera to camera, and should be handled with in floating point resolution in fusion or resolve. Don't use jpg in the production, save that for an internet output like Mpg-4 

Simon Tytherleigh said:

One thing I have been discovering is that Davinci Resolve allows you to bring in jpeg sequences, create Optimized Media proxies, do all the work needed and then export from the original jpegs. This should mean that it is a simple matter to export at 4K or HD, and that one does not need to use a video intermediate, so there should be the absolute minimum of loss of quality. I have always been concerned that the need to create video footage just to be able to edit it introduces a loss of quality from the original.

When I generated optimized media for one clip DR showed that the original image sequence was about 500Mb but the proxy clip was about 25Mb. I tried to add some effects to the original, and it soon began to stutter badly on my 2015 iMac. But the proxy plays like a breeze.

Still learning, so if anyone knows better about this, please correct me!

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