Post-production can be done alone, but is much faster and way more fun working with a team (when done right). With the latest version of Resolve, the team over at Blackmagic Design is starting to show the world exactly what collaborative post can look like. In this post we'll show you some of our favorite features and some ways you can start using them with your team.
Where Avid and Premiere both have solutions for editing, DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 takes it a step further by bringing Editors, Assistant Editors, Colorists, Sound Designers and Sound Mixers all into the same application. Blackmagic Design has created an application that allows for largely conform-less post.
Many of you know the pain of using XML, AAF, OMF & EDL to pass timelines between varying applications. While there are times that turnovers between applications go smoothly, often effects go missing, timings slip, and adjustments to audio and video get lost in the shuffle. Heck, this happens so often that many post houses have conform artists on staff just to clean up turnovers.
Thanks to Resolve Studio 14, much of this goes away. In fact, Colorists can be working on a timeline WHILE that exact same timeline is being cut by an Editor. When it is time for the audio mix, all it takes is a click to the Fairlight Page to get going. There is no need to conform, because all of the jobs of post are taking place in the same application.
The only major tasks Resolve doesn’t address directly are Visual Effect and Motion Graphics. Thankfully, Fusion Connect is built into Resolve, working similar to Premiere’s dynamic link. For those working mostly with VFX, Fusion is far more powerful than After Effects. However, After Effects is still more suited to Motion Graphics in many cases. If you’re interested in learning about how Fusion can fit into your Motion Graphics arsenal, check out this presentation from Tony Gallardo.
Bin, Timeline & Clip Locking
When working in groups of people, it’s important to ensure that nobody loses their work and to manage changes people make as they go along. To aid in this, DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 provides three kinds of locking: Bin Locking, Timeline Locking, and Clip Locking.
Hierarchal Bins Lock the Bins within them.
Bin locking in Resolve Studio 14 is similar to bin locking in Avid Media Composer or Project Locking in Adobe Premiere Pro. Whenever a collaborator is the first to open a bin, they gain read and write access to that bin. All other collaborators will only have read access to that bin. To release the lock, a collaborator simply needs to select a different bin. If switching frequently between a few bins, they can be locked manually by right-clicking and selecting “Lock Bins”. To unlock, simply right-click and select “Unlock Bins”.
As changes are made to a bin, a “refresh” icon will appear next to that bin for each collaborator. To update the contents of the bin, one simply needs to click the “refresh” icon.
Whenever editing in a timeline, both the timeline and its enclosing bin will be locked. Other users can open the timeline in read-only mode, but they will not be able to make any edits to the timeline. Opening a timeline in read-only mode can be useful when reviewing the work of other editors or as a reference point for content in other timelines.
Clips lock as they are being graded.
Unlike editors, multiple colorists can have read AND write access to the same timeline at once. This is thanks to Clip Locking. When a colorist selects a shot in the timeline, that clip is now locked to everyone else. Changes made to that clip will be saved once the colorist selects a new clip. Unlike Bin Locking, no refresh is required to see updates to a color grade.
Ever made changes to a timeline and realized you missed something you did in a previous edit? Resolve now has a tool that allows you to mix and match parts of two timelines using their Timeline Comparison tool. To use the Timeline Comparison tool, open the timeline you want to update, and then right-click the second timeline and select “Compare With Current Timeline”. When the Compare Timeline window appears, the timeline on the top will provide possible changes to the timeline below.
Each timeline has it’s own playhead, which is ganged to the other playhead by default. This allows you to watch through both timelines at once and observe their differences. The playhead can be unganged, if desired.
There is also the Diff Index on the left side of the window. This gives a very specific list of all of the differences between the two timelines.
If you want to use the changes from the newer timeline, right click a highlighted section in the timeline and choose “Accept Change”.
As an added bonus, Resolve Studio 14 provides collaboration chat. Each user can add their name, and select a color. This makes it easier to see who is speaking. As new messages arrive, the chat bubble in the lower-right corner of the window will turn orange. Collaboration chat is, otherwise, very similar to many chat applications.
No need for an external chat app!
The Future is bright for Post teams!
DaVinci Resolve Studio 14 has brought post-production collaboration into the 21st century and the functionality of its collaboration tools are unparalleled. The ability to do hierarchical bin locking is a big plus over Avid’s collaboration. Clip locking within the Color page is amazing. Most importantly, editors, assistant editors, colorists, and audio mixers can all work together from the same project at once. If Blackmagic adds some basic VFX functionality, there may be little need for other applications.