Surprisingly enough, Sony still has an NLE. After selling off Vegas, apparently they weren’t ready to leave the NLE space. It seems odd to me, and I’ve never used it, but from the articles, reviews and just poking around the site, it looks like the interface is a mashup of… you guessed it, Premiere, FCPX and now I’d even add in Resolve.
I’m just wondering, how many people in the post production industry actually use this? Is it functional? From the tiny bit that I ever used Vegas, it wasn’t a bad tool, just different than the primary tools on the market. I’m usually the first to download the trial of an NLE and kick the tires, or as I tell people, try and break it, find out the weak points, make it crash, etc. But I’m less inclined to even give this a go because, well, it’s Sony software. I own Sony cameras, don’t get me wrong, they make some of the best imaging hardware out there, period. But software has never been their strong suit, so I might have to let this curiosity pass, at least for now.
I’ve always been a big fan of Final Cut Pro X’s Proxy workflow, it’s one of the most seamless and user friendly offline workflows in post, in my humble opinion. It’s been great to see DaVinci Resolve offer the same functionality, with even more granular control over the proxy or optimized files. There’s many articles and explanations out there of how this works in Resolve, this one from fstoppers is a short, but good description. Patrick Inhofer also has some great explanations in his course on Lynda.com, the DaVinci Resolve 12 Essential Training series. Because let’s face it, h.264 just sucks to edit. So optimize your media people. You’ll be glad you did!
Here is a great article and video about white balancing in Davinci Resolve. The more I use it, the more impressed I am with the built-in toolset of Resolve. I’m becoming a big fan, and choosing to use it more and more with projects. Smart company doing smart things with their hardware and software. It would appear Blackmagic is positioning themselves between Apple and Adobe, and I guess Avid, for people who are not a fan of trackless editing (FCPX) and those not of fan of a hefty monthly subscription for their software (Adobe). It’s kind of rooting for the underdog, but when the underdog has so much to offer, they’re not much of an underdog in my opinion.