Take Two

Continuing on from my last blog about video editing, I have finally finished the ‘Introduction To Botanical Painting’ film and there is a link at the bottom of this blog if you want to view it on You Tube.

Although I found Openshot video editing easy to get to grips with initially, over time, as I demanded more of it, I started to find some things a bit trickier, especially in producing the audio. It might have been me in my ignorance and naivety and the routine I had got myself into to manage openshot, but I think it was also just that openshot didn’t have certain functions available.

I asked Youtube what were the top 5 free video editing packages ( I think it is fabulous how much information we can quickly access these days!). One of the videos demonstrating editing tools had DaVinci Resolve 16. I could see straight away it would make my life much easier, particularly when adding and editing audio, and have learnt since that it is the top editing suite that most home film makers use.

Again, it comes in a free version and a professional version, but I am blown away at the range of functions and what you can do on the free version. It will certainly do for me! At first the screen was a bit intimidating, partly because it is very black and although the buttons light up when you hover over them, it made getting familiar with what is where a bit difficult to see at first and rather daunting. There are also 7 pages where you can process different parts of your film that took me a little while to get my head around the what, where and why but the logic of them becomes apparent as you start to work on clips.

On You Tube there are loads of instructional videos about DaVinci Resolve 16 – my favourite is by a guy called Casey Faris, mainly because he cuts to the chase and shows you the key elements -there are several ways to do every function it seems which felt confusing at first but I guess that each user will find their own preferences as they get familiar with it. On You Tube there are videos that show you an overview of DaVinci Resolve 16 which can be a bit boggling at first as the presenters seem to go so fast, whipping about the screen showing lots of different functions. But once I had started to get a grip on things, I would ask You Tube for the function I wanted and focus on understanding that (or part of it at least!), and applying it to the clips I was editing. Casey has a number of videos of different lengths and intensity that help the user to quickly grasp the basics but he also offers instruction on some of the more detailed stuff about colour correction and audio processing which I should be able to delve into when I get more confident with it.

I made a short film of a painting in progress to try out the editing process in DaVinci Resolve – even with the basics I had grasped, it made the editing work much more straightforward and I was fairly quickly able to chop up clips, re-arrange them, do some basic colour correction, add music and photo stills, create a compound clip and alter the speed of the final clip. I am becoming rather addicted as a video nerd and totally delighted with what I have been able to produce.

The links to both videos in You Tube are below:

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