11 – DaVinci Resolve Tutorial

DaVinci Resolve Tutorial.

A complete how to guide.

I know this is a very strange time for us all at the moment. I’m self employed and have been in a state of limbo for the past week.

Which is character building.

Im attempting to treat the next 12 weeks as self development period, learn some new skills, finally pick up my guitar and use the fender app course, and make the move finally from Adobe Premier Pro to DaVinci Resolve.

I am also intending to keep the blog going. Its important to establish routines, not only for my sanity but also to be productive.

Right lets crack on.

What is DaVinci Resolve?

DaVinci Resolve is basically and all in one video editor, effects generator, colour grader and audio editor.

‘DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multi user collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time! Whether you’re an individual artist, or part of a large collaborative team, it’s easy to see why DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials than any other software.’

For a full over view click here

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/

If you’re familiar with Adobe Premier Pro and you’re thinking of switching to DaVinci Resolve have a look at this.

Let’s look at the interface.

First up is the media page. This is where you import all of your media ready to edit.

 

Then we have the cut page. This is where you can do really quick cuts to your footage to get a sense of what you have and to show the rest of the crew (if you have one).

 

Theres the edit page. This is where you will edit your footage. For those used to editing programmes this will feel really familiar.

 

Once you’ve done your edit you may want to move to the fusion page. This is for your effects and any fancy things you want to do.

 

 

This is for Resolve 14, not much has changed to be honest.

Now is the page that made Resolve’s name. The colour page. This is such a powerful section.

 

So we’ve imported our media, done a quick cut, a full edit, added our effects and have done our colour grade now time for the audio.

 

Right you’re done. Well almost you just need to export your footage out or deliver it in DaVinci Resolve.

This is for Resolve 15 but again nothing much has changed.

Don’t want to scroll through all the videos. Here is a crash course for beginners.

Sweet your all set. Enjoy.

If this has helped/inspired you please do let me know. I can be found on all the social medias @waynesables or via the email at artistic@waynesablesproject.co.uk

8. Projection Mapping – MadMapper basics

Projection mapping

Madmapper basics

You’ve probably heard of projection mapping, in fact you’ve probably seen it. It is ever more present in today’s music shows, light nights, New Years celebrations and arts festivals and they look amazing right?. Now we need to just manage expectations the big event projection mapping you’ve seen probably cost shed loads and by that I mean thousands, uses loads of projectors, has had specific content created and a full crew managing and running it. Don’t let that put you off, we can work up to that. The concept is the same.

Projection Mapping uses everyday video projectors, but instead of projecting on a flat screen (e.g. to display a PowerPoint), light is mapped onto any surface, turning common objects of any 3D shape into interactive displays. More formally, projection mapping is “the display of an image on a non-flat or non-white surface”.

                               https://projection-mapping.org/what-is-projection-mapping/

There are a few projection mapping software options out there I personally use Madmapper (https://madmapper.com/) and have recently discovered lightform (https://lightform.com/) and have used HeavyM (https://heavym.net/en/) in the past. The fourth option is a programme called resolume (https://resolume.com/), which is actually VJ software but does have projection mapping functionality.

I will focus on madmapper for this blog. I will do versions on lightform and heavym so it doesn’t become to overwhelming and to avoid this being to long.

Madmapper

You can download a free version of Madmapper which has full functionality you will have a watermark and you won’t be able to save your project. However bbefore you commit to either buying or renting the software you’ll be able to test it out to see if it’s a good fit for you

Madmapper Is available for both Mac and PC. On a basic level you can do phenomenal things, if you are technically aware you can add any number of DMC fixtures, use Syphon/Sprout, Midi, NDI, OSC, DMX, Artnet, sACN, HID devises to connect any Madmapper parameter live. 

Once you open Madmapper you’ll see the start up screen

Let’s break this down. On the left you have the quads. These are the shapes you’ll map, there are 4 basic shapes, squat, line, triangle and circle. These can all be manipulated to fit your surface. You also have a mask and 3D function (that’s beyond the basics of this blog).

On the far right you have the media panel. There are lots of stock media that you can adapt. Or by clocking the plus button you can import your own media (including films, animation, photos etc).

At the bottom you have something called scenes. This is where you can store your projection maps and play them back later. It’s a great addition to the interface and give you much more flexibility.

To add content to your quads you move over to the media section (on the far right) and double click the media.

Once you’ve build your projection map you can connect your projector. To do this in the top right of the interface is a projector symbol. Click that and select your projector

(you can have multiple projectors connected but that goes beyond the basics of this blog. I’ll add links to online tutorials at the end).

Remember once you click the scene button at the bottom it stores the media in the quads. You can then add new media, or adapt the quads or add new ones and as long as you click the second scene button that will also be stored. You can be as simple or as complex as is needed.

Here is a great article on shortcuts for developing you projection mapping.

https://madmapper.com/doc/cues/

Here are some useful links to online tutorials .

https://madmapper.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPcMOzzRmZI&list=PLe9qr8GslyxLCyNHgilPmRc6UzgzHfQpM

As with all of this stuff the best way to learn is to have a go. I will do another blog on using different mapping software both on a laptop and tablet.

Here is a great little video to inspire you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10ga6Y1quFk

If this has helped/inspired you please do let me know. I can be found on all the social medias @waynesables or via the email at artistic@waynesablesproject.co.uk

4. Making marketing videos