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Rainer Wirth
Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Apr 28, 2018 at 10:35:29 am

Hi folks,

I'm new to this community and have just built up a new 4k workstation to work with DaVinci Resolve.
Components work well, apart from the fact that the new 15 Beta2 version is crashing.
But I think Blackmagic will soon bring a Beta 3 version.
My system is:
Imacpro, Intensity 4k, Netstor TB3 raid.
Now my question at the beginning:
What is the best editing codec to work with davinci.
I'm migrating from FCP/Avid. In FCP we've transcoded all camera files into ProRes422. Avid does this nearly automatic into DNX.
Most of our projects are big - let's say between 5TB - 10TB 4k data. The footage is a mix of different cameras and codecs. We have 2 Panasonic cams DVX200, 2 JVC's 180, DJI Phantom 3 4k, Blackmagic Studio camera etc.
Basically all different codecs. My idea is that we stick to the ProRes422 codec. So all footage is transferred into ProRes 422 before editing. Or shall we work with ProRes 422HQ? Or another codec which is more suitable for Davinci?
You comments are welcome.
Another question is: Are there any good ideas how to organize the footage so that it is optimized for davinci?
You hear, I'm a newby and need some advice from you Pros out there.

thanks,

Rainer

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Marc Wielage
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Apr 29, 2018 at 6:37:45 am

Basic workflow questions like this are tough, because there's a lot of "it depends" situations involved.

If it were me, I'd go with ProRes 422HQ, and I'd also rename the files when necessary to reflect the shoot date and give them a unique identifier that would help prevent conform confusion later on. For example, a shot made today, called "C0001" by the camera, would instead be renamed "042818_C0001". In a perfect world, you could also provide non-overlapping timecode for these shots to avoid the issue of every file restarting with 00:00:00:00 timecode (for cameras that don't use time-of-day timecode). I would then treat all the 422HQ files as if they were the actual masters, then put the original camera files away as a backup just in the case of absolute emergency. True 444 10-bit cameras I would consider transcoding to ProRes 444 in original resolution, and I'd stay right on top of the debayer/decoding settings to make sure the key settings -- color temp, ISO, and exposure -- were all set correctly.

I would also come up with a system so that each day's shoots were rigidly organized in a way that the editor and assistant editor (and colorist and assistant colorist) would all be able to find everything needed to put each episode together. One method is shown below:

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The book Modern Post: Workflows & Techniques for Digital Filmmakers goes into a variety of options.

https://www.amazon.com/Modern-Post-Workflows-Techniques-Filmmakers/dp/04157...


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Rainer Wirth
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Apr 29, 2018 at 12:01:20 pm

Hi Marc,

thanks for your expertise. I will do, as you said. It makes sense. I will switch to ProRes422HQ as my working codec. We have nearly no projects where a 4444 codec would make sense. However, I'll keep it in mind. We use Pavtube for encoding - any suggestions for encoding?

cheers

Rainer

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Rainer Wirth
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Apr 29, 2018 at 1:29:43 pm

Hi Marc,

thanl you for your expertise. I'll do, as you said. It makes sense. Working codec will be ProRes422HQ. I'll keep the 4444 codec in mind, just in case we have some arri RAW or similar.
We use P.Tube-converter for encoding. Any other suggestions on this?

cheers

Rainer

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several raid systems


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Mike Most
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Apr 29, 2018 at 4:37:19 pm

>>Most of our projects are big - let's say between 5TB - 10TB 4k data.

Everything is relative. On a number of features that we work on, that is one DAY's worth of data....


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Hal Beery
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on May 31, 2018 at 9:28:07 am

We are installing an editing studio with a new iMacPro and BMD Resolve. The doc we are editing is a basket of archival (digitized vhs), xdcam, Mts, dat, mp2, m2ts, Avi.

Which transcoders would you be considering?

thanks,
Hal



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Shane Ross
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on May 31, 2018 at 4:14:44 pm

EditReady by Divergentmedia.com

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Hal Beery
Re: Best editing codec for DaVinci Resolve
on Jun 1, 2018 at 1:30:07 pm

Shane, et. al.,

Divergent says EditReady2 doesn't code: DAT, AVI, or MP2.

Do you know what would code those to ProRess 422(HQ)?

tnx,
Hal



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