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No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by Tim Neighbors on Apr 11, 2020 at 2:49:16 am

how would you log/edit an interview -particularly when dealing with many hours of interviews? I'm new to Resolve, coming from Vegas ...and I don't see any way to drop and label regions, which is my primary way of logging interviews so I can quickly find a certain soundbyte when I want it. I also use these region labels to rank the quality of the byte, highlight the best portions of b-roll footage, and on the timeline, to mark/label segments of my project. I see that you can create subclips, but then it doesn't allow you to expand out the subclip's in/out points once on the timeline if, for example, you are curious what the person says just before that subclip's in point (not sure why they would create that limitation). I also don't see a way to open the subclips parent media (if that's not possible, I'd never use subclips).
I'm guessing the best way is to use multiple timelines to narrow raw footage down to a timeline of 'selects', then to a timeline of ordered selects. If anyone else has any suggestions, please let me know.

Thanks!

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Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by greg janza on Apr 11, 2020 at 10:32:40 pm

Transcription remains the most efficient way to organize and make selects from interviews. There's a wide array of online AI transcription services (temi.com) as well as human generated transcriptions (Rev.com).

There's also transcription plugins that fully integrate with NLE's like Digital Anarchy's Transcriptive. Transcriptive works extraordinarily well with Premiere but not sure if it's compatible with Resolve yet.

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Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by Tim Neighbors on Apr 14, 2020 at 5:12:53 pm

Thanks for the response. I hadn't heard about that transcription tool. I personally have never liked going the transcription route because the text doesn't convey how the words were spoken. For example, a person may have said a good line, but maybe they sounded depressed when they said it, or maybe there was a loud sound in the background that made it unusable.
Also, for smaller projects, I don't want to go to transcriptions, but I would like to be able to label different sections of interviews. It seems like such a relatively easy thing for the software engineers to implement and for many of us, it's such a critical tool. Is there really no way to label portions of footage in DaVinci?

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Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by greg janza on Apr 14, 2020 at 5:32:04 pm

Transcriptions have come a long way from the days of only having a word document with timecode stamps.

I would encourage you to look at Digital Anarchy's website and watch a few of their informational/tutorial videos showing how Transcriptive works. The power under the hood of Transcriptive is quite amazing.

With transcriptive, all interviews are not only transcribed into searchable text but the text is also matched to the media clips. That means you can easily search out a bite in the text and then simply click on any word and your cursor will go to that exact word in the interview clip in the source monitor for you to listen to and judge whether it'll work. It's nearly instantaneous access.

I support whatever works for you in your workflow. All I can say is that transcripts have allowed me to work extremely fast when dealing with any length interview. The ability to quickly skim through text until finding a bite that may work in the storytelling just can't be beat through any other method. Good luck.

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Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by Roger Van Duyn on Apr 14, 2020 at 12:31:02 pm

Hi Tim,

You said you are new to Resolve, so I'm thinking you may not know how to customize the Media Pool to the way you want it. Yours is probably set to thumbnail view. You can change it to list view where you will have rows and columns like a spreadsheet. Only a few of the available columns are active by default. If you right click near the top, play around until you have your mouse in the correct spot, a big drop down window will open up with lots of columns you can turn on. I just turn on Display Name and put my notes in that field. There are other fields you can turn on, Take, Scene, Good Take etc., but I find just using the Display Name has enough room for my notes: for example, I'd enter something like "CEO of Company X: Opening remarks", "Sales Manager: KIckoff of new marketing strategy" etc.

Hope this helps.

Roger


Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by Tim Neighbors on Apr 14, 2020 at 5:23:04 pm

Thanks for your response. But I'm looking for a way to label sections of footage. Simply changing the file names doesn't help much for a 45 minute interview. During that interview the interviewee may have said 20 useable soundbytes. I'm looking for a way to mark and label the in/out points of those sound bytes so I can quickly find them and/or visually browse the contents of an interview and see what useable things were said and where. It's hard for me to imagine building an edit without that ability. Inevitably, my client will say "Did he make any good remarks about X at all?". I don't want to have to go re-watch the 45 minute interview every time I get that question or I myself am looking for something that I know I heard when I watched it the first time.

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Re: No regions in DaVinci? Then how to log footage?
by Roger Van Duyn on Apr 15, 2020 at 10:30:23 am

Perhaps this article will help: https://www.provideocoalition.com/marker-keywords-in-davinci-resolve-15/

Roger





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