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Mark Suszko
Re: Resolve 16.1 presentation
on Sep 9, 2019 at 7:13:43 pm
Last Edited By Mark Suszko on Sep 9, 2019 at 7:19:50 pm

Herb, I think the Boring Alert or whatever you wanna call it, is definitely speaking to a core audience of users that Resolve is being targeted towards, that is YouTube and Instagram hosts and maybe also gamers. Those content makers have audiences with particularly short attention spans and so this tool can help the editor keep a particular twitchy audience in mind when cutting.

I do a lot of programming where that alert would be worn out by lunch time, lol. But in the case of editing long lecture videos, it is mimicking what I'm already doing in my formatting. That is, I'm listening to the lecturer and trying to find and enhance a rhythm in their delivery, then punctuating that rhythm using shot changes or re-framings or taking a full screen graphic, or breaking it up into a diptych. The brain refreshes it's attention to a visual, every time the eye catches a change of some sort. "Shaky-cam" is one way to do that by constantly wiggling the POV, but that wears out the brain after a very short time, so you have to try to not over-use that.

The Resolve boring feature though isn't sentient and is only an adjustable shot timer. If you slavishly cut on every tenth second, unmotivated by the narrative flow, that's as bad as shaky-cam IMO. So I don't hate this feature as much as you might, I consider it just an advisory tool, to use where you as an editor think it's appropriate.

And this feature isn't completely new, either: I recall a Microsoft prototype AI Automated editing app that was designed for very casual consumer video-takers, who wanted their rough home movie junk polished up; say, a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. The demo I saw had some face detection ability and would cut at places where new faces were detected, but it also had a "boring shot timer" that would cut away and fast-forward-advance to something further along in the timeline, when a shot stayed "too long" on one subject or framing. Not bad if all you have is b-roll... very bad if your video is oral history and someone doing a long monologue to camera - that would not cut well under this paradigm. I think it also automatically deleted jump cuts and obvious camera bumps. So we're not in danger of being replaced by AI quite yet. But we can leverage some AI tools to streamline the workflows we DO want. And I think that's all this particular option is about: use it if it suits your needs, ignore it if it's not appropriate.

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