Video Production Wizardry on demand
August 12, 2019

Video Production Wizardry on demand

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve is used by a few select individuals throughout the organisation who use the product to produce mainly promotional media for their departments. The business problem being address is mainly the combination of a previously fragmented system into a combined production ready media platform. Previously users used to use many different software packages, doing exactly the same thing, but with varying output results. Choosing DaVinci Resolve as the key software for our promotional media has meant that output results are of the same standard.
  • Well structured workflow, from adding media, to editing it, to adding and modifying Fusion effects, Colorising, perfecting audio output and then the actual rendering and delivery of the media file.
  • Facilitates the use of OpenFX plugins for extended functionality
  • Highly configurable workspace that alows users migrating from other platforms like FinalCutPro, or Premier Pro, to choose a layout that they are used to working with.
  • Adapts efficiently to the memory and processing resources available on the installed platform.
  • Da Vinci Resolve has crashed on numerous occasions where the resource requirement has outstripped the availability. Limited logs are available to detail the failure.
  • The fragmented experience with regards to configuring Fusion effects and titles by navigating to a different tab, should be rethought and modified.
  • Having to add all media into a media pool before being able to use it does not suit the way that I produce video. I prefer an associated folder in which all project related videos are stored and would rather be able to pick anything from that folder than have to add files into a media pool before use.
  • All media delivered that is produced by internal personnel is of, at least, a basic standard which means that the business comes across in a more professional way.
  • Media personnel are able to spend less time on doing basic editing tasks and are able to spend more time on designing high impact videos.
  • Customers are left with a better impression of the company when they have seen any of our videos due to the high standard presented.
Da Vinci Resolve is up there amongst the big, professional video editing packages like Apple's FinalCutPro and Adobe Premier Pro. To just be included in this league, the package needs to have a plethora of features that the common man does not need. In essence, this overwhelming amount of features makes the product tricky to learn, but once you have the hang of it, it is a dream.
I cannot honestly rate the support for Da Vinci Resolve because I have never used the support channels, but my rating is based on the quality of their support material and the tutorials they have provided. All of the information that I find, or questions that I have to ask, are found via tutorials and through online forums.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X
Adobe Premier Pro is a great software suit that provides a comprehensive suit of complementing video production features. Whilst it is one of the stand-out products world wide, it comes with a steep price tag, whereas Da Vinci Resolve is priced more favorably.

Final Cut Pro X is the cherry on top with regards to video editing worldwide, but it is extremely resource heavy and limited to Apple hardware. This means that the initial startup cost for a basic video editing "station" is exorbitant.

As mentioned previously, the three editing packages are all in the same league with regards to functionality, usability and quality but they are heavily differentiated based on cost.
Well Suited:
  • Video editing for promotional videos and advertising,
  • High-impact training videos with lots of demonstrated content and little text,
  • Immersive media experiences,
  • Kiosk advertising design,
Not well suited:
  • Animation design and production,
  • Text-heavy media, for instance corporate presentations.
  • Home videos (The software is not for beginners and requires an in-depth understanding of certain concepts before it can be used.)