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Easier Interview Editing With DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut Transition

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DaVinci Resolve 12 debuts the Smooth Cut transition, mimicking Premiere’s Morph Dissolve tool. Interview editing has never been easier.

Interview editing can be tricky. But with DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut transition, you’ll have no problem getting around line flubs or seamlessly blending two cuts together.

Let’s get into how DaVinci Resolve’s Smooth Cut works. In the Edit page, chop up the audio in your timeline as usual, taking out flubbed audio sections to create a more coherent performance. The video will be choppy since the person moves while talking; we’ll apply Smooth Cut to each of these edit points.

DaVinci Resolve's Smooth Cut Transition: Chopped Up Video
I’ve edited out some of the speaker’s flubs, resulting in a timeline with several edits.

Activate the Effects Library on the top left of the interface. Smooth Cut is in theTransitions category. Let’s be a little tricky. Hold down the Command key and click each of the edit points you made a moment ago, highlighting each of them. Right-click the Smooth Cut transition and choose Add to Selected Edit Points and Clips. The transition is added to every selection at once. Nice!

DaVinci Resolve's Smooth Cut Transition: Apply Smooth Cut
Open up the Effects Library; Smooth Cut is near the top.

If you just have one edit point or don’t feel like being tricky, simply drag the transition onto the edit point. Either way, you’ll have something that looks like the image below.

DaVinci Resolve's Smooth Cut Transition: Result Smooth Cut
The resulting clips all have the Smooth Cut transition on them with the default transition length set in the Editing preferences.

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DaVinci Resolve Tip: Emulating Photoshop’s Vibrance

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Photoshop can be a source of techniques and inspiration for color grading. Learn how to emulate the software’s vibrance effects in DaVinci Resolve!

One Photoshop parameter that always seems to improve the image is the Vibrance slider inside the Camera Raw settings. Vibrance adds saturation to only the least saturated colors, leaving objects with already high saturation alone. While there’s no doubt that Photoshop’s algorithms are quite sophisticated, let’s try to emulate the action in DaVinci Resolve.

The original image when it was imported into Photoshop using Camera Raw.

DaVinci Resolve Tip: Emulating Photoshop’s Vibrance - original-1


 

Photoshop’s Vibrance function at work, set at 68.

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Why Use a Wacom Tablet or Stylus for Post Production?

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More than just a mouse alternative, a stylus may actually improve your work – especially in regards to video editing, compositing, motion design and color grading.

Using a tablet/stylus may seem intimidating for those that have exclusively used a mouse before. In fact, it may still seem intimidating once you start using it, but you must give yourself a chance to get used to it. Over time it will become more natural, and ultimately a faster alternative.

Having used a Wacom pen consistently for a decade, I’d like to shed light on how a stylus/table can increase your creative workflow, boost efficiency and make you more productive.

Note: We’re not sponsored by or endorsing Wacom brand tablets, they’re simply the tablet of choice for most creative professionals today.

Speed Via Hand-Eye Coordination

The biggest benefit is speed. The same reason I use a tablet is the same reason professional swimmers shave their heads to improve their times by a fraction of a second, only in the post-production world those improvements are multiplied over time.

A traditional mouse has an arbitrary correlation to its mouse pad; you can just pick up the mouse and reposition it. The tablet’s area maps absolutely to the full real estate of your monitors. The tablet’s left corner corresponds to the monitor’s left corner. You’ll find yourself snapping to the exact point you want when navigating the operating system. It’s this hand-eye coordination inherent in the tablet technology that speeds you up.

Over the course of a busy workday you’ll trim seconds off what would take longer with a mouse. Add those seconds up over a ten-hour day and you’ll have saved a chunk of time. When you multiply how much time you save over a week or a month, it really becomes significant.

Think about keyboard shortcuts. Isn’t typing command-C easier and faster than selecting Edit and then Copy every time? You may think the time saved is minimal, but when you get into that groove, the time adds up.

Ergonomic Feel

Tablets have a slight learning curve, but don’t be afraid. At first most people don’t realize the pen hovers over the tablet as opposed to being pressed on its surface. It’s similar to holding a pencil. The relaxed hold prevents hands from getting tired. Hands are important, people. Treat them right.

Mapping

You can increase the tablet’s speed by limiting the area it maps to. For instance, with Wacom tablets you can adjust the preferences to constrain the proportion of the screen that the tablet covers. This is ideal for working with two monitors or a large amount of screen real estate. Some of Wacom’s tablets may be too big for certain screens like laptops. Constraining the area gives you the right sensitivity to zip around at the speed you want.

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Let’s Get (Quantum) Weird: Quantum Dot Technology Takes Off in Displays Everywhere

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Quantum dot technology is ready to explode…and it’s going to forever change the display industry.

Quantum Display Technology
3D, 2D, and photographic images of three different quantum dot form factors for enhancing color saturation in display backlights.

The science behind an emerging technology known as quantum dots will soon allow for improved color performance and an adherence to standards that have largely been ignored on the manufacturer’s end. The technology is already powering award-winning 55” Sony displays as well as the 8” display of the Amazon Kindle HDX.

You may have heard of quantum computing, in which bits not only exist as ones and zeros, but as either at any time. Quantum dots are similar in concept, harnessing a different property of quantum mechanics that allows engineers to change the color of the material by changing its size. This relates to quantum weirdness, a real term, believe it or not, which states thatsubstances can be determined not just based on what the materials are made of but by the size of these materials.

QD-Vision is a company dedicated to developing and advancing the quantum dot technology and has been shipping optical products worldwide since the beginning of 2013. QD has the world’s largest manufacturing facility of the technology, and markets a type of tube which is just one component of an LCD display. A manufacturer like Sony puts the tubes into their LCDs to take advantage of the dots when it designs their TVs.

Quantum Dot Technology Benefits

Quantum Dot Technology
QD-Vision’s Color IQ optic alongside a TV, to show size

The advantages of the dots themselves are manifold. First, they deliver OLED color at the cost of LCDs with an improved color performance of 50%. The technology is cost-effective as well as efficiently scalable, so it can be used in small and large displays alike, and will be able to support the upcoming Ultra-HD standard. Quantum dot optics also offer the only full NTSC color gamut solution in a market riddled with unmet broadcast standards. If that’s a bit over your head, consider this: Sony’s Triluminos series that houses the technology won the Best in Show Award from Tech Radar as well as a Blue Ribbon for Best Home Theater Product during CES2013.

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