Remember the days before GPS? The not-so-good old days, back when paper maps and outdated road signs were the only way to find new places?
For those of you who never experienced life before Google Maps and AI voice assistants, let me describe what it was like. You were completely dependent on your own sense of direction, your familiarity with the route, and your ability to clearly see what was around you.
This actually worked ok as long as conditions were clear and you already knew how to get where you were going.
But as soon as the sun went down or the weather turned bad, your ability to navigate fell off a cliff (and so did your car if you weren’t careful). And the worse the weather, the harder it was to make decisions about which way to go.
For post professionals, that’s not too different from trying to make creative decisions without real-time playback in your NLE.
Think about the last time you had to cut, grade, or mix without smooth playback. Not only was it slow and frustrating, but it likely hampered your creative decision-making. Choosing the best take of an actor’s performance, or deciding where to cut a scene based on emotional cues is difficult when you can’t watch a video smoothly.
When it comes to finding your way in a timeline, real-time playback is just as important as GPS when driving in a storm. Without clear vision, it’s challenging to make effective creative decisions for your film.
In today’s article, I’ll show you the five best ways to optimize performance in DaVinci Resolve, so your creative decisions are as smooth and real-time as possible.