I just recently switched to Linux on my main system. As I am trying to do as much as possible in Linux and not a VM, I am trying to move to Davinci Resolve 15 from Premiere Pro on Windows.
I managed to install the program and it runs fine (as far as I was able to test it). I shot on a Canon 70D at the moment, so I get .mov files. When I look at them in Resolve, I only get the audio track. I know that h.264 is not yet properly supported, but I can accept to transcoding footage and exports.
The question now is however what codecs to use and how to transcode. I am trying not to loose too much quality and would appreciate good editing performance. I have used Cineform before on Windows and read somewhere that you can use it on Linux but found no further info. When I tried various configurations in Handbrake none of them worked properly (either no audio and tiny file sizes, or they don’t show up at all).
Do any of you have experience with Resolve 15? I know it is still in beta, but it’s the only video editing program on Linux that comes close to Premiere.
I am not expecting everything to work flawlessly, just trying to see if I can get it to work well enough, or if I will have to stick to a VM with Premiere for now.
I did try the ffmpeg, I am just getting really small file sizes (1/10th the h.264 size), even with the quality maxed, which smells a bit fishy as the h.264 from the camera already is a compressed format.
How the quality really is affected in the end, I would have to test more thoroughly, but 1/10 the size doesn’t sound like quality to me.
The other issue I have with the ffmpeg preset in handbrake is that the output file does have audio when you just play it, however Resolve sees the audio metadata, but doesn’t play it back (does play other audio, so it’s not the audio device).
Do you have a different encoder recommendation that also supports a few of the other codecs you mentioned, as handbrake only seems to support h.26x and ffmpeg?
Alright, I did quite a bit of testing today and learned a ton about how codecs work and how many different ones are out there. What ended up working for me is either dnxhd or prores, but by default it changed the audio to aac, which doesn’t work. But when I leave the audio as is (pcm_s16le) then it works.
Next I had the issue that the audio was laggy and caused video and audio to get out of sync. Using this post I was able to fix that too (and other audio issues I had):
I will go through and edit a video with transcoded footage like that and then I will post again with my findings.
While the GUI is nice, it is missing the only feature I care about, it has no GUI to change the codec, but just uses h.264 by default.
Once I am happy with my results and I actually edited a video, I’ll probably end up writing a script that just listens in a folder for new video to transcode and then transcodes it to my settings and puts it in an output folder. That should probably not be too hard.
Decided to write a script first as I didn’t want to convert 20 files manually. Turns out bash is really simple and powerful.
In case anyone is curious, this is the script I came up with. Keep in mind that this is my first bash script, so I probably didn’t use the optimal way to do things, but it works and that’s all that matters to me for now.
for i in ./Input/*
if test -f $i
ffmpeg -i $i -c:v dnxhd -c:a pcm_s16le -profile:v 3 $outputPath
It is so much fun when things work for once
Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx my luck as I haven’t started editing yet.