On Friday lastweek (7 Sep 2018), I drove from my place to the other side of Bangkok to attend a free workshop by Blackmagic Design. It’s “Davinci Resolve 15 : Fairlight Workshop” at Bangkok University. I’m a newbie for Davinci Resolve as I decided to leave Adobe Premiere CC for Davinci last month, because it’s free and serve my basic video editing perfectly. Also, it seems like Blackmagic is serious about Davinci Resolve and have a long-term roadmap for it.
The reason why I really want to attend this workshop is I want to learn more about Fairlight, an audio section of Davinci Resolve. We all know how great Davinci Resolve is for color-grading, and it’s obvious that Blackmagic has been trying to push Davinci Resolve to be the a total-package for media production. As an audio engineer, I’d love to see what’s coming to the market. Fairlight isn’t a new player in audio-production, it’s been around for ages.
The workshop covers basic workflow and talks about important features on Fairlight. The information that shocked me at the very beginning for the workshop is, there’s no feature-limit for Fairlight in the free version of Davinci Resolve 15. This is cool, we don’t need to purchase a full-license of Resolve15, we can use fully function Fairlight with the free version. Also, the materials of the workshop was well-prepared for attendees to learn the workflow. Most of the session is in English, which is good and pretty fast.
Mr.Andrew who ran the workshop walked us through the interface of Fairlight. There are 4 timelines in the demo-project prepared for this workshop. These 4 timelines are for us to learn about sound editing, ADR, track organization and mixing in Fairlight. I’m a Nuendo/ProTools user, and I can see how powerful Fairlight is. For now, I don’t use Fairlight to replace Pro Tools for my work for sure. But, it the future, we possibly have to use Davinci Resolve at some point, and learning new tool now is worth my time.