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NAB 2015, Rolling Conform & Using Dropbox To Share Databases

March 6, 2015

In this installment of From The Mailbag we explore the idea of a rolling conform in Davinci Resolve and using Dropbox to share databases


Episode 21: From The Mailbag

What’s Team Mixing Light Doing At NAB 2015? Rolling Conform? & Can Dropbox Be Used To Share Databases?

In this edition of From The Mailbag we have 3 installments instead of the regular two.


Well, besides answering a couple member questions, we also wanted to tell you about a few different things we have planned at NAB 2015.  If you’re going to be at NAB 2015 it’s going to be a great year and we’re excited to not only be teaching, but to also be throwing a party!

Remember, if you have questions that you’d like to get an opinion on please use the contact form. Your questions can be aesthetic, technical or even client related. We’d love to hear from you, and your question might make future episodes of From The Mailbag.

NAB 2015 Is Almost Here!

Team Mixing Light is attending NAB 2015 again and this year we have a whole lot of teaching on tap at the Post | Production World Conference.

First, Sunday April 12th, we have the Focus On Color Day.  This full-day workshop has been a huge hit in years past and this year it’s all about Thinking Like A Colorist.  

Besides sessions from Dan, Patrick and Robbie, we have a very special guest talking about a film that everyone will be talking about in the next couple weeks.  Check out Part 1 for more details.

In addition to the Focus On Color Day, throughout the week all three of us will also be teaching sessions on DaVinci Resolve, Adobe SpeedGrade, calibration, business and much more.

Be sure to check out Patrick’s, Dan’s and Robbie’s full session schedules.

While we’re doing a lot of teaching, that doesn’t mean we’re not looking to do a little partying – it’s Vegas after all!

With our ICA partners, we’re super excited to be hosting the 3rd Annual Colorist Mixer!  Information on how to register and info about our sponsors will be released in the next week or so.

For now, visit www.coloristmixer.com or follow us on Twitter.

Mark your calendars – Sunday, April 12th at 7:30pm!

Rolling Conform?

Next up, we got a great question from Mixing Light member Jason Bowdach.

Jason has a lot of projects where edits are often changing. He’d love to figure out a way to have his sequences in Resolve update to the new edit but also not lose any work that he’s already done.  He’s used a variety of methods that are all a little frustrating in trying to solve his re-conform woes but nothing is working all that well.

Our suggestion?

Resolve’s Master session and configuring resolve for remote grades rather than the default local grading functionality.

Check out Part 2 for more info.

Using Dropbox To Share Databases?

We’ve often joked that Dropbox powers MixingLight!  This power file syncing service has allowed Team MixingLight to collaborate easily.

But can Dropbox be used to essentially share a Resolve Disk Database and associated media?

Based on a question we got from member Jonathan Murphy that’s exactly what we discuss in Part 3.

Media & project management (database management) is an important topic and Dropbox can be used to help collaboration for small teams with a few caveats.

MailBag Notes

In Part 2, Dan & Pat mention an Insight Dan did on finding the Master Session again in Resolve 10, but it’s the same in Resolve 11. You can find that HERE.

Also, Dan did an Insight on leveraging the Master Session In A Commercial Workflow, which is worth a watch. You can find that HERE.

In Part 3, Robbie mentioned an Insight that Pat did on using Dropbox to backup and version Resolve Disk Databases. You can find that HERE. 

Enjoy the Mail Bag

– Team Mixing Light

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  • Hey Guys not sure if you noticed but you linked to the audio files via http when you site is in https. It causes chrome users to have to click “load an unsafe script” in the location bar.

  • Patrick Inhofer

    Thanks Greg. We’ll look into this. I’ll see if SoundCloud has an https option. If so, we’ll implement it. If not, we’ll look at alternative sources.

  • Great mailbag-sesh gentleman, thank you!

    I recently gave the dropbox shared database a go with an nmp assist workstation at my studio but ran into some issues with the gallery and render cache. I kept getting error messages and would have to change the locations for those which got annoying. I also use BTsync for other file sharing w/ editors and studios but I think you would still have the gallery and render cache error message issue between two systems. Also curious if I add another user in osx for each colorist at a workstation how that might further complicate a shared database, DaVinci support does not recommend the multiple osx users on one system apparently.

    Anyways, I thought to ask BMD about dropbox my issues and got this response:

    I spoke with the other members of the team to get a general consensus, and as a whole we’re not sure how well Dropbox would function as a Gallery or Cache location either. It’s simply not something we’ve done any in depth testing with. On its face a Dropbox folder seems much like any other folder on the drive, but the continual sync with the Dropbox server might introduce behavior that isn’t quite like a normal directory. The permissions errors you’re seeing would seem to indicate it’s not quite normal. From personal experience, I know that you can drop files into the folder with ease, but how this differs from an application trying to write a file to that folder isn’t clear. The folks at Dropbox might be able to provide some insight there. Unfortunately we just don’t have a lot of insight to provide when it comes to trying to write files to a Dropbox as opposed to a standard drive, and the general consensus here is that we probably wouldn’t recommend it.

    While I do have two dongles now I dont have a SAN yet and passing drives and drp’s has been the workflow thus far, would love to get a smoothly functioning shared database with BTsync perhaps. I just need to get past the darn error messages for gallery/cache location.

  • Patrick Inhofer

    Colin – I had forgotten completely about those friggin’ Cache and Gallery errors! Thanks for bringing that up! YES. That is a MAJOR headache. For me, when I need to access my Projects while on the road, those are a small price to pay. But if I were doing this every day with a remote collaborator… yeah, it’s a problem. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve never figured out a way to 100% eliminate those errors without a couple restarts of Resolve. This is a good caveat about that workflow.

    I suppose routing your caches to a BitTorrent Sync folder on an external drive… that might work?

    RE: Dropbox and and Multiple OS X Users – a DropbBox folder is given permissions to a specific User, IIRC. It doesn’t matter where at the OS level you put it, it can’t be properly shared between Users. I’ve tried. It throws DB for a loop.

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