@John_E, I got through most of my to-do list and decided to spend some time on Davinci. I must say, this is a pretty cool video editor, especially with no price tag. I did notice that it’s in Beta, so I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere down the line we end up paying for it. For now, I’m going to spend some time on it and maybe create my next cover video with it.
Here’s my initial review: (Oh, I feel like it’s 30 years ago when I was working for PC Magazine)
For someone who has worked with other video editing software, most of it comes intuitively, albeit with different procedure names, different places on the menu, etc.
My number one concern was its Chroma Key capabilities, which for any video creator is highly important. Every video editor I have ever evaluated or used has a different name for their keying module, and Davinci is no different. It took me awhile, but I discovered several different keying modules that the app offers: 3D Keyer, HSL Keyer, Luma Keyer, Delta Keyer, and Cleanplate Keyer. I dabbled with Delta and Cleanplate, but found that 3D seems to be the quickest, easiest, and most effective method (I could change my opinion as I dig deeper).
I created a short video using media that I had on my computer from previous projects, and was pleasantly surprised how easy and efficient it was, and what a clean key I was able to produce. I truly believe this is even better than Adobe Premier Pro which is $20 per month. For certain it’s significantly better than VideoPad or Movavi.
Converting the finished product to MP4 was a bit of a challenge, because Davinci doesn’t present an intuitive method such as “Export” or “Render” or any of the usual terms found in other editors. Instead, they included a tab at the bottom of the workspace labelled, “Deliver”, which when selected, presents a new window in which I was able to select all the parameters. The rendering process was quick, and the output was a perfect MP4…
I have yet to explore the multi-cam or audio sync features, but I’m sure they’re as capable as I found the keying to be.
All in all, this is a great product which could easily command a hefty price tag. The fact that it’s free is amazing.
Thank you @John_E for finding this.
@terb I think this is your answer.