Saturday, September 04, 2021

Is it worth it to upgrade to DaVinci Resolve Studio?

 For years I've been using DaVinci Resolve free edition to edit and publish videos.  Worked great for me, but now I've found that more and more videos on the web are in 4K, and my capture hardware (Canon 90D, Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra) can capture native 4K. Rendering 4K video, even on a 12 core, 24 thread AMD Ryzen 9 3900 CPU is slow.  20FPS slow. 

Upgrading to DaVinci Resolve Studio lets you use the GPU accelerated codecs to render your video. So, what does that mean?  Instead of using the 12 cores of the CPU to render your video, you get to use the thousands and thousands of video-optimized cores to render your video for publishing.  It also makes a much smaller file size.

In a short test, I found I went from 20FPS renders to 60+ (real-time or better) FPS renders after the upgrade.  And using the NVIDIA h.264 codec gave me smaller file size for the same quality!

As you see in this image - the top render was using the CPU; one minute of video took 2:43 to render. Using the GPU, the same video took just 56 seconds!


And - the NVidia h.264 codec cut the file size by more than half!


Granted, none of this was fancy multi-layered video; just a straight 4K60 video off of the Galaxy of the back yard and the dog.  But overall - it's brilliantly fast and well worth the small one-time expense to upgrade if you are doing any significant video at 4K! 

Oh? The video? Clicken to enbiggen.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Love this. Thanks again Will! Always a pleasure talking to someone who fancies photography/videography geekery as much as I do! <3