DaVinci Resolve offers 8K editing, colour correction, visual effects and post production services in one software tool.
Istanbul-based Oguz Celik, Turkey’s first certified DaVinci Resolve Studio editor, has successfully used Resolve as his primary NLE on feature film and TV projects including Ramo, a 12-part series commissioned for Turkish broadcaster, Show TV.
Ramo was directed by Yagız Alp Akaydın, Celik’s long-time collaborator.
“I’ve been working in post-production for almost 20 years, four of which have been with Yagız. We first joined forces to complete 84 episodes of his action series, Söz,” Celik commented.
With Turkish drama enjoying global viewership thanks to OTT platforms, Celik has seen a transition in his editing work from feature film to TV projects. The problem is that each episode of Turkish drama typically runs to two hours or more.
“For Söz, I was using Final Cut Pro 7, which had been my NLE for more than fifteen years. However, I had a serious challenge: my pipeline was outdated, and unsuitable to new codecs and formats. It was also very rushed, as it involved cutting the equivalent of a feature film’s worth of footage in a week. Also, my team and I had to rely on a proxy workflow, so we needed to take additional time to conform the MXF 4K footage before the colourist could grade in Resolve and we could export the final cut. I knew this had to change if we were going to get Ramo done.”
With support from Blackmagic Design’s distributor MediaCast, Celik tested a Resolve-based workflow for the edit, familiarising himself with the GUI before migrating the project in its entirety.
“It was an easy learning curve. We have now closed the conform chapter of our pipeline for good. We can work natively in 4K without proxies or round-tripping and export a 140-minute episode in just under a week. Becoming certified has allowed me to consolidate all that operational knowledge to realise the potential of this project and know I can keep updated through ongoing training on future releases.”