Tokyo, Japan - Blackmagic Design announced today that the Tokyo University of Information Science (TUIS) uses DaVinci Resolve as their post production software for students for all of their online post production classes. The university, who is a certified training partner for DaVinci Resolve, has also installed 10 sets each of DaVinci Resolve Studio, DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel and DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor for more advanced classes, as well as an URSA Broadcast and 10 sets of Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and two ATEM Mini Pros.
The faculty of Informatics at the TUIS offers a wide range of academic fields, including systems engineering, data science and media design, with a focus on computer based informatics.
Jun Asakawa, a professor of the Audio Visual Laboratory, says: "We have an elective class for mainly freshmen to learn video editing and we had been using different software to teach it. But due to the situation of Covid-19, we had to turn our classes online."
With no access to the university's facilities, and even if they did, it was impossible to have social distance because 70 or so students would be in a classroom . Asakawa had to find a way to conduct practical classes in the future. "I couldn't have all the students using the same software at home that we had been using in the studio, and I did not want them to pay for subscription based software. That's how we ended up with the free version of DaVinci Resolve.”
Asakawa continued: "We had students install DaVinci Resolve on their laptops, which the school gives to all freshmen. They used their smartphones to shoot and edit them in DaVinci Resolve for their assignments."
As a certified training partner for DaVinci Resolve, Asakawa and other faculty were ready to teach DaVinci Resolve in the class. They have learned the software as trainers and felt confident it would be a good application for their students to use. Unlike conventional film schools, TUIS is not a place that attracts only students who are interested in video and film. Many of the students in the online class with DaVinci Resolve had no experience in video production at all, but they were able to complete their work while presenting their own production progress via ZOOM.
At the university’s Audio Visual Lab, advanced students can learn new video production methods through hands on practice, in response to the media environment of the digital age. This is where students will be able to get hands on experience with Blackmagic Design cameras, ATEM switchers and a full set of DaVinci Resolve suites.
"We have a limited amount of hardware, so the Blackmagic products are for students who want to learn about advanced video production. They can edit and grade using the dedicated controllers. Before, the equipment we had in the studio was getting outdated, and Blackmagic is by far the most affordable professional equipment, so we also installed a URSA Broadcast and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks. The two ATEM Mini Pros were originally installed last year for online classes, but we will use them for streaming class.
Asakawa continued: "We plan to loan students the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks so they can shoot wherever they want and shoot in Blackmagic RAW. We now have 10 sets of the camera but we hope to increase the number of units in the future.
DaVinci Resolve has a tool set that is used by professionals and I appreciate that even student can have access to such a toolset. Even though the spec of computers that the students are using are not ideal for video editing, they used proxy mode and optimized media for smoother editing. It was great to see that some of the students were motivated using Fusion and Fairlight features and became more knowledgeable than us."