My computer is too old to run DaVinci Resolve, which hangs upon installing. I want to try the Chroma key feature of DaVinci and found this tutorial for launching a AWS EC2 instance running CentOS and installing DaVinci, TigerVNC, connecting to S3, etc. It seems too complicated for what I want, which is simply upload a clip, chroma key the green screen, and export. This case study sets up cloud post-production for a feature film and seems even more complicated.

What is the easiest way to test DaVinci Resolve on the cloud, with any cloud provider?

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    You might be better off using a dedicated command line program like ffmpeg if you want to do it in the cloud.
    – stib
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 4:52
  • I already use FFMPEG command-line on a Pine64 micro-computer. I do want to test DaVinci Resolve in particular.
    – emonigma
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 7:53
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    Cloud setups for Resolve are no joke. The admins and support staff on the BMD support forums regularly advise against it, and as Seth’s article points out, the devs seem to go out of their way to make it difficult, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s hard to police the licenses? Commented May 20, 2021 at 23:07
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    Seth Goldin and others discuss it more here forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?t=119546 Commented May 22, 2021 at 3:39
  • Actually before starting all the mess for the cloud, I'd get a new computer (the cloud to take with you all the time ;-))
    – U. Windl
    Commented Jan 30 at 21:38

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I would find a cloud provider that can offer full VNC access to dedicated hardware... Even so, your experience is going to be pretty unpleasant unless you've got a really fast connection. Latency is going to make it really fiddly to go frame by frame, and most VNC connections reduce the colour depth to a point where it's hard to tell what's going on. I guess you can render and look at shots, but it's going to be laborious.

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    I should add - I've never actually tried Resolve over a VNC. But I have tried to use Blender over one, and it was no fun... (except for the lack of fan noise when rendering - and the speed).
    – tomh
    Commented May 21, 2021 at 13:49

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