Blackmagic have released a double whammy of updates, with good news for production crews and post types alike. The Resolve 11 beta is here, complete with bug fixes, and the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera has new firmware.
Resolve 11 beta
The latest Resolve beta boasts more than 100 new editing and grading features, including 70 new editing tweaks based on feedback from users so far. Headlines include context sensitive trimming, on-set file cloning, ‘photography style’ grading tools and the ability for multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline.
Now, before we get into the meaty bits of the press release, we’d like to remind you that, as always, we advise that you should use this for testing but don’t go straight into live work without backing up your databases! Now that that’s out of the way…
“The new DaVinci Resolve 11 has over 70 new editing features based on feedback from professional editors. With DaVinci Resolve 11, editors now have dual monitor support and familiar professional tools like dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and fully customizable keyboard shortcuts for faster editing. Trimming tools are context sensitive, which means DaVinci Resolve automatically knows whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits, based on the position of the mouse. This makes editing super fast because time is not wasted switching tools and clips can be trimmed on multiple tracks simultaneously in the same direction, or asymmetrically.
“DaVinci Resolve 11 features a new spline curve keyframe editor integrated into the edit timeline that positions keyframes directly under each clip and in context with the clip. Editors can now also add and animate open FX plugins directly in the timeline as well as use plug-ins for transitions.
“The new collaborative workflow tools in DaVinci Resolve 11 allows an editor and multiple colourists to work on different workstations, sharing the same timeline and working in tandem as they complete shots. An example is a colourist could be colour grading or tracking windows while another colourist fine tunes grades that are all immediately updated as the editor edits. Each user can see the timeline update so they are all working on the same job at the same time. Sharing the same timeline makes it much easier for creative teams to stay in sync and work faster on large complex jobs such as feature films and television programming.
“One of the most exciting advantages of the enhanced editing features in DaVinci Resolve 11 is the dramatically better round trip collaboration with Apple Final Cut Pro X. This is possible because more of the features in each application are compatible so projects can be moved back and forward easily. A powerful example of this integration is when a Final Cut Pro X customer might be shooting an independent film but then wants to move their edit to a large Hollywood post production facility for colour grading and finishing. This is an exciting workflow that makes it possible to allow independent filmmakers to integrate with the largest post production facilities
“Colour correction features have also been upgraded in DaVinci Resolve 11, including all new RAW image and colour grading controls that are designed for photographers who are moving into cinematography. The new camera RAW palette features highlight and shadow recovery, mid tone detail, color boost, saturation, lift, gain and contrast. DaVinci Resolve 11 solves the single frame limitations of photo enhancement systems and gives photographers advanced control over RAW images so they can pull the maximum detail from high dynamic range footage in real time.
“Adding to DaVinci Resolve’s powerful on-set tools, DaVinci Resolve 11 can now securely back up and save digital camera files. The new DaVinci Resolve clone tool copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations simultaneously. All copies are checksum verified, that means users get exact bit for bit digital copies of their source media. The new clone tool is included in the free DaVinci Resolve Lite and can be installed on a laptop for on-set use.
“DaVinci Resolve 11 also features a unique and powerful automatic colour chart colour balancing tool that works on all types of footage including video, RAW and even film. The new colour match tool automatically gives a primary base grade by analysing shots containing standard colour chip charts even if they were shot in different lighting conditions with different exposure and colour temperatures.
“DaVinci Resolve 11 also adds optimisations to OpenCL image processing which allows improved rendering speeds on the new Apple Mac Pro systems. The Mac Pro features dual GPUs so is the ideal solution for customers looking for an ‘off the shelf’ solution that easily handles the high processing speeds when working on Ultra HD work in the deepest YRGB 32 bit float processing quality.
“This is a massive update and we are really excited about DaVinci Resolve 11”, said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “Since we added the new editing tools into DaVinci Resolve we have had some great feedback from editors working on high end feature film and television programming jobs. We have rolled this great advice into DaVinci Resolve and now it’s a fantastic, full featured online editor. Of course we continue to add wonderful colour correction and on-set tools into this release as well. This is the best version of DaVinci Resolve we have ever released and we are going to provide this update to all DaVinci Resolve customers free of charge. This means the cost of switching to the world’s most exciting online editor will be zero!”
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera v1.8
“This all-new code base also improves performance and includes a new modern user interface, similar in design to the new URSA camera announced at NAB. This new user interface is included in all models of cameras available from Blackmagic Design, allowing a nice clean fresh look.
“Blackmagic Camera 1.8 adds compressed RAW DNG support for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K model, and this allows RAW recording in real time so all sensor data can be captured, allowing more range and much higher image quality when doing post production and colour grading. DaVinci Resolve 11, also available today, fully supports RAW grading and rendering to final output direct from the RAW camera original files. This means customers get incredible first generation masters, with a solution that edits RAW files as easily and as responsively as a normal video file.
“New features in this update include enhanced lens control support for EF lens mount cameras such as the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera EF and the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K models. This means customers can now get autofocus when pushing the focus button on active EF based lenses and the cameras will mathematically analyse the center of the image and optimise the focus for maximum sharpness.
“This is important with high resolution 4K cameras where images are so sharp that accurate focus is critical for the best results. Because this update uses the focus button for autofocus, the focus peaking feature is now enabled by double pressing the focus button.
“This release also improves the focus peaking display allowing incredibly accurate and super sharp manual focus, critical when using cine lenses. The focus peaking is now green in color so it’s much easer to see, and the filters generating the edge peaking have been optimised allowing for better detection and display for maximum sharpness. In addition, the iris control has been changed, due to customer request, to hold its setting between record and playback.
“This new Blackmagic Camera 1.8 also includes major improvements for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera models including improved audio performance and a completely rewritten new higher quality debayer processor. This new debayer means when customers record to normal video files such as ProRes or DNxHD they will get sharper and cleaner looking images. This new debayer processing features algorithms that have been incorporated from DaVinci Resolve, which means that Blackmagic camera customers get the benefit of DaVinci Resolve’s research and development in image processing and its partnership with major Hollywood studios.
“Other benefits for the original Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes enhancements to the cameras dynamic range when sooting at 1600 ISO. This means, with this new software update, customers will get even more dynamic range and image quality, free of charge, even if they purchased their camera 2 years ago.
“Improvements for the Pocket Cinema Camera are also included in this update, including the modern updated interface, new focus peaking and improved de-bayer quality, plus additional active MFT lens support for lenses including Sigma and Lumix.
“We have been working very hard to incorporate camera feature requests that customers have been sending us,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design “There are major changes and improvements in this update and we are very excited to see the wonderful creative work done with the benefit of this software. Of course, we are working very hard on more features we want to add into our cameras and you will see more and more of what we have been working on in updates that will be release over the upcoming months.”
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