When Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve v9.1 on Friday, the banner feature was support for Apple’s Retina displays, which means that anyone running Resolve Lite on their MacBook Pro can now experience pristine image quality. However, there are a few other features we think are worthy of note, not least support for Sony’s XAVC and F5/55 RAW formats.
With the F5 and F55 due out early this year, we’ve been keeping an eye out for any related developments, and we’re taking the fact that key post systems are choosing to support the format as a big plus.
“Resolve support before shipping is important for many reasons, chief among them being that Sony’s new F range is all about drama and cinematic production,” says Jigsaw24’s James Graham. “Whether the destination is cinema, TV or anywhere else, these cameras are designed to give the colourist as much usable information as possible when it comes to the grade. Full Resolve support means cinematographers and DPs can hit the ground running as soon as the F5 and F55 ship, safe in the knowledge that their current workflow and post setup is ready for their new camera and everything slots together neatly. Without support from programs like DaVinci Resolve you end up capping the performance of the camera while trying to find a workaround, and these days, if you can, its almost always best to work native.” Support for these file formats also means that Resolve can be used to create dailies for offline work, either on set or at a post facility (you can speed this workflow up even further with help from smart storage like the iOFX).
Keeping it in the Blackmagic family with CinemaDNG and DeckLink support
Another major change is the addition of a CinemaDNG Input Device Transform (IDT) for grading RAW images in full ACES workflows, such as that associated with Blackmagic Design’s own Cinema Camera, and support for their DeckLink 4K Extreme PCIe capture card, which boasts all the features of the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D but with the addition of ‘UltraHD’ 4K playback.
The best of the rest
Other features to keep an eye out for include:
– Support in XML for FCP X Audition
– Improved XML integration for better workflows between Resolve, FCP X and Final Cut Pro 7
– Ability to generate new AAF for MXF audio renders.
– Improved chase audio feature allowing specification in either frames or seconds
– Support for timeline audio when PowerMastering
– Improved rendering times for Sony CineAlta SStP files
– Playback support for the Red Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor (software decode only)
– Playback and render support for DNxHD 100
– New ASC CDL metadata extraction from ARRIRAW headers
– Matte clips can now be assigned to multiple clips in the Media Pool
– Red Rocket can now be disabled from Preferences
– NTSC DV playback supports both 4X3 and 16×9 aspect ratios.
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