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Since launching in 2004, DaVinci Resolve has become the world’s leading colour grading system, known for its peerless speed, accuracy and flexibility. Blackmagic Design have introduced Fairlight’s audio for post toolkit, Fusion graphics support for VFX, and a fully-fledged NLE, making DaVinci Resolve the only piece of software that can cover your entire post workflow.
But colour correction and grading are still at the heart of what makes Resolve great, and its YRGB colour science 32-bit floating point processing and intuitive primary and secondary correction controls are all present and correct.
New features in Resolve 17 include a new HDR colour palette; the ability to create custom colour wheels for more targeted corrections; a new magic mask tool driven by the DaVinci Neural Engine and a mesh-based colour warping tool that allows to adjust two colour parameters at once. Blackmagic Design have also announced a Fairlight Audio Accelerator Card, which allows Fairlight audio editors to work with up to 2000 voices, and the addition of 27 new GPU accelerated Resolve FX in Fusion.
Versatile, accessible software for post-production.
Netflix Post Technology Alliance certified for colour grading, editorial and delivery.
Used on productions such as Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spectre and Game of Thrones.
Audio integration with Fairlight.
VFX integration with Fusion.
Built-in collaboration tools, including the option to share projects in real time.
Free lifetime upgrades and support.
This means a) we can sell Resolve Advanced Panels, the most versatile and tactile controls for Resolve, and b) we’re the UK’s most experienced DaVinci Resolve provider. Over the last decade, we’ve provided systems to some of Britain’s best post facilities, including Goldcrest, Deluxe, Smoke & Mirrors and Coffee & TV.
We have a proven history developing and deploying large-scale Resolve systems on macOS, Windows and Linux systems. Our turnkey workstations are designed with your workflow in mind, and our engineering team can install and configure your setup before providing handover training and ongoing support. You can ask us for advice on any element of your setup, from grading monitors to shared storage and collaborative databases.
Our regular Resolve Socials in Soho are a great chance for you to meet other editors and colourists to talk shop while we pick up the tab. But they’re also your chance to talk directly to the Blackmagic Design dev team, who we bring in to share the latest updates and take user requests. To find out when they’re next in town, sign up for our events emails.
A free, single-user version of Resolve is available from the Blackmagic Design website. Buying DaVinci Resolve Studio gets you access to multi-user collaboration features that mean editors, colourists, effects artists and sound engineers can all work on the same project at the same time, plus extra 3D tools, Resolve FX and more.
You can buy your DaVinci Resolve Studio licence with a dongle or an activation code. The dongle version is ideal if you move between machines often or need to keep your workstation offline, as you can access Resolve on any machine without needing to connect to the internet. The activation code allows you to register your licence on up to two computers, but you need to connect to the internet to verify your licence.
The portable, USB-C Micro panel packs three high resolution weighted trackballs, 12 control knobs for essential tools and 18 dedicated navigation and transport keys into a tiny form factor, while the Mini gives you three weighted trackballs, 12 control knobs and an upper deck with two 5" screens, eight soft knobs, eight soft buttons, and dedicated keys for switching tools, working with nodes, grabbing stills, navigating the timeline and more.
You can use Micro and Mini panels alone on set or for mobile work, or mix and match them to create a larger custom control surface of your own. As a Resolve Advanced Reseller, we also offer Resolve Advanced panels. Designed with input from colourists themselves, the Advanced panel features left, right and centre consoles that give you one touch access to virtually every control in Resolve.
We can provide Blackmagic Design-accredited configurations of MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro and Mac Pro for anyone who needs to fit Resolve into an Apple workflow. The MacBook Pro is a portable option for mobile setups or early on set grades using proxy workflows, and can handle HD workflows in its 16GB RAM, Radeon Pro 560 GPU configuration.
Scale up to a 5K iMac Pro with 128GB RAM and the Blackmagic-recommended Vega 64 GPU for Fusion-heavy work, or anything that requires multiple UHD timelines.
As an HP Gold Partner and Workstation Business Specialist, we’re the best people to ask if you want a custom-configured HP Z4, Z6 or Z8 workstation for Resolve (other models are available, but these are what we’d recommend). Z4, Z6 and Z8 workstation models are available with a choice of Windows 10 or Linux operating systems – we’d recommend a Linux build, as it’s a more lightweight operating system that will free up more of your workstation to work on the grade.
The Z8 is notable for a having a dual CPU configuration that makes it particularly quick when decompressing high resolution footage, and we’d recommend it to anyone considering a 4, 5, 6 or 8K workflow. The Z4 and Z6 top out at 4K, but are still powerful alternatives to Mac for proxy workflows, early on set grades, and work with HD footage.
Linux has long been the preferred OS for the most powerful Resolve setups. This lightweight operating system frees up more of your computing power for the grade, and can support a range of high-power workstation expansions to give you the most processing power possible.
As well as providing HP workstations running Resolve for Linux, we partner with Supermicro to provide SuperServer builds that can handle grading and VFX work at even the highest resolution.
The final piece of Goldcrest’s post pipeline was the installation of three new theatrical DaVinci Resolve grading suites, helmed by some of the biggest names in the film grading...
Derek Moore, Managing Director, Coffee & TV
Get in touch to speak to an expert about Resolve, or book a demo at our Soho centre to see our full Resolve editing and grading systems for yourself. Call 03332 409 210, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com, or pop your details in the form below and one of the team will get in touch to discuss further.
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