NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty on this year’s Blackmagic crop

Blackmagic Design DEO Grant Petty’s annual communique is a highlight of NAB. This year, he holds forth on Ultramatte pricing, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, and the Fairlight audio features you can now find in the flipping amazing-looking DaVinci Resolve 14. 

DaVinci Resolve 14

Today we announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the software! It’s quite a dramatic upgrade. With this update, we were really focused on solving some of the bigger problems in post production.

The first problem was performance. We have made some dramatic performance gains and DaVinci Resolve 14 is now up to 10 times faster than the previous release. It’s very fluid now and much more responsive.

Also another big issue in the film and television industry is audio. For years we have been sending audio off to people in the music industry to do our audio post production. Then we have to wait for them to finish and import the finished audio file back into our edit. It’s very slow and cumbersome.
What we really need are audio tools designed specifically for the film and television industry. With DaVinci Resolve 14 we have built in Fairlight audio on its own new page in the software. It’s incredibly powerful and can play back up to 1000 tracks with parametric EQ, dynamics and plug ins on every track, all in realtime, when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. It’s also very powerful when run on a stock computer system as well.

Because audio for film and television is a lot more complex, we think integrating it into DaVinci Resolve will make it so fast and easy. It’s just a button click away. Plus, it also works with the full sized Fairlight consoles so it makes an amazing combination.

To make this workflow really fast, you really want people to be able to edit, color and do audio post production all working together, on the same job at the same time. To make this easy DaVinci Resolve 14 now integrates extremely powerful collaboration tools to make that easy.

With editing, advanced color correction and these new Fairlight audio tools, DaVinci Resolve 14 is like getting 3 high end applications in one! We hope it dramatically changes post production from kind of a linear to a more parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

Watch What’s New in DaVinci Resolve.

The performance improvements and new audio features are built into the free DaVinci Resolve software you can download for free. However, the new collaboration tools and some of the new plug ins are only available in the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio.

The good news is that we have reduced the price of the full DaVinci Resolve Studio to only $299, so it’s much more affordable now.

We have a public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 available today, so you can download it from the Blackmagic Design website and try it yourself. We would love to hear your feedback!

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ATEM Television Studio Pro HD

Recently we launched ATEM Television Studio HD, a portable live production switcher for broadcast, professional and AV users which has been extremely popular because it had powerful features such as 8 inputs, re-sync in each input, built in DVE, aux out, support for talkback, chroma key, flash based media store and also a control panel on the front!

Today we released the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, which has all of the same professional features, but is integrated inside of a professional desktop mounted control panel. You can now get all those ATEM Television Studio HD features built right into a professional control panel!

Plus, you get a full CCU control area on the top of the control panel so you can control cameras for doing amazing multi camera live work. This works with all Blackmagic Studio and URSA Mini cameras that can be controlled via the SDI.

The control panel on ATEM Television Studio Pro HD is extremely high quality. It uses the same high quality buttons that our highest end switchers use, plus there are a lot more buttons for transition selection, keying and more.

ATEM Television Studio Pro HD adds an integrated hardware control panel which is great for more complex, fast paced live events. It features 4 HDMI and 4 SDI inputs so you can work in all formats up to 1080p60.

We think the new ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be perfect for all kinds of work from professional studio or live sport broadcasts, to internet talk shows, concerts and seminars, and more!
ATEM Television Studio Pro HD will be available in May for US$2,295

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Bluetooth for URSA Mini Pro

When we recently launched Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, we kept its Bluetooth feature secret until now. We have developed a new iPad app that gives you full remote control of the camera settings as well as metadata entry. We are also going to open the protocol to developers who want to use the API to customize their own control solutions.

With a fully open API and developer support for bluetooth on URSA Mini Pro, customers can build applications to remotely adjust camera settings, control the built in DaVinci Resolve color corrector, add metadata, sync cameras and much more! The possibilities are endless and we’re excited to see what you’re going to make with it!

While this will be shipping next month, we will be demonstrating it on the booth at NAB and would love to show you!

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Blackmagic Video Assist updates

We also announced Video Assist 2.4 update which adds support for localized interfaces in 10 different languages! So now it’s much easier to use worldwide because it runs in your native language!

We support Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish! All you need to do is connect your Video Assist or Video Assist 4K to the USB and select the language you want in the Video Assist Utility software!

This Blackmagic Video Assist 2.4 software update will be available today for download for all Video Assist models and free of charge.

But that’s not all we have done for Blackmagic Video Assist! This year we also have new professional scopes that have been added to the Video Assist 4K model. These new scopes are professional, highly accurate and include waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram. They can be used full screen, you can overlay them on top of the incoming video, or put them in a small picture in picture window.

I think these scopes are incredibly powerful. I want to use them next to my grading monitor so I can see RGB parade when doing editing and grading. But I think they also make a nice broadcast scope to use around production areas. Of course they are also great for setting exposure on cameras too!

The new scopes will be available in June as a free software update for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers. We will be showing them in the Video Assist section of our NAB 2017 booth.

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New UltraStudio HD Mini

Today we also introduced UltraStudio HD Mini, the world’s first portable Thunderbolt 3 capture and playback solution designed for archiving, edit monitoring, streaming and live broadcast graphics.
With UltraStudio HD Mini, we have taken a different direction by including some new connections people needed, and dropping some of the connections people don’t use anymore. No one uses analog out anymore!

However, people are capturing from older analog and digital broadcast decks for archiving content to modern digital media files. People also want to run live graphics into switcher with fill and key and of course we often need to get high quality monitoring in HDMI and SDI when editing and color grading and need perfect AV sync. It also works with Open Broadcaster software for live 1080p streaming.

UltraStudio HD Mini has been designed to do these tasks well, and we have fit it all into the small Teranex Mini sized design. It’s even Thunderbolt powered so you don’t need to connect it to a power supply. You can even power it from your laptop battery! You can sit it on your desk beside your laptop, making it a great portable solution to take on the road.

If you add the optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel you also get video, audio meters and status, including a new frame buffer indicator to assist in evaluating disk performance on broadcast systems. You can also rack mount multiple units using the Teranex Mini Rack Shelf.

UltraStudio HD Mini includes 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs for edit monitoring. Plus the 3G-SDI outputs are dual link so you can output separate fill and key to live switchers.

The inputs include 3G-SDI as well as Y,Cr,Cb analog component or NTSC/PAL inputs, along with balanced analog inputs for connecting to older digital or analog broadcast decks for archiving. There are even deck control and reference inputs!

UltraStudio HD Mini is in stock and available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only $495. The optional Teranex Mini Smart Panel is $85.

Learn more.

 

H.264 for Blackmagic Duplicator 4K

When we launched the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K last year, it was received well and people understood the idea of doing live production and selling content to customers directly.

The problem is that we got ahead of ourselves. H.265 has not been adopted as widely as we hoped. So this year we are releasing a software update that adds H.264 to the Blackmagic Duplicator 4K. It’s a free software upgrade and, because H.264 is so popular, everyone you sell content to can read the files!

This software update is available now and you can just download it to get this new format. Now you should have confidence that when you give someone the media from the duplicator that they can read it!

Of course the H.264 files are bigger than the same video compressed to the more modern H.265, however for the duplicator, that’s only a few dollars more for the blank media cost. We still hope that H.265 will become more widely adopted and people can start using it more, however H.264 will do well in the near future!

The Blackmagic Duplicator 1.1 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Ultimatte 11 now more affordable

Finally, we announced an immediate price reduction for Ultimatte 11 from $24,995 to only $9,995.
Since we acquired Ultimatte in October, last year, we have been working on its production and we have made some very good improvements. We think this price reduction is dramatic, but the real reason for working so hard on making Ultimatte 11 more affordable is because we want to help people get an Ultimatte on every camera in a live set.

We think people can build their own virtual sets by using multiple locked off cameras on a green scene set. If the keying looks real, and Ultimatte does that, but also if you don’t move the cameras while they are on air, you can build your own virtual set using still frames keyed in behind the locked off cameras. It’s a nice simple way to get started into virtual environments, but the issue was Ultimatte previously cost way too much to be able to do this.

Of course for decades Ultimatte has been the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television and feature film industries, so you get a high quality keyer that can do an amazing job in making virtual sets look truly realistic. We hope this reduction in price helps people explore their creative options for virtual environments. In many ways you can almost get 3 Ultimatte 11’s for the same as what a single Ultimatte 11 cost a year ago!

We have a separate Ultimatte booth this year and its down the hall a little from our main Blackmagic Design booth, so people go and check it out!

Learn more.

That’s about it for this year. We are going to be filming the press conference again this year, so if you would like to learn more, please follow the link below to watch the video.

We really want to thank you for supporting us throughout the year. We couldn’t do it without you and if you are heading to NAB this year, please drop by our booth as we would love to catch up for a chat!

Watch the press conference video.

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NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 14

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 14

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. Blackmagic Design believes the new DaVinci Resolve will break through the stagnant toolsets used in post production, and offer a new path forward for the smallest as well as the largest facilities in the world.

New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time.

What this means is that DaVinci Resolve 14 is like 3 high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, color correction and the new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. Then the new multi user collaboration tools let everyone work on the same project at the same time, so customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects.

DaVinci Resolve 14 dramatically changes post production from a linear to a parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 will be available today and for immediate download from the Blackmagic Design website. DaVinci Resolve 14 will also be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

DaVinci Resolve 14 features a new high performance playback engine that’s up to 10 times faster than before.

In addition to extensive CPU and GPU optimizations, customers also get better threading and GPU pipelining, lower latency, much faster UI refresh rates, support for Apple Metal and much more. This makes DaVinci Resolve 14 faster and more responsive than ever so customers get incredibly fluid performance and more precise editing, even on long timelines with thousands of clips. Scrubbing and playback are instantaneous and there is powerful new acceleration for processor intensive formats like H.264, making it possible to edit 4K images on a laptop.

 

Legendary Fairlight audio is now fully built into the DaVinci Resolve 14 application itself. Fairlight is famous for being used at the world’s highest end studios for audio post on film and television. Fairlight is known for both its superior sound quality and its speed. Customers get a massive set of professional audio tools for recording, editing and sweetening, professional bussing, mixing and routing, and multi format mastering to 3D audio formats such as 5.1, 7.1, Dolby and even 22.2. The state of the art, super low latency audio engine is designed to work with 192kHz 96-bit audio and delivers up to 1,000 tracks with real time EQ, dynamics processing and plug-ins on every track when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator. Plus the new Fairlight audio can record up to 96 channels while simultaneously playing back up to 150 audio channels, while mixing it all in real time! There simply is no other software available with this level of dedicated audio power.

The new Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 features a full multi track timeline for subframe editing of audio, down to the sample level. The mixer is designed to let customers create sophisticated sequences and has several main, sub and aux buses for mastering and delivering to multiple formats at the same time. Every channel on the mixer features real time 6 band parametric EQ, along with expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics. Clip time warping lets customers stretch or compress audio without shifting pitch. In addition, every single parameter can be automated, even VST plug ins, using a variety of automation modes.

In addition to audio editing, sweetening, and mixing, Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 also includes multi channel recording tools that are far superior to those found in most editing systems. Customers can record voice overs or even an entire symphony orchestra while also monitoring video and multiple channels of dialog and sound effects. The advanced monitoring can handle buses up to 24 channels wide with customizable fold-up and fold-down for crossing between formats. Monitoring can be done on up to 16 different sets of speakers, including massive cinematic installations.

DaVinci Resolve 14 works with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card, which gives customers up to 1,000 zero latency tracks and real time effects processing for EQ, dynamics, and up to 6 VST plug ins per channel. Even without the accelerator, most modern computers can still process more than 60 tracks in real time. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 14 can also be used to drive the entire line of Fairlight hardware mixing consoles, which makes working on complex multi track projects faster than any other system available.

The advanced busing and mixing architecture also allows multi language and multi format delivery to be handled simultaneously from the same project, dramatically reducing the time required to deliver final masters.

All this editing, color correction and audio post production power also means multiple people need to work on the same job, at the same time. This is where the revolutionary new collaboration tools are vital to the dream of revolutionizing post production. The new collaboration tools completely redefines post production workflows by supporting simultaneous editing, color correction and audio post. Assistant editors can prepare footage while editors cut the picture, colorists grade the shots, and sound editors mix and finish audio, all in the same project at the same time.

New bin, clip and timeline locking lets users safely work on a specific part of the project without overwriting each other. There’s also a built in secure chat client that lets team members talk to each other from within DaVinci Resolve without the need for an external internet connection. This secure chat is vital because most high end facilities are unable to use services such as Slack or Skype for messaging because they need to remain completely disconnected from the internet to ensure security against hacking.

The new timeline comparison tool makes it fast and easy to see differences and merge changes between two timelines by viewing a side by side comparison of every single change made between users. Best of all, DaVinci Resolve 14 works with the storage you already have. There’s no need to buy expensive or proprietary storage and servers to work collaboratively.

The new multi user features of DaVinci Resolve 14 eliminate the need for importing, exporting, translating and conforming projects. Customers no longer have to wait for a locked edit before starting color and audio work. Switching between editing, color and audio is just a single click away. That means picture editors, colorists, and sound editors can all work in parallel, making DaVinci Resolve 14 the fastest way to edit, grade, mix and deliver projects.

In addition to the incredible performance improvements, editors also get new slip and slide trim commands that make it easier to dynamically trim live on the fly during playback. They can now save interface layout presets, view multiple bins at once and open multiple bin windows. New marker overlays, audio only and video only edit tools, track colors, and subframe audio editing make it the world’s most powerful creative editor.

For colorists, there are over 20 new Resolve FX filters that make it easy to remove dust, fix dead pixels, warp images and more. The amazing new face enhancement tool automatically recognizes and tracks facial features so colorists can quickly smooth skin, adjust skin tone, brighten eyes, and even change lip color, all without having to manually select or rotoscope any part of the image. The face enhancement tool is an indispensable feature that colorists will use every single day. In addition, there are new stabilization, match move, and other image processing tools that give colorists more creative options than ever before.

Customers can add a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel, DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel or a DaVinci Resolve Advanced Control panel for the ultimate high speed workflow. All controls are logically placed near natural hand positions and are made out of the highest quality materials. Smooth, high resolution weighted trackballs and precision engineered knobs and dials feature the perfect amount of resistance for accurately adjusting any setting. The DaVinci Resolve control panels give colorists and editors fluid, hands on control over multiple parameters at the same time, allowing them to create looks that are simply impossible with a standard mouse.

“The overwhelming success of DaVinci Resolve has been incredibly exciting. It has become the world’s fastest growing editing system and now we’re taking it to the next level with DaVinci Resolve 14,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “With this new version, we didn’t want to do an incremental update. We wanted to make a large leap forward and break new ground. It’s also much more exciting for the whole engineering team here at Blackmagic Design! We are really excited about how quickly editors are switching and we hope that a new generation of audio engineers will enter the industry. Together, we can all work to continue making it the best editing, color correction and now audio software in the world!”

Blackmagic Design also announced a price reduction for DaVinci Resolve Studio from $995 to only $299. It costs less than most annual cloud based subscription plans, making DaVinci Resolve more affordable to more customers.

The free version of DaVinci Resolve is also available with the same powerful new editing and audio post production features. The $299 DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio version adds the new collaborative multi user tools, over 20 new Resolve FX including the advanced face enhancement tools, 4K and 120fps project support, stereoscopic 3D, optical quality blur and mist effects, film grain, de-noise tools and much more. Best of all, DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio does not require a connection to the internet or a cloud subscription to work.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new worldwide training and certification program, along with certified curriculum for DaVinci Resolve. Customers can learn at their own pace by purchasing the Blackmagic Design series of books, or they can take training courses online or in person at certified training centers. More details are available on the DaVinci Resolve website.

DaVinci Resolve 14 runs on all major platforms, including Mac, Windows and Linux, making it easy to integrate with existing systems and workflows. Customers running Red Hat or CentOS Linux can even build their own workstations using low cost motherboards, extremely fast processors, massive amounts of RAM and up to 8 GPUs for incredible real time performance.

Availability and Price

The public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available today as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all current DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio customers. DaVinci Resolve Studio is available for $299 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

Not content with bringing Resolve to the masses and supporting the Cintel scanner, Blackmagic Design have announced that they’ve acquired Fairlight, specialists in 3D immersive audio mixing and finishing, and Ultimatte,  the excellently-named world leaders in blue and green screen removal. 

Fairlight

Fairlight has an impressive history of designing and manufacturing integrated audio control surfaces and software that are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. Fairlight Live products feature consoles that are designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, giving customers leading edge audio processing and control surfaces that range from 12 to 60 faders, along with audio I/O interfaces with full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast facilities, outside broadcast trucks, performing arts venues and houses of worship.

For post production solutions, Fairlight creates everything from compact desktop audio post systems to large format mixing consoles with dedicated controls. Fairlight audio engines can deliver up to 1000 tracks which lets customers create complex productions without premixing, along with a massive 64 channels of monitoring.

Fairlight’s editing software and fully featured audio post consoles give customers complete tactile control along with unique features like time compression and expansion that allows audio within a single clip to be precisely aligned to picture. Designed for the film and television post production markets, Fairlight also creates immersive 3D audio workstations so customers can deliver 3D sound in formats such as 5.1, DTS MDA, Dolby Atmos, NHK’s 22.2 and more. Fairlight’s 3D audio workstations are large format mixers with complete support for both 2K and 4K video playback.

“Fairlight creates the world’s most powerful digital audio software and hardware for video production,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The exciting part about this acquisition is that it will add incredibly high end professional audio technology to Blackmagic Design’s amazing video products. We look forward to working with the Fairlight team to build even more exciting new products for our customers!”

Ultimatte

Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality compositing results that make virtual sets indistinguishable from real sets. Ultimatte creates realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in broadcast studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters, talk show hosts and more into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware or software responsible for keying these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many of these newscasters are using Ultimatte to place them into completely virtual sets.

Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.

Ultimatte was founded in 1976 and has won an Emmy for their realtime compositing technology, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as an Oscar.

“Ultimatte’s realtime blue and green screen compositing solutions have been the standard for 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Ultimatte has been used by virtually every major broadcast network in the world. We are thrilled to bring Ultimatte and Blackmagic Design together, and are excited about continuing to build innovative products for our customers!”

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