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Sep 11, 2015 Da Vinci Resolve 12 First Impressions

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Da Vinci Resolve 12 First Impressions

This morning Blackmagic Design released the new version of Da Vinci Resolve. Resolve 12 has a bucketload of new features, from simple adjustments and updates, to game changing overhauls, but the name of the game with this release is it’s editing tools.  For years now the non-linear editor market has been dominated by Avid, Premier, and (less so lately) Final Cut, with a few smaller names out in the wings, and now Blackmagic is throwing its hat into the ring in earnest with this new release of Resolve.

At this year’s NAB conference, I was able to elbow my way through the crowd and get a brief hands on demo of the new Resolve 12, but now that it is fully released, anyone with an internet connection can now download the basic package of Resolve, with the pro version still available for $995 from your favorite Blackmagic reseller.

So what’s new exactly?

For starters, the naming convention has changed. In the past, the free version of Resolve has been designated “Lite”, while the paid version just carried the release number. With Resolve 12, Blackmagic has somewhat reversed that convention, and dropped the “Lite” from the free version, and added “Studio” to the paid version. This may be a little confusing for those upgrading from a previous version, but I don’t feel like it will cause much headache, and is really secondary to the other changes made to this platform.

As mentioned above, the real meat of this update is in the editing tools, and as an editor and Premiere fan, these are the changes that I am most interested in. Resolve 12 comes with a decent selection of editing tools that will be very familiar to anyone with NLE experience.  The most often used editorial functions are bundled into one tool called the “Trim Edit Mode”. The Trim Edit Mode contextually switches between different functions depending on where your mouse cursor is, and what you have selected. If you select the middle of a clip you can slip it, or select multiple clips, and slip them all together. To slide a clip up and down the timeline, select the cursor, or the “Normal Edit Mode”. To ripple and roll, switch back to the Trim Edit Mode and select the ends of the clip you want to edit. By selecting just the edge of one clip, you can ripple it back and forth, and by selecting the edit itself, or the space in between both clips, you can roll it back and forth. Personally, I find myself doing one when I intended to do the other, but that may just be a matter of getting used to this system. There is also a “Razor Edit Mode”, which functions just how you would expect. There is also an “Insert Clip”, “Replace Clip”, and “Overwrite Clip”, that function as expected for the most part, although the Replace Clip tool seems to be a little finicky, causing me to sometimes drop the wrong clip into the timeline, or do nothing.

da vinci review 2Resolve 12’s basic editing tools.

There is also a fourth editing mode, known as the “Dynamic Trim Mode”, which essentially gives you the ripple and roll tools at all times, which you can access with the hotkey “W”, but cannot be found on the main bar of editing tools for some reason. This editing tool more or less makes the Normal Editing Mode and the Trim Edit Mode all but obsolete, so why include all three, and why hide the Dynamic Trim Mode? I have yet to come up with an explanation for this.

Resolve 12 comes with a pretty good selection of transitions and effects, and they work fairly intuitively. You’re able to drag and drop effects from a bin on the right side to where you want them, all very familiar stuff, but where Resolve 12 shakes things up is the in timeline curve editor. It gives you a little drop down button that opens a curve inside the timeline where you can custom edit effects. It took me a little while to warm up to this way of doing effects, but it’s actually pretty cool.

 

Example of Resolve 12’s effects curves

My biggest issue with this release of Da Vinci Resolve trying to be a fully fledged editor is the lack of workspace customization. Sometimes I want my timeline viewer to be larger than my media pool viewer, and this is unfortunately impossible. Nor can you pop panels out of the background like you can in other programs, so it’s impossible to have your timeline viewer on one monitor, while having  your timeline on another.  Of course you can output the timeline direct to a video monitor via Blackmagic hardware such as a Decklinik Extreme card.  However, if you want to have your media bins on a different monitor, away from the rest of your workspace, you’re completely out of luck. This lack of customization is a bummer, but I like the direction this program is going very much. Fingers crossed for the future.

As this is just a brief first impression review. There were a number of features I have not yet had the chance to review, such as the new audio tools which appear extremely promising, as well as the multi-cam editing mode. I could see this feature being quite popular. There is also a new system of sorting footage via metadata tags, which is not editing specific, but could be a lifesaver on larger projects, cutting down drastically on time spent searching for specific clips.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I liked the new editing features in this release of Resolve, and although it may not have nailed it perfectly as an editor, there is the benefit of having Davinci Rosolve’s world famous color correction capabilities, which is nothing to take lightly!

 

-Zachary Cain

Motion Media Product Specialist

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Jun 5, 2013 Extension 1 for Autodesk Smoke 2013 Now Available for Download

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Extension 1 for Autodesk Smoke 2013 Now Available for Download

Extension 1 for Autodesk® Smoke® 2013 software is now available for customers with Autodesk Subscription.
Extension 1 supports BlackMagic Design® video I/O cards and devices, offers improved trimming tools, and provides enhanced performance and stability.
To download and for more information, Login to your Autodesk Subscription Center account.

Also Grant Kay from Autodesk has posted a wealth of training videos for Smoke 2013 Extension 1.

So now all the Getting Started Videos, 40+ movies, have all been produced on Smoke 2013 Extension 1. In addition to this, I have made the materials available for download as well. So you can get all the materials and follow along with the lessons.

Check out Grant’s Blog for more information.

Mar 24, 2011 Blackmagic Design Software Updates

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Blackmagic Design releases software upgrades for their Decklink and VideoHub products.

Software Updates

Videohub 4.6.4 has just been released.  This update fixes an issue with the USB not being recognized when an SD reference is connected.

DeckLink 7.9.6 is available.  This release fixes an SD-SDI issue with Sony HDW 700 cameras on DeckLink Studio, DeckLink SDI, DeckLink Duo, and DeckLink Optical Fiber.

These updates can be downloaded here:

http://www.blackmagic-design.com/support/software/

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Sep 7, 2010 Blackmagic Design Software Updates

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Blackmagic has released a few software updates to coincide with Adobe’s CS 5.0.2 release.  Available releases are for DeckLink, Multibridge, and USB 3.0 Desktop Video version 7.8.1 and Intensity version 3.8.1 for Mac and Windows.

Release highlights include:

  • Full support for Premiere 5.0.2 on Mac and Windows
  • Major stability improvements to the Mac plug ins
  • Minor bug fixes on Windows
  • Adobe have also addressed a lot bugs in this release as well as adding support for more CUDA cards for Windows such as the GTX 470

The Updates can be downloaded here – http://blackmagic-design.com/support/

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Aug 31, 2010 3D Capture and Playback for DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

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Blackmagic Design has released a new software update for Media Express which brings 3D Capture and Playback support to the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D.

In this release is the DeckLink version 7.8 and Media Express version 2.2 software.  These releases include full 3D capture and playback support for HD Extreme 3D with Media Express. Our 3D support includes dual stream SDI capture and playback as well as a muxed HDMI output for monitoring in side by side, line by line, top and bottom or left eye/right eye 3D formats.

There are also new updates for Multibridge and Intensity. These updates include some performance improvements for CS5 with DVCPRO and P2 formats as well as some minor bug fixes.

The updates can be downloaded here.
http://blackmagic-design.com/support/

In addition, the DeckLink manual has also been updated with information needed for 3D capture and playback support.  You’ll find the revised manual here:
http://www.decklink.com/support/documentation/

Apr 12, 2010 From NAB 2010: Davinci for $995 – WTF?

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Quite the buzz about this!  It took Blackmagic less than a year to bring Davinci to the desktop market, and at $995 – I think we have to take a serious look.  First of all, lets get this right out in the open.  This is NOT the system for you to plan on running 2k or 4k files, raw RED files, or stereoscopic HD work.  For that you will need to get the Linux based, $50K license – yes, $50k.  It’s $20k for the licenses, and $30k for the REQUIRED control surface panel.  The Tangent Wave device won’t work.

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Apr 12, 2010 From NAB 2010: Adobe CS5 Mercury Playback and Matrox RT

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NAB, something I have had a love-hate relationship with for many, many years.  This year promised to be the year of stereoscopic production, and so far it is! 

This post however is going to center around our every day production needs – and what has become one of the most anticipated software releases at this year’s conference – Adobe CS5!  I have to say, thus far,  it looks fantastic!  I wanted to spend a few moments sharing some thoughts on one of the big features that many people have been waiting for: The Mercury Playback Engine, and what it really means, and what companies like Matrox are doing to work with Adobe.

If you don’t already know, the Mercury playback engine is designed around technology that combines the power of the GPU, with the CPU.  In this case, an Nvidia based card with CUDA.  The demonstrations at Adobe’s booth and others are all shown on top-of-the-line workstations (HPz800 and 8 or 12 core machines), with Nvidia 5800 graphics cards ($2000+) of course to put the Adobe Cs5 products in the best light possible.  Understandable, but not something many of you might have just sitting around at the moment!  I was privy to see a Mercury demo at a Matrox meeting though, when done on a quad core workstation, with an Nvidia 4800 card ($1500) to see why Matrox was still relevant.  Ok, I’m listening.

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Apr 12, 2010 Blackmagic Announces DeckLink HD Extreme 3D

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Now with new exciting 3D workflows, we have a new model of DeckLink HD Extreme that not only supports 3D, but also includes an hardware up, down and cross converter, support of SDI, HDMI and component analog capture and playback at video rates up to 1080p60, hardware support for 12 bit SDI, and a sync cable feature for using two cards together.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is ready for 3D workflow using both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved is where the left and right eyes are interleaved as fields so you can edit using standard editing software.

Dual steam is where DeckLink HD Extreme 3D uses the dual link SDI connections to capture and playback two streams for left and right eye, and records them into two separate media files. Dual stream 3D is higher quality because each eye is full resolution, but less compatible with current editing software.

Media Express has been upgraded to handle both interleaved/side by side and dual stream 3D, so it’s a great solution for capture and playback of 3D media. This means DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is a complete 3D solution!

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D
includes a high quality up, down and cross converter so you can edit in SD and play out HD, or edit in HD and play out SD. The cross converter lets you edit in 720p and output in 1080i, or edit in 1080i and play back in 720p. It’s incredible quality and full 10 bit with audio.

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is also based on a new internal hardware design with support for 12 bit SDI video and full support for video rates up to 1080p60 via SDI, HDMI and analog component. For developers, two DeckLink HD Extreme 3D cards can be joined together with a cable for synchronous dual card operation.

Sony is also announcing at NAB 2010 support in their HDCAM SR deck for the 2K format that’s been built into DeckLink HD Extreme, Multibridge, Videohub and HDLink, and this is exciting news. Now you will be able to edit in 2K film with a workflow as easy as video. This will make 2K film editing and design much easier!

DeckLink HD Extreme 3D is available now for US$975.

Apr 12, 2010 Kona 3 & Neo3D Enable True Stereo 3D to NLE Timelines

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AJA Teams with CineForm to Enable True Stereo 3D Output from Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro Timelines via Neo3D and KONA 3

AJA has collaborated with workflow solution developer CineForm to provide Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and other Mac and Windows-based NLE and effects software users with a variety of unique ways to output stereoscopic 3D material using the AJA KONA 3 video capture card through CineFormʼs Neo3D software.

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