[NAB 2013] Blackmagic Design introduces DaVinci Resolve 10 – My TOP 8 features

[NAB 2013] Blackmagic Design introduces DaVinci Resolve 10 – My TOP 8 features

Posted by Steve

Blackmagic Design introduced a lot of new product at NAB 2013. Amount them, one of the most significant announcement was version 10 of their grading solution: DaVinci Resolve. Get my TOP 8 of new and updated features after the jump.

DaVinci Resolve 10 is a major update with some great new features that colorists around the world have been waiting for. Here’s my personal favorite new & improved features (in no special order):

  1. OpenFX: Yes, finally Resolve get a plugin architecture and accept plugin developed around the OpenFX open-standard. Expect to see GenArt’s Sapphire and other well-known plugin running on Resolve with viewer screen controls and unlimited plugins per clip.
  2. Unlimited & improved Power Windows:
    • You are not limited to 4 power windows per node anymore.
    • The PowerCurve has also been redesigned: independent entry & exit per point bezier adjustment
    • A new gradient Power Window is now available
    • You can also draw your power windows in full screen.
  3. Lightbox: You can see your Lightbox on your SDI monitor! (A feature I missed from Baselight)
  4. Display of multiple grade versions: That’s a great tool when you have to choose between versions of your graded shots or if you want to see your before/after current shot.
  5. Online editor: No need to return to a NLE to finish the online editing anymore:
    •  Resolve supports unlimited video & audio tracks
    • full transitions
    • Retiming is handle via optical flow for high quality slow motions.
    • CG characters, a colorbars, tone & slate generators.
  6. DCP Delivery: You can now output JPEG 2000 files directly from Resolve and if you have a easyDCP license, you will be able to export a DCP file directly from Resolve!
  7. Resolve Live: You can now grade live a video feed from a camera on-set even before it has been shot by the camera and keep the preset for the full grading work later.
  8. Support for new formats and colorspace grading: Sony Log2, Canon C500, F65/55/5 4K RAW decoding, XAVC & 4K DCI. Half and quarter resolution debayer options for low GPU powered systems.

There is no word on improved support of third-party color surfaces and if they added an option to customize their factory mapping. I wouldn’t hold my breath about that but it can be a really good incentive for a lot of colorist to make the jump from the free version to the paid one.

DaVinci Resolve 10 will be available in Q3 2013 (read september/october 2013) in two version: a free HD-limited version (and no DNR & limited stereoscopic tools) and a $995 full-blown version. It will be a free update to current Resolve 9 users & I expect a beta version to appear sometime between now and September like they did for Resolve 9.

Follow the tag NAB 2013 for more NAB 2013 news.

Don’t miss my review of the new Tangent Elements mapping on Resolve 10.

Steve's Blog - Apr 13, 2013 | Color Grading, front page, Home Page, News
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