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BMD DaVinci Resolve 8

posted Jul 13, 2011, 9:52 PM by Alex Gerulaitis ‎(DV411)‎   [ updated Jul 13, 2011, 10:16 PM ]
BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve software for the Mac is an advanced color correction software only solution compatible with high performance GPU cards and off the shelf control panels such as the Tangent Wave™.  Includes 32-bit float YRGB processing for all effects, power windows, tracking, primaries and secondaries and 3D object tracker.  Mac only.

What's new in DaVinci Resolve 8.0

• Multi-track timeline support
• FCP7 XML5 Import and Export
• Multiple Layer Image Compositing
• Extensive composite and transitions support
• Drag and Drop clip editing
• AAF multi-layer import
• Avid 1:1 10-bit MXF YUV decode support
• Avid 1:1 10-bit MXF RGB decode and encode support
• General Avid MXF rendering improvements including render with project name
• Real time noise reduction for CUDA GPUs
• OpenCL GPU support for ATI GPUs
• Curve grading
• RGB Mixer grading
• Automatic stabilization of shots
• Automatic Stereoscopic 3D Image Alignment
• Real time ingest, output and Power Mastering to tape of Stereoscopic 3D images
• Full resolution Stereoscopic 3D Monitoring using Decklink 3D
• Stereoscopic 3D Monitoring Mode enhancements
• Stereoscopic 3D Wipe for UI and Waveform
• Expanded Custom Curves data range
• Ability to use Y/R/G/B channels individually as mattes
• Enhanced source clip render options
• Power Mastering now always enabled
• Next scene switch priority option
• Ability to append color grade nodes from stills to the node graph
• Ability to add a node prior to the current node in the node graph
• Control-D shortcut to disable/enable current node in the node graph
• Export and import stills with DaVinci Resolve eXchange (DRX) color correction metadata
• Grade protection during recall and paste
• Convergence protection during recall and paste
• ARRI Alexa ARRIRAW v3 support
• ARRI and RED decode settings protection during recall and paste
• ARRI and RED image decoder controls on DaVinci Resolve Control Surface
• Real time RED Epic camera file support
• RED Epic HDR support
• CinemaDNG decode support
• Support for 10-bit Phantom .cine files
• Cineform encode support on Mac with Cineform license
• Improved OpenEXR and Ti! performance
• Multiple UI screen resolution support
• Reel number/name editing in the Media Pool
• Avid Artist Color control panel support
• Additional JLCooper panel resets
• Additional bi-linear resizing filter for portable systems
• Clip sequence copy support in the Browse screen
• Option to set viewer background to grey for checking blanking and sizing
• General performance and stability improvements

The post production standard

DaVinci color correctors are the standard in post production since 1984. There are thousands of colorists worldwide who understand the performance, quality and workflow of DaVinci and love it as their trusted partner in creativity. DaVinci is the name behind more feature films, television commercials, documentaries, episodic television production and music videos than any other grading system. Now avalible for both Mac and Linux, the true quality and power of DaVinci is now affordable for everyone!

Clients demand DaVinci!

When you’re in a room full of demanding clients with conflicting ideas, colorists know that only DaVinci has the quality, real time performance, creative features, and powerful control panels to make euphoric clients who love to keep coming back. That’s why clients always ask for DaVinci by name.

Realtime by design

Computer based solutions are always limited to the computer you’re running on. DaVinci Resolve when running on Linux smashes this limitation, because it’s based on a cluster of Linux computers with high performance GPU cards, so all processing is always real time. This means DaVinci Resolve Linux has all the power of a super computer for the real time performance you need when you're in a room full of clients. Add dozens of primaries, secondaries, power windows, multi point tracking, blurs, and more, then just hit play. It always works!

Scale as you need!

Start with a single computer on Mac OS X for lower cost, then upgrade to Linux for extra power for high resolutions such as 2K or 4K, stereoscopic 3D feature films, or real time grading of raw RED files. It’s all possible with DaVinci because you can just add extra Linux computers and GPU cards via high speed InfiniBand connections. Only DaVinci Resolve scales up as your needs increase.

Engineered to perfection!

DaVinci processing quality is so revolutionary it won an Emmy™ award for contributions to the television industry! All image processing is handled in the deepest 32 bit floating point accuracy, so even if you wind down one layer to almost black, you can still wind the following layer back up with no loss of quality. All effects, power windows, tracking, primaries and secondaries all operate at the highest bit depths, even when processing in real time. That’s the engineering perfection clients demand.

Optical quality processing

DaVinci supports flat gamma, linear or log images with equal ease and quality. If you need to resize, reposition or zoom any shot, then DaVinci Resolve does it all in real time at full RGB optical quality. Pan, tilt, zoom and rotate while grading mixed formats, mixed pixel aspect ratios and mixed resolutions all on the same timeline. Only DaVinci uses YRGB processing to independently adjust luminance using a simple control for greater creativity, such as slightly burnt out or de-saturated highlights.

Nodes for unlimited creativity!

DaVinci uses node based image processing where each node is a separate color correction, power window or effect. Nodes are similar to layers, but much more powerful because you can change the connections between the nodes. Join nodes sequentially, or in parallel to combine grades, effects, mixers, keyers, custom curves in any order for mind blowing creative styles, that are totally unhindered by technical limitations. You can reconnect nodes in any order for all types of exciting and cutting edge creative looks.

Mind blowing creative options

Every node has full YRGB processing with primary and secondary controls; lift, gamma, gain, hue, saturation, luminance, calibrated printer lights, matte defocus, image defocus, 3D object tracking, YSFX, Custom Curves™, soft clip, highlight, circle, rectangle and polygon Power Windows™, plus the new Power Curve™ windows with full bezier control and independent inside and outside softness. Only DaVinci has such a mind blowing range of creative options to explore, and of course it’s all real time!

World's greatest 3D tracker!

DaVinci Resolve includes the world’s most powerful 3D object tracker that’s perfect for locking Power Windows™ to on screen objects. No more time wasting key frame generation! Just drop a Power Window™ into a shot, such as someone’s face, turn on 3D tracking and press play. 3D object tracking automatically follows the objects movement, position and size, even if it’s tracking someone’s face and they turn their head sideways! 3D object tracking uses 1 to 99 tracking points for real time perfect tracking lock.

Innovative stereoscopic 3D!

With the latest feature films in full stereoscopic 3D, DaVinci Resolve on Linux easily handles these new demanding workflows. With stereoscopic hardware you can grade and view two eyes at the same time, all in real time with no rendering and no proxies. Each eye can have its own or a common grade and you can change the position of each eye to change the stereoscopic effect. It's easy to group shots and grade multiple clips at the same time just by selecting the clips in a group or use a quad play head to review up to four clips at one time.

Let your emotions flow!

Colorists know that color correction is all about reaching into the image and letting your emotions and creativity flow to create the perfect shot. It’s just like holding the images in your hands and molding them into absolute perfection. That's why colorists always describe images in emotional ways, such as warm, cold, soft and hard. That's the colorist culture that DaVinci understands. Colorists just cannot be truly creative when limited to clicking on fiddly small screen controls or by using pens and tablets.

Integrated control surface and software

The DaVinci Resolve control surface and software have been specifically designed by colorists to work together in total harmony. Controls have been placed near your natural hand positions keeping the on screen software interface clear of clutter for better visual feedback of your work. Track balls have been placed together so lift, gamma and gain can all be adjusted at the same time. Each control has a separate button or knob so you can instinctively reach out and touch every part of your image.

Heads up grading

Buttons can be set to any custom color, and with a huge 38 independent soft knobs with automatic color labels, you’ll never have to page through multiple menus for common adjustments. Full deck control buttons with jog and shuttle are built in. All grade memories and gallery still frames can be recalled with a simple press of a button. Only the DaVinci Resolve control surface lets you keep your head up and grading at full speed!

Grade raw RED files in realtime!

DaVinci Resolve allows full unlimited grading of raw RED files in real time so you’re not limited by time consuming rendering before grading. DaVinci Resolve reads and browses files direct from your disk array, SAN or files captured from the video input. Choose from a huge range of file formats such as native DPX, CIN, QuickTime, DNxHD and native RED R3D in 4K with full de-bayer all in real time. You can even work with TIFF, JPEG, TGA and BMP and up to 16 channels of audio!

Get your job done fast!

DaVinci Resolve is designed to handle all types of source material common in busy post production facilities. Get the job done fast as you can automatically link color correction metadata to the master grade. Load an EDL for an instant conform of your timeline and you can grade multiple versions of the edit all at the same time. DaVinci Resolve lets you view the offline against the timeline to quickly see and fix any problems. EDLs are handled in A or C mode and if you don’t have an EDL, then the DaVinci Automatic Scene Detector can create one for you fast!

Gallery stills and grades library

DaVinci Resolve features the famous Gallery where grades and stills can be loaded and recalled instantly. That’s perfect for keeping your grades consistent all the way through the job and keeping all of your grading presets in one easily accessible place. You can even pull Gallery grades and stills from other sessions! Gallery grades and stills can be saved at any time with the simple click of a button, and you can even build a custom effects library of your own!