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Blackmagic Design gives DaVinci Resolve users reason to celebrate with their debut of Resolve for Windows, plus new products, upgrades and more. Celebrate with us as Debra Kaufman reports from IBC Amsterdam.
Blackmagic Design President Dan May
After IBC 2011, lots of DaVinci Resolve users are celebrating. That's because Blackmagic Design
debuted DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows
at the show in Amsterdam. Better yet, DaVinci Resolve for Windows will be accompanied by the Mac
OS X version, so a customer can choose which one they want to install and use. "It's the maximum in flexibility," says Blackmagic Design President Dan May. "A user can color correct on a Windows desktop computer in the post house and then plug into a MacBook Pro on set."
According to May, any customer who purchased the Mac OS X version of DaVinci Resolve will be able to simply download the Windows version on the same dongle. DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows will be released Q1 of 2012 and will be included with all current DaVinci Resolve models.
Blackmagic Design also announced more flexibility with DaVinci Resolve Linux now to be included free with the DaVinci Resolve control surface. (Linux will still need to be installed by a qualified Linux engineer, however.) Previously, DaVinci Resolve on Linux was an additional $19,995 charge. All current DaVinci Resolve users who have the Resolve control surface can obtain a free copy of Resolve for Linux by contacting Blackmagic Design.
DaVinci Resolve will be available in three models: DaVinci Resolve Lite, the current free version, will be available in both Windows and Mac OS X downloads. DaVinci Resolve Software for €695 (or $995 USD) will be available for both Mac OS X and Windows, with both operating systems for one price. DaVinci Resolve with the full colorist-designed control surface will come with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software.
DaVinci Resolve System with the control surface and Resolve software. Please click above for larger view.
The company also unveiled a dot upgrade, to Version 8.1, which includes an impressive number of new features. Among those are new layer node composite effects, ACES color-space support, compatibility for Avid AAF and round trip with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 7 clip size and position support, new copy commands for grades, upgraded EDL features, support for UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt and compatibility with the 2011 MacBook Pro 15" computer.
New layer node composite effects give colorists the ability to add, subtract, difference, multiply, screen, overlay, darker and lighten effects, to create very complex grades. ACES and IIF, a new color-space and file format from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences technology committee, is intended to provide a universal, open image exchange, so Blackmagic Design's support is important to the company and its users.
Other new products that Blackmagic Design introduced at IBC 2011 are the ATEM Studio Converter, a new rack mount quad independent bi-directional optical fiber SDI converter with built-in talkback for only €1395 (or $1895 USD), and a new family of super Heavy Duty Mini Converters
machined from a solid block of aluminum using military techniques and resulting in extreme robustness as well as for protecting connectors.
BMD offers 14 different models that include auto SD/HD switching, redundant input, AES/EBU and analog audio on standard 1/4 inch jack connections, combined with advanced 3 Gb/s SDI technology. Please click image above for larger view.
These Heavy Duty Mini Converters are ideal for live production, with four models in the product range all priced at €425 (or $595 USD). ATEM Studio Converter offers four independent optical fiber converters in a one rack unit-sized chassis, combined with built-in talkback. Broadcast and post users can install ATEM Studio Converter as a regular optical fiber SDI converter, with each of the four optical fiber converters totally independent of each other and bi directional.
Blackmagic Design also unveiled the compact Intensity Extreme
, priced at €209 (or $299 USD) and based on Thunderbolt technology. It combines the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback, all from the Thunderbolt connection on the computer. Intensity Extreme instantly switches between the 1080 HD, 720 HD, NTSC and PAL video standards and is compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and any QuickTime-based software application.
Intensity Extreme: 10 bit HDMI and analog video editing for Thunderbolt™ technology. Please click on image above for larger view.
The HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate is a new mounting plate accessory that lets users mount the HyperDeck Shuttle directly onto a professional camera, or mount accessories such as V-Lock or Anton Bauer mounts onto the HyperDeck. The HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate is priced at €69 (or $99 USD).
Also new from Blackmagic Design is SmartView HD, a full resolution HD rack monitor with a 17-inch LCD screen, 3 Gb/s SDI video inputs and centralized network-based control for easy color matching when used in multi monitor installations, priced at €635 (from $695 USD).
SmartView is high quality LCD SDI monitoring for SD, HD and 2K. It includes ethernet for easy adjustments from your laptop. Please click image above for larger view.
Finally, Blackmagic Design announced support for the new AMD FirePro SDI-Link initiative and is now working to integrate Blackmagic Design's capture and playback products with FirePro SDI-Link line of graphics cards. Once the two are integrated, video and broadcast professionals will be able to send and receive data between Blackmagic Design's SDI-based devices and AMD graphics cards with very low latency, which fits the needs of news, weather and sports as well as video encoding and transcoding.
IBC 2011 was a very dynamic show for Blackmagic Design, which introduced a range of products reaching its multi-faceted customer base. Enabling DaVinci Resolve on both the Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms was a very smart move; customers are sure to adopt both with relish and increase penetration for this popular color correction tool.