DaVinci Resolve beta release for Windows16 December 2011
Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows 7 as a downloadable public beta. It is available in both the full-featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions, writes David Fox.
The DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows license is included with the Mac OS X version, so all current Mac OS X customers automatically get a license for the Windows version, and can download it now to use in their facility.
Having a Windows version will allow customers to use a wider range of hardware for colour correction, and a wider selection of graphical processor options with support for up to four GPUs per system.
When the public beta programme is complete, and DaVinci Resolve for Windows is formally released, it will be accompanied by the Mac OS X version, so that users can choose which operating system they want to use, and then install either one. This allows the flexibility to let customers potentially use a Windows desktop computer in the office with powerful multiple GPU processing, and then unplug the dongle and plug into a MacBook Pro on set.
Any customer who has purchased the Mac OS X version of DaVinci Resolve can keep using the same dongle for the Windows version. This will ensure current DaVinci Resolve customers are kept up to date with the latest features, and are not disadvantaged for purchasing early.
DaVinci Resolve will now be available in three models: DaVinci Resolve Lite, the free version available in both Windows and Mac OS X downloads; the $995 DaVinci Resolve for both OS X and Windows, with support for both operating systems in one purchase; and DaVinci Resolve with full colourist-designed control surface will be available with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software.
“This Windows release has happened way sooner than we expected, and the DaVinci engineering team have done an amazing job,” said Blackmagic CEO, Grant Petty. “We think this is very exciting because it makes DaVinci Resolve more flexible for customers, and makes it even easier to integrate Resolve colour correction into any facility workflow even when using a wider range of editing and effects software.”