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Major update for DaVinci Resolve

4 January 2011
Major update for DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design has unveiled a major update to DaVinci Resolve, v7.1 now supporting more file formats, more control panels, and multi GPU processing on Mac OS X.

DaVinci Resolve 7.1 also includes greater control through upgraded support for Tangent Wave control surfaces and support for the JL Cooper Eclipse CX control surface. New file formats and codes supported in DaVinci Resolve 7.1 include Arri Alexa ARRI RAW, Phantom Cine, high dynamic range OpenEXR and more.

This major update is available immediately for download from the Blackmagic Design DaVinci website for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers at no charge.

According to the company, Mac OS X users can now take advantage of a massive improvement in processing power by installing multiple high performance GPUs. This “super computer” processing power, previously only available on Linux systems, smashes the single GPU limit for a single computer and lets customers increase processing power simply by adding additional GPUs as their businesses grow.

Also supported in the DaVinci Resolve 7.1 update is the ATI 5770 graphics card for the user interface and the Cubix x16 PCI Express expansion chassis for use with multiple GPUs. Support for the expansion chassis allows flexibility to install additional storage, video capture cards, multiple Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU processing cards, and Red Rocket cards. This means customers get greater cost savings and complete freedom to build high performance colour correction systems on Mac OS X.

DaVinci Resolve 7 introduced support for third party control surfaces, and DaVinci Resolve 7.1 expands this support. Now included are more menus on the Tangent Wave control surface including menus for stereoscopic 3D and version control, individual adjustments for curves and image clipping, direct access to stills and memories and new keyer controls for post mixing offsets. DaVinci Resolve 7.1 also adds support for the popular JL Cooper Eclipse CX control surface.

As the post production and film industries are rapidly advancing into higher quality digital film production, DaVinci Resolve 7.1 includes a wide range of new file formats and codec support for the latest professional cameras and scanners. New file formats include native realtime support for Arri Alexa ARRI RAW and D-21 ARRI RAW , Phantom Cine files, OpenEXR in uncompressed and compressed formats, Sony MPEG-4 SstP (Simple Studio Profile) and Sony XDCAM files in QuickTime format. Because support for real time grading direct from Arri Alexa ARRI RAW files is handled in the GPU, no extra hardware is required.

DaVinci Resolve 7.1 also includes new Stereoscopic 3D colour grading controls, including timeline slip to sync left and right eye, auto left and right eye colour matching, pitch and yaw keystone control and side-by-side and line-by-line rendering. This new update adds additional project configurations including improved drop frame timecode support, 720p50 and 720p conforming, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60 monitoring as well as automatic multi project ColorTrace support for transferring digital dailies grades.

This new software update adds new user interface displays including clip count display on the colour screen primary grading tab, session duration display on the conform screen, a new slate option to show source clip name and additional autosave options. DaVinci Resolve 7.1 also enhances RED grading controls by including REDcolor2 and Adobe 1998 colorspace support, REDgamma2 gammaspace support, automatic camera metadata support for Hflip and Vflip, ganged adjustment of decode settings and support for saving RED metadata in stills for copy and paste.

“I am so excited to see these high-end professional digital film production file formats all working in realtime with clustered GPU processing power in DaVinci Resolve on Mac OS X based systems!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “DaVinci Resolve was already real time on Mac OS X, but now it’s perfect for high-end digital film work and because it supports more control surfaces and more native DI file formats from the latest digital cinema cameras, it’s going to smash any affordability and creativity barriers for digital filmmakers, post production and programme producers! It’s an extremely exciting time, and I cannot wait to see the creative results from DaVinci colorists worldwide!”

www.blackmagic-design.com/davinci

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