Blackmagic Design is to highlight DaVinci Resolve 8, a major update to its widely-used colour correction system, writes Carolyn Giardina. New features in DaVinci Resolve 8 include multilayer timeline support with editing, and XML import and export with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro.
OpenCL processing allows use on Apple iMac and MacBook Pro computers, while advanced processing tools have been added for real-time noise reduction, curve grading and advanced multi-point stabilisation, as well as automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment.
DaVinci Resolve 8 also supports the Avid Artist Color, Tangent Wave and JL Copper control panels, as well as offering ALE export to relink graded DNxHD files back into Avid editors.
Blackmagic suggests that the new XML import and export combined with the multilayer timeline allows complex sequences from Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro to be imported, colour graded and then exported directly back into Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro, with all of the new graded shots and the layer structure intact. The company reports that if the edit is changed, DaVinci Resolve 8 will automatically relink all the clips so the grades are preserved.
Advanced OpenCL image processing allows a broader range of GPUs to be used for real-time processing up to 1080 HD resolutions, according to Blackmagic.
DaVinci Resolve 8 starts at $995. The update is available as a free download to existing customers.