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IBC: Blackmagic acquires eyeon, shows new products

Those of us here in Amsterdam woke up this morning to the news that Blackmagic Design acquired eyeon Software, the Toronto-based makers of high-end digital compositing, VFX and motion graphics software used in features, spots, TV and broadcast. eyeon, run and founded by longtime industry vet Steve Roberts, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design.

Fusion 7, being demonstrated at the Blackmagic stand at IBC, has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects. Most recently, Fusion 7 has been used on feature films like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForThe Amazing Spiderman 2, Captain America, Gravity and more.

“Blackmagic Design is the most progressive company in professional post production today,” says eyeon CEO Roberts. “With their focus on developing the best solutions and a global network of offices, Blackmagic gives customers the products and services they deserve. The acquisition of eyeon will provide greater development and support of Fusion and Generation, where customers will now have more dynamic, comprehensive, and faster solutions for their creative needs.”

Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty had this to say about the purchase: “We’re really excited about the acquisition of eyeon. Fusion compositing, 3D and motion graphics software has been used on some of Hollywood’s biggest visual effects blockbusters. When used together with DaVinci Resolve for editing and grading, Fusion also gives customers the world’s most advanced tools for 3D compositing, visual effects, motion graphics design and more!”

Fusion 7 combines motion graphics and visual effects compositing into a single application. In addition to its advanced compositing tools, Fusion 7 also includes comprehensive paint, rotoscope, keying, layering and titling tools, along with a particle generator system. It can import geometry from other applications as well as create its own elements, like text and particles, from scratch. Elements can be composited together and quickly output using Fusion’s GPU-accelerated render engine. Multiple renders can be combined in one project to render different aspects of the same scene. Fusion 7 goes beyond just compositing layers and has a full set of creation tools for building objects and scene elements in a 3D system that can handle millions of polygons with complex shading.

eyeon will continue to support its customers and expand its sales channels with the added strength of the Blackmagic Design organization. eyeon will also continue developing solutions for the VFX and post production industries.

Product News
Blackmagic also announced some new products and product updates at IBC, including a major update to the DaVinci Resolve based on customer feedback. DaVinci Resolve 11.1 is available for free download now for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers. New editing features include improved Final Cut Pro X integration, improved asymmetric trimming, a new Swap Edit command, the ability to trim gaps in the timeline, editable in/out points in the source viewer, graphical fade sliders for video opacity, action and title safe overlays, independent track heights, a full screen timeline option, the ability to add transitions to multiple clips at the same time, and more.

New color correction features include support for object tracking and stabilization of compound clips, second layer input support for OpenFX plugins, the ability to pick colors in the viewer for OFX plugins, and new group menu options to load, delete and rename groups. DaVinci Resolve 11.1 also includes support for visually lossless compressed DNG RAW clips, Panasonic Varicam vRAW and AVC-I, improved color decoding for Phantom CINE RAW files, new Phantom Cine Log gamma selection in the camera raw settings, VFX I/O LUTs for Gamma 2.2 and Gamma 2.4, and more. Linux customers also get OpenCL support for AMD GPUs. Finally, the new version adds support for Dolby Vision image processing.

They also announced SmartView 4K, the world’s first full resolution Ultra HD broadcast monitor with 12G-SDI inputs for compatibility with virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 for $1,995 that will be available in December.

They also have a new Videohub model of their mixed format routers, Smart Videohub 40×40, which includes their visual routing user interface and 6G-SDI technology allowing SD, HD and Ultra HD routing all on the same router at the same time and will be available in Oct. And they have a new software suite for the Videohub range of SDI routers that provides new client control and setup applications for easier and simpler router operation. Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 is available now for download free of charge. The new Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 update includes 2 new software applications for both Mac OS X and Windows computers. The Blackmagic Videohub Control features a new user interface that includes elegantly designed buttons that allow users to customize and control their Videohub routing from their desktop. Blackmagic Videohub Control is perfect when customers are working on editing, color correction or other computer-based workstations and want to change routing in their facility.

A few other products include the DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, a new dual Link 12G-SDI capture and playback card that includes an extremely fast 8 lane PCI Express Generation 2 connection to the computer allowing extremely high performance such as dual stream video capture and playback at resolutions up to 2160p60. Dual stream capture and playback at these resolutions allows dual stream 3D as well as simultaneous fill and key capture and playback even when operating in Ultra HD at 60 frames per second.

New Ultra HD compatible mini converters and Heavy Duty mini converter 4K models that feature 6G-SDI technology, allowing customers to use a single type of converter for all conversion needs in SD, HD and Ultra HD television formats. These new models replace the previous models for each conversion type and all standard models retail at US $295 while the heavy duty models retail for US $345.

Blackmagic MultiView 16, a native Ultra HD multiviewer allows customers to use the new large screen Ultra HD televisions and Ultra HD monitors for displaying images at twice the resolution of an HD multiview. The new MultiView 16 lets you see up to 16 SDI inputs on a single display. It allows customers to use the new large screen Ultra HD televisions and Ultra HD monitors for displaying images at twice the resolution of an HD multiview. With full frame re-sync in each input, it supports the display of up to 16 mixed SD, HD and Ultra HD video sources all at the same time. MultiView 16 will be priced at only US $1,495.

Two new cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL, are available. Both cameras include PL mount models, for using professional cinema lenses or even vintage cinema lenses, and are now available from $2,295. This means cinematographers now have a professional PL mount digital film camera that’s so small, the camera body is only a little larger than the lens mount itself. Customers then get a design that can fit into the tightest locations while still allowing decades of classic professional film lenses to be used.

 


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