Once again, Blackmagic Design had a pretty prolific NAB Show. This year they brought 38 new products to Las Vegas. There is no way we can tackle them all in this space so we will focus on three and encourage you to check out their site for more.
At NAB, Blackmagic introduced DaVinci Resolve 12, a major upgrade with over 80 new features for pro editing and color grading. The update includes a new interface, multicamera editing, new media management tools, a new pro audio engine with support for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, 3D keyer, new 3D perspective tracker and enhanced curve editing.
DaVinci Resolve 12’s new interface has a lighter overall color scheme and new fonts that help reduce eye strain and make it easier to work for long sessions. The new GUI is scalable and has been designed with high-DPI monitors in mind, such as retina displays. New top-down navigation speeds up layout selections and also gives users more flexibility to customize their workspace.
The new multicamera editing feature lets editors cut programs from multiple sources in realtime. Resolve 12 can synchronize camera angles based on timecode, audio waveforms, or in/out points.
Resolve 12 also features several enhancements to the core editing tools. For example, the company has extended all trim modes, multislip, slide, ripple and roll, and editors can now select multiple points for dynamic trimming and asymmetric trimming of clips, even if they’re on the same track.
A new audio engine offers higher sampling rates and greatly improved realtime audio playback performance, including reverse playback and tape-style slow-motion scrubbing during dynamic JKL trimming. For the first time, editors will be able to export projects directly to ProTools via AAF for audio finishing.
Media management in Resolve 12 has been redesigned to accommodate editorial workflows, with numerous features that make it easier to find, manage and import media.
Resolve colorists will find new tools that give them even more creative grading. Resolve 12 adds support for DaVinci’s own color-managed timelines as well as ACES 1.0 transforms, making it easier to get consistent results, especially when working in facilities with managed pipelines. The core grading and color correction tools have also been improved with features such as a new curves interface, automatic color analysis and matching between two or more clips, a 3D perspective tracker and a new 3D keyer with improved matte finesse options.
DaVinci Resolve 12 also now supports remote rendering so that customers working in larger facilities can distribute rendering jobs to other Resolve systems that are on the same shared database and shared storage.
Resolve 12 will be available in July for free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all current DaVinci Resolve customers.
In other news at NAB, Blackmagic announced it will release Fusion 8 on Mac OS X and Linux. The company had already made Fusion available on Windows for free last fall. Fusion 8 for Mac OS X and Windows will be available free of charge from the website in the third quarter. Also in the third quarter, Fusion 8 Studio for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux will be available for download from the Blackmagic website free of charge for all current Fusion customers and $995 for new customers.
Finally, at NAB Blackmagic showed the Ursa Mini, a compact and lightweight Super 35 digital film camera that’s balanced for all-day hand-held use. Ursa Mini features a 4.6K image sensor, switchable global or rolling shutter, up to 15 stops of dynamic range, a large 5-inch fold-out viewfinder and dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders. Users can choose from four models with either EF or PL lens mounts and 4K or 4.6K image sensors.
Among the Ursa Mini’s key features are built-in dual CFast 2.0 card recorders for unlimited-duration recording in high quality; open file formats compatible with popular software; and support for CinemaDNG 4.6K RAW files and ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, and ProRes 422 Proxy recording at Ultra HD and HD resolutions.
The camera accommodates all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and 4-pin 12V DC power. It has built-in stereo mics for recording sound and a built-in gyroscope for recording camera pitch, roll and yaw movements when working in RAW. The camera also comes with a full copy of Resolve software.
Watch Blackmagic’s Bob Caniglia run down these and other products from the NAB Show floor.