updated 06:30 pm EDT, Fri September 10, 2010
Supports more formats, 3D, speed increases
Blackmagic Design today unveiled the Mac upgrade to v7 of the Emmy-winning professional DI color grader, DaVinci Resolve. The software, which requires a 17-inch MacBook Pro for standard-definition or web projects and a top-end Mac Pro for higher-level work, sports an all-new interface, now incorporates Apple ProRes and H.264 formats, supports RED Rocket cards and boasts new stereoscopic 3D grading as well as other features.
Resolve works both as a software-only option, now priced at $995 for Mac OS X, as well as in a hardware/software combination featuring the DaVinci control surface for $29,995.
The software now natively supports Apple ProRes file formats, including 4444, 422, 422(HQ), 422 (Proxy) and 422 (LT) directly on the timeline, even if there are mixed-format/resolution clips present. Colorists can also grade directly from H.264 files (such as DSLR output) with read and write support, as well as native Cineform 2D and 3D or SI-2K files.
An optional $500 update also supports native DNxHD media files, while adding the ability to move files to and from Avid systems.
The new RED Rocket support allows for native r3d file grading with full-resolution decoding and debayering in real time. Colorists can now extract r3d reel names from either FCP, Adobe or Avid EDLs, or grade and render to ProRes, DPX or DNxHD at speeds near real time.
The 3D stereoscopic features of the Mac version have been upgraded, including a new convergence control tool to let colorists separately program pan adjustments to change the point of convergence on 3D projects, while still making individual eye pan adjustments. A new eye-matching tool has also been included, allowing colorists to automatically apply grades made on one eye to the other one.
In addition, users can now play back, grade and monitor in 3D using side-by-side and line mesh displays, allowing even Mac DaVinci Resolve systems to work on complex stereoscopic 3D projects that previously required multi-core Linux rigs.
Version 7 is a free upgrade to existing DaVinci Resolve and Splice owners. DaVinci 2K users can keep their hardware and upgrade to Resolve by paying the Linux license price ($19,995).