on May 13, 2015 Technology News Good Reads Post Production

DaVinci Resolve 12 is Becoming a Contender for NLEs

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We’ve all been there. You’ve made your fine cuts, mixed your audio, and now comes the fun part -- color and choosing exactly which look you are trying to achieve. That's why a colorist  providing you with multiple choices is such a critical and liberating part of the creative process. Until you’ve seen a colorist work their magic using DaVinci Resolve, you cannot grasp how powerful the tool truly is.

Depending on the scope of your project, you may try to avoid some costs and grade yourself. And you’ve probably had some great success using a three-way color corrector or Lumetri Looks. However, in my personal opinion, nothing matches the experience of seeing a colorist at work on DaVinci Resolve with a Tangent Wave Panel, a properly calibrated grading monitor, and in a room of 18% neutral grey.

Since announcing DaVinci Resolve 12 at NAB 2015 last month, Blackmagic Design is hoping to bring editors and colorists one step closer by enhancing the tools that are already provided in one package. Resolve 12 is being marketed as combining “professional non-linear video editing with the world’s most advanced color corrector so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system! DaVinci Resolve is completely scalable and resolution independent so it can be used on set, in a small studio or integrated into the largest Hollywood production pipeline!”

DaVinci color correctors have been an industry standard since 1984. This past year Resolve 11 offered an NLE comparable to FCP X or Premiere. If you’re lucky, you’ve been able to dabble with DaVinci 11. Maybe you’ve expressed interest and your colorist got the ball rolling on the grading process and then passed you a few nodes, encouraging you to take it the rest of the way. And there’s no excuse not to. Blackmagic Design offers a free DaVinci Resolve Lite 11 download here. Of course, it takes some time learning any new NLE. This February, colorist and editor Nikolai Waldman, of Waldman Media, had a wish list for DaVinci 12.

While not everything on his wish list was met, No Film School says “Resolve's non-linear editing capabilities are now up there with many of the established NLEs right now. Outside of the cloud-based collaboration features that you can find with Adobe and Avid, there's not much that you couldn't accomplish as an editor on a Resolve system that you could do on any other NLE.”

Of over 80 new features, some of the most exciting are its multicam editing with several sync options, real time audio mixing, nesting timelines, a brilliantly enhanced 3D tracker, exporting options to Pro Tools, and multi GPU real time performance.

DaVinci Resolve 12 is expected to be released in July, for $995, but current users would be allowed to upgrade for free. To see what is new in Resolve 12, check out this video and more at Blackmagic Design.


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Ben Bokaer

Support Manager at MediaSilo. Avid movie-goer. I also own the most adorable kitten-- her name is Sassafras.