DaVinci Resolve 8 Update is Available Now

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Fri, 07/08/2011 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Blackmagic Design has announced the immediate availability of DaVinci Resolve 8 an update that includes new powerful features and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site for all DaVinci Resolve users free of charge. New features in DaVinci Resolve 8 include multi layer timeline support with editing and XML import and export with Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro. The new DaVinci Resolve 8 now includes OpenCL processing to allow use on Apple iMac and MacBook Pro computers. New advanced processing tools have been added for real time noise reduction curve grading advanced multi point stabilization as well as automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment. DaVinci Resolve 8 also supports the Avid Artist Color Tangent Wave and JL Copper control panels plus offers ALE export to relink graded DNxHD files back into Avid editors.

The new XML import and export combined with the multi layer timeline in DaVinci Resolve 8 lets complex sequences from Apple Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro to be imported color graded and then exported directly back into Final Cut Pro 7 or Premiere Pro with all the new graded shots and the layer structure intact. If the edit is changed DaVinci Resolve 8 will automatically relink all the clips so the grades are preserved. Editing can also be performed inside DaVinci Resolve 8 and clips adjusted and relocated.

Advanced OpenCL image processing has been incorporated into DaVinci Resolve 8 and this allows a broader range of GPUs to be used for real time processing up to 1080 HD resolutions. OpenCL based processing while not as powerful as CUDA processing also used on DaVinci Resolve does allow a much wider range of computers that can be used for color grading. Now Apple iMac and MacBook Pro series computers can be used for real time grading allowing customers to use the computer hardware they already have. DaVinci Resolve 8 running on a MacBook Pro is a perfect on set color grading tool.

 For handling shots that suffer from movement of the camera DaVinci Resolve 8 includes a new multi point advanced stabilizer which fixes unstable shots. The stabilizer is intelligent and uses dozens of stabilization points to totally lock every part of the image. This results in incredibly stable images even from poor quality sources such as unstable hand held cameras.

For colorists who are new to DaVinci Resolve there is now a new Curve Grading feature that works exactly the same way as low end editing software grading which greatly helps new users get up and running quickly with an interface they are familiar with. DaVinci Resolve 8 Curve Grading takes this interface much further because colorists can customize the curves and they get greater control with hue vs hue hue vs sat hue vs lum and lum vs sat controls. For fastest grading speed curves can be adjusted from the mouse as well as the control panel.

For colorists working on stereoscopic 3D work DaVinci Resolve 8 includes a new automatic image alignment tool that automatically aligns images between cameras to produce an a perfect 3D image. 3D materiel is shot using two cameras combined with optics and this causes problems with alignment because it’s impossible to perfectly align down to the pixel level two cameras mechanically. Until now users had to accept some misalignment. However this is very fatiguing for viewers of 3D materiel and has led to negative reviews of some 3D feature films. When working in higher resolutions such as 4K the problem is worse because the mechanical tolerances are even tighter. 

With the new DaVinci Resolve 8 automatic stereoscopic 3D image alignment hundreds of individual image points are analyzed and the image is perfectly aligned between eyes. This produces an incredibly sharp and vibrant 3D image. Alignment is fast and takes seconds per shot. It’s completely automatic so the colorist requires no settings. This new 3D alignment uses advanced image processing developed by the Blackmagic Design advanced algorithm team and will revolutionize 3D post-production.

 DaVinci Resolve 8 is available now starting from $995 via Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. All current Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 7 customers can now download this update free of charge from the Blackmagic Design web site.

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