At a quick glance, you might not think this 10.1 update to Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve colour grading application a big deal. Look again as the support of FCPX XML 10.1 means much more interoperability.
The news keeps on getting better, not only has Resolve more than filled the shoes of Apple's Color, it is starting to provide a whole wardrobe of extra grading features for Final Cut Pro X editors. Remember, Resolve Lite is free!
The new update brings Resolve up to version 10.1 (Is it us or are we finding all the 10 based version numbers difficult to remember?). Headline news for us is the 10.1 XML format import which features midway down the press release. It also fixes the problem that many editors were reporting with imports of XML into the previous version.
'Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7 customers. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips and imported FCP 7 XML’s include font properties and timeline markers as well as being able to bring across sizing, cropping and composition parameters. Now shot reframing adjustments made during Final Cut Pro editing will translate even more accurately into the DaVinci Resolve timeline.'
This is going to be of great help to editors who reframe large sensor media such as RED or 4K in a smaller timeline.
In the long, long list of features we have also spotted that the update brings support for Sony F55 Raw and XAVC and Sony F5 XAVC. This should please editors who have been editing in XAVC with FCPX since 10.0.8 as they can now grade in Resolve.
Here's the rest of the Press Release. Please let us know if the update has fixed or broken new things!
The new DaVinci Resolve 10.1 update adds innovative editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can quickly switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with a simple drag and drop, making it easier to use the same footage in different parts of the edit.
The enhanced editing tools also include support for trimming frame based clips such as DNG and DPX that reduces time in transferring clips for even faster workflows, as well as Rich Text title support which allows every character’s size, position and color to be adjusted individually directly from the Edit page.
Customers with the full software license of DaVinci Resolve will get enhanced 3D stereoscopic tools including a full stereoscopic multi track editing timeline, enhanced convergence adjustments and automatic alignment.
“We are really excited to be adding even more advanced editing features so quickly after the release of DaVinci Resolve 10” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Resolve 10 has been a massive update with over 50 new features including temporal processing, Open FX Plug-ins and powerful onset tools. The additional editing tools we are releasing today give customers more precise control over their projects from within the DaVinci Resolve timeline and improves integration with popular editing and visual effects software so that customers get the best workflow possible.
For the full software license version, the stereoscopic 3D functionally of v9 is also included with the addition of being able to sync the left and right eye in the media pool automatically. This means the edit timeline for stereo projects is now a single rather than two timelines and stereoscopic 3D timelines can now be edited. The convergence control is now on a separate line in the keyframe timeline to make it easier to manage convergence keyframes."