Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve 9 has seen a number of updates since its release over the summer, and even though many have been waiting for the full version that comes with their Blackmagic Cinema Camera, the free version, DaVinci Resolve Lite, is almost exactly the same , with just a few limitations in terms of nodes and resolutions. We've featured a few tutorials on the software so far, so if you're unfamiliar with it, be sure to check them out. Click through for all of the additions in the new Resolve version 9.1.
Here is the list of features added to 9.1:
- Support for Apple Macbook Retina technology.
- Support in XML for FCP X Audition.
- Improved XML integration for better workflows between Resolve, FCP X and Final Cut Pro 7.
- Integration with DeckLink 4K Extreme.
- Includes CinemaDNG Input Device Transform (IDT) for grading Raw images in ACES workflows.
- Ability to generate new AAF for MXF audio renders.
- Improved chase audio feature allowing specification in either frames or seconds.
- Support for timeline audio when PowerMastering.
- Playback support for Sony Raw F55/F5 files.
- Improved rendering times for Sony CineAlta SStP files.
- Playback support for the Red Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor (software decode only).
- Playback and render support for DNxHD 100.
- New ASC CDL metadata extraction from ARRIRAW headers.
- Matte clips can now be assigned to multiple clips in the Media Pool.
- Red Rocket can now be disabled from Preferences.
- NTSC DV playback supports both 4X3 and 16x9 aspect ratios.
A more in-depth description of the changes from their press release:
DaVinci Resolve 9.1 also features support in XML for FCP X Audition, a popular feature in FCP X which provides the ability to stack and scroll through multiple shots in a single location in a timeline, allowing Resolve users to easily transfer files between the systems for a highly efficient workflow. Improvements in mixed frame rate XML integration will allow better workflows between Resolve, FCP X and Final Cut Pro 7 projects. DaVinci Resolve 9.1 also supports improvements for Avid AAF, Sony XAVC and AVC-Intra files and a number of audio and performance improvements.
The new DaVinci Resolve 9.1 also includes an exciting enhancement for the CinemaDNG file format, as used by cameras such as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. DaVinci Resolve now includes a CinemaDNG Input Device Transform (IDT) for grading RAW images in full ACES workflows.
DaVinci Resolve 9.1 can also now be used with the DeckLink 4K Extreme, Blackmagic Design’s newest addition to the DeckLink family of PCI Express capture cards. DeckLink 4K Extreme includes all the features of the popular DeckLink HD Extreme 3D card, plus UltraHD 4K playback, which is four times the resolution of 1080HD video.
There are plenty of additions that will make a practical difference for users, like the improved XML workflows and the full ACES support, but the addition that could really make a huge difference is the Retina Macbook Pro support. This means that you will now have the ability to use the software at the native resolution of the screen, so the grading process should be that much more precise on set or on location. We've already seen some of the advantages of using this with programs like Final Cut, where a full 1080p video can be playing at 1:1 pixels, while still allowing you some screen real estate to work with.
You can head on over to the support page if you already own the software, or try out the free Resolve Lite to get a feel for the program.
What do you think? Have you been using Resolve 9? If so, what do you think of it, and do you think you are working faster than in previous color grading programs?
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