November 7, 2013

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 10 Final Release Now Available, Free Version Supports Up to 4K

Blackmagic's DaVinci Resolve 10 finally entered public Beta back in September, and many of you have already begun using it for new projects. You can take version 9 projects into 10, but not the other way around, so starting something in 10 until today meant you were pushing forward with software that wasn't quite complete yet (though stable for most uses). There is also some information that has been overlooked, and that's related to the Lite version of the DaVinci Resolve color grading suite.

As a quick refresh, here's what's new in Resolve 10, from our combined NAB 2013 coverage with FreshDV:

http://vimeo.com/63611530

If you're planning to project your film in a theater anywhere, there's a good chance you'll need a DCP, and Resolve 10 can handle that very easily:

For project delivery, DaVinci Resolve 10 includes full audio track visibility in the deliver window timeline as well as EasyDCP integration so users can render directly from their project timeline into a Digital Cinema Package for release to theaters. Because DaVinci Resolve 10 allows rendering from the camera RAW file directly to the Digital Cinema Package files in the highest quality 32 bit float, there is simply no better quality possible for a cinema release master. Customers simply need to purchase a license from EasyDCP to enable this feature.

The Resolve Lite started its life as a mostly crippled version of the real thing, and over the last year or so the differences have been shrinking. Resolve 10 Lite now supports both 4K resolution (it's labelled as 4K UHD but limited in output to 3,840 x 2,160) and GPU support, so while there are some who will need the few extra features in the full Resolve 10 (like support for multiple GPUs and multiple RED ROCKET cards), many will be able to get away with the Lite version of the software. Another exciting feature in Resolve is the support for OFX plugins, which means that it can work with software like the plugin version of FilmConvert to get your LUT and final grading all in one application.

You can find the Resolve 10 update over on the Blackmagic Support page, and it's available for both Windows, Mac, and Linux, with the Free version available only for Windows and Mac. If you want to buy the full version separately, it's still going to be about $1,000.

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Any word on blackmagic 4k camera?

November 7, 2013 at 11:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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VinceGortho

They are shooting for end of the year, so I would expect an update at some point soon.

November 7, 2013 at 11:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Joe Marine
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End of year?

It was supposed to be August 2013... then they delayed it until September 2013... and then again til October... and now here we are in November and not a word from them...

The said part is that they assured everyone that they wouldn't have a debacle like the original BMCC because they were using different manufacturers and distributors, etc... now it's turning out to be the same thing all over...

All in all though, I think this is part of BMD's (and Red as well) marketing strategy, which is basically to get you holding out for their cameras so that you don't go out and buy someones else's... because at the end of the day, cameras are expensive and a large investment for most people, so once you buy one, you won't be likely to buy another for a few years so you will effectively be removing yourself from their potential client base.

Let's be real, there is no way RED realistically planned on delivering Dragon in 2012 (the year of the Dragon), they just wanted people to hold out for their product... same goes for the BMD... you ever notice how Grant Petty announces a new delay, three or four days after the deadline?

They know exactly what they're doing.

November 7, 2013 at 11:57AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jordicus

Jordicus, why complain? a company is making a cool product, and that is why you are upset? i want my cool product now! relax and be happy that they make a product at all Its not easy to make any sort of high tech product, manufacturing is not easy. Let alone a product that contains cutting edge technology at a comparatively cheep price.

November 7, 2013 at 12:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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patrick

$4,000, that you put into a company in the expectations of a product long ago... He has every right to be angry. What if he ran a business and they are literally putting all their investment BMCCs? He would have to turn down clients... the list goes on. Black Magic are sloppy as shit and shouldn't be doing this all over again. If you told people to wait till the end of the year and you delivered in your real target date, September, people would be over the moon.

November 7, 2013 at 2:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tyler

You completely missed the point of my post.

November 7, 2013 at 2:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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jordicus

Tyler no one has put any $4k into Black magic. If you put $4k down with a reseller for a camera that wasnt out yet IN FULL KNOWLEDGE of the delays BM have had in the past then there would only be one person to blame.

November 7, 2013 at 4:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter

Thanks for the info Joe.

November 7, 2013 at 3:21PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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VinceGortho

Thanks for news on new version coming out - but although I'm biased as I create DCP's, you failed to mention that an EasyDCP license runs around $2500 for encrypted and over $5000 for encrypted. Especially for short filmmakers, that's really expensive but it still much more expensive then feature DCP costs at providers. There are many DCP providers like myself that create DCPs for indies for far less plus offer testing, mastering and QC as part of that price to insure the DCP is made correctly. Unless you are making a lot of DCPs, it would not be a wise purchase. And if you are tech savvy, patient and have access to a theater for testing, you can create your own DCP using open source tools.

November 7, 2013 at 11:56AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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November 7, 2013 at 1:26PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Jason Bowdach

openDCP has many issues. I've done some testing and comparison between the two (openDCP and easyDCP) and didn't manage to get good looking results from openDCP. The colors always seemed to shift, especially in the shadows (but not the blacks). So if image quality is important, I wouldn't recommend it. Plus openDCP is very slow compared to easyDCP.
I also noticed some issues with easyDCP and certain kind of ProRes QuickTimes. The issues disappear if you transcode those very QuickTimes with DaVinci Resovle, which so far seemed to correctly interpret those ProRes files. I hope of course, that this workaround gets obsolete as soon as we start using the plugin version of easyDCP. It seems like a good match: DaVinci = correct interpretation of files, easyDCP = fast and correct color transformation.

November 8, 2013 at 2:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Hannes

What goes into creating a DCP? It is something I am not very familiar with.

November 7, 2013 at 2:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Morgan C.

The pricing for the Resolve plugins is as follows:

EasyDCP creator - $1350
Encrypting module - $550
Playback plugin - $800
Decryption module -$550

So the total for everything is $3230 which is actually very good and if all you want is a robust creator - $1350 is a steal! Of course compared to the free openDCP its quite high but the ease of use, quality and reliability offered by EasyDCP integrated into Resolve would easily pay for itself over time.

November 7, 2013 at 4:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Peter

I submitted a feature request for Adobe Premiere and they replied to me with a link to : http://www.fandev.com/cutedcp_pr.html

Costs $200.

November 7, 2013 at 6:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yeah not too sure DCP is helpful to me right now, but the rest is pretty amazing. Especially b/c I just got my black magic pocket camera yesterday. ;)

November 7, 2013 at 1:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Something to really appreciate! Freaking fantastic to have such a software for $0.

November 7, 2013 at 3:27PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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hansd

It's harder now to choose between BMCC and BMPCC

November 7, 2013 at 3:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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I guess the free "UHD" would have something to do with the expected release of the Production Camera. That's a good sign.

November 7, 2013 at 3:55PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Travis

still no noise reduction in lite version right?

November 7, 2013 at 4:37PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Arturo Chu

Correct, that is still one of the main differences.

November 7, 2013 at 5:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Joe Marine
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But the noise reduction in Resolve is pretty shite anyhow, good only for the very lightest of passes, or so I've been told. You'd always go for Neat Video or Magic Bullet Denoiser in a crises (or Dark Energy if you had the funds).

November 7, 2013 at 5:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Davíð

The noise reduction in Resolve works pretty well if you deal with luma and chroma separately.

November 7, 2013 at 8:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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V10 NR is completely different to the old version.

November 7, 2013 at 8:17PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Tony

I still cannot believe they give this software away for free. Absolutely nuts!

November 7, 2013 at 5:01PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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This is a good sign: BM is releasing Resolve to allow filmmakers to process 4K FROM the BM4K. With the Mac Pro 4K coming out soon, it's all strategic. I'm sure the camera is finished and being manufactured. It makes no sense to release it yet. BM is just going to assume people will wait if they want it enough. Some people threaten that they will cancel their preorder, but let's face it: they don't care. Someone else will buy it.

November 8, 2013 at 10:18AM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Does anyone know if the full verson does 4k. I mean 4K and not UHD. Calling UHD 4K is exactly the same as calling 1080p 2K.

November 8, 2013 at 4:35PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Yes, the full version has user configurable render resolutions. The new lite version 10 is limited to UHD.

November 10, 2013 at 2:44PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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Stefan Antonescu