We got our first look at DaVinci Resolve 10 at NAB 2013, and at that moment it was clear that Resolve was taking aim at NLEs with the new "Edit" tab in the application. However, until version 10 was officially released, it was unclear just how the editing features of the program would function, and more importantly, whether or not they would allow Resolve to become a one-stop post production solution. In that first iteration, the editing features were solid, but not enough to unseat any NLEs. However, in version 10.1, Blackmagic has added a few new sophisticated editing features, as well as other enhancements. Read on to see what's new.
From the DaVinci Resolve 10.1 press release, here's a brief rundown of the new features:
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.
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.
It's becoming much clearer that Blackmagic is serious about turning Resolve into a formidable online editing tool. Whether the company is looking to compete with any of the major NLE's is yet to be seen. But at this point, Resolve offers an incredibly powerful solution for people who need to conform, edit, color, and output their projects in a single application, and that versatility only seems to grow with every subsequent update.
What do you guys think of the new features in DaVinci Resolve 10.1? Is Resolve working its way to becoming a competitor to dedicated NLEs with features like these? What kind of features would have to be integrated into Resolve for you to use it as an NLE? Let us know down in the comments!