April 7, 2019
NAB 2019

Blackmagic's New Cut Page for DaVinci Resolve 16 & DaVinci Editor Keyboard Announced

New hardware and software for DaVinci Resolve 16.

With the continued refinement of DaVinci Resolve as not only a color suite but a full-fledged NLE and audio mixing platform, Blackmagic adds a new editing modality, the Cut Page, and drops a new piece of hardware intended to compliment the editor's workflow. The DaVinci Resolve Editing Keyboard includes integrated hotkeys and a jog/shuttle wheel, the goal being to get both hands back into the editing process akin to the moviola and analog editing machines. Imagined by CEO Grant Petty, he believes the keyboard can "dramatically" improve editing speed because it enables the use of accurate two hand operation of DavinCi Resolve for faster transport control, selecting clips, trimming, etc — without the use of a mouse. The combination of the new Cut Page and the Editor's Keyboard aims to make demanding editing turnarounds more painless by saving on navigation time.

DaVinci Resolve 16 New Cut Page
DaVinci Resolve 16 offers New Cut Page

"For years, linear editing was considered old fashioned, and now we have harnessed these benefits for modern linear editing for the first time." — Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
DaVinci Editor Keyboard

DaVinci Editor Keyboard

  • Tiered keys (like a gaming keyboard) vs flat keys.
  • All metal design (aluminum).
  • Search dial is machined metal with rubber coating.
  • Integrated search dial control.
  • Source tape allows faster clip searching.
  • Buttons for sorting bins.
  • Large trim in and out buttons.
  • New keyboard modes for intelligent editing.
  • Buttons to allow search dial to live trim.
  • Buttons to change transition type.
  • Keypad for direct timecode entry.
  • Can be installed into a hole cutout in edit consoles (countersunk)
  • $995
  • Shipping August

DaVinci Resolve 16 Fusion

DaVinci Resolve 16 Features

  • Improved DaVinci Resolve keyboard shortcuts.
  • DaVinci Neural Engine for AI and deep learning features.
  • Dual timeline to edit and trim without zooming and scrolling.
  • Source tape to review all clips as if they were a single tape.
  • Trim interface to view both sides of an edit and trim.
  • Intelligent edit modes to auto sync clips and edit.
  • Timeline review playback speed based on clip length.
  • Built in tools for retime, stabilization and transform.
  • Render and upload directly to YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Direct media import via buttons.
  • Scalable interface for working on laptop screens.
  • Create projects with different frame rates and resolutions.
  • Apply effects to multiple clips at the same time.
  • DaVinci Neural Engine detects faces and auto creates bins.
  • Frame rate conversions and motion estimation.
  • Cut and edit page image stabilization.
  • Curve editor ease in and out controls.
  • Tape style audio scrubbing with pitch correction.
  • Re-encode only changed files for faster rendering.
  • Collaborate remotely with Frame.io integration.
  • Improved GPU performance for Fusion 3D operations.
  • Cross platform GPU accelerated tools.
  • Accelerated mask operations including B-Spline and bitmap.
  • Improved planar and tracker performance.
  • Faster user and smart cache.
  • GPU accelerated scopes with advanced technical monitoring.
  • Custom and HSL curves now feature histogram overlay.
  • DaVinci Neural Engine auto color and shot match.
  • Synchronize SDI output to viewer zoom.
  • Mix and master immersive 3D audio.
  • Elastic wave audio alignment and retiming.
  • Bus tracks with automation on timeline.
  • Foley sampler, frequency analyzer, dialog processor, FairlightFX.
  • 500 royalty free foley sounds effects.
  • Share markers and notes in collaboration workflows.
  • Individual user cache for collaborative projects.
  • Resolve FX plugins with timeline and keyframes.

DaVinci Resolve has been a constantly evolving program for many years and this year is no exception. More options ultimately means more power to those who can make use of those options. The new Cut Page and Editor Keyboard show Blackmagic's commitment to the Resolve platform (and perhaps even its love for it, too). The need for customizable windows among editors who do not want to be forced into Resolve's inherent layout and hotkey system is still something to consider. However, seeing the Keyboard in action is impressive and it's definitely a viable way to edit once you learn the system, and hey — it even makes editing look just a little more fun.

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11 Comments

A $1,000 keyboard with one semi-unique function. Or "go f$#% yourselves editors." -BMD

Honestly thought BMD was smarter than this & has offered better value proposition for $ across all their products compared to most brands. Hoping this is a typo.. not sure what to think of this.

April 8, 2019 at 1:49PM, Edited April 8, 1:50PM

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Tyler McCool
One Man Show
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Uh you don't need the keyboard to edit. It's just a tool they offer.

April 8, 2019 at 3:49PM, Edited April 8, 3:49PM

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Stephen Herron
Writer/Director
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It's for professional studios, not one-man shops or small businesses pinching pennies.

And it's a business expense, so tax-deductible. If it can save an editor 5% - 10% of time hunting for functionality it will pay for itself in a month or so.

Such studios have much more expensive peripherals with less functionality than this keyboard...

April 9, 2019 at 10:02AM

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I don't think I'll be alone in thinking the price is way off. I'd happily pay in the 300 range for a solid keyboard like this. I'm not seeing enough extra functionality to account for that other $700. This must be one hell of a keyboard.

April 8, 2019 at 2:14PM

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RJ Ortiz
Cinematographer
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Okay, I was loving that keyboard til I saw it cost over a $1k.

April 8, 2019 at 3:52PM

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Marty McLean
Director | Editor
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1k? Lol. Integrate it with a micro panel, then ok.

April 8, 2019 at 5:06PM, Edited April 8, 5:08PM

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Roberto Mettifogo
Behind Cameras.
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that price doesn't make any sense.

April 8, 2019 at 6:22PM, Edited April 8, 6:22PM

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Unless they know their actual customers and what they're willing to pay...

April 9, 2019 at 10:02AM

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I’m a long time media composer editor and also edit on premiere. I’d love resolve to become the standard NLE (which can realistically happen In a couple years). I haven’t seen another another company that updates and improves software at the rate they do.

April 8, 2019 at 11:34PM

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cee dee
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Still can't get my head around nodes though.

April 9, 2019 at 2:48AM

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Kayode
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Currently seems to be Beta-1, I haven't had great luck with their early Betas so may have to think about this one...
(Edit) Oh and I see it does a database update, so non-trivial to go back to 15... you really need to back everything up carefully before trying it!

April 10, 2019 at 12:09PM, Edited April 10, 12:11PM

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