Yesterday I was really missing Vegas - after 8 years of the NAB Show, straight it felt like bit of wrench. But today I'm excited....
The advantage of NOT being there is I get to digest the information and while being sat at my edit desk can give you some perspective on what all of these announcements mean to you as a film maker.
Today I'm going to look at post and in particular the new DaVinci Resolve 10 due for release in Q3 which could mean anywhere between July - Sept 2013.
Everything you do as a filmmaker is for one purpose and that is to present a film to an audience or client and when you do - they evaluate everything you have sweated over in that finished film.
Starting at the end of the process has always made sense to me ever since my first NAB in 2004 and the beginnings of tapeless with Panasonic's P2.
We often invest a great deal of time and energy onto what camera to buy/use when it can largely become irrelevant if you develop key skills in post and colour grading.
2013 is the year you should SERIOUSLY embrace DaVinci Resolve.
I'll be honest with you , I was always intimidated by post and especially by colour grading - My limit had always been slapping aloof on my videos with Magic Bullet and while it worked really well to transform my DSLR footage it also has many limitations. Fine for 8 bit h.264 dslr files but for 2k and above I don't think it's going to quite cut it.
Resolve Lite is FREE! So no excuses...
That is massive and the only investment you really have to make is in learning it. And that is tough I know because we are all supper busy but this one is really worth it. I've just been doing some more Resolve work cover the weekend and will be publishing another FREE tutorial in the coming days.
I find DaVinci Resolve to be a very powerful and very creative toolset - You really do have control over your lighting in Post- after you've finished shooting.
What is new in Resolve 10
One of the frustrations of color grading is that once you have rendered out your grade you need to send it back to your NLE (FCP X in my case)
It's another step, and as I discovered yesterday when you notice a mistake or a change that needs making you end up round tripping back and forth and this takes time.
New Feature 1- Online editor
Rather than sending your project back to your NLE you can finish in Resolve 10- You'll have the ability to edit and change shots, effects, audio actually everything you'd expect from a NLE so what this means is you will be able to finish your offline in your chosen NLE and do everything else in Resolve. That is a major time saver.
New Feature 2- Open FX
One of the features I like so much about FCP X is the number opt Open FX plugins available. Blackmagic Design have enabled Resolve 10 to be opened up to anyone who wants to develop plugins or effects. This will mean more choose for us end users.
New Feature 3 - Live Grading
This is a new feature that will allow you to send a live camera feed into resolve and apply grades on set. Not something you might use every day but if you are shooting in Raw or ProRes Film Mode you could can sit and colour the look on set and give the director a sense of how the shot could look. So if your director likes a particular look on set you cam store e that look and recall it when in the grade after you've cut your film. Brilliant!
New Feature 4 - Full 16 Track Audio Editor
This means you could build your audio post within resolve - I just did a sound mix for Les Bohemes (due for release very soon) and did it all in FCP X- now I could do all of that on Resolve 10. Now I don't think there are any effects but with open FX it's likely that 3rd party developers will create everything you could ever need.
New feature 5 - Powerful titling tool
As a dedicated all in one finishing tool this is an exciting addition - especially if the open fx plugins can be integrated.
New Feature 6 - Unlimited Power Windows Per Corrector Node
Currently if you wanted too use say a circular power window on a node you are limited to only 1 which can be frustrating- say you wanted to grade a persons eyes for example- this new feature allows you to create multiple power windows on each node- a small but very significant feature.
New Feature 7 - Gradient Power Window
Not entirely sure what this will mean in reality but then I am still very much a learner colourist- but power windows are a very useful tool especially with tracking and I use them a lot.
Get Started TODAY for Free:
I have created a free tutorial series called Getting Started in DaVinci Resolve- And it's completely Free. It wil take you through almost 60 minutes of how to get started and understand teh interface as well as showing you how to create primary correction, secondary correction, pulling a key and using power windows.
Here's a video shot by Fresh DV at NAB that explains the new features of Resolve 10.