DaVinci Resolve 10 Beta Update
Huzzah! DaVinci Resolve 10 beta is now publically available, after much anticipation building due to various private beta testers remarking on Twitter just how great the V10 update really is. In fact Grant Petty CEO of Blackmagic Design said it is the biggest update to the software in the past 30 years!
So what’s so great about it? Well there really is too much to mention; Live Grading on set, online and audio capabilities built in, editorial functionality, title creation, DCP creation, dozens of new grading features…. You really have to check out the huge feature comparison list on the BMD site to understand the scale of the update.
DaVinci Resolve 10 Freebies
While you’re downloading the update (for free!) from the Blackmagic Design site you really should take some time to watch colorist Alexis Van Hurkman’s introduction to the new features in V10 which spans over an hour of video content. Also check out the stories from other professional colorist’s dotted around the site from colorists like Tim Masik from Company 3.
You’ll also want to download the updated manual for the version 10 beta (also written by Alexis) and it is probably one of the best manuals written on colour grading, let alone the software. So if you’re new to the whole art you should definitely rummage through it for plenty of straight forward instruction.
Although if you are looking for an detailed education on colour grading then Alexis’ 552 page Color Correction Handbook is an excellent read.
Update: Alexis has posted a list of some of the newer features that aren’t listed in the manual or might be easily overlooked. Alexis explains how to use features like copy and pasting grades in the color page, duplicating timelines, speedchanges, render to AVI and many more. Well worth a read.
Beta Users Perspectives on Resolve 10
A few of the private beta testers and early adopters have already posted their reviews of the new software. Dan Moran, a colorist at the London office of Smoke and Mirrors, has written up this detailed account of using the new software on an attended grading session, over on the Mixing Light blog.
My favorite new feature -and the first one I noticed – are the new power windows. The whole power window architecture has been redesigned:
- Unlimited windows per node
- Draw freehand using the new power curve window – which feels incredibly natural.
- The new gradient power window is very handy and fast.
Dan’s account is a great read because its not just an overview of the new features, but a practical demonstration of how useful they prove to be in a real world environment.
Update: Colorist Rob Bessette, who has previously delivered an excellent two hour lecture on grading in Resolve 9, shares his insights on the top 5 creative features in the new version of Resolve. One of the features Rob is most excited about is the new OpenFX integration which opens Resolve up to a giant market place of creative add-ons.
I’m really interested to sift through and learn as many of these tools as I can and figure out the best places to utilize them. This is where I’m going to spend the bulk of my time. A whole new world is opened here and now all of a sudden I can offer finishing tools that were never an option in the past. Lens flares anyone?
UPDATE: SpliceNPost also shares his top 10 features in the new Resolve 10 beta in a handy 20 minute video. Thanks to AOTG for the link.
Cinematographer Frank Glencairn also offers his thoughts on v10 as a user who is accustomed to working in an Adobe Premiere workflow. It’s interesting to note how much the time remapping tools have improved in v10.
Now I can do Time Remapping in Resolve and it is as easy as in Premiere, but with much better results, because of pretty sophisticated optical flow algorithms. First it didn’t work well at all, and I was really disappointed. But then I found out, that there is another panel where you can choose the quality and all was good (mind that we beta testers didn’t have a manual).
Click through for a complete list of what’s new in Resolve 10