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Header image for article DaVinci Resolve 11 Adds Powerful Editing & Media Management Tools

DaVinci Resolve 11 Adds Powerful Editing & Media Management Tools

Little by little, update by update, Blackmagic Design has been adding editing features to their popular DaVinci Resolve color grading software. With the newest version, Resolve 11, they've fully committed to providing a single platform from which users can color correct, edit, finish, and deliver.

Resolve 11 has many new features that bring it firmly in line with what users would expect from a modern NLE. For example, it now includes a timeline capable of mixing formats, frame rates, and resolutions. Additionally, they've added a number of standard trimming tools, audio and video transitions, and the ability to mix audio.

But it's not just the editing features that Blackmagic has beefed up. As far as media management capabilities go, Resolve can now act as a fully capable cloning tool, meaning you can create checksum verified backups of media while on set. The streamlined media page also gives users the ability to view and playback files, sync sound, trim shots, update timecode, and apply LUTs.

As far as the color grading experience Resolve is known for, Blackmagic has definitely strengthened the capabilities of its software. One of the standout new features is something called Color Match, which can basically give you a primary base grade by analyzing shots containing standard color charts. For a given shot, users can set the source gamma, target gamma, and target color space; Resolve will automatically balance the images, even if they were shot on different cameras or under different lighting conditions, which anyone who has worked on multiple-camera productions will appreciate.

The list of new features in Resolve 11 is quite extensive, so for more details visit the official DaVinci Resolve site. Along with lots of information, you'll also find some great videos that show the software in action. It is expected to be available in June as a free upgrade for existing users or $995 for new purchases. If you want give the software a test drive, Resolve Lite is free to download. For those who want to go even deeper, make sure to check out Den Lennie's online workshop: DaVinci Resolve for Cinematographers.

What do you think of Resolve's new features? Let us know in the comments!

Jeff Lee
National Training Manager / Camera Tech Specialist, AbelCine NY

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Users can now align multiple camera takes while editing, which simplifies the process of previewing multiple shot options. Other improvements include the ability to easily copy clips via drag-and-drop, and support for trimming frame-based clips such as DNG and DPX.

In the previous version of Resolve, some users ran into problems when working with FCP and XML imports. Blackmagic has definitely put some thought into this for the newest version: 10.1 includes XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips, and imported FCP 7 XMLs now include timeline markers and font properties. Things like sizing, cropping, and composition parameters all translate accurately into the Resolve timeline, which is especially helpful for those editors who need to reframe large-sensor media.

For a full list of all the new features, visit Blackmagic Design's site. Existing DaVinci Resolve customers can update directly to 10.1 and, of course, Resolve Lite is still available as a free download. If you want to learn more about using Resolve, check out Den Lennie's online workshop DaVinci Resolve for Cinematographers.

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