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Header image for article NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design

I'm over at the Blackmagic Design booth talking with Jason Druss about their new affordable control surfaces for DaVinci Resolve: the Resolve Mini and Resolve Micro panels. Both panels feature a subset of the functionality available on the full-size Advanced panel targeted but at different user levels.

The Micro and Mini panels feature the same controls on the flat part of the surface, such as color wheels, keys and dials, while the Mini panel adds an angled deck at the rear containing additional controls as well as two five-inch screens for displaying parameters for the active tool or adjustment. The Micro panel is targeted at DITs, on set colorists and dailies colorists who need a portable yet powerful solution for color grading on the go. The Micro panels is bus-powered via a single USB-C connection. The Mini panel is targeted squarely at freelance colorists and gives access to a much broader selection of tools through dedicated physical controls. This allows for much a finer control and a more creative approach to color grading. Both panels use the same dial encoders, dampening, and trackball weighting as the full Advanced panel.

Jason also notes that there is a new version of the DaVinci Resolve software, version 14 currently available as a public beta, featuring the integration of Fairlight’s sophisticated multitrack sound design and editing capabilities (Blackmagic Design purchased Fairlight in September, 2016). Also, the price for the Studio version of Resolve has been lowered to $299 from $999, and in the future hardware dongles will no longer be necessary. Note that the Fairlight audio functionality is fully available in the free version of Resolve as well. Watch the above video for more details!

Ian McCausland
Technology Specialist, AbelCine LA

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