DaVinci Resolve 12.1: Remote Rendering, Native Display Support & More

by JamesNYCNovember 10. 2015 13:34

With the release of DaVinci Resolve 12, the former color suite has turned into a full blown NLE. This has been further expanded with version update 12.1; giving editors the ability to select clips when using the blade tool, extend freeze frames, use faders on generators and titles, perform negative time-code offsets and much more.

Since it's initial release in September(2015), DaVinci Resolve 12 has been downloaded by more customers than any other version of the NLE software and has become the industry's fastest growing video editor. DaVinci Resolve is now used on virtually all major films, television shows and commercials! "We've listened to feedback from professional editors and colorists and are excited to give them this free update which includes even more of the features they've been asking for!"

Here is a list of the many changes in 12.1:

  • Remote rendering on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for native display color profiles on OS X
  • Preferences option to enable 10-bit precision on viewers on OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Ability to select clips when in blade mode
  • Support for faders on generators and titles
  • Ability to extend freeze frames from the start of the edit
  • Ability to media manage selected clips on a timeline
  • Ability to perform negative timecode offset in clip attributes
  • Improved support for sub-clips from FCP7 XML
  • Improved rendering of audio transitions (cross-fades) and audio faders
  • Auto scroll during timeline item resize
  • Improved sorting in media storage and media pool
  • Support for smart bin filtering based on clip type
  • Ability to move clips and timelines from a smart bin view
  • Support for moving files to the trash instead of deleting them permanently when using the media manager on both Mac and Windows systems
  • Ability to delete multiple projects and folders in project manager
  • Ability to decompose a compound node
  • Ability to grade nested timelines
  • Ability to filter clips based on whether they have keyframes
  • Ability to manually keyframe power windows in frame mode even without tracking
  • Ability to freeze the current frame on an external matte
  • User option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace
  • Improved ACEScc support
  • Support for stereo decision list (SDL) v0.25
  • Support for RED SDK v6.0.4
  • Support for embedding timecode in audio output

 

DaVinci Resolve 12.1 is available now as a free update to both versions of DaVinci Resolve. You can find the download for it at www.BlackmagicDesign.com

 

Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 12.1 Update Now Available

Fremont, California – November 12, 2015 – Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of DaVinci Resolve 12.1 which adds dozens of new features such as remote rendering, 10-bit viewers, new editing and color correction tools, and more. The DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update is available now for both DaVinci Resolve 12 and DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio customers, and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

DaVinci Resolve 12 is the most successful update in the history of the software and has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor. The feedback from the DaVinci Resolve community has been overwhelmingly positive and Blackmagic Design engineers have been hard at work to add even more of the features that professional editors and colorists have asked for.

DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update gives editors the ability to select clips when using the blade tool, extend freeze frames, use faders on generators and titles, perform negative timecode offsets, filter clips more efficiently, media manage groups of selected timeline clips, sort bins and footage more easily, create better filters for smart bins, and much more. Customers also get improved subclip support with Final Cut Pro 7 XMLs and improved audio rendering of audio transitions.

For colorists, DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds the ability to color correct nested timelines and to decompose compound nodes along with new manual keyframe options for Power Windows, support for 3D stereo decision lists version 0.25, filtering of keyframed clips, the option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace and more.

In addition, the free DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds support for native display profiles on Mac OS X El Capitan, along with the option to enable 10-bit precision in the on screen viewers. That means customers using the new iMac with Retina P3 Display will be able to see more color, detail and dynamic range than ever before.

Since its release in September, the rapidly growing community of DaVinci Resolve 12 editors has meant that developers are now bringing their best and most exciting OpenFX plugins to DaVinci Resolve. For example, GenArts has been working with Blackmagic Design to bring new Sapphire Builder support to DaVinci Resolve 12. Expected in an upcoming Sapphire 9.0.1 release, Builder will let DaVinci Resolve users combine Sapphire plug-ins together in any order to create a virtually unlimited number of unique effects and transitions. “DaVinci Resolve is the first OFX host to support Sapphire Builder!” said Sapphire product manager Brian Fox, “We’re very excited that DaVinci Resolve 12.1 users can benefit from all the new capabilities of Sapphire Builder.”

To support the growing momentum of DaVinci Resolve 12, Blackmagic Design has conducted multiple hands on training sessions with the Motion Pictures Editor’s Guild in Hollywood. “I feel like DaVinci Resolve 12 is the NLE users have been waiting for all of these years,” said Noam Kroll, Los Angeles based filmmaker and editor whose feature film credits include “The Grace Of Jake” (2015), “Shake The Dust” (2014) and “Footsteps” (2012). “DaVinci Resolve 12 offers the same track based system that many editors are most comfortable with, but also provides truly innovative tools that feel very forward thinking.”

“Since it was released in September, DaVinci Resolve 12 has been downloaded by more customers than any other version of the software and has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “DaVinci Resolve is now used on virtually all major films, television shows and commercials! We’ve listened to feedback from professional editors and colorists and are excited to give them this free update which includes even more of the features they’ve been asking for!”

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 12.1

  • Remote rendering on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for native display color profiles on OS X
  • Preferences option to enable 10-bit precision on viewers on OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Ability to select clips when in blade mode
  • Support for faders on generators and titles
  • Ability to extend freeze frames from the start of the edit
  • Ability to media manage selected clips on a timeline
  • Ability to perform negative timecode offset in clip attributes
  • Improved support for sub-clips from FCP7 XML
  • Improved rendering of audio transitions (cross-fades) and audio faders
  • Auto scroll during timeline item resize
  • Improved sorting in media storage and media pool
  • Support for smart bin filtering based on clip type
  • Ability to move clips and timelines from a smart bin view
  • Support for moving files to the trash instead of deleting them permanently when using the media manager on both Mac and Windows systems
  • Ability to delete multiple projects and folders in project manager
  • Ability to decompose a compound node
  • Ability to grade nested timelines
  • Ability to filter clips based on whether they have keyframes
  • Ability to manually keyframe power windows in frame mode even without tracking
  • Ability to freeze the current frame on an external matte
  • User option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace
  • Improved ACEScc support
  • Support for stereo decision list (SDL) v0.25
  • Support for RED SDK v6.0.4
  • Support for embedding timecode in audio output

About DaVinci Resolve 12

DaVinci Resolve 12 is the only software that lets customers edit, grade and finish projects all in a single tool. DaVinci Resolve lets professional editors work in a comfortable, familiar way while also giving them an entirely new toolset, along with DaVinci’s legendary image processing technology, that will help them cut and finish projects at higher quality than ever before. The familiar multi track timeline, customizable interface and keyboard shortcuts make it easy for editors to switch to DaVinci Resolve 12. Best of all, with DaVinci Resolve there is no monthly subscription, you don’t need to be connected to the cloud, and you don’t need to buy any proprietary hardware.

DaVinci Resolve Versions

DaVinci Resolve 12 is available for Mac, Windows and Linux computers with 3 versions available:

DaVinci Resolve 12 is free for customers to download and is a full professional editing and color grading system that is suitable for independent users working on SD, HD and Ultra HD projects. The free version supports all of the same file formats and has the same exact image quality as the paid version of DaVinci Resolve. The free version is designed for editors and colorists who need a dependable and professional tool to grow their business.

DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio is $995 and has all of the same features as the free version, but also adds support for multiple GPUs, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial noise reduction, 3D stereoscopic tools, remote rendering, and collaboration tools that let multiple users work on the same project at the same time. DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio is recommended for professional studios and collaborative workgroups.

DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel is $29,995 and includes the Linux, Mac and Windows version of DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio, along with the award winning DaVinci Resolve hardware control surface. Designed with input from professional colorists, the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel lets colorists manipulate multiple parameters simultaneously, giving them more control and creative options than is possible with a standard mouse and keyboard.

Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve 12 and DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio are available now for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all DaVinci Resolve customers.

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Western Digital acquires SanDisk and becomes a memory super power.

by JamesNYCOctober 21. 2015 22:37

 

Major hard drive maker Western Digital has announced that it is acquiring SanDisk, one of the biggest and most familiar names in flash storage, creating a new global memory giant of sorts.

Western Digital says the deal, which involves acquiring a combination of cash and SanDisk stock valued at about US$19 billion, will double its addressable market and give it long-term, lower-cost access to solid state technology.

Both companies argue that the acquisition is beneficial to shareholders, but what it will mean for consumers will depend upon how successful a newly swollen Western Digital can be at using Sandisk's resources to create new and innovative storage products.

A long term joint venture between Sandisk and Toshiba, which holds claim to the invention of NAND Flash memory technology back in 1987, surely sweetens the deal for Western Digital and adds some capability when it comes to newer memory technologies like 3D NAND.

The deal still requires approval by SanDisk shareholders. It is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016.

 

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Amazing Motorcycle Surfing Shoot after 2.5 years of pre-production

by JamesNYCAugust 2. 2015 18:18

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Surf photography doesn’t usually feature motorcycles, but this crazy shoot did. For its latest project titled “Pipe Dream,” DC Shoes partnered with Australian stunt bike rider Robbie Maddison for dirt bike surfing. The team spent 2.5 years working on making the idea a reality, creating a modified bike that has boasts special fins for hydroplaning, a waterproof engine, and custom rear tires.

It all came together as this: an amazing 4-minute video that has racked up over 3 million views in the first 24 hours after it was released:

 Maddison took his modified dirt bike to the massive waves of Tahiti to give motorbike surfing a trial by fire. The resulting shots were spectacular:

 

And here’s a behind-the-scenes trailer that offers a few glimpses into the creation and testing of the surf bike:

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Kodak Turns 92-Year-Old Film Manufacturing Building Into Rubble

by JamesNYCJuly 19. 2015 23:04

Yesterday marked the end of another piece of Kodak’s once-powerful film manufacturing business. The company used 100 pounds of dynamite to take down the 92-year-old Building 53 at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. The sprawling 250,000-square-foot plant, once used to manufacture acetate base for camera film, was reduced to 1,500 tons of steel and concrete in less than 20 seconds.

A number of spectators gathered at the park to witness the demolition.

Since 2003, Kodak has spent $200 million in demolishing around 45 buildings. The industrial complex is being redesigned to allow other companies to move in share it with Kodak.

At the peak of Kodak’s reign during the days of film photography, more than 50,000 employees worked out of Eastman Business Park, but that number has since dwindled to around 1,000. A second plant in the business park is still operational and will still be churning out acetate film base for Kodak.

 

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The World’s Smallest Micro Four Thirds 4K Camera

by JamesNYCJuly 18. 2015 22:56

It’s not every day that a startup company launches a new camera to challenge the likes of heavyweights like GoPro and Panasonic, but that’s what the Las Vegas-based company Z Camera is doing. It just unveiled the 4K-capable E1, the world’s smallest Micro Four Thirds camera that combines the size of GoPro with the interchangeable lenses of mirrorless cameras.

 Specs and features in the E1 are impressive, given its petite size. It can shoot cinema-quality 4K 4096×2160 video at 24 frames per second or ultra high-def video at 3840×2160 and 30fps. The 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor at the camera’s core has “incredible” low-light performance, Z says, and can shoot at 102,400 while maintaining good image quality, thanks in part to 3D noise filtering technologies.

 A special companion app, available for iOS and Android, allow users to compose shots and control the camera using their smartphones. Other features of the E1 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a magnesium camera body, continuous autofocus in both photos and video, a 45-minute battery life for 4K recording, and a 2.5-inch LCD screen on the back.

Z’s goal is to give the industry a compact, flexible, high-quality 4K camera that doesn’t break the bank. The company is planning to sell the E1 for a relatively low price of $699 if/when it hits store shelves. First, the company is running a fundraising campaign to launch the camera, over on Kickstarter. Z is looking for $42,000 in funding, and early contributions of $449 and up will be rewarded with an E1 camera when it starts shipping in December 2015 (if all goes according to plan).

 

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The New Sigma 24-35 f/2: The Fastest Zoom Lens EVER

by JamesNYCJune 29. 2015 21:21

Sigma has just released their latest in the Art series of lenses, and it’s touting the title of, “fastest zoom lens ever made.” The Sigma 24-35 f/2 Art Lens is indeed the fastest zoom lens ever made to cover a full-frame body. Their previous lens, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 had people impressed, but it was only made to cover APS-C sized sensors. Unfortunately, that leaves out a wide swath of shooters that would otherwise be using Sigma lenses.

Now that they’ve released a lens of such a caliber, I have a question: Who is this lens for?

Well, it’s for the shooter that would like to use the popular 24mm and 35mm primes that Sigma has, but either not want to buy multiple lenses, or they want the convenience of one lens.

The follow-up to that is, are there that many prime shooters out there that are willing to transition to a zoom? I would love to believe so. Often I have found that prime shooters are rather set in their ways. If Sigma is to be believed, this 24-35 f/2 matches the sharpness and quality of their primes. Could this be the straw that breaks the prime shooting lifer’s back?

The weight is at 2lbs, making it slightly heavier than its APS-C sized brother. I love good solid build and weight on a lens, but considering the length, this could sometimes be difficult to handle. I’m still left wondering when lens manufacturers will start making E-Mount glass.

Those small critiques aside, Sigma’s quality record over the past few years has been stellar, and many of their customers (me included) trust their word. If they say it’s sharp, it’s gotta be sharp. Right?

We’ll know plenty more once we see tests when it’s released. On paper this looks like a fantastic lens, with the capability of replacing two or more lenses in your bag.

No word yet on price, however you can expect this to be in the $750 to $1,250 range. Availability slated for July 2015. Hope you’ve been saving your pennies.

Sigma‘s New 24-35mm f/2 is the Fastest Full-Frame Zoom Lens Ever Made

 

Sigma is once again proving that even smaller lens companies can innovate.

Adding to their impressive lineup of zooms and primes, they’ve announced the 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens, the very first zoom capable of covering full-frame sensors and maintaining a constant f/2 aperture. This zoom is the newest in their Art series of lenses, which aim to give tremendous performance at affordable prices. Though they’ve already got a full-frame lens in the Art series that covers this range (the 24-105mm), that lens is an f/4 throughout — a full two stops slower. It’s certainly nothing to scoff at, but it does put the speed of the 24-35mm into perspective. Essentially, Sigma has set out to create a zoom that can replace primes in the 24 to 35mm range, with image quality that’s just as good and an aperture that’s nearly as fast.

Here are the specs:

  • Focal Length: 24 – 35mm (Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 38.4 – 56 mm)
  • Aperture: f/2-f/16
  • Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sigma
  • Angle of View: 84.1° 63.4′
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11″ (27.94 cm)
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:4.4
  • Elements/Groups: 18/13
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9, Rounded
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • Tripod Collar: No
  • Filter Thread: 82 mm
  • Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.8″ (8.64 x 12.19 cm)
  • Weight: 2.075 lbs. (941 g)
  • Availability: July 2015
  • Price: TBA

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Samsung boosts storage of high-capacity SSDs to a hefty 2 TB

by JamesNYCJune 6. 2015 09:26

Samsung looked to usher in the consumer adoption of solid state drives (SSDs) back in 2013 with the launch of its speedy EVO series. It continues to forge ahead with its high-capacity vision for consumer-oriented, flash memory storage solutions with the addition of a pair of 2TB SSDs to its lineup.

The newest members of Samsung's SSD family are powered by the company's proprietary 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, which it first unveiled in 2013. This brings the total range of products in its SSD lineup to 20, ranging in capacity from 120 GB up to the whopping new 2 TB options.

The drives are housed in the same 7 mm, 2.5-in aluminum casing as previous models and comprise 32 layers of 128 GB 3D V-NAND flash chips and an improved MHX controller to better support the 2 TB format. Also inside are four 20 nanometer-class 4Gb LPDDR3 DRAM chips.

Samsung has launched two versions, the 2 TB 850 EVO and 2 TB 850 PRO. The PRO variants have traditionally promised slightly better read/write speeds and reliability. Though Samsung is yet to release technical details on the new drives, it is guaranteeing the PRO model for 10 years or 300 TB written, and the EVO model for five years or 150 TB written.

The 2 TB 850 EVO is expected to cost US$800 and the 2 TB 850 PRO $1,000. There's no official release date yet, but they will be available to buy in 50 countries. Samsung also says that it has plans to extend the 3D V-NAND SSD lineups to include mSATA and M.2 form factors.

 

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Elle Australia Puts a Breastfeeding Model on Its Cover

by JamesNYCMay 22. 2015 08:43

Magazine dares to display Real-Life Moment

Breastfeeding moms are not a new thing when it comes to magazine covers, but Elle Australia apparently took advantage of a real-life moment when producing its June 2015 cover going out to its subscribers. The cover features new mom and model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her baby son Zion Clark. The shot, apparently, wasn't originally part of the magazine's plan. Ms. Trunfio was already booked for the shoot with photographer Georges Antoni. She brought her son along and started to feed him during a break, but the scene was so moving that the mag's team jumped on the opportunity to capture it on film.

"This wasn't a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set," Elle's editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on the Elle Australia site. "It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture."

Ms. Trunfio's reaction? "When I saw the [subscriber] cover of me breastfeeding, which was unplanned and just natural, I teared up and thought, 'Wow, this is such a special moment where my worlds have collided'," she told Elle.

 

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Rankin creates an Orgy of Surreal Erotica for Coco de Mer (NSFW)

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2015 23:18

Coco de Mer: X from TBWA\London on Vimeo.

U.K. erotic lingerie brand Coco de Mer is known for its risque ads, and in its latest, it goes for full-on erotic bombardment, albeit in a surreal style. The brand teamed up with photographer Rankin and TBWA/London to conceive the film, which will run in cinemas as well as online. It takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride of sexual images (some definitely NSFW, but they're so brief you might miss them) mingled with seemingly random vignettes of other stuff -- from fighter jets to owls -- as it builds up to a climax and reminds us how often we think about sex. It was shot by an ensemble of directors including Rankin himself, Vicky Lawton, David Allain, Damien Fry, Joe Hunt, Trisha Ward and Bronwyn Parker-Rhodes.

Coco de Mer: This is Not a Rehearsal from TBWA\London on Vimeo.

Coco de Mer: This is Not a Rehearsal

Coco de Mer: Girls & Their Toys from TBWA\London on Vimeo.

Coco de Mer: Girls & Their Toys

 

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Straight talk from Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1958

by JamesNYCMay 20. 2015 14:31

Brilliant insights from a true legend.

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