New Update Adds a Slew of Features for Editors and Colorists

Blackmagic Design shipped DaVinci Resolve 11, a free upgrade for existing customers. Introduced at NAB and in beta for the last month and a half, Resolve 11 introduces a slate of new features aimed at editors and colorists.

"With over one million DaVinci Resolve customers worldwide, we have had great feedback from editors working on high-end feature film and television programming jobs, and we have rolled this into DaVinci Resolve 11," said Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty in a prepared statement. "DaVinci Resolve is … now a full-featured online editing and finishing system."

Editors get dual-monitor support, context-sensitive trim tools that reduce the need to manually change tools when working on the timeline, audio crossfades, and fully customizable keyboard mapping for editorial shortcuts. The timeline has a new integrated spline-curve keyframe editor that shows keyframe positions underneath clips on the timeline, and Open FX plugins can be adjusted on the timeline.

Collaboration has been expanded, with editors and colorists now allowed to share the same timeline across multiple workstations with any changes updated in real time for all users. The Final Cut Pro X roundtripping workflow has also been improved, Blackmagic said, and support for the new ProRes 4444 XQ codec is included.

For on-set applications, secure back-up for camera original files has been added via a new Clone tool that can copy footage to multiple destinations with checksum verification. Color Match is a quick way to generate a basic color-grade by analyzing shots depicting standard charts. Finally, Blackmagic noted that the software has been optimized for better render performance on Apple's latest-generation dual-GPU Mac Pro systems.