DaVinci Resolve 9 Flippin’ Fastastic

Black Magic Design released the Beta version of their new DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite week before last.  You can download it for the Mac here.  
It’s a great new look and feel to this wonderful application. I love the new layout.  Still has all the tools you need — they are just in a better placement now.  And, you don’t have to be as much of a rock scientist to figure out how to “make it go”  =)
I decided to jump in with both feet.  My friends are on the home stretch of their first feature and asked if I would be willing to have a go at the grading.  I said…Suuuure, why not.  It’s a fun vampire flick with all sorts of twists and turns.  It was shot on the Panasonic HVX 200.  INT’s, EXT’s and mixed lighting – a real good test.  Check it out here.

The new layout only took a little while to get familiar with and helped to really speed things up.  Things I liked best right out of the gate:
  • Improved Layout
  • Better Scene Detection feature
  • Smarter HSL keying
  • Easier access to Primaries and Wheels
  • Smart gallery access
  • Fantastic Motion Tracking!!!!!!
    • Super easy to use and link
  • Delivery TAB for outputting
  • Premiere Pro 6 support

This is all from me using the Beta 3 version for only about a week.  As I dig into the app I’ll update this post.  Feel free to add comments to help all the readers =)

I got this project as a full length ProRes movie and used the scene detection feature to split it up and conform it.  Took just a little tweaking and it worked great.  A lot of the content is set in a dark or flat location so I had to pickup a few of the cuts as they were hard to discern for the detection threshold I had set – No biggy.
The vignette and power window features are very nice.  Made it easy to correct windows, clothing, walls… everything!!!

The delivery TAB is now super easy to use.  You can make your own custom  output settings and then save them for future use or just take advantage of one of the many presets.  A new feature I like is the fact that you can set multiple outputs and then place them in the render que and walk away.  Each output can have it’s own settings and destination.

Well, that’s it for now.  I’ll add more as I go.  Just wanted to give props to BMD for delivering such a great update to an already awesome tool.

Until next time, good… grading

TDTrey.com

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