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BlackMagic's DaVinci Resolve has long been the color grading software of choice for many movie industry industry professionals. When the company released Resolve lite for free several years ago moviemakers outside of Hollywood began to take notice, using it on independent and low-budget projects from music videos to feature documentaries.
With the release of the DaVinci Resolve 11 beta, BlackMagic has lived up to what many pundits have been predicting with Resolve now a fully featured non-linear editing system (NLE) to manage everything from media management through editing and grading through finishing, all in one powerful, high-end system.
For those moviemakers whose NLE loyalty remains with Apple's Final Cut Pro X, Resolve 11 brings improved round trip collaboration features. These allow indie directors cutting their movies in FCP X to easily move their edit to a post-production company for final color grading and finishing. Perfect when independent documentaries and features find backing for mainstream release.
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 11 Enhancements
Resolve 11's improved collaboration workflow tools enable editors and colorists to work on different workstations simultaneously while sharing the same timeline. This allows big feature film and television creative teams to work faster and in sync.
BlackMagic has also improved DaVinci Resolve 11's color correction tools. Its new color grading and RAW image controls will be especially welcomed by stills photographers who are in the process of becoming digital cinematographers and directors. This new version includes controls already familiar to RAW photo processing software users – highlight and shadow recovery, mid-tone detail enhancement, color boost, saturation, lift, gain and contrast. Some hybrid stills/video photographers have reportedly been using Resolve Lite for stills images. This new version should tempt many more to do that and apply it to their video footage too.
DaVinci Resolve 11 has now also become an on-set asset management tool through secure backup and saving of your digital camera files via its new clone tool. The tool copies memory cards, media drives and camera packs to multiple back up drives at the same time. Clone backups can be done with DaVinci Resolve Lite 11 on your Mac Book Pro or Windows laptop or through DaVinci Resolve 11 full version in your video village.
These enhancements are just the tip of the iceberg. For more information go to the BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve pages. If you are new to DaVinci Resolve, we suggest getting a foretaste of the full version by downloading DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite.
Learn more about DaVinci Resolve 11
Learn more about DaVinci Resolve 11.0 Beta
Learn more about DaVinci Resolve Lite 11.0 Beta
DaVinci Resolve 11 Configuration Guide
(cover photo credit: snap from Blackmagic Design)