Blackmagic Design announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 11, available for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers. DaVinci Resolve 11 is a major upgrade with over 100 new editing and color-grading features. This new update includes professional nonlinear video editing with context sensitive trimming tools, onset file cloning, a new ColorMatch feature, photographer style color grading tools and a new collaborative workflow that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same timeline.
The new DaVinci Resolve 11 has over 70 new editing features based on feedback from professional editors. With DaVinci Resolve 11, editors now have dual monitor support and familiar professional tools like dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and fully customizable keyboard shortcuts for faster editing. Trimming tools are context sensitive, which means DaVinci Resolve automatically knows whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits, based on the position of the mouse.
DaVinci Resolve 11 features a new spline curve keyframe editor integrated into the edit timeline that positions keyframes directly under each clip and in context with the clip. Editors can now also add and animate Open FX plugins directly in the timeline as well as use plug-ins for transitions.
The new collaborative workflow tools in DaVinci Resolve 11 allow an editor and multiple colorists to work on different workstations, sharing the same timeline and working in tandem as they complete shots. So, for example, a colorist could be color grading or tracking windows while another colorist fine tunes grades that are all immediately updated as the editor edits. Each user can see the timeline update so they are all working on the same job at the same time. Sharing the same timeline makes it much easier for creative teams to stay in sync and work faster on large complex jobs such as feature films and television programming.
The company has also developed a tighter integration with Final Cut Pro X. This is possible because more of the features in each application are compatible so projects can be moved back and forth easily.
Color correction features have also been upgraded in the new version, including new RAW image and color grading controls that are designed for photographers who are moving into cinematography. The new camera RAW palette features highlight and shadow recovery, mid tone detail, color boost, saturation, lift, gain and contrast.
Adding to the system’s on-set tools, DaVinci Resolve 11 can now securely back up and save digital camera files. The new DaVinci Resolve Clone tool copies media drives, memory cards and camera packs to multiple destinations simultaneously. The new Clone tool is included in the free DaVinci Resolve Lite and can be installed on a laptop for on-set use.
Version 11 also features Color Match, a unique automatic color chart color balancing tool that works on all types of footage including video, RAW and even film. The new Color Match tool automatically gives a primary base grade by analyzing shots containing standard color chip charts even if they were shot in different lighting conditions with different exposure and color temperatures.
“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 Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.