Blackmagic Design today announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 11, the latest iteration of the award winning color correction and grading application. With this major release of DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic Design has introduced a massive new feature set, including nonlinear editing features, a new ColorMatch color balancing tool for matching footage up, new photographer friendly color correction tools, as well as on set media management tools.
The big news is the addition of over 70 editing tools, decided on from professional editor feedback. With DaVinci Resolve 11, editors now have pro editing tools such as dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and customizable keyboard shortcuts, as well as dual monitor support. Context sensitive editing tools know whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits, all based on the position of the mouse. This should speed up the edit process by eliminating hunting and pecking usually associated with switching tools.
A major benefit to adding editing functions to DaVinci Resolve 11 is that the round trip collaboration with Final Cut Pro X has been dramatically improved. The features of each program more closely align, and therefore are that much more compatible.
DaVinci Resolve 11 also adds a new spline curve keyframe editor to the edit timeline. This spline curve keyframe editor positions keyframes directly under each clip and in context with the clip, simplifying keyframe editing throughout the timeline. Editors can also add and animate Open FX plugins in the timeline and use them for transitions as well.
DaVinvi Resolve 11 has also opened the collaborative workflow doors up to allow multiple colorists, working on different workstations, to work on the same timeline as the editor in real time. Different colorists can be grading clips while editing is taking place, with all of the changes being reflected in real time. No version control issues here.
New for this version of DaVinci Resolve is the addition of Color Match, a color chart color balancing tool that analyzes shots containing standard color chip charts and automatically gives each clip a primary base grade, no matter whether they were shot in different conditions using different exposure and color temperatures. Very cool.
Photographers moving into cinematography will enjoy the addition of photography specific tools to DaVinci Resolve 11, including RAW image and color grading controls. New tools for securely backing up and saving digital camera files will lend photographers the peace of mind a true professional grade backup solution can provide.
Tack on support for ProRes 4444 XQ, the top-end version of ProRes, as well as optimization for OpenCL image processing, and DaVinci Resolve 11 appears to remain at the top of the pile for color grading, correction and now editing.