Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 17.0 and DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.0, the latest updates to its color grading, editing, and post-production software, in public beta.
Key changes include a new HDR rating palette, an exciting new web-based color warping tool, and an AI-controlled “Magic Mask” system that automatically isolates people or body parts in footage.
Effects artists get a new set of GPU-accelerated ResolveFX effects in the built-in version of Fusion, Blackmagic's compositing software. Motion graphic artists get a new set of 2D vector tools.
In total, there are over 100 new features spread throughout the software, including major updates to the toolset for editing and Fairlight audio production of the software.
Blackmagic Design also announced two new hardware control devices for Resolve: the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor keyboard, which is available now, and the Fairlight Desktop Console, which will be available in December.
Color correction: New HDR assessment palette, web-based color warper, AI-based magic mask system
For colorists, one of the key changes in DaVinci Resolve 17.0 is the new HDR rating palette, which gives users more precise control when rating high dynamic range footage.
Users can create custom color wheels for specific tonal areas, including exposure and saturation controls for each area. The controls are color space-aware and produce perceptually uniform results.
There's also an interesting new mesh-based color warp tool that allows users to adjust two color parameters at once – either hue and saturation or chroma and luma – by dragging points on a control grid.
You can see the workflow at 00:07:10 in the video above: it looks like a powerful workflow, with the potential to make adjustments much faster than traditional tools.
The update also adds "Magic Mask": a new AI-trained system for isolating people or individual body parts such as arms or faces from the background of the footage.
It appears to be similar to the Semantic Keyer features Autodesk added to the latest versions of Flame and generates a mask that tracks the figure through each frame.
In the case of DaVinci Resolve, mask creation is not fully automated as the user draws a line on a frame to identify the object to be isolated.
Color correction: New universal DaVinci wide gamut color space, support for 17-point 3D LUTs
Under the hood, Resolve 17.0 introduces DaVinci Wide Gamut: a new “universal internal working color space” that is designed to avoid the loss of image data when converting projects between color spaces.
According to Blackmagic Design, it covers a larger range of color values than existing industry standard color spaces such as BT.2020, Arris ALEXA Wide Gamut or ACES AP1.
Other changes include support for 17-point 3D LUTs. Improvements to the user interface and workflow when using areas; and new diagonal, louvre and checkerboard cloths for comparing frames.
Effects and motion graphics: More ResolveFX effects, new toolset for 2D vector shapes
For effect work, the integrated version of Fusion, the compositing software from Blackmagic Design, receives a number of new GPU-accelerated ResolveFX effects.
They include a range of blur effects, including blending smear boxes for motion blur; a motion trace generator; and dedicated tools for noise reduction and detail restoration for archival material.
Other new Resolve FX products range from false color overlays to video collage effects: a full list can be found here.
For motion graphics, DaVinci Resolve 17.0 adds a new 2D vector shape toolset with a range of basic shapes, Boolean operators to combine shapes, and controls for grid, jitter, offset and combine.
The shapes are GPU accelerated and can also be used as particle sources.
Blackmagic's changelog describes the features as "first-time support". We therefore assume that the company plans to expand the toolset to subsequent versions.
The update also adds new animation curve modifiers that allow Fusion to be set up to automatically reset animations when the duration of a composition changes.
Better integration between Fusion and DaVinci Resolve's editing tools
Blackmagic Design has also improved the integration between DaVinci Resolve's Fusion page and the software's Edit and Cut pages, with the option to play back audio that is being edited in Fusion.
Compositions created on the Fusion side can now also be saved as templates for use elsewhere in the software, e.g. B. to add customizable effects or titles while editing.
Editing and Audio Production: A number of new AI-based tools and workflow improvements
The software's audio and video editing toolsets are also being extensively updated. The changes to the Fairlight audio production toolset are known as "the biggest update in Fairlight history".
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One feature that caught our eye is Smart Reframe, a new AI-trained system that automatically reshapes the footage when converting between aspect ratios.
It identifies faces and repositions them within the new frame so that the footage stays centered on the action, following the example of the Adobe Premiere Pro automatic update system.
There are also a number of UI and workflow improvements, including a new metadata slate view with bin dividers that allows clips to be sorted by scene, shot, or camera data.
Two new specialized hardware control units for processing and mixing audio
In addition, Blackmagic Design has released two new hardware controllers for use with DaVinci Resolve.
The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, available now, is a special editing keyboard. It's currently free to anyone who purchases DaVinci Resolve Studio through a reseller, but it costs $ 295.
The Fairlight Desktop Console is an audio control surface priced at $ 3,595 and is expected to ship in December.
Pricing and system requirements
DaVinci Resolve 17.0 and DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.0 are now available in open beta for Windows 10, CentOS 7.3 Linux and macOS 10.14.6.
The basic version of the software is free of charge; The Studio Edition, which lets you work at higher resolutions than UHD and offers a number of advanced features, costs $ 295.
Unfortunately, Blackmagic Design doesn't appear to have updated its feature comparison chart for the two editions.
However, a new feature in the free edition is collaboration with multiple users: Starting with DaVinci Resolve 17.0, users of the free version can have multiple artists work on the same project at the same time.
Read an overview of the new features in DaVinci Resolve 17.0 and DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.0
Read a full list of what's new in DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.0 on the Blackmagic Design forum
Visit the DaVinci Resolve product website
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