Blackmagic has fleshed out its own ideas for collaborative video work in the cloud with the presentation of the new version 18 of DaVinci Resolve. Thus, in addition to the new software, numerous new pieces of hardware were again presented.
Among other things, no less than three differently dimensioned network storages with prices ranging from 425 euros (Cloud Pod for external USB drives) over 3,165 euros (Cloud Store Mini 8 TB) up to 31,565 euros (Cloud Store 80TB) are now in the program.
What they all have in common is centralized access to video files in collaborative teams. Primarily designed for fast in-house networking with 10G Ethernet, these stores also function via Internet connection and can synchronize themselves with Dropbox, for example.
The actual collaboration then works via software functions in Resolve as well as via additional programs. A central element here is the new Proxygenerator, which can automatically create proxy files from video files in a watch folder. The new Resolve 18 can in turn automatically detect such proxies and download them at an accelerated rate before the original files. Once the originals are accessible, Resolve automatically replaces the proxies in the timeline.
There&s also a new group-based video chat tool (Presentations) that lets collaborators share changes to clips and leave comments on markers. However, we did not find any "checkable" to-do lists in Presentations, as is the case with Frame.io under the new Premiere.
On the other hand, projects can now be hosted in the cloud via the DaVinci Resolve Project Server, allowing editors and colorists, VFX artists and sound engineers to work on the same project anywhere in the world at the same time. Basically, after Adobe&s acquisition of Frame.io, Blackmagic now seems to want to establish its own, not dissimilar cloud solution alongside Frame.io. However, the cloud services will not be completely free. Grant Petty gave a price direction with 5 dollars per project/month in the presentation, which, however, only the host has to pay. Alternatively, it should also be possible to run your own Cloud Project Server with the Studio version of Resolve on your own hardware structure at no additional cost, which is a bit more difficult to set up (VPN, among other things), but offers more security for large film studios, etc..
Away from the new cloud features, Resolve has now also gained a lot of new functionality again, which should be available to try out in the first new beta from now on:
The new Object Mask in the "Magic Mask" palette can detect and track the movements of thousands of special lenses. For advanced secondary grading and effects, the DaVinci Neural Engine intuitively handles the cropping of animals, vehicles, people, food and countless other elements.
The new Depth Map effect lets you create a 3D depth map of a scene in an instant for independent color grading of the foreground or background.
New tracking options let you apply graphics to surfaces with distortion, or make dramatic perspective changes to T-shirts, flags, or even facial profiles. The tracker&s custom grid follows the movement of the textured surface. Add graphics or intricate tattoos or even obscure logos with this powerful tracking tool.
For skin beautification corrections, "Ultra Beauty" gives you even more targeted control.
Enhanced subtitle support now includes Timed Text in TTML and XML formats, and embedded subtitles in MXF/IMF.
A new 5x5 tile option in Multicam Preview allows simultaneous viewing of up to 25 different perspectives in a single Multicam clip.
Playback performance of templates for text, text+, and shapes are improved in DaVinci Resolve 18. Fusion templates for overlays are thus now partially available in real-time preview without judder.
In detail, there are numerous other changes compared to the previous version, about the benefits of which you can and may excellently in the next few months with the release of new betas in our forum... more infos at bei www.blackmagicdesign.com