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Blackmagic updates DaVinci Resolve to V.7.1

December 22, 2010
Blackmagic updates DaVinci Resolve to V.7.1 MILIPITAS, CA — Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve has been updated to Version 7.1, offering more control panels and multi-GPU processing on Mac OS X. It is available today for download from www.blackmagic-design.com — pricing starts at $995; their is no charge for existing customers. With the 7.1 update, Mac OS X users can install multiple high-performance GPUs. This “supercomputer” processing power, previously only available on Linux systems, surpasses the single GPU limit for a single computer and lets customers increase processing power by adding additional GPUs as their needs grow. Also supported in the Resolve 7.1 update is the ATI 5770 graphics card for the user interface, and the Cubix x16 PCI Express expansion chassis for use with multiple GPUs. Support for the expansion chassis allows flexibility to install additional storage, video capture cards, multiple Nvidia Quadro 4000 GPU processing cards and Red Rocket cards. This gives users the freedom to build high performance color correction systems on Mac OS X.

Resolve 7 introduced support for third-party control surfaces, and DaVinci Resolve 7.1 expands this support. Now included are more menus on the Tangent Wave control surface, including menus for stereoscopic 3D and version control, individual adjustments for curves and image clipping, direct access to stills and memories and new keyer controls for post mixing offsets. Support for the JL Cooper Eclipse CX control surface has also been added.

Resolve 7.1 includes a wide range of new file formats and codec support for the latest professional cameras and scanners. New file formats include native realtime support for Arri Alexa Arri RAW and D-21 ArriI RAW, Phantom Cine files, OpenEXR in uncompressed and compressed formats, Sony MPEG-4 SStP (Simple Studio Profile) and Sony XDCAM files in QuickTime format. Because support for realtime grading directly from Arri Alexa Arri RAW files is handled in the GPU, no extra hardware is required.

DaVinci Resolve 7.1 also includes new stereoscopic 3D color grading controls, including timeline slip to sync left and right eye, auto left and right eye color matching, Yaw and Pitch controls, and side-by-side and line-by-line rendering. This new update adds additional project configurations, including improved drop frame timecode support, 720p50 and 720p conforming, 1080p50, 1080p59.94 and 1080p60 monitoring as well as automatic multi project ColorTrace2 support for transferring digital dailies grades. This new software update adds new user interface displays, including clip count display on the color screen primary grading tab, session duration display on the conform screen, a new slate option to show source clip name and additional autosave options. Resolve 7.1 also enhances Red grading controls by including RedColor2 and Adobe 1998 colorspace support, RedGamma2 gammaspace support, automatic camera metadata support for HFlip and VFlip, ganged adjustment of decode settings and support for saving Red metadata in stills for copy and paste.

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