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Blackmagic updates Resolve Lite, HyperDeck Studio software

November 16, 2011
Blackmagic updates Resolve Lite, HyperDeck Studio software MILIPITAS, CA — Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic-design.com) is offering new updates for two of its existing tools: DaVinci Resolve Lite 8.1, is a new version of the free DaVinci Resolve that now includes unlimited color correction nodes; and there is a V.2 software update for HyperDeck Studio, which adds broadcast quality compressed 10-bit recording and playback to the Avid DNxHD format.

Resolve Lite 8.1’s unlimited color correction nodes allow customers to use multiple color correctors for more complex and creative grading, and offers a big boost in power over the previous version of DaVinci Resolve Lite which was limited to two nodes. More color correction nodes was the top requested feature by DaVinci Resolve Lite colorists. DaVinci Resolve Lite includes many features found in the full version of DaVinci Resolve. DaVinci Resolve Lite is available now and free of charge from the Blackmagic Design Website.

DaVinci Resolve Lite includes all the same processing of the full DaVinci Resolve, but limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, unlimited nodes using a single processing GPU and a single Red Rocket card. Stereoscopic 3D features, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external database server are features only offered in the full DaVinci Resolve. Customers who want these features can upgrade to the full DaVinci Resolve software for $995.

DaVinci Resolve Lite can accept high-resolution source footage in 2K, 4K and 5K from Red and Arri digital cameras. DaVinci Resolve Lite includes high-quality optical resizing, curve grading, XML import and export, 32-bit float processing, YRGB image processing, multilayer timelines, stabilization, window tracking, primary and secondary color correction, real time processing, capture and playback with deck control, compatibility with third party control panels and much more.

HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 adds broadcast quality compressed 10-bit recording and playback to the DNxHD format. Adding native support for this compressed video format into HyperDeck Studio will allow dramatically longer recording times, lower media storage costs, and full file format compatibility with Avid Media Composer systems. All media is recorded in MXF format, so it’s available in Media Composer without file copying or import processing. HyperDeck Software Update 2.0 will be available at the end of November, free of charge for all HyperDeck Studio customers. With this software update, users can choose between uncompressed or DNxHD formats and then all recordings and playback will use that format.


HyperDeck Studio is being used by some as a solution to replace aging broadcast decks but includes dual SSD slots. This allows a new blank disk to be inserted while recording, and when the current recording disk is full, HyperDeck Studio will seamlessly continue to record across onto the new blank disk. Disks can be swapped constantly for continuous recording. HyperDeck Studio is available now from Blackmagic resellers for $995.

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