April 14, 2010


Blackmagic introduced three versions of Resolve at NAB, including an entry-level, Mac-based, software-only version that’s priced at $995. The mid-level release is a Mac-based version that includes the DaVinci Resolve control surface, while the high-end offering is based on a Linux system that allows users to build a multiple GPU supercomputer. All three models are based on the new DaVinci Resolve 7.0 software.

Users can work on SD, HD and 2K projects with the new releases and none of features are disabled in the software-only version. Colorists can rotate images, re-frame, add corrections, blurs and trackers, and see the results in realtime.

For the software-only version, a third-party control panel, such as the Tangent Wave, and a single CUDA capable GPU card is required. If video I/O is required, then Resolve requires a DeckLink HD Extreme 3D card. Blackmagic will also be working to open Resolve up to other brands of control panel, capture cards and GPUs.

The mid-range DaVinci Resolve model includes Mac DaVinci Resolve software and the DaVinci Resolve control surface. This control surface allows colorists to adjust settings in DaVinci Resolve with over 60 knobs and buttons. Pricing is $29,995.

And for those working on HD, 2K, 4K or 3D projects, the high-end model will be sold as a software upgrade for the DaVinci control surface and allows customers to move to a Linux-based system that accommodates multiple GPUs and CPUs for faster processing. The Linux license is $19,995.

In this high-end system, customers can keep adding GPUs and CPUs that are pre-certified by Blackmagic Design. The most powerful system that can be built would cost less than $150K. For existing DaVinci customers who have an older model Resolve or Splice system, they qualify to get Version 7.0 software at no charge. In addition, anyone who has an older DaVinci 2K system can use the control surface they have and upgrade to DaVinci Resolve by paying only for the Linux license.