NAB 2022: Resolve 18 takes collaboration to the next level

Blackmagic Design has announced a great update to its Resolve post-production solution: multiple editors, colorists, VFX artists and sound engineers can now work simultaneously on the same project and timeline in the cloud…

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Blackmagic also introduces new AI Resolve FX tools based on the DaVinci Neural Engine, as well as advanced editing tools, Fairlight conversion of old fixed buses to FlexBus, GPU accelerated painting in Fusion… The new 5×5 option in the multicam viewer now also lets you view up to 25 different angles simultaneously in a single multicam clip. This new implementation is ideal for multicam projects as it is easier to view, cut and switch angles without switching pages to view different angles…

“This is a major update that revolutionizes remote collaboration with cloud-based workflows,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “The Blackmagic Cloud allows users around the world to collaborate on the same timeline. Imagine you are editing in Tokyo, while a colorist in Los Angeles is working on the same timeline at the same time! The new DaVinci Proxy Workflow makes it easy to work with proxy files or camera masters as they can be relinked with a click. It’s going to be great to try out this new cloud collaboration workflow and I can’t wait to see how our customers around the world will work together. †

A new way to collaborate remotely thanks to the cloud

Users can host their project libraries with the Blackmagic Cloud and simultaneously collaborate around the world on the same timeline. The new Blackmagic Proxy Generator automatically creates proxies associated with camera masters for faster editing workflow. The software also offers new Resolve FX Ultra beauty and 3D depth map, enhanced subtitles for editors, Fusion painting and GPU accelerated real-time title rendering, and FlexBus Fairlight conversion.

Users can host their project libraries on the DaVinci Resolve Project Server in the cloud, share projects and collaborate with other editors, colorists, VFX artists and sound engineers on the same project, simultaneously around the world.

The new Blackmagic Proxy Generator app automatically creates and manages proxies from camera masters. Just create a watch folder and new media will be automatically converted to H.264, H.265 or Apple ProRes proxies to speed up editing workflows. Users can extract proxies to a separate folder to work offline.

Users can switch between original camera images and proxies with one click. Using the Blackmagic Proxy Generator, DaVinci Resolve knows where to find proxies and associates them with camera masters in the media library. Users can edit with the proxies and then match them with the camera’s originals for calibration.

DaVinci Resolve 18 provides intelligent media location management. Thus, in collaboration mode, media can be quickly associated with unique file paths. Users no longer have to manually link them or search for content when working remotely.

The Collaborative Update also provides significant performance improvements when working in a secure private network. Users get instant notifications about editing or reviewing changes when collaborating on a remotely hosted library of projects. This allows them to make decisions in real time based on the latest changes.

It is possible to live stream the DaVinci Resolve Studio viewer and view it remotely on a computer screen or reference grading monitor via DeckLink, anywhere in the world. The low latency and high 12-bit image quality are ideal for remote grading and editing, as users receive instant feedback.

New tools for calibrators

Located in the Magic Mask palette, this new tool can recognize and track the movement of thousands of unique objects. The DaVinci Neural Engine intuitively isolates animals, vehicles, people… For secondary assessment and application of advanced effects.

The new Depth Map effect instantly generates a 3D disparity map of a scene to quickly assess the foreground separately from the background, and vice versa. Users can draw attention to the action in the background, interview subjects or add atmosphere to the background of a scene.

It is possible to apply images to surfaces that move or change perspective, such as t-shirts, flags, or even the side of a face using the surface tracker. The adjustable grid follows the movement of a textured surface. Users can apply images, composite tattoos or overlay logos with this great tracking tool.

The Ultra Beauty plugin provides advanced control over an object for beauty retouching. Developed in collaboration with professional colorists, the Ultra Beauty tool corrects imperfections by smoothing the skin and then covering details for natural, flattering results.

On the subtitles and effects side

Subtitle support has been expanded to include TTML and XML timed text, as well as embedded MXF/IMF subtitles. It is possible to view and import subtitles from media storage, create regions to support multiple simultaneous subtitles per track and configure individual presets and text positions to indicate which person is speaking.

The Wipe, Iris, and Shape categories of transitions in the Effects Library now have a selection box to easily reverse the direction of transitions. This gives users more flexibility and creative options when using these types of transitions.

The speed and reading of Text, Text+ and Shapes models has been improved in DaVinci Resolve 18. New memory and data management allow Fusion models to be up to 200% faster. It is possible to see accelerated results in the binoculars and compose moving images even faster.

In DaVinci Resolve 18, GPU acceleration enables real-time generation and rendering of brushstrokes for a more intuitive approach when working in camouflage or graphic design. Instant visual feedback allows you to evaluate work and make corrections, regardless of line style or shape.

On the audio side with Fairlight

FlexBus is Fairlight’s audio bussing and routing system designed to handle large numbers of tracks, extensive plug-in processing, perfect synchronization and multi-project export. With a single click, users can now convert Fairlight projects with old fixed buses to FlexBus.

Dolby Atmos’ export tools have been expanded to support the display of binaural output of a complex Dolby Atmos mix. Now a Dolby 7.1.4 mix can be played with headphones while retaining the immersive sound experience of just two channels of audio.

New options in the breakdown menu improve collaboration, allowing editors to merge their work into a single timeline. Nested timelines can now be extracted with all track data, including FX and automation. Commands are connected via the new buses, paths or new tracks can remain unassigned.

DaVinci Resolve natively supports the latest industry audio formats, including immersive Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D, MPEG-H, NHK 22.2, and SMPTE. The Space View range shows the real-time view of all objects and their relationship to the room and other objects in 3D space.

The DaVinci Resolve 18 public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design site.

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