Interview with Blackmagic Design – DaVinci Resolve 15.2 and Blackmagic RAW

At this year’s Inter Bee show in Tokyo, our own Johnnie Behiri met with Blackmagic Design in order to discuss their latest updates for both DaVinci Resolve 15.2 and firmware version 6.0 for URSA Mini Pro cameras.

Resolve 15.2
We already reported about the updates to DaVinci Resolve 15.2 and Camera 6.0 in detail here. Here’s a round-up including the interview with Blackmagic Design.

With version 15 of their popular editing/grading/audio mastering/delivery suite Blackmagic Design added a new tab to their one-app-for-all approach: Fusion FX. Now, just a few months later, Resolve 15.2 hits the streets and it comes with a lot of improvements to almost every aspect of this software. One part of Resolve to which special attention has been paid is the Edit tab.

DaVinci Resolve 15.2 Improvements

Blackmagic Design really pushes hard in order to get the editing part of their software right. In Resolve 15.2 the editing timeline renders much faster, resulting in a smoother look and feel. Also, a lot of animations within the UI have been improved. As a general improvement the part of DaVinci you are currently working in is being highlighted which makes it easier to keep track of what’s going on.

Speaking of visual feedback: You now can easy track down bits of the timeline which contain duplicate frames (pieces of footage you actually have used before within the same timeline). Furthermore clips in the media pool show a visual indication if (and which parts) are being used in the current timeline.

Resolve 15.2
You now can load a second timeline or compound clip into the source viewer and send clips straight to the active timeline. This should increase the speed of your workflow! Two bins now can be viewed and accessed at the same time as well.

Resolve 15.2
Another nice improvement is the freshly implemented keyboard shortcut manager which is now a visual tool just like in Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X. You even can emulate keyboard settings to the aforementioned NLE’s. Furthermore you now can assign items from contextual popup menus to keyboard shortcuts.

New FX Plugins & Audio Tools

Additionally DaVinci Resolve 15.2 features new FX plugins such as Beauty (Studio version only) or Blanking Fill. More advanced plugins for the color page include ACES transform and Gamut Limiter.

Resolve 15.2
Edits and transitions applied to audio clips on the Edit page now can be further tweaked on the Fairlight tab of Resolve 15.2. Furthermore you now can edit multiple audio clip at the same time.

Resolve 15.2
A cool new feature is called Stereo Fixer. It helps you map your audio to the appropriate channels in order to avoid bad audio mixing. Common mappings such as stereo, reverse-stereo, mono and others are built right in.

There are really a whole bunch of new features and a lot has already been covered by Nino in this article. If you want to dive deeper in all the new features make sure to watch the following intro video by Blackmagic:

It’s Still Free

Although Blackmagic tries hard to convince users to buy the Studio version by limiting certain features such as noise reduction or the new Beauty FX plugin, you must not forget that DaVinci Resolve 15.2 is still free to download. This is actually pretty incredible. You get a full-fledged piece of post-production software which gets frequent updates for no money at all.

If Blackmagic maintain their current development speed, this suite of tools might get pretty dangerous for a lot of other (paid) NLE’s out there pretty soon. While it might not be the first choice for serious editing work right now, let’s wait and see how Resolve 15.2 will impact the market. I’m really curious what future versions of Resolve will bring. How about you?

URSA Mini Firmware 6.0

This new firmware adds two important new features to the URSA Mini Pro camera: Blackmagic RAW and ISO 3200. Read all about this new RAW format in our initial coverage here. The new ISO doubles the current limit of ISO 1600 and should be a useful tool when shooting in difficult lighting conditions.

Resolve 15.2

When does the new Blackmagic RAW codec hit the popular Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (BMPCC4K) you ask? The answer is: It will but it’s not yet certain when. That’s not exactly what we wanted to hear but at least it’s coming! Need a refresher on this new RAW format? Watch Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty’s introduction here:

CinemaDNG might be cool but you’ll end up with lots of GB worth of data and it really demands for a mighty powerful computer to cope with it so Blackmagic RAW might be the better choice offering a very good balance between quality and size. Plus it offers a much more modern approach to metadata handling.

Links: Blackmagicdesign.com (DaVinci) | URSA Mini Pro | Blackmagic RAW

Are you digging the all-in-one approach of Resolve? Or do you prefer Adobe’s take of individual software tool working together? What do you think about v6.0 for URSA Mini Pro? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Stuart Stu
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Stuart Stu

And MAN do I wish people would stop calling it Black Magic *RAW*, when it is factually NOT RAW, it’s just PR blather!

Oscar Goldman
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What Haveyou

Not to mention that’s “raw”, not “RAW.” It’s not an acronym.

Stuart Stu
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Stuart Stu

Oh gee, DUH. Never mind that that was just FOR EMPHASIS. 🙄
Aside from my (and many others) writing it that way anyway so as to differentiate between raw footage and RAW footage… get it??

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sam broggs

Resolve is a great editing software! Unfortunately, they are limiting the codecs of the free version without telling anyone. Since Version 15, you cannot edit any h264 422 codecs or h264 10bit codecs.. Its strange that they dont tell anyone..

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I just reviewed 15.1 the week before 15.2 hit. Also noticed that Canon XF-AVC files are only recognized in the Studio version. No big deal, for $299.00 it’s still a bargain, but just beware that if you use the free version, you will be limited to file formats supported.

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sam broggs

thats right! I bought the studio version. For 299 you get only a few months adobe subscription. So its still a great tool for this price!

Oscar Goldman
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No, it IS a big deal if that’s the primary type of file you’re ingesting. Of course BMD can do what they want; but if this crippling isn’t clearly communicated, it amounts to stealing time from users.

Philipp Gärtig
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Being able to see the used clips and remapping the keyboard is awesome! I‘ve been waiting so long for these features

Oscar Goldman
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Features that have been standard in NLEs since the ’90s. WOOT

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