by Ollie Kenchington | 2nd March 2017
Blackmagic Design have sent out invitations via email and posted teasers on social media inviting people to a live stream of “a press conference showing our latest camera and post production technology” today. What’s behind this Blackmagic Live Stream? Blackmagic Live Stream. Photo credit: Blackmagic While we don’t know what to expect from this Blackmagic Live Stream, one can presume that DaVinci Resolve 13 is a likely candidate for announcement, given that their invite specifically mentions their professional post-production software. There is, however, surprisingly little information in the wild about this press conference. Some rumours have started circulating about a 4K update to their MFT Pocket Cinema Camera, with the addition of an H.265 codec. All we know is that we can’t wait to tune in and find out what Blackmagic have up their sleeves. Local times indicated below, to see what they have in store for us. Leave me your guesses in the comments below, and let’s see who gets it right! Los Angeles 12:00 pm PST Thursday 2nd March 2017 New York 3:00 pm EST Thursday 2nd March 2017 London 8:00 pm GMT Thursday 2nd March 2017 Tokyo 5:00 am JST Friday 3rd March 2017 Sydney 7:00 am AEDT Friday 3rd March 2017Read more
by Ollie Kenchington | 30th January 2017
Back in September, Canon announced two new professional 4K, HDR, reference monitors – the Canon DP-V2420 (shipping now) and the DP-V1710 (shipping February 2017). I managed to get some hands-on time with the top-of-the-range DP-V2420 this week. Read on to see my thoughts on how the Canon DP-V2420 HDR Monitor performed. Features With a hefty £25k price tag, you’d expect the Canon DP-V2420 to be stuffed full of cutting edge display technology, and thankfully it is: 24-inch, 4096 x 2160, 4K, 10-bit, IPS LCD panel, with 178° viewing angle. Support for 48p, 50p and 60p source frame rates in 4K. ITU-R BT.709 and ITU-R BT.2020 colour gamut ITU-R BT.2100 and SMPTE ST 2084 compliant, supporting both Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). Peak luminance of 1200 cd/m2 and a minimum luminance of 0.005 cd/m2. Built-in 4K RAW de-bayer (from C300 mk2, C500 or C700). HDR-SDR Split-Screen View. How Does the Canon DP-V2420 Perform? As mundane as it may seem, the first thing that struck me when setting up the Canon DP-V2420 HDR Monitor was how simple and intuitive the menu system was. Having worked with a lot of reference monitors in my time, this was by far and away the easiest menu system I’ve come across. It was particularly quick and easy for me to create an HDR preset to match YouTube’s new HDR specification, with a peak luminance of 1000 cd/m2. The Canon DP-V2420 HDR Monitor menu. The next thing I noticed was just how crisp and defined the 4K image was. The material I was working with was originally shot on a RED Epic-W with the 8K Helium sensor, though I was working from a 4K Pro Res 4444 XQ master. The image quality was simply remarkable, but what truly blew me away was when I set my Resolve project to 1080p to test the DP-2420’s ‘Shape Tracing’ upscaling technology. I thought this would be a useful real world test, as not everyone has the required hardware to output 4K from their system, such as Blackmagic’s UltraStudio 4K Extreme. Once I was outputting a 1080p signal to the DP-V2420, I took a step back and couldn’t believe my eyes. If I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn I was looking at the 4K signal still! It really is one of the best upscaled 4K images I’ve ever seen. I was a bit dubious when I first heard that this monitor used a backlit LCD rather than an OLED panel. For HDR, one would normally expect OLED in order to achieve the low 0.005 cd/m2 blacks necessary. As soon as I was feeding it my signal, though, it became clear that Canon had achieved something truly unique with this backlight technology. The DP-V2420 HDR Monitor’s backlight scanning uses a full array RGB backlight, allowing individual areas to be partially turned off. Canon wouldn’t tell me too much about how this technology works, but it’s clearly very clever and produces deep blacks that one wouldn’t normally see on a backlit IPS panel like this. As well as local dimming, the sensors behind the backlight array are also able to measure temperature, luminance and colour information across the panel. This wealth of data allows the monitor to maintain optimal performance at all times and Canon even told me that it should mean that, under normal conditions, it shouldn’t require re-calibrating (it’s initially done using top-end Klein probes by Canon before it leaves their factory) before a year or more in to it’s working life! My only real criticism of this display is its fan noise. There were times when I thought the thing was going to take off! However, after chatting with Canon about this, I was told there is a firmware update coming soon to fix this issue. There will also be some new features introduced, the most exciting of which is the ability for the monitor to take an incoming feed and split it in two on screen, allowing the colourist or DIT to check both the HDR and SDR versions of the grade side by side. This is currently only possible by bridging the SDI In and Out ports on the back with an additional cable, but the update will remove this requirement, making it much easier to take advantage of this feature. I can see this split-screen feature, coupled with the HDR-compatible waveform monitor built into the Canon V-2420, as being extremely useful on-set during HDR productions. Summary In the burgeoning market for professional HDR monitors, the Canon DP-V2420 HDR Monitor is one of the ones leading the pack. It has some very clever tech inside it and several killer features that would make it invaluable both on set during an HDR shoot and in the colour suite. *Thanks to Abandon Visuals for allowing me to show their footage being used in this review.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 16th June 2016
The all new Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is out and, as always, it’s available as a free download. The company claims to have implemented 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features, so this new version is definitely worth a closer look! The video below highlights some of the new and enhanced features. DaVinci Resolve 12.5 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features, now this is a bold statement! Sure, not every one of these bits and pieces, but there are some very exciting improvements to be found in this new version of DaVinci which was initially introduced as a beta version at this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas. For a quick overview, these are the major enhancements of DaVinci Resolve 12.5: First up is a brand new feature called Fusion Connect. With this you can send clips from Resolve straight to Fusion 8 (also available as a free download) for further effects work. After having finished the FX, the clip will be sent straight back to Resolve. This feature comes built in natively, no more painful rountripping breaks. The Adobe Premiere & After Effects tag team can expect some competition here! There’s no doubt that DaVinci Resolve is the gold standard in terms of colour grading, but this isn’t really true when it comes to the edit tab. It’s become obvious that Blackmagic wants to change their reputation in this regard. A lot of editing features have been added to the 12.5 release of Resolve; some of them may be pretty much standard, but at least they are available now. And it doesn’t seem that Blackmagic will stop developing their flagship software anytime soon. New editing feature for version 12.5 Blackmagic has put a lot of effort into the edit page. As the whole editing capability is relatively new to Resolve, it’s nice to see the edit page flourishing in such rapid fashion. Some of the highlights include: advanced edit overlay, including ripple overwrite Improved clip retiming, including 2 new curves Drag and drop for clip reorganisation on the timeline Ability to view and edit clip metadata right from the edit page Power Bins: like Smart Bins but spanning across multiple projects Advanced editing features like ripple overwrite, ripple cut and paste/insert Markers now can work as duration markers, too New dissolves, wipes and other transitions Ability to edit keyframes directly on the timeline Audio waveforms can be displayed as an overlay in the source viewer New text tool. Edit text directly in the viewer New colour features The colour tab, an already advanced workspace, has also been improved. Now you can control the colour temperature and tint of a clip via dedicated sliders. Finally! Another improvement is the new Resolve FX effects library which is built right into DaVinci. The effects range from things like glow or film grain to weird stuff like JPG Damage, and they work either as a CPU or GPU effect. Other features include: New point tracker for hard to track clips (works with Resolve FX, too) Improved node editor: copy, swap, extract and insert nodes easily. Even compound nodes are possible New HDR mode for nodes Log contrast control can be set to either linear or S-curve mode New layering composite modes like colour dodge, colour burn, exclusion, luminosity and others new point tracker tool in conjunction with Resolve FX Some of the new features can only be found in the paid studio version of Resolve 12.5: Enhanced temporal and spatial noise reduction Automatic (and manual) lens correction for minimizing lens distortion New deliver page with presets The all new deliver page finally sports presets for popular video platforms like Youtube or Vimeo. Also, Premiere Pro XML presets are available and even audio only options can be found for further audio editing. All in all, the deliver module gets a much needed update and is really easy to use now. Everything you need is right there. the all new deliver page with presets Conclusion It’s impossible to walk you through each and every new feature of this massive update. You really should try it for yourself and explore the myriad enhancements in DaVinci Resolve 12.5. I must say I’m really impressed by the developing speed and all the new features in such a brief period of time. Not long ago, there wasn’t such thing like an edit page in Resolve at all! We will see what the future holds for DaVinci but it seems that it will be bright. Check out Blackmagic Design’s offical website for all the details. There are plenty of videos to be found, too.Read more
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