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Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 includes a new control panel for selecting the video output format from Final Cut Pro X for output to devices such as broadcast quality monitors, HDTVs and projectors, so you can see exactly what your master will look like in television colorspace.

 

Following up on my last post about Thunderbolt technology, I continue the discussion and veer into some scary territory: Contemplating the future of the Mac Pro in video post production.

So what do you think? Is there a future for the Mac Pro? Will you be migrating to Windows for production? Maybe you already have? Maybe years ago?

Central to the discussion is at what point do you let your need for performance take precedence over your preferred operating system?

Leave a comment!

Update:

ARS Technica has just posted the following article: Why the video pros are moving away from Apple. 

While I may not agree with everything in it, that’s beside the point. It goes to show I’m not alone in mulling (and frankly dreading) dealing with this.

Update 2:

My addendum clarifying details about my wishes for Mac Pro as well as confirming my excitement for Thunderbolt technology (starts at 2:06 on this video post).

Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve for Windows as a public beta. Wow are they moving fast with this. I am very excited about this development, along with the fact that Resolve is now a free app for many users working in HD. This is a seriously powerful color grading system that I have been using for several months now. More to come on that soon.

Milpitas, USA – December 15, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows™ public beta is now available for download. DaVinci Resolve for Windows public beta is available in both the full featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions. The DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows license is included with the Mac OS X version, so all current Mac OS X customers automatically get a license for the Windows version, and can download it now to use in their facility.

Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows 7™ public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. When released, DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows will be included with the Mac OS X version for US$995. DaVinci Resolve Lite will be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7, free of charge.

The full text of the announcement can be read here.

I’m on site at an agency client, cutting in Premiere Pro and After Effects, but I thought I better get the word out that Apple have announced an update to FCP X.

Major points:

•XML Support

•Stems Export

The Apple site specifically mentions DaVinci Resolve, under the XML support paragraph. That’s notable for two reasons: 1) Apple are apparently acknowledging the industry’s move to Resolve as a replacement for their own end-of-life Color (and that they have no competitor in the offing), and 2) It seems to indicate this support is ready at launch.

Apple have indicated that multicam support and broadcast monitoring support are coming in 2012. The Multicam was previously announced as intended for “the next major release”, so that’s not a huge surprise, but now that the XML feature is added (although implementation and workflow with all apps is TBD), professional editors are likely to remain frustrated on the monitoring issue, as having a system configured with external monitoring is a standard way of working in most all serious production environments, particularly those where clients are frequently in the room. Many will simply find other editing apps to work in that provide the editorial experience they are accustomed to.

Also noteworthy, and in my opinion a clear indicator of Apple feeling competitive pressure, is that Apple are now offering a 30 day trial of Final Cut Pro X. I have not seen them do that before.

The full list of features is available at the Apple page announcing the update. The update is available via the Mac App store.

When I get a chance, I’ll drive the new upgrade features and test drive an XML workflow, particularly to Resolve and try to get it over to AE (Automatic Duck factor? have to wait and see on that…).

UPDATE 1:

Apple have also posted updates to the Pro Apps codecs. Details on the Apple Support page by clicking here.

UPDATE 2:

Apple have also posted a white paper entitled “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors”. Clearly a coordinated effort timed for the same day as the update to help curb some of the negativity and ease the transition. Smart move. Apple seems to be moving with a counteroffensive, for lack of a better term.

Motion details, my session and an EXCLUSIVE discount deal:

Note: The park in this video is one of my “creative spaces” I go to get out of the studio and regain focus. It’s generally very quiet and works wonders. What are some of your creative escapes? Leave a comment and let me know.

Motion 2011 and The Adobe Post Show are back-to-back conferences coming October 9-14. Both take place in Albuquerque.

Motion brings together the top creatives in the motion graphics, visual effects and animation industries to share what drives their creativity. The format is audience-interactive “TED Talks” style.

The Adobe Post Show immediately follows Motion. It features intermediate to advanced level training in the Adobe Production Premium applications. I am presenting a hands-on LAB session called “The Reel World: Final Cut Pro to Premiere Pro” amongst many other great sessions.

There is nothing else like Motion in our industry.

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Blackmagic Design have made a lot of news at IBC this week. Amongst many announcements, today they’ve announced DaVinci Resolve version 8.1. Alexis Van Hurkman has a great breakdown of new features over at his blog.

Here’s a link to the BMD press release.

Also, another big announcement is that Resolve is going cross-platform.
Well, technically it already was cross platform. First Linux, then Mac, but come Q1 2012, Resolve will be on Windows!

Very smart move from Blackmagic Design to further cement their brand. This will also open a much wider range of hardware and multi-GPU configuration possibilities.

In the current climate where many professional users are questioning Apple’s commitment to them, they are realizing that FCP competitors like Adobe and Avid have pretty much identical experiences on Mac or Windows, there might not be as much keeping them on the Mac platform as they thought. It’s about growth and tectonic shifts in the market place. Good to see Blackmagic solidifying their presence with this powerful color grading system.

What about me? I’ve been a cross-platform shop for a decade or more. My first foray into doing production on Windows was for performance reasons when the Macs were stuck in G4-slow-ville and the Pentiums were kicking butt. Having said that, for the last 5 years or more I’ve done almost all production on the Mac platform.

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is really a great resource.

Dim the lights, enable HD, and fullscreen it.

Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:
Cam Shootout
And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is the place.
Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:

Cam Shootout

And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Blackmagic Design is the first one out with full support for Mac OS X Lion. The update supports Lion’s Core Video and Audio processing pipelines for our DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 products. And it is available now.

Full text of the press release is below.
Blackmagic Design Support Page

Blackmagic Design Releases Support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
New software update 8.2 for DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and
H.264 Pro Recorder products is available for download now!

Milpitas, CA – July 20, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today released a new software update for its desktop video products that adds full support for the new Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. This Desktop Video 8.2 software update includes support for Apple’s new Core Video and Core Audio processing pipelines for professional grade video and audio functionality across a wide variety of applications.

Core Media is the new exciting way video hardware devices capture and playback to software applications and it’s the future of video API’s on the Mac OS X platform. Blackmagic Design is the first company to support this new standard, right from the very first day it’s available to customers. Now all developers can design modern 64 bit video software and get high performance capture and playback to hardware, while having the benefit of high quality broadcast solutions for video with new Core Media technology.

“Our close relationship with Apple has enabled Blackmagic Design to take full advantage of the many exciting new features in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, such as Core Video and Core Audio, from the very first day of its release,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. ”Our customers are constantly looking for performance improvements to their workflows and they will not be disappointed when they upgrade to the incredible new performance of Mac OS X 10.7 and Blackmagic Design products.”

This new software update supports all of Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink, Intensity, Multibridge and H.264 Pro Recorder products.

Availability and Price
Desktop Video 8.2 software update is available now free of charge for all DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder customers from the Blackmagic Design web support page at www.blackmagic-design.com/support.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagic-design.com.