Continuing with our breakdowns of some of the biggest announcements of NAB 2017, it's impossible to talk about software launches and upgrades without mentioning the freshly unveiled update to Blackmagic Design's flagship post-production platform. Yes, that's right, DaVinci Resolve 14 is here, and as you'd expect it's bringing an entirely new slew of features and updates to the familiar program – all designed to make post processes easier and better than ever before.
While some of the upgrades are to do with performance (Filmmaker Magazine reports that 14 is up to 10 times faster than 12), the most exciting and innovative changes are completely new – and bring unprecedented features to editing suites equipped with DaVinci Resolve.
At the top of this list is the inclusion of an entirely new set of audio features, all pulled from Blackmagic's recent acquisition of Fairlight.
In September 2016, Fairlight was acquired by Blackmagic Design.
Incorporating Fairlight: An acquisition
Many post-production specialists will be familiar with Fairlight's products, all of which are considered the benchmark for professional-level audio work. What you might now know, however, is that in September 2016, Fairlight was actually acquired by Blackmagic Design. At the time, Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty described Fairlight as being responsible for "the world's most powerful digital audio software and hardware for video production."
"The exciting part about this acquisition is that it will add incredibly high-end professional audio technology to Blackmagic Design's amazing video products. We look forward to working with the Fairlight team to build even more exciting new products for our customers!" he added.
So, we knew that at some stage, Blackmagic would be incorporating Fairlight products and technology into new releases, but seeing it all come out in DaVinci Resolve 14 is still a (very pleasant) surprise.
Breaking down Fairlight in DaVinci Resolve 14
In a nutshell, DaVinci Resolve 14 features a completely redesigned audio editor, providing an avenue to get the great Fairlight software into an all-in-one post-production solution. Before we even get to the tech specs of this new beast, consider the streamlined workflow that becomes possible when you don't have to flit between applications in order to use the best production software.
To go back to specs, the new audio editor really does pull out all the stops. From an ability to incorporate hundreds of different tracks (and able to record 96 of these at once) through to a 6-band parametric EQ and a top-notch compressor, DaVinci Resolve 14 is now an audio editing powerhouse, in addition to all the great video editing and colour grading functionality that you'd expect from any version of the software. The praise for this release has been pretty much universal, as this summary from Newsshooter shows:
"Underneath the hood is a submillisecond super low latency audio engine designed to handle up to 1,000 tracks of 192kHz 24-bit audio. By taking Fairlight and putting it directly within DaVinci Resolve 14, Blackmagic has given editors and colourists direct access to a professional audio post-production suite."
What else is new?
Although it's easy to wax lyrical about the inclusion of Fairlight in DaVinci Resolve 14, it's far from the only upgrade that users can start getting excited about! Check out the video below for a full run down of the new software, and get in touch with DVT to find out more about how to incorporate it into your post workflow!
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