One of the most interesting NAB announcements was the addition of some 70 additional editorial tools to DaVinci Resolve 11. This makes Resolve a very competent on-set DIT tool, a full featured NLE, and a world-class finishing tool. Mostly for FREE. What is interesting here is how this is likely to play out in the long term.
I’m impressed with the list of editorial features in the upcoming DaVinci Resolve 11, and the rapid pace of development of Resolve from world-class color grading, to something much more. I can see people migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to DaVinci Resolve 11, and even some perhaps migrating from Premiere Pro CC.
Certainly, those who have the experience and want to have ultimate control over their editing software will probably find DaVinci Resolve 11 to their likely.
However, it is relatively unimportant how Resolve performs in the short term. This is a long-term play that could lead Blackmagic Design to a very strong position a few years down the track.
Being free and with the daVinci and Blackmagic Design brands behind it, I would expect that DaVinci Resolve 11 (and onward) will become very popular with the next generation of filmmakers. As they grow familiar with Resolve, and as their careers develop, they’ll want to continue with what is familiar.
I think this is a brilliant move: capture the hearts of the upcoming film community and they’ll bring your tools with them and it’s an excellent strategy for Blackmagic Design, both short and long term.
We’re seriously looking at bringing our professional workflow tools to DaVinci Resolve 11 if we can, as well as possibly even supporting DaVinci Resolve 11 with Lumberjack Systems.