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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.

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It always seems that NAB is about the nights when the social activities start. Sure, NAB is an important professional event, but if I’m honest my primary motivation is to see friends I only see at NAB. Because I tend to research industry trends continually through the year and because I’m still on many people’s announcement lists from my BuZZ days, it’s only the surprise announcements that are new to me.

This year I’ll be at the FCPWORKS demo room at the Wynn with some new features for Lumberjack System and our workflow apps. Other than that I’ll be on the show floor Wednesday and at some social engagements during the week.

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Mar/14

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Resolve gets GPU Debayering

The latest release of Resolve – 10.1.3 – includes this gem:

  • GPU debayer Preferences option for REDCODE RAW clips

I think it’s inevitable that NLEs also get this GPU capability, which allows debayering of RED RAW files on the GPU instead of needing a RED Rocket card for the task. Already Premiere Pro uses the GPU for debayering for Cinema DNG files, so I see a trend coming.

In fact Adobe’s David Hemly teased a real-time GPU debayer as part of a March Technology Preview. (Toward the end). Technology previews are not guaranteed to be part of a future release, but they always have been in the past!

Feb/14

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Another FCP X Movie?

Last week, we sold a Producer’s Best Friend, Sync-N-Link X and a Change List X all through the UK Apple Store on the same day. I think it’s reasonable to assume it was the same customer. That combination of apps appeals only to the highest level of productions – generally major motion pictures or very high end Television.

The App Store never lets developers know who made the purchase, so I don’t know any details, but it appears the “$100 million movie” isn’t the only one.

I had time to do some export testing from Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X 10.1. Definite proof that second GPU is being used, and worth it!

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As is usual at this time of the year, Greg tallied up our software releases for the year. Well, more accurately his software releases, as I do not write the software. Surprisingly, we’re still updating software for Final Cut Pro 7.

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I decided to take a video of the Mac Pro’s amazing performance with native Red R3D 4K files. Watch five streams, with composite modes, scale, rotation and more play without rendering.

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Continuing my ‘as I go’ reporting of my Mac Pro experience with some further thoughts on the size, shape and noise, and some Content Analysis testing in Final Cut Pro X.

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A loaner Mac Pro arrived from Apple on Friday afternoon. It’s a 12 core, dual D700 GPUs, 512 GB Flash storage and 32 GB of RAM. Here are my initial thoughts after three days.

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Before running Final Cut Pro X 10.1 the first time, read this.

One of the most exciting new features of Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is the introduction of Libraries. Libraries now contain both Events and Projects in one package, very similar to classic Final Cut Pro “projects”.

This is a huge improvement, but of course it leaves no role for Event Manager X with Libraries, which are well managed within Final Cut Pro X 10.1.

Except Event Manager X is the best tool to use during the migration to Final Cut Pro X Libraries, therefore from today it’s free.

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