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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 8.1 Now Available

Milpitas, CA – October 20, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.1, an exciting new software update with powerful features, is now available. This update is available to all DaVinci Resolve customers free of charge and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design web site.

The new Resolve 8.1 software update includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro X XML round trip, new layer node composite effects, ACES colorspace support, compatibility with Avid AAF for round trip with Avid Media Composer™, Final Cut Pro 7 clip size and position support, new copy commands for grades, upgraded EDL features, support for UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt™ and compatibility with the 2011 MacBook Pro 15” computer.

With this new update, DaVinci Resolve can now import and export Final Cut Pro X timelines using the new Final Cut Pro rich XML file format. When working in Final Cut Pro X, customers will get full timeline round trip where projects can be moved between Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve,retaining the multi track timeline with frame accurate cuts, dissolves and even speed changes. DaVinci Resolve will also use rich XML from Final Cut Pro X to link to original camera footage. DaVinci Resolve supports full media management for Final Cut Pro X projects including additional source clip folders and alternate image source when conforming edits in Resolve.

Because DaVinci Resolve supports grading of high resolution and bit depth files, edits can be exported out of Final Cut Pro for finishing in the highest quality. An alternative workflow is to use DaVinci Resolve 8.1 to manage extremely high resolution raw image formats such as RED, ARRI, CinemaDNG and DNxHD and then to grade and render to ProRes or uncompressed media for Final Cut Pro X.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes new layer node composite effects which offer colorists even greater creative grading with add, subtract, difference, multiply, screen, overlay, darker and lighten effects. Colorists will be able to use these new composite effects to create extremely complex and intricate grades with limitless power.

Keeping pace with DaVinci’s heritage in the high end feature film industry, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes ACES colorspace support. ACES and IIF is a new colorspace and file format promoted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences technology committee to provide a universal and open image interchange and processing format. The ACES IIF file format is fully supported, and includes a variety of IDTs and ODTs as well as support for 3D shaper LUTs. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 allows colorists to work in this format seamlessly, and even the free of charge DaVinci Resolve Lite includes ACES colorspace, so upcoming videographers will have access to the latest Hollywood technology.

To improve compatibility with customers using Avid Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve 8.1 now includes improved support for Avid AAF import/export for roundtrip editing to Resolve and back to Avid Media Composer. This new AAF support includes effects such as dip to color, edge and center wipe with border, clock and venetian blind wipe and also cross, oval and diamond iris wipe, overlay composite and more. Also includes support for Avid sizing with (PTZR) pan, tilt, zoom and rotate.

Additional support is included for Final Cut Pro 7 round trip with clip by clip selectable import of image sizing data now possible. Import sizing and position data for all or selected clips is available to allow renders using the extremely high quality DaVinci Resolve image resizing engine.

New cut, copy and paste operations for editing and node metadata including dynamics have been added to DaVinci Resolve 8.1, allowing much easier and dramatically faster editing of clips in the timeline and copying grades between nodes. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 also includes new conform features including the abilities to export missing clips EDL and import new EDL to a track. This simplifies finding and replacing missing clips in long form projects, and is great for changing VFX shots. This DaVinci Resolve update is now even faster to use with an exciting new ‘hover over node’ grading status display to reveal lists of changed grades within the node.

DaVinci Resolve 8.1 increases support for hardware, including full compatibility with the Apple Early 2011 MacBook Pro 15” with 1680×1050 display, as well as the new UltraStudio 3D for Thunderbolt technology based computers. Support for UltraStudio 3D allows video monitoring and deck I/O from the latest iMac and MacBook Pro computers that support Thunderbolt™ technology.

Other new features included in DaVinci Resolve 8.1 includes support for clip by clip scaled or unscaled data range color space conversions, support for clip by clip colorspace selection in case a source clip has been incorrectly encoded, renders now support video or data levels and support for HDR source icons in the timeline thumbnail for RED HDRx clips.

Availability and Price
DaVinci Resolve 8.1 is available now as a free download for all current DaVinci Resolve customers.

Press Photography
Product photos of DaVinci Resolve 8.1, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagic-design.com/press/images.

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.

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University of Washington and VISIONS’11 Set Sail with Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Production Switcher

Blackmagic Design today announced that the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography used Blackmagic Design’s ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher, Micro Videohub and OpenGear Converter Audio to SDI products as part of the ocean going VISIONS’11 Expedition. The University relied on the Blackmagic Design products to capture, route and stream footage from the ocean floor, 400 kilometers offshore, back to the University and online at www.ooi.washington.edu/visions11/live.

VISIONS’11, a cooperative effort between the University of Washington and the National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), commenced on August 11 in Seattle, Washington, aboard the 274 foot Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson. The purpose of the expedition was to continue to prepare for, survey and assess the ongoing installation of the OOI’s high power and high bandwidth cabled ocean observatory. For the expedition, the University of Washington provided technical support for video operations and management of a number of cameras on more

Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price for HDMI and Analog Mini Converter Models

Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on 8 of its popular Mini Converters. From today, Mini Converter SDI to HDMI, Mini Converter HDMI to SDI, Mini Converter SDI to Analog and Mini Converter Analog to SDI models will be reduced to US$295. The Heavy Duty models of these 4 Mini Converters, featuring ultra tough machined aluminum design, will be lowered to US$395. These models are all shipping now.

Unlike other converters on the market today, Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converter’s include extremely powerful features such as 3 Gb/s SDI technology, redundant SDI inputs, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio on standard 1/4 inch jack audio connections and an international power supply which includes adapter plates for all international power sockets.

Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converters have more features that are easier to use than found in other converters. A good example of these powerful features is the inclusion more

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Blackmagic Design Announces SmartView HD

Intelligent full resolution HD rack monitoring with large 17 inch LCD display and network control!

IBC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced SmartView HD, a new full resolution HD rack monitor with a large 17 inch LCD screen, 3 Gb/s SDI video inputs and centralized network based control to allow easy color matching when used in multi monitor installations, is only €635.

SmartView HD will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

SmartView HD features a large 17 inch LCD screen in a compact 6 rack unit design that’s less than an inch thick. SmartView HD handles SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI video standards, and all screens can be remotely adjusted via your Ethernet network, so setup is much simpler when users need to color match all the monitors in a large video wall setup. more

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Blackmagic Design Announces HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate

Mounting plate can be added to the popular HyperDeck Shuttle to allow mounting directly onto professional cameras, or to add industry standard battery packs.

IBC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate, a new mounting plate accessory that lets customers mount the popular HyperDeck Shuttle directly onto their professional camera, or mount accessories such as V-Lock or Anton Bauer mounts onto the HyperDeck. HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate will retail for only €69.

HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate will be shown on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

Since its introduction, HyperDeck Shuttle has been an extremely popular way for camera operators to add uncompressed quality recording to video cameras, and has become a standard item used on location every day. Now with HyperDeck Shuttle Mounting Plate, the standard rubber base plate can simply be unscrewed from more

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Blackmagic Design Announces a New Range of Super Heavy Duty Mini Converters

New range of Mini Converters are machined out of solid aluminum for a super heavy duty design that’s able to withstand live production and broadcast environments.

IBC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced a new family of super heavy duty Mini Converters that feature a unique design that’s machined from a solid block of aluminum for amazing strength, as well as for protecting connectors. Heavy duty mini converters also include innovative features and technologies such as 3 Gb/s SDI. There are 4 models in the Mini Converter Heavy Duty product range which are all priced at only €425.

Blackmagic Design’s heavy duty mini converters will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

Unlike traditional converters which are designed using standard metal boxes for indoor use, Blackmagic Design’s new heavy duty mini converters have been totally redesigned more

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Blackmagic Design Announces ATEM Studio Converter

Quad rack mount optical fiber SDI converter with built in talkback for live production!

IBC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM Studio Converter, a new rack mount quad independent bi directional optical fiber SDI converter with built in talkback for only €1395.

ATEM Studio Converter will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

ATEM Studio Converter is perfect for live production because it includes 4 independent optical fiber converters in a one rack unit size chassis, combined with built in talkback. Broadcast and post production users can install ATEM Studio Converter as a regular optical fiber SDI converter, and each of the 4 optical fiber converters are totally independent of each other, and bi directional.

ATEM Studio Converter also includes extra features for use with Blackmagic Design’s new ATEM Camera Converter. These features more

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Blackmagic Design Announces Intensity Extreme

New Thunderbolt bus powered HDMI and analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video capture and playback for only €209

IBC 2011, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – September 9, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced Intensity Extreme, a new low cost and extremely high quality video capture and playback product for professional videographers with HDMI and analog video based on the new Thunderbolt technology for only €209.

Intensity Extreme will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2011 booth at #7.H20.

Intensity Extreme is the first Thunderbolt technology based device to combine the high quality of HDMI capture and playback with the wide compatibility of analog component, NTSC, PAL and S-Video and analog audio capture and playback in a compact size that’s completely powered from the Thunderbolt connection on the computer. This means Intensity Extreme is the perfect solution for adding video to laptop computers as it powers from the more

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Blackmagic Design Announces UltraStudio 3D With Thunderbolt Technology™ Is Now Shipping

Blackmagic Design today announced the world’s first video product with Thunderbolt technology. UltraStudio 3D which allows portable capture and playback with full resolution dual stream 3D support, 10 bit hardware architecture, dual link 3 Gb/s SDI, support for up to 1080p60 in SDI and component analog and HDMI 1.4a connections, as well as full SD, HD and 2K support, is now shipping for only US$995. more

Futian District Publicity Department Jumps into Digital Revolution with ATEM and DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design today announced the Publicity Department of Futian District of Shenzhen City installed a number of Blackmagic Design products, including the Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher, ATEM 1 M/E Broadcast Panel, DaVinci Resolve and Micro VideoHub. The products will be used with the Publicity Department’s Film & TV Center. more

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