Videos on the site show metadata based smart bins and fav folders, multicam looks interesting and audio has made a huge leap by including automatable clip and track based control and VST/AU plugins that can also be clip or track. AAF export of audio for ProTools, Fairlight etc with flattened video file. Trim & slip/slide multiple clips at once. Nesting with ability to decompose in place, custom transition controls, media management, multiple clip length trimming (great for adjusting title cards), improved tracking and serious keying.
This looks like a serious challenge as an editor and is probably the biggest single update to Resolve yet. Yes it has tracks and is smart in having both clip and track based signal processing. Combined with Boris CC 10 this looks like a much more serious edit/grade/finish tool. I hope Open FX has been sped up.
Perhaps it is not unexpected but with their pace of change and by sticking to a more conventional paradigm, Blackmagic is targeting both FCP Legend and CC holdouts and may well lure X editors away or at least encourage them to add it to their toolset. Given that it already is great at import and export of FCPXML and with AAf audio export, it will probably kill Marquis X2Pro as the new release has the lite free version or is a free upgrade for the full.
Of course it needs to get out in the wild and face some user feedback but as an announcement,even without all the new camera products it looks like Blackmagic continues to steal NAB.
See my comments in the 10.2 thread, but yes, it looks like more of an editor. At least as a conforming/finishing tool. Probably more of a Smoke(Mac)-killer than anything else (when heavy compositing isn't needed). And it's free ;-)
Wow, this looks amazing. The UI looks great, the editing looks better than FCPX. And integration with resolve and protools is infinitely more useful than after effects and speed grade. Plus it's free?! This is easily the biggest threat IMO, it's like the best of Premiere and FCPX without the the subscription and with active development adding excellent features.
[Scott Witthaus]"Agreed. R11 performance is so poor that it's a non-factor for me at at this point. I will try with R12 and see what happens. Perhaps just a finishing tool after editorial in X?"
This was a concern of mine as well and the BM people I talked to said that there is an all new playback engine so performance won't be a problem anymore. Of course the proof is in the pudding so we'll have to wait until July to see for ourselves.
Unless, by some odd chance, I went of the deep end this side of the pond, Resolve sure looks like X buth with tracks. Only thing missing is 3D text and that my friends, is of great importance. No where did I put those silly glasses? Want to see that text in all its glory!
[Scott Witthaus]"Actually I was thinking the other way around. Why leave X? Either way, R11 is a looong way from being a heavy lifting editor. Color and titles? Maybe. But as an editor? Color me skeptical."
To me, the best parts of FCP X are the Browser/keywording/search, no tracks to patch, Roles, Real time fx previews and the fact that it's pretty easy and quick to do really nice looking titles and compositing in-app. I'm sure everyones mileage will vary on that list. ;-)
Let's assume that all the playback issues go away in R12. It's still a track-based system, and not a simple one at that. I can totally see finishing and fine tuning in resolve, and using it as a "Rosetta Stone" but as an NLE? It's really just a nicer version of every other NLE out there. Either way, I'm looking forward to messing around with it. :-)
[Oliver Peters]"[Shawn Miller] "True enough, at NAB 2013 (I believe) I was told by a rep at the Adobe booth that CC subscription would be an option..."
That was true in 2013. ;-)
lol - yes, I will admit that my memory is fuzzy on this. I feel like the messaging didn't really get consistent until the end of the fiscal year in 2013... I may be completely misremembering that though. :-)
[Chris Frantz]"And integration with resolve and protools is infinitely more useful than after effects and speed grade"
I'm not sure what that means. Resolve/PT is simply sending an AAF to Resolve. That's completely different than PPro/AE (via Dynamic Link) and PPro/SG (via Direct Link). So I'm not sure how one has anything to do with the other. Premiere basically gives you the exact same level of integration with ProTools from what I can tell.
We will have to wait to see how Blackmagic get Resolve & Fusion talking to each other. Resolve has also been good at tracking FCPX XML changes which seem to be with almost every iteration.
I agree with Oliver that it looks like a finishing tool killer but I also see a point where an edit might switch from assemble to fine cut by swapping to Resolve from X or CC or even FCP Legend. The audio improvements alone will tempt some X users to perhaps move the edit over well before lock off just to have the finishing tools and then move to sound & picture post easily.
One item that may have slipped through the hype over up front features is collaborative workflows and remote grading. Sneaky little items that will change a few workflows and might be very interesting given my remote location.
I'm finding it fascinating that few seem to be picking up on the rate of development of Resolve as an edit/ finish tool. After giving X nearly four years head start they have already passed X in many areas. Grading is a given, but keyframing is well ahead of X as are tracking tools. VST/AU Audio plugins are an advancement and the ability to automate clip and track levels is superior. The fact that Roles in X remains little more than basic routing means that Resolve 12, regardless of your view on Magnetic or Not, is capable of better audio mix control. VST plugins means tools like iZotope are available in the application. AAF export to audio post is in the software, not a two step third party dance.
If they can get the Open FX performance up to speed, then with addition of a tool set like Boris Continuum, there is a serious player here. I have Boris CC9 so I have had 3d titling already although frankly I have had zero demand for the effect.
There are by Blackmagic's count 80 improvements in 12, much of it in the editing and hopefully performance. At this rate of development, I would expect X to be lagging within a year and totally outpaced in two years if Apple continues its glacial rate of development of X.
Resolve 12 is shaping up to be a very solid editor and a very good finish tool. I reckon Adobe & Avid will see the danger although perhaps only Adobe will be able to respond. Personally I see that developments at Blackmagic and Adobe on cross platform software is exciting. Apple doesn't give me the thrill I felt a decade ago for FCP.