Blackmagic Design Packs a Punch with DaVinci Resolve v. 8.1

A “dot” release isn’t usually reason for celebration, but Blackmagic Design has unveiled a surprisingly large number of great new features in its DaVinci Resolve 8.1 software update, including FCPX round-tripping, ACES/IIF support, AAF support for Media Composer, new conform features and additional hardware support – including new 15″ MacBook Pros. Version 8.1 is available to all DaVinci Resolve customers free of charge and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

“This is the big one,” says Bob Caniglia, director of DaVinci sales for North America. “Even after we announced what we were going to put in the dot 1 update, we put in more. We were able to get the Apple Final Cut Pro X in/out, just one example of how fast we’ve been able to move to respond to the industry. A lot of people were quite pleased with that.” In fact, Caniglia declares that DaVinci Resolve is “the first to take Apple Final Cut Pro X XML in and out.”

What this means is that DaVinci Resolve can now import/export FCPX timelines using the new Final Cut Pro rich XML file format. “FCPX users will be able to get full timeline round trip, moving projects between Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve while retaining the multi-track timeline with frame accurate cuts, dissolves and even speed changes,” says Caniglia. DaVinci Resolve 8.1 will also enable customers to 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.

As a result, and because DaVinci Resolve supports grading of high resolution and bit depth files, editors can now export material out of FCP for high quality finishing. An alternative workflow is to use DaVinci Resolve 8.1 to manage high-resolution raw image formats such as REDARRICinemaDNG and DNxHD and then to grade and render to ProRes or uncompressed media for Final Cut Pro X.

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