Blackmagic Design Brings Out 6K Camera And DaVinci Resolve 16.1

It’s hard to keep up with Blackmagic Design, and they want you to know that the following are just their August announcements. Don’t limit these to what we are sure to see come out of IBC 2019.

Blackmagic Design’s product release schedule is so busy, that Jason Druss, product specialist at Blackmagic Design, told me they aren’t even anchoring them to IBC 2019 announcements. During our recent one on one interview, he made it clear they just need to get the news out as their own special cornucopia of development makes new products and upgrades available.

For example, during a live stream Webinar in August, founder & CEO, Grant Petty, trumpeted a new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K.

As Druss said, “Essentially, we removed the micro 4/3 lens mount and sensor from our Pocket Camera 4K and put in a brand new full Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range,” he told me. “We included a Canon EF lens mount with slightly larger turret. It also offers dual native ISO up to 25,600 for extended low light performance.”

The new full Super 35 HDR image sensor has a native resolution of 6144 x 3456.

The new full Super 35 HDR image sensor has a native resolution of 6144 x 3456.

This is all built into the same hardware as its 4K predecessor, and still has the Blackmagic Design operating system, SSD drive recording, mini-XLR inputs, shuttle wheel on the front of the handgrip for iris adjustment, and comes with your own copy of DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Speaking of the popular DaVinci Resolve finishing software, the previously intro’d version 16.0 that we saw at NAB 2019 is officially shipping and they are now debuting version 16.1 software in public beta. That means adventurous editors can try out its new features that speed up the post process with the help of Artificial Intelligence.

You can read more about the inclusion of AI into DaVinci Resolve in my coverage posted on April 19, 2019.

DaVinci Resolve 16.1 combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production

DaVinci Resolve 16.1 combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production

This latest upgrade boasts a Smart Indicator that adds UI feedback for intelligent edit features, and (for those with a sense of humor) a Boring Detector that shows areas of the timeline that lack interest.

“If the system thinks you are holding a shot for too long, the system will ask if you might think of cutting to something else,“ Druss told me.

It makes these evaluations based on the amount and rhythm of edits on your time line and the content of footage in your bins. In fact, a lot of these tools are built around the idea of having a smart, digital editing assistant inside the system to help you make intelligent edits.”

In addition, Vers.16.1 gives you a Close Up edit mode that now includes face recognition to better frame shots, a new Sync Bin that organizes and displays sync media for easy shot selection, and a new cut Clip Tool that enables instant cutting of clips in the timeline.

Intelligent edit modes take some of the drudgery out of editing.<br />

Intelligent edit modes take some of the drudgery out of editing.

“This is all part of our quest to make the editing process easier for the editor,” Druss said. “For example, on the Cut Page we have introduced there is a Smart Indicator that analyzes your source material and anticipates where you might want to make an edit. Then the editor can make a 3-point edit based on the suggested position.”

Maybe the coolest example of this is hovering over a transition point and, after hitting F4 on your Mac keyboard, you can scroll through various transition options.

The company has also released a new ingest and playback system with intriguingly self-contradictory name of UltraStudio 4K Mini. Jumbo shrimp, anyone?

Designed for computers with Thunderbolt 3 I/O and 12G-SDI, HDMI, analog video and audio connections, the UltraStudio 4K Mini enables customers as a basis for their own systems to do editing, color grading, live broadcast graphics, archiving from traditional broadcast decks and live internet streaming.

Blackmagic's RAW Speed Test lets you evaluate your system's CPU and GPU performance.

Blackmagic's RAW Speed Test lets you evaluate your system's CPU and GPU performance.

Then there is the new version of the Blackmagic RAW Speed Test which, actually, anyone can download for free from their Web site.

“It’s only for Mac’s now,” Druss said, “but we’ll have versions for Windows and Android coming out soon. It’s a simple way to test your workstation to see if the GPU and CPU’s are fast enough to handle Blackmagic Design RAW files in post. Actually, most systems usually are.”

Now here’s the kicker.

Druss wanted to be clear that as significant as they are, these releases are not Blackmagic Design’s official pre-IBC 2019 announcements.

That means a lot more is sure to come.

You can bet I’m looking forward to covering them in Amsterdam.

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