Blackmagic Design has released a software update for its range of cameras and launched v11 of its DaVinci Resolve editing system.
The v1.8 camera software features a new code base for all of the firm’s cameras which Blackmagic said would improve performance, add an enhanced user interface which is similar in design to the Ursa camera that was announced at NAB and provide a foundation for further new features.
The software adds compressed RAW DNG support for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and includes enhanced lens control support for EF lens mount cameras including the Cinema Camera EF and the Production Camera 4K models. It is designed to provide users with auto focus when pushing the focus button on active EF based lenses.
To make it easier to see, focus peaking is now green in colour and the filters generating the edge peaking have been optimised which the company said would allow for better detection and display for maximum sharpness.
Blackmagic said the software also includes “major improvements” for the Cinema Camera including improved audio performance and a rewritten debayer processor with algorithms that have been incorporated from DaVinci Resolve that will result in “sharper and cleaner looking images” when users shoot ProRes or DNxHD.
Blackmagic has also released the public beta of v11 of DaVinci Resolve, which includes 100 new features.
Collaborative workflow tools in DaVinci Resolve 11 allow an editor and multiple colourists to work on different workstations sharing the same timeline and work in tandem as they complete shots.
New editing features include dual monitor support and tools like dynamic JKL trimming, audio crossfades and customisable keyboard shortcuts for faster editing.
Trimming tools are also context sensitive; based on the position of the mouse, the software will know whether editors want to ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits.