davinci resolve 10 beta

The last few trade shows have seen Blackmagic's cameras steal the limelight. There are new products announced today at IBC in Amsterdam, but for editors, the big news is the availability of the DaVinci Resolve 10 Beta.

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A few new boxes on the stand this morning, but the major news is the availability for everybody of the DaVinci Resolve 10 Beta to download. Ever since Blackmagic acquired the legendary colour correcting program, they have constantly improved it under the hood. (The history of DaVinci is an interesting read on Wikipedia).

Version 10 brings a raft of new features and a tidy-up of the design. In fact there are so many new features, listing them all here  would mean a long scroll of the webpage. Blackmagic have kindly done the hard work for us in this document.

If the colour correction in Final Cut Pro X isn't to your liking, exporting your production through Resolve will give you access to many advanced, high quality tools. It is still amazing that Blackmagic are offering the Lite version for free.

There are two 'What's new' videos by Alexis Van Hurkman on the Blackmagic Resolve page. We cannot embed them here as they are URL locked on Vimeo.

blackmagic design IBC 2013

Out on the floor, Blackmagic have announced new Ultra HD products, some of them feature 6G-SDI and HMDI 4K. The picture above shows the new SmartScope Duo 4K.

There is an update to the HyperDeck Software to version 4.0, which adds additional ProRes formats to the HyperDeck Studio Pro model. The new formats are ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy). This could be handy if you wanted to record for a longer duration and didn't need 10 bit or ProRes 422 HQ quality. (Certainly we do work in ProRes 422 day in, day out!)

The new HyperDeck Studio models have new machined aluminium faces.

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Finally we mention Desktop Video 10, which will be available in October to all UltraStudio 4K and DeckLink 4K Extreme customers. There are new features, but probably the coolest is the ability to capture and playback at the same time. On the stand they are showing a live capture, grading and live output, all on a single UltraStudio 4K.

We asked about the latency between the Blackmagic camera and the graded image onscreen. It lags at about 3 to 4 frames.

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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!


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