Video Collaboration Tools – DaVinci Resolve

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Video Collaboration Tools: DaVinci Resolve

video collaboration toolsLast Saturday morning, I had the pleasure of visiting Neil Smith, CEO of LumaForge and Marketing Manager, Kahlani Leon, for a presentation of some new video collaboration tools. Neil is not just another ordinary video reseller. He has a background in digital computing that spans decades, having sold the famous Cray computers to the US Government. As a major player within the industry since that time, Neil has a unique perspective on identifying trends, and has managed to assemble his own hardware which is extremely compatible and robust when it comes to hosting today’s popular video editing software. Check out Neil’s ZFS-based LumaZAN system and you will understand that this guy is serious when it comes to video collaboration tools and keeping costs down.

For starters, Neil convincingly took us through a trip down memory lane citing the historical aspects of electronics and digital technology. He used Moore’s Law to reinforce his view on the exponential expansion of digital technology to bring everyone present up to date. Once we were primed, he let loose with the latest set of video collaboration tools, namely DaVinci Resolve 11 (beta). His associate, Martin Christien introduced something called the RogueProX. Put simply, the RogueProX is a portable DIT workstation that houses the new MacPro cylinder. The role of the DIT is expanding, and the RogueProX meets the demands of a DIT, and it’s all in one transportable box. Click the link and see the video below to check it out in full.

Thanks to the LumaForge LumaZan system, we all could watch 6k RED Dragon files being color graded in faster than real-time. (See World’s Fastest Workstation Demo) In the demo, several separate workstations represented different locations in US cities and the Bahamas although they were in the same room. This established the possibility that with the exception of only one physical copy of media requiring delivery to that workstation imagined in the Bahamas, at least three different editors in various locations on the planet were able to do their editing tasks using DaVinci Resolve 11 via a shared hierarchy. Adjustments could be made from any workstation through a MacMini server that connected all the users, and the resulting metadata transferred via cat 7 Ethernet to everyone involved. The hierarchical aspect comes into play when the first person opens a project. That person becomes the owner or leader at the top of the chain who decides what is or isn’t editable beyond that point.

The new DaVinci Resolve software has truly found a place in my heart, particularly after seeing two demonstrations of it in the past 4 days at the Los Angeles Blackmagic Design Event, and again at LumaForge. Thank you Neil, and thank you Blackmagic Design. In a future post, after the commercial release of DaVinci 11, I look forward to using it and providing my review of this elegant, seemingly sensible software as an editing platform.

— Stu Brown



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