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Blackmagic Raw Eases the Load on Post-Production Software by Putting Some Processing Back in Camera
Blackmagic Design is authoritative a bid to advance post-production workflow with today’s advertisement of Blackmagic Raw, a new high-performance, open-format codec with 12-bit nonlinear color. It’s chargeless (in beta) for users of Ursa Mini Pro cameras and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.
Raw formats about advance final angel quality by reserving analytical blush adjustments — decidedly the demosaic action that reconstructs blush from a sensor with a accepted Bayer clarify — for post-production, rather than baking them in as the book is recorded by the camera. Blackmagic’s addition is that some allotment of the demosaic action now takes abode central the camera, abbreviation the demands on color-grading workstations. Moreover, media is stored in distinct files, which should affluence media-management processes compared to the CinemaDNG format, which Blackmagic has active for some time.
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Blackmagic Raw is accurate alone by DaVinci Resolve v5.1 software, which was appear today, but an SDK accumulation Blackmagic Design’s blush science is accessible for Mac OS, Windows and Linux, so it seems acceptable that added NLEs and finishing software will eventually abutment the format. Blackmagic said the architecture is optimized for AVX- AVX2- and SSE4.1-enabled processors with multi-threaded and/or multi-core processing, and supports Apple Metal, Cuda and OpenCL GPU acceleration.
Several altered levels of compression are offered. Constant-bitrate files, ensuring predictably constant book sizes, can be created at four altered levels of compression: 3:1. 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1. Two altered capricious bitrate encoding options are available, with Blackmagic Raw Q0 acquiescent the college affection and Blackmagic Raw Q5 bearing abate files. The aggregation said the Q0 and 3:1 options would be acceptable for “effects-heavy affection blur and bartering work” and appropriate that Q5 and 5:1 would be pitched against anecdotal TV assembly and absolute filmmaking.
Watch Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty acquaint Blackmagic Raw in this promotional video.
“It was appealing bright that we bare a new raw format, one that was easier than the earlier raw architecture but bigger affection than video formats,” said Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty in a video absolution announcement the new format. “The aftereffect is Blackmagic Raw. It’s a architecture that’s easier to use and abundant bigger affection than video formats, but it has all the allowances of raw recording. We appetite to try and accessible up raw recording to everyone.”
The better changing questions accept to do with the “advanced demosaic algorithm” that has some raw processing demography abode central the camera — purists ability altercate that the consistent partially candy files are not “raw” by definition, but Blackmagic addendum that, like added raw formats, Blackmagic Raw bypasses any reductions in blush resolution that would be acquired by 4:2:2 video filtering. Blackmagic’s own website suggests that “noise management, sensor profiling and new bend about-face algorithms” are activated central the camera. Those images are adored into the Blackmagic Raw file, forth with specific characteristics of the camera’s angel sensor. Adjustments to ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, etc., booty abode in post-production software.
Want to booty the new codec for a spin? Blackmagic has uploaded four sample clips at its Blackmagic Raw web page, forth with a automated Blackmagic Raw Player for Mac OS X. The architecture is enabled in-camera by downloading the Blackmagic Camera 6.0 Public Beta from Blackmagic’s pro camera abutment page. DaVinci Resolve 15.1 is accessible as a chargeless download; DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio, with accord appearance and stereo 3D tools, is $299.
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