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  • DaVinci Revival or something else?

    Posted by James Hilton on September 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Dear all, until recently I have only ever had to ocasionally deal with cleaning up/editing short clips shot on 16mm or the odd bit of 8mm (believe it or not some people are still shooting single8 to get an old school look!!) and incorporating it into projects. I am now finding that I am also being asked to do restore longer clips more often, so my current approach with photoshop is far too manual and I need to find a better workflow.

    DaVinci Revival (from a specification perspective) looks to cover my needs but I have not had any pratical expereince of it alas.

    Can anyone offer an insight, and share their personal expereince? What are the pros and cons that are no obvious from the specs and manual that can be downloaded from the Blackmagic website?

    I supose an important question is what else am I missing – are there any other programs out there that are worth checking out that may cater for my needs better given this is not my primary service so Revival may be over kill (I would not be looking at the “PRO” version)?

    Many thanks in advance.

    Arthur Puig replied 13 years, 3 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Gary Adams

    September 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hi James. While it is best to hear from actual users, I will offer to answer any questions you might have if you contact me directly. The Revival manual doesn’t describe the difference between Revival and Revival Pro but the description on the web sight might help with this. Basically, the Revival version will give you manual capability to repair dirt, dust, splices and scratches. Remember it is manual so it becomes a frame by frame process. Each of the tools are described in great detail in the manual so you can get an idea of what you can do. Revival includes the ROI Dirt and Dust, Reveal Brush, and Splice Repair sections.

    Regards, Gary Adams

    Gary Adams
    DaVinci Revival Product Manager
    Blackmagic Design

  • Joseph Owens

    September 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    You will also have to build a new hardware system, as Revival is a non-mac application.


    You mean “Old Ben”? Ben Kenobi?

  • Arthur Puig

    September 2, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    If you look down the posts in this forum you’ll see I had some posts about it, but in a nutshell, it seems Blackmagic hasn’t spend much time with it, and yes, it’s linux, which means you’ll probably have to go to a reseller, and hopefully they won’t try to sell you a box for the standard version ($1500)
    You have to be careful with DRS systems, try them before, we had a MTI box that was inducing more dirt than repairing it when going automated, and that’s something I believe no software can really do 100 % accurate, so dirt it’s kind of a manual process, although you have to see which one is easier, sometimes really dirty frames is less time consuming going automated and then reviewing what the software misinterpreted as dirt, so trying a demo is fundamental.

    But I’d wait for Revival until BM spends time on it, or gets ported to mac, is not official but a guess.

    If you’re really need one now I’d recommend Pixel Farm pfClean, they work on both Windows and Macs and lets you render farm it. And they have a lot of automated features, probably for half the price of the pro version.

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