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  • Margus Voll

    June 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm


    Seems that i have misread this in office hours. Wishful thinking i’d say.

    Hope there will be one or we would get more detailed information on the linux platform
    for the entry pricing we see on BM site. I talk about Revival here.

    I ask this as we possibly will buy one on mac version and revival + linux full version
    if more information will be available.


  • Dwaine Maggart

    June 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    There is a Revival thread in this forum with comments by Revival Product Manager Gary Adams that you might find useful, if you have not already read it.

    Dwaine Maggart
    Blackmagic Design DaVinci Support

  • Eddie Kesler

    June 5, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Ahhh…I had not clicked through to the “options” page. I see 2.93Ghz now.

  • Kris Anderson

    June 8, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Did any of you really think BMD would allow Aja to play easily? I mean, come on? Seriously? BMD are well within their rights to limit qualified hardware to whomever they see fit. For crying out loud, Aja is the direct competitor to BMD.

    If you’re serious about using resolve then you build it to the manufacture’s spec. No one buys a Baselight and then complains because they have to buy proprietary hardware. This is the difference between professional end-user and “really wanna be a colourist”.

    Flame away if you must but it really beggars belief.

  • Eddie Kesler

    June 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Of course they might allow AJA to play along. They’ve already said that it might. DaVinci is not proprietary anyway. It’s like anything else in post-production that’s made up of a bunch of parts. Resolve is software and a control board. If I’m willing to spend $31,000+ on that alone, why couldn’t I run it on $2500 AJA hardware that I already own?

    I’m sure that they will prefer it to run on BMD hardware and, if we purchase it, we will eventually probably install a BMD card and I hope that we are booked solid for CC eventually. But. if I can have our last open suite run for both FX/editing in the interim and also in the open slots during our ramp-up period, perform high-end color correction, that would be great–hence my original question. If things work out in the long run, we might even upgrade to the Linux option, if necessary.

    By the way, I’m not a “wanna be” colorist. We have a professional colorist who’s worked all over the world interested in joining us for this venture. We generate a lot of work for colorists here at our facility.

  • Joseph Owens

    June 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Oh, where to begin.
    [Eddie Kesler] “DaVinci is not proprietary anyway.”

    But up to this point, it sure has been. We operated our Renaissance with the doors (on the core processor) open for years because they wouldn’t close anymore because of all the jumper-mod wiring spilling out the front. There were no consumer-useable/serviceable parts in the frame, anywhere. There were a couple of ASICS that if they went… it was just a pile of silicon.

    That the Mac/Linux version of Resolve runs on a specially-qualified, but otherwise commodity platform
    still doesn’t exactly exempt it from a proprietary-like category.

    [Eddie Kesler] “By the way, I’m not a “wanna be” colorist. We have a professional colorist who’s worked all over the world interested in joining us for this venture.”

    So we would gather that you are not a colorist at all, then.
    And in a three paragraph entry, there were eight grammatic conditionals… sometimes two in a phrase.
    Wouldn’t say I’d be overwhelmed with confidence in the package, maybe, possibly, not… eventually, though… if…..


    This IS my blog!

  • Eddie Kesler

    June 8, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    [Joseph Owens] “”DaVinci is not proprietary anyway.”

    But up to this point, it sure has been.”

    Thank you. “Up to this point”. I’m sure many are scared that a seriously less expensive option is now viable and you think that it puts it in the hands of amateurs. Well, I’m a facility owner and I have a place where the work is based on talent and results and as long as the tools back it up and perform as they should, our clients are happy. We are professionals here and that is what brings in business. It was inevitable that desktop options were going to soon be available for color and wreak some havoc amongst the current business models. I still have an $85K “proprietary-like” Avid sitting in one of our suites that is nearly useless now. We’ve done more high-end work on laptops than that system as of late. But at that time, it did what it needed to do. We also are rarely getting film in anymore the past year and a half. I’d say over 80% RED, Phantom and similar–for big budget, national spots. It sucks that our $35K digibeta decks don’t get used very much anymore, but it’s nice to have things passed via files, disks and uploads, which are much cheaper and don’t require expensive maintenance.

    [Joseph Owens] “So we would gather that you are not a colorist at all, then.”

    Depends on how you look at it, Joseph. I was a still-photo retoucher 16 years ago. Remember the Shima, possibly?? That big $1 million dollar retouching system?? I used to work on that until fast desktop machines and Photoshop rendered that useless. I also was a type-setter. Know anything about what happened in type-setting back then? (Uh…Mac?) So, Photoshop and Mac bled me into broadcast design and then into editing for the past 14 years. We now generate an average of $150K-$200K a year for colorists around the country and I have supervised hundreds of hours of color transfer sessions. Why would I not be excited at the prospect of having a pro color system here and keep the revenue for us and a talented colorist who’s also excited about a new way of doing things? So, to answer your question, I’m not a colorist, I’m a business owner.

    Also, why on earth are you questioning my credibility? And grammar?? My original post was about equipment-specific and very viable questions.

  • Joseph Owens

    June 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I love spirited debate. That’s probably the whole reason..
    Now, then… I’m actually one of those people who owns a business, too and I probably owe the business, such as it is, to the whole desktop revolution, and the parallels with desktop publishing are not lost on me.

    I could have been more precise in my response, since it is not your personal credibility that I attach the conditionality to… its the whole chaotic mess that we are now in. I doubt that even a theoretical astrophysicist could figure out the business model as it now “stands”.


    This IS my blog!

  • Kim Krause

    July 12, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    i love my color suite…….apple and color are like the jedi knights….davinci is a bit like darth vader…maybe they should offer a windows based solution for that true all powerful dark side….”this is not the system you’re looking for”… can pass now!

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