Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor

  • 2021

  • Product
    Commercial and Industrial

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Blackmagic Design

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Co-developed alongside DaVinci Resolve 16, Blackmagic Design’s professional video editing software, the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor is an ultra-compact video editing control surface. Costing just AUD$380, it is specifically designed to accelerate the workflows of professional video editors working remotely and on set on high-end film, television and streaming projects.

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  • The advantage of traditional tape based linear editing was that all media was played from a videotape, so users could simply fast forward and rewind to see every shot. Now, typical non-linear editing (NLE) software uses thousands of clips to organize media, which requires laborious mouse-driven drag and drop navigation and manipulation of hundreds, sometimes thousands of media files and timelines. This method of editing is much too slow for fast turnaround work such as TV commercials, news gathering and promotional video work.

  • The ultra-portable DaVinci Speed Editor is designed to allow professional editors to work faster regardless of their location. The bespoke adaptive search dial allows users to rapidly move through clips, simultaneously applying edits using color-coded keys to trigger functions over multiple timelines. The control layout is optimised with only the most critical editing functions, resulting in a panel that is as compact as possible. An internal battery and Bluetooth BLE connectivity allow it to be used wirelessly, while high-performance key switches, typically found in professional eSports keyboards, are responsive and durable, certified for over 50 million operations.

  • Real-world users like Editor Kevin Garcia are already leveraging the enhanced speed and efficiency of the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor on projects like the recent Phoenix Sessions streaming concert series by rock band Jimmy Eat World. "DaVinci Resolve Studio was used for colour grading, and I also used it along with the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor to quickly get the footage to a better starting place before editing began." said co-director Garcia. "The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor is going to be a very useful tool moving forward on these large multi-camera edits at high resolutions."

  • Optimal editing The sync bin is an innovative multi-cam that allows users to find shots synchronised to the current shot in the timeline. Accurate cutaways can then be made quickly using an intuitive multiview interface. Utility buttons reduce multiple mouse clicks into a single button press, streamlining the editing process. For example, the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor's innovative 'source' button instantly creates a digital source tape of all the clips in an editor's bin, much like traditional video tape-based editing. This allows quick shuttling up and down through media without navigating through thousands of clips. Transport Control The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor offers fast playback control. Users can instantly start and stop playback using the "space bar" style button that's positioned to be pressed by the thumb. The shuttle, jog and scroll buttons change the function of the search dial, allowing fast and accurate editing. Intelligent Keyboard Edit Modes Easily located by feel above the 'In' and 'Out' buttons, DaVinci Resolve cut page editing functions take advantage of the efficiency of the Speed Editor, intelligently using the 'smart indicator' in the timeline to determine where to insert edits, eliminating the need to place in or out points manually.