Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor
DaVinci Resolve Speed EditorÂ Features
- Source tape allows faster clipÂ searching.
- Large trim in and outÂ buttons.
- New keyboard modes for intelligentÂ editing.
- Buttons to allow search dial to liveÂ trim.
- Buttons to change transitionÂ type.
- Integrated search dialÂ control.
- Keypad for direct timecodeÂ entry.Â
Traditional edit software uses thousands of clips to organize their media, so customers need to constantly click and drag clips to edit. Thatâ€™s too slow for work such as TVCs, news, promos and training videos. However old tape based linear editing had the advantage of all media being played from aÂ videotape, so customers could simply fast forward and rewind to see all their shots. NowÂ the cut page has aÂ modern version of the videotape and itâ€™s called the "source tape". Simply push the source button and use the search dial to scroll through all their media. Plus, the current clip is highlighted live in the bin. After the edit the viewer will stay in the source tape so customers can move to the next shotÂ faster.Â
Entering in and out points is the most used function in editing, so the speed editor keyboard includes large in and out point buttons that customers can easily locate by feel. Thatâ€™s perfect for two handed editing where users are using their right hand for transport control and their left hand is placing in and out points and performing edits. Customers can simply scroll along with the search dial and place in and out points anywhere customers want. Once the in and out points are set, just reach their fingers up to the edit function buttons to perform the edit. TheÂ in and out points can also be used to focus the source tape. Then customers can change the source tape back to the whole bin by pressing the escapeÂ key.Â
Editing with aÂ keyboard is different to editing with aÂ mouse, so the cut page editing functions have been upgraded to take advantage of the speed of aÂ keyboard. TheÂ edit functions are intelligent and use the "smart indicator" in the timeline to work out where to insert, so most of the time customers don't need to place in or out points in the timeline to do an edit. They are located just above the in and out keys, so are easy to locate by feel. Plus each time customers edit, the cut page won't waste time switching over to the timeline, allowing customers to stay in the source tape and visually browse, placing clips continuously. That's much faster as customers can just keep throwing clips into theÂ timeline.Â
With aÂ large high quality search dial built into the panel, customers get an extremely accurate way to trim shots. With the search dial being such aÂ physically large control, it completely transforms how it feels to trim shots. Plus itâ€™s much faster too. TheÂ trim buttons will change the search dial into aÂ trim control and customers simply hold the trim buttons and rotate the search dial. This means customers can select various trim modes with their left hand while adjusting the trim with their right. It's extremely fast and the smart indicator in the timeline will let customers know which edit users are trimming. Just move along the timeline and live trim edits. Itâ€™s aÂ whole new way toÂ work.Â
Editing software can be slow at adding transitions to edits because customers have to click and drag effects down into the timeline. However, with the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor, customers can just press aÂ button to switch them on and off. Itâ€™s really fast as customers can scroll down the timeline adding or removing effects. TheÂ smart indicator in the timeline will let customers know which edit point will be affected, and customers can move the timeline to move the edit point in focus. TheÂ cut key will remove any effect on an edit point in the timeline. Pressing dissolve adds aÂ dissolve to the edit point using the default duration. Pressing the smooth cut button adds aÂ smooth cut so customers can eliminate jumpÂ cuts.Â
The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor eliminates the large QWERTY keyboard for aÂ smaller more portable design, so the function button area includes only the controls customers need for editing. Some of the enhanced function keys on the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor are not even available on the full sized editor keyboard. Plus, some keys have an alternative function where customers can press and hold or double press to get aÂ second function using the same key. That means customers need less keys for aÂ more portable design, but it still retains aÂ lot of editing power. TheÂ keys are in aÂ separate group so customers can find the key customers need by feel and operate faster than aÂ regularÂ keyboard.Â
The escape key is positioned to the top left so it's easy to locate, as itâ€™s the most common key for reversing some functions. AÂ good example is the sync bin and if customers select aÂ camera, customers can go back to the multiview by selecting this escape key. Plus, if customers double press it, it works asÂ undo.Â
The sync bin is aÂ new style of multi-cam and it allows customers to find shots that are sync'd to the current shot in the timeline. That lets customers find cutaways using aÂ familiar multiview interface. Then use the camera keys to select an alternative shot, and source overwrite to edit it into theÂ timeline.Â
The audio level key lets customers quickly set audio levels of clips by holding the key and adjusting the level using the search dial. That's aÂ fast way to set audio levels while editing. Double pressing the key lets customers add aÂ marker, and double pressing and holding allows customers to set the markerÂ color.Â
The full screen button is highlighted red so customers can find it quickly and switch to aÂ full screen view of their viewer. Thatâ€™s great for presenting their edit to clients. Plus if customers double press the full view button, it will go into full screen view and play from just before their most recentÂ edit.Â
The transition button is similar to the cut and smooth cut buttons, however it will add aÂ custom transition of their choice from aÂ pallet of all the available DaVinci Resolve transitions. IfÂ customers press and hold the transition button users will see the pallet appear allowing selection of the one customersÂ want.Â
The split button will instantly cut the clip in the timeline at the current playback point. IfÂ users are positioned on aÂ split in aÂ clip, then pressing the split button will remove the split. IfÂ customers press and hold, customers can use the search dial to move the current clip up and down theÂ timeline.Â
Pressing snap will turn on snapping in the timeline. Snapping on the speed editor is different, as itâ€™s not magnetic so itâ€™s more subtle. ItÂ works by momentarily pausing jog at the edit points so it's nicer to use. OrÂ if customers press and hold, the search dial will let customers adjust the viewerÂ size.Â
Ripple delete removes the current clip at the playback point then ripples the timeline to fill the space left by the deleted clip. This eliminates any blank spaces in the timeline. Customers can use it with split to remove parts of shots customers don't want. Plus, it will also reduce their timelineÂ duration.
The camera number section lets customers select the cameras when using the cut page sync bin. Plus, if customers press aÂ camera number while turning the search dial, the selected camera will be applied to the timeline in real time as customers jog forward. This feature is called live override and on the speed editor panel customers can do it momentarily by holding the camera button, or customers can latch it on using the live override button. When live override is latched on, the buttons light up and customers can select cameras just like aÂ production switcher. Customers will see aÂ multiview and customers can just cut from camera to camera. Plus, this section even has the video only and audio only buttons for greater editingÂ control.Â
The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor model includes built in Bluetooth so customers can use the keyboard without messy wires, and customers can even use it in conjunction with their regular computer keyboard. Thatâ€™s perfect for using it with aÂ laptop. Customers can also use the keyboard via USB if required and the USB connection will also charge the internal battery. With Bluetooth and aÂ built in battery, the keyboard is extremelyÂ portable.Â
"We think this is an incredibly exciting product as it has such dramatic workflow ramifications," said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "Until now, editing software has been designed to be used with aÂ mouse, however thatâ€™s slow as each edit function often takes multiple mouse clicks to do each task. NowÂ with the DaVinci Resolve cut page and the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor being co-designed, it means they work together for aÂ whole new generation of editing workflow. It's so fast and aÂ lot of fun toÂ use!"