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DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel Review

DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel Review

MEDIACAST, DUBAI, UAE loaned me a Blackmagic Resolve Micro panel for three days for this review. I must thank them for the experience. 

Colorist - Sudip Shrestha (Pixelhouse Production - Dubai,UAE)

Colorist - Sudip Shrestha (Pixelhouse Production - Dubai,UAE)

The Micro panel is a well-constructed metal console with precision trackballs, rings, knobs and buttons. Panel mimics the controls in the software so it is very handy to perform any kind of color grading tasks.

It features three high resolution trackballs and 12 precision machined control knobs for accessing all essential primary color correction tools. Above the center trackball are keys for switching between log and offset color correction, as well as a key to display DaVinci Resolve’s full screen viewer, which is great for use with laptops. Eighteen dedicated keys on the right side also give you access to the most commonly used grading features and playback controls.

Why do you need color control surface?

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Any control surface, promises the user the ability to do the work of coloring without ever having to take his/ her eyes off of the image. Keyboard shortcuts and mouse will never let you simultaneously adjust color values in lift, gamma and gain so you need a dedicated hardware console for high end color grading tasks.
Most importantly, you need color control surface for SPEED, ACCURACY AND MULTITASKING.

DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel -  Pros

  • Awesome user experience and well built quality
  • Only for Davinci Resolve Colorists
  • Portable on desk as well as on location
  • Price

Cons

  • Works only with Davinci Resolve.
  • Few important keys are missing (copy/paste)
  • Cheaper and multi software support option available like Tangent ripple and oxygentec pro panel.
DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is perfect for independent editors and colorists that need a truly portable solution, great on set to create looks and evaluate color and lighting, ideal for quickly grading video in broadcast trucks, great for education and much more!

Davinci Resolve 14 for mac system shopping guide

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COMPUTER

Apple MacPro
Late 2013 model,
12 Core Dual D700 GPU 2.7GHz
Intel Xeon E5 12 Core processor 32GB system RAM recommended
1TB PCIe-based internal flash storage Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs

Apple iMac with Retina Display
Mid 2017 27”Retina 5K model, quad-core i7 4.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor
32GB system RAM recommended
TB Internal SSD storage
Radeon Pro 580 with 8GB of VRAM

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
id 2017 15” model, quad-core i7
3.1GHz Intel Core i7 processor
16GB system RAM
512GB PCIe-based SSD
Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB VRAM

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
End 2016 15”model, quad-core i7
2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor
16GB system RAM recommended
512GB PCIe internal flash storage
Radeon 450 with 2GB VRAM

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Early 2015 13”model, dual-core i5
2.9GHz Intel Core i5 processor
16GB system RAM recommended
512GB PCIe internal flash storage
Intel Iris Graphics 6100 

Apple MacBook
Limited performance for more than HD ProRes Mid 2107 12”, dual-core i5
1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor
8GB system RAM
512GB PCIe internal SSD storage
Intel HD Graphics 615

Apple Mac Mini
Optional Central Database Server
Late 2014 model, dual-core i7
3.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor
16GB system RAM
512GB PCIe internal flash storage
Intel Iris Graphics 5100 

Blackmagic Design Capture and Playback Card

  • UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3
  • UltraStudio 4K
  • UltraStudio Express
  • Mini Monitor
  • Mini Recorder

UI Monitor

  • LG Ultrafine 27” 5K Display 
  • Dell UltraSharp 27” Ultra HD 5K monitor 
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Color Grading panels

  • DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel
  • DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel
  • DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel
  • Avid Artist Color
  • JLCooper’s Eclipse CX
  • OxygenTec ProPanel
  • Tangent Devices Element Bundle
  • Tangent Devices WAVE
  • Tangent Devices Ripple

 

 

Scratch VR - with Scratch pad

Gesture-based grading panel of Assimilate

In addition to the already known support for all relevant panels Assimiliate is now bringing out a separate panel. Instead only illuminated buttons, the first version of the scratchpad (tentative name) will be provided with holographic buttons that könnnen show a continuation of the LED button 3D graphics. So Grading of Stereo3D content is more intuitive.

Encoders are recognized by Mocap-Camera, and so to a not depreciable (no moving parts), on the other hand for hand size, attitude and My personal and cultural preferences individually customized. There is the price any information, a first model will be on display at NAB.

Kinect compositing

The compositing features from scratch now work with the Microsoft Kinect together - so can be placed in the room via gesture control each element, and my posture arerelighting and DOF adjusted. S. Urkel, Head of Development, continued: "One problem with the Colorists is that the attitude of the panel can be harmful in the long term - that's why we are of assimilates with the new Kinect interface the only software provider for fit, movable Grader!"

Instagrading

Since many Grader anyway only use three different looks, features Assimilate now From web photo sharing app known "Instagram filter" to which the kit allows in cooperation with the LUTs a potty Grading - and so also error by the appointed makes interns impossible.

Support for LDR

Unique in Coloristenwelt is the support for LDR grading which, in view of current developments in the broadcasting sector "practically transmission standard was" so Urkle.The saving useless dynamic stages saves link bandwidth and prevents compression artifacts, particularly in H264 and WebM videos. A low-dynamic-range Legalizer, automated LUTs and practical converter nodes are available in the screen that appears to NAB version each user.

2-bit Mode

In order to leverage particular the contrast range of the monitors in the grading suite, Scratch is also an alternative interface with a matching codec available - in the 2: 0: 0 color space can be reduced all the videos on the essentials.

Chrome & consorts

"With the election of ChromeOS we ensure that the users of tomorrow can take full advantage of the power of Scratch. By connecting to mobile operating systems we open the door to new forms of creative work! "Says Product Manager S. Urkel. Furthermore, the new features are adapted to the needs of users - in order to create space for creative ideas in modern pipelines.

At NAB should at Assimilate booth Grading-enabled Chromebooks be seen with Scratch, and demo models further scratch ports. eS, BSD, Be / OS and Plan9 to the users are in the course of the second quarter are available, with the aim to develop the full force even in network environments - the link between the systems provides Scratch Web forth.Assimilate told that this choice of operating system found long-term market research - the systems with the best chance to still be relevant in 15 years.

Scratch VR

There was a whole bunch of new VR headsets to the updated Gear- and Oculus Rift versions to newly published Google Cardboard Plastic , thus already assisted in its development Assimilate was involved early on and the device to release.

Scratch Full - On Mobile

Another supported operating system for the full version of Scratch is Android (from version 6.1). According Assimilate as graders and finishers are on the move have access to all features, so far a hardware calibratable phone (list of available models) possess.

Scratch OS

Canon C300 Mark ii in Dubai Cabsat 2016

EOS C300 MARK II - KEY FEATURES

  • 8.85MP Super 35mm Canon CMOS sensor.
  • Shoot 4K at up to 410Mbps/10-bit with the Canon XF-AVC H.264 codec for easy 4K integration into existing workflows.
  • 15 stops of dynamic range with Canon Log2.
  • Simultaneously record 4K to dual internal CFast 2.0™ cards*, 2K/FHD proxy files to SD card and output 4K RAW to external devices.
  • Concentrate on the action with improvements in Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face Detection AF and Auto White Balance.
  • High-sensitivity, low-noise images up to ISO 102,400.
  • Sensor readout speed is improved, producing even lower rolling shutter distortion.
  • Support for BT.2020, Canon Cinema Gamut and DCI-P3 colour space
  • 4 channel 16/24-bit audio.
  • Huge range of compatible lenses, servo zoom support and service changeable PL mount option.

Scratch 8 - Colour Grading Studio in Dubai



The Suite is equipped with latest Assimilate Scratch 8.4 version of world's best DI software enabling filmmakers to craft the art of color grading beyond imagination.

Pixel house Color Grading suite offers :

  • ACES LOG - Grading option
  • Real time VR post production 
  • Stereo 3D Color Grading Studio
  • Real time 6k Color Grading Workflow
  • Digital Cinema Mastering - DCP
  • Davinci Resolve Grading Suite
Colorist - Sudip Shrestha has joined Pixel House as a senior colorist. He has graded more than 50 feature length movies , 200 tvcs in Assimilate Scratch. 

Please visit www.pixelhouse.ae

The Cheapest Color Grading Panel OXYGEN PRO PANEL $800

Strong oxygen Oxygentec ProPanel MK II officially certified toner Taiwan 

A control surface is an essential piece of gear for professional color correction.

The new OxyenTec ProPanel's relatively straightforward interface accompanies the most critical elements for a control surface: the triple rings and dials for controlling shadows, midtones, and highlights. 

t just around $800, OxygenTec's board is most likely a less expensive distinct option for the JL Cooper Eclipse, the Avid Artist Color, the Tangent Element and even the more established Tangent Wave model. 

The DaVinci control surface maps a considerable lot of Resolve's capacities to devoted catches and handles, making reviewing a breeze. Be that as it may, its weighty sticker is out of scope for some. Fortunately, outsider surfaces from Tangent, JL Cooper,Avid and newcomer OxygenTec outfit a significant part of the DaVinci board at a small amount of the expense. With less catches and dials, you'll be looking through menus to discover the parameter to change, a long way from a major issue to numerous. 

The ProPanel is accessible now and incorporates locally with DaVinci Resolve, joining by means of USB. Beside the primary dials and trackballs, a few catches line the highest point of the control surface. From left to right, you have charges for

  • Undo
  • Redo
  • Grab Still
  • Play Still
  • Previous Node
  • Next Node
  • Start Dynamic
  • Mark for Keyframing
  • Base Memory (resets just the node you’re on)

No matter which model you choose, a control surface is an essential aspect of getting any job graded and delivered on time. 

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