Fred, (Good to see you back here BTW)
Resolve 9 is pretty straightforward now for creating dailies, the more advanced stuff is a bit of a learning curve I'll agree, but I can't see how they could make those kind of features really simple.
Check out the Avid site, they have announced Media Composer 7, available in June. One of the big features seems to be a more advanced AMA, where it seems you
can set Avid to transcode in the background while still editing, and it would seem that linking back and forth to original camera files is far more advanced.
If you are on MC 6.0 then now is a good time to upgrade to 6.5 as you will then be entitled to a free upgrade to 7.00. I just done that.
Oh..and BTW, the RAW support for the Blackmagic camera would appear to be coming later...whatever that means.
Thanks for the kinds words Pete.
I am on MC 6.5 already.
On the coming 7, wait, this only is on Beta. I've been asking today and there is very Little conclusions yet to take.
What is sure is that the bins would act as a watch folder and you can create custom metadatas to apply batch actions (that shouldn't be limited to transcode, see my post further) to all the material dropped into the bins even with the application closed.
But the remaining questions are the LUT and CDL supports and this point isn't clear yet. Yes there will be LUT and CDL support but how will that be integrated into the new bins structures that's another story
and for now all we can do is wait.
The very good news is that even if it's still HD, at least the Pan&Zoom is reso independant so more than HD is croppable without loosing reso anymore. It was time, but better late tan never.
In fact, I was expecting a DS remake and that Avid would compeat with Autodesk (because the DS CC is better than in Smoke and the platform already exists) but it seems that it's not going to happen and seems that its destiny is to "die". They merged MC with Symphony, now Symphony being a boost option. It was logical, but the DS "abandon" surprised me a lot.
Strategicaly, it Seems that Avid has considered a better bet to replace DS by...Resolve. It's a mixed bag decision IMO. The thing is that Resolve lacks compositing capabilities that has DS. I would have understood more this decision if they did a "replacement" with Scratch, but Resolve is basicaly a CC App. It's still the wild west and for now many questions remain without answers.
About the BMC support, it means for ex that if they've done the homework properly, not only we would transcode DNG from AMA instead of from Resolve, wich is very welcome, BUT (and IF...) also that we could load LUT-CDL generated in Resolve without needing to send the timeline in Da-Vinci, just metadatas Exchange file. So an operator completly independant can work on individual clips on Resolve and batch apply the generated looks in MC automatically in elected clips (that shared the same color decisión) and applied in the edited log sequence (with just a refresh sequence if they keep the same implementation as current) without the need of roundtripping. So it would reduce the roundtripping necesity to tasks like mask+track etc...but not more for basic CC. It would be a bit like working with RMDs but instead of RCX, with the power of Resolve.
But this is not confirmed yet.
What seems to be more likely is that the roundtrip will be cleaner and easier, but it's probably gona take some time before engineers reach the ideal robustness. So for me, zero rush to upgrade to 7 until they enhance it a bit.