Is the free Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve grading/color correction software usable for DCP mastering?
–Kakadu DCP encoder
To use the built-in DCP Kakadu encoder you need to buy DaVinci Resolve Studio. Read more in this post
-12 Bit monitoring.
Desktop Video 10.1.3 adds dual link 3GB HD-SDI 12 bit monitoring in Resolve 11 with Decklink 4K extreme and the BlackMagic Design UltraStudio 4K.
Example Resolve DCP workflow
RAW camera footage is run through these steps in the Davinci 32 bit color engine to make the DCP:
-convert colors to Rec.709/P3
-use the built-in Easydcp color transformation from Rec.709/P3 to X´Y´Z
-encode a DCP that can be used in cinemas with the Easydcp plugin.
You need at least 8 GB of ram.
Using the Easydcp plugin
-Example. You can crop the top and bottom of 1920 x 1080 material and scale it to get it to fit inside Flat 1998×1080.
-Example. You can add black pillarboxing to 1920×1080 to fit it inside Flat 1998×1080.
-Example. You can crop the top and bottom of 2.35 letterboxed 1920 x 1080 and scale it to get it to fit inside Scope 2048×858
-If the source is 2.5 K you will get better quality rendering to 2K directly instead of rendering to HD sequences and then upscaling them.
-The easyDCP Resolve encoder will apply the correct color transform according to the setting in “Timeline Color space” in “Project settings – Color Management”. P3 D60, P3 D65, P3 DCI, Rec 709 2.2, Rec709 2.4 fits inside the current DCI X´Y´Z´ color space. You can use different gamma values like 2.2, 2.4 or 2.6.
Example: If you use a Blackmagic Cinema Camera to rec 709 3d LUT you choose the rec 709 2.4/2.2 setting. Easydcp plugin will then use the rec 709 2.2/2.4 to XYZ matrix. If you choose DCI X´Y´Z´, no color matrix will be used.
-You can use subtitles.
-You can open encrypted DCPs and make encrypted DCPs.
-You can make SMPTE DCPs with 24 and 25 FPS, and Interop DCPs with 24 FPS
-You can open and play DCPs in Resolve.
Using external DCP software:
You can export 16 bit RGB TIFF sequences.
These can be converted in Easydcp Creator and other software.