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Brazil’s O2 Post Taps DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve has become a central part of O2 Post’s entire production and post production workflow, with the creation of one of the largest DaVinci Resolve workflows in the world.

Fremont, CA -- Blackmagic Design announced that O2 Post is installing 80 DaVinci Resolve licenses and three DaVinci Resolves, forming one of the largest DaVinci Resolve workflows in the world. DaVinci Resolve has become a central part of O2 Post’s entire production and post production workflow, and O2 colorists, editors, VFX artists, producers, directors and clients will be able to view and collaboratively work with DaVinci Resolve files anywhere in the facility.

O2 Post is Brazil’s largest production and post production facility and is part of the larger O2 family of film, television and commercial companies. O2 Post, originally launched to serve O2 Filmes subsidiaries, now handles projects for all types of Brazilian and international productions with more than 100 professionals on staff and a massive 8,500 square meters of creative space located in São Paulo. With the new installation, all of the projects coming out of O2 will be graded using DaVinci Resolve.

The installation of DaVinci Resolve, which is ongoing, includes three DaVinci Resolve color correction suites and 77 DaVinci Resolve licenses running on Mac and Windows systems. All of these are connected via a facility wide SAN, with unique databases set up for different projects and with up to 40 people able to share a single project at the same  time. And because all of O2 Post’s clients are connected to the SAN, they, along with all staff, will be able to open a project in DaVinci Resolve, update it and then play it back on different workstations, with DaVinci Resolve becoming a central part of the entire production and post production workflow.

O2 Post General Manager Paulo Barcellos has designed and managed the building of the new infrastructure, “O2 was a pioneer in shooting digital, but our post facility housed large scale solutions that were not a natural fit with digital, and this complicated the workflow. It was a bottleneck that left very little room to expand. You could not see color grading unless you were the artist working on the project, you were in the color grading room or someone rendered out a file and sent it to you. Turning Resolve into the center of our post production workflow and basing everything around Macs offer us better features, collaboration and performance that is actually three times faster than our previous system.”

Continued Barcellos, “With the DaVinci Resolve infrastructure in place, everyone in the post process is connected to color. We put a copy of Resolve 11 on every visual effects supervisor’s system, allowing him or her to browse, access and playback projects that are in progress. No conversions or exporting LUTs. Just open Resolve, then review and approve a scene. This is incredibly helpful for supervisors working on advertising spots that have a lot of changes. The colorist just updates the project, and the supervisor can review and approve from their desk.

“And O2 clients or DPs can meet with a supervisor to review a project in Resolve together. As the supervisor saves notes in the database, the colorist can immediately make changes to the content. Also, we can easily connect with on set work, accelerating production and post. The process is simple. The on set colorist exports the DaVinci Resolve file approved by the DP to the DaVinci Resolve colorist back at O2, who can start working on the original files immediately. It's a much more streamlined file delivery workflow,” he concluded.

To date, 14 seats of DaVinci Resolve Software have been installed along with the three color correction suites, with the full installation of all 80 systems planned for completion by end of 2015.

Source: Blackmagic Design

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.