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computers, or they work together with link aggregation for huge 40G Ethernet speed. There’s also HDMI monitoring output. With any of these hardware devices, it’s possible to share files quickly with anyone on your network – or via Dropbox sync. But the genius of the system is if your whole team employs the latest DaVinci Resolve 18, which supports the Blackmagic Cloud for hosting and sharing projects, as well as a new proxy workflow. Resolve’s cloud technology works perfectly with the three new Blackmagic storage devices, meaning multiple users can work on a project in Resolve at the same time. An entire team, in different locations, can watch the project and communicate in real time with the included chat function. But to avoid more than one person trying to cut, colour, fix audio or alter graphics at the same time, there is a lock-out

system. If someone starts to make cuts, it prevents everyone else from doing anything to that panel in Resolve. They can watch cutting and comment, but not change it. However, the colour panel is accessible for grading, Fairlight for tweaking audio, or Fusion for any graphics amendments. So four editors may work on the same project timeline at once. There is a cost for this service: $5 per library each month, paid by whoever sets it up. Other users don’t have to pay the fee. The system is helped by the Blackmagic Proxy Generator App, which automatically creates and manages proxies from camera originals. You can create a watch folder and new media is automatically converted into H.264, H.265 or Apple ProRes proxies. Then switch between original footage and these, as Resolve instantly links them in the media

MEGASTORE Blackmagic Cloud Store devices can hold up to a staggering 320TB of footage – perfect for super-large projects with a hefty budget

pool. This means it’s feasible to edit with proxies, then relink to camera originals for grading. A major Resolve update includes new FX AI tools, editing functions, changes to Fairlight and GPU- accelerated paint in Fusion. With this upgrade, the low cost of entry to Blackmagic Cloud hardware and a very reasonable $5 monthly fee for hosting a library in the Cloud, this is the best way we’ve seen yet of making collaborative editing understandable and affordable.

OUTSIDE THE BOX The Cloud Pod has no internal storage. Plug in your own SSD, like this Lacie Rugged Pro we used

“The genius of the system is if your whole team employs the latest DaVinci Resolve, which supports cloud hosting”

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