When using Blackmagic Design software, you need fast, reliable, and highly expandable technology to keep up with the rigors of the ever-evolving sophistication of post-production editing. Intel® processor-powered workstations provide outstanding performance and expanded platform capabilities that can help you create award-winning productions.
The Power You Need for Post-Production
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is one of the most popular applications used by video and television editors. First created in 1984 for the color correction of digital images, DaVinci Resolve has advanced to meet the changing requirements of today’s post-production video editing. Within DaVinci Resolve, editors are able to multi-task by working in the same software package for editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics, and audio post-production.
As a user of DaVinci Resolve, you need a system that will keep up with your creative workflow. When you have hardware technologies as powerful as the software, such as Intel processor powered workstations, you can stay in your flow and capture inspirations as they come. In industries where time is money, staying at peak productivity means you’re making every second count, to create more iterations and deliver a quality final product.
Video editors need robust workstations to enable video rendering without lag and skip during video scrubbing. Encoding or exporting video clips can be problematic too, especially when editors use entry-level computers that can’t give editors the expected experience.
Intel processor-powered workstations for video editors deliver high input/output (I/O) for peripherals, such as external hardware editing panels. With additional peripheral support and PCIe lanes, editors can have configuration flexibility.
Video post-production is notoriously high-compute work, which means you need enough memory and CPU power to stay productive. At the same time, underperforming systems can also be caused by under-connected systems—that is, computers that can’t be expanded to include additional graphics or video cards, RAID drives, and other peripherals that can drive performance.
And that’s where Intel-based workstations can play a key role.
Intel-Based Workstations Keep Blackmagic Design Users Productive
With Intel processor–based workstations, you’ll get powerful systems that deliver the multimedia performance your content creation and video editing require. Whether you need faster rendering for complex graphics, quicker encoding and decoding, or more reliable exports, Intel hardware delivers plenty of power.
Hardware-Enabled Codecs Drive Blazing Speed and Performance
Intel and Blackmagic Design engineers have worked together to drive many performance features, including graphics and video acceleration. For instance, Intel Quick Sync Video is a dedicated video encoding and decoding hardware core designed to save time when creating, editing, synchronizing, and sharing videos. Intel Quick Sync Video runs at the hardware level for both Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. It supports a variety of different codecs, including AVC 420 8b, HEVC 420 8b/10b/12b, HEVC 422 8b/10b/12b (decode only), HEVC 444 8b/10b/12b (decode only), VP9 8b/10b, and AV1 8b/10b.
Different codecs use separate hardware for different functions. In response, Blackmagic Design has also incorporated this hardware support into DaVinci Resolve Studio. The result is much faster performance for a variety of tasks, such as encoding and decoding video clips or exporting video clips.
Expandability Provides More Options, Flexibility, and Power
Intel workstations are ideal for compute-intensive apps because they include the memory required for heavy workloads and large hard drives for big jobs. They’re also highly expandable because they support many graphics cards, storage devices, and other peripherals with unconstrained input/output (I/O) performance to the CPU. This extended platform connectivity and expansiveness delivers more robust systems. For instance, you can power your entire video workflow, getting even higher bandwidth and resolution when you need it by connecting external devices like RAID drives.
Reliability Features Help Protect Your Data and Reduce Downtime
Intel workstations are built with data integrity in mind, helping to ensure high uptime by reducing the issues that can lead to application or system errors and crashes. For instance, hardware errors can often be detected and managed automatically in real time. Error correcting code (ECC) memory helps detect and correct memory errors, while reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) features augment data resiliency and error detection. In addition, with Intel workstations, you get high data integrity when exchanging data between two PCIe devices, such as solid state drives (SSDs) with end-to-end cyclic redundancy checks (CRCs) and live error-recovery capabilities.
Intel Workstations for Every Need and Budget
Blackmagic Design users span the gamut from dedicated professionals whose livelihood depends on their efficiency to casual video editors. And some users need excellent workstations in the studio, while others put a premium on portability. The good news is that systems builders like Dell Technologies, Lenovo, and HP offer Intel workstations for every requirement, at a variety of price points.
- Entry-level workstations with Intel Core processors:1 With the latest generation of Intel processors, designers can experience improved performance and efficiency with accelerated video encoding.
With these processors, you get Performance-cores (P-cores) for single-threaded and lightly threaded performance and Efficient-cores (E-cores) for scaling multi-threaded workloads. The ability to use 20 lanes (16 PCIe 5.0 and 4 PCIe 4.0) to drive discrete graphics and storage performance gives you added power, while overclocking capabilities and advanced tuning support via Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU) help increase performance.
- Stationary workstations with Intel Xeon W-2000 processors: The latest workstations provide uncompromised performance, expanded platform capabilities, and enterprise-grade security and reliability.
Single socket, with up to 18 cores, 48 CPU PCIe lanes, and four memory channels, these workstations are built for heavily threaded, I/O-intensive workloads. This makes them ideal for the robust requirements of media and entertainment (M&E) applications. With these workstations, you can take advantage of Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512), a set of new instructions that can accelerate performance for image and audio/video processing.
Premium Experiences and the Latest Technologies Support Every Aspect of the Post-Production Process
For Blackmagic Design users like you who rely on DaVinci Resolve, Intel processor–powered workstations offer premium experiences and the latest technologies. Because they’re designed and built for media professionals, you can rest assured that you’ll get excellent hardware that supports all of your video editing requirements. Better yet, Intel workstations are available in a wide range of form factors that can deliver what you require, whether it’s portability, expandability, or reliability.
Take full advantage of the power of certified software running on Intel workstations. Intel and Blackmagic Design collaborate to bring hardware and software together for optimal performance. As part of this effort, all Intel workstations feature productivity enhancements that help design professionals focus more on work and reduce interruptions, including:
- Intel Wi-Fi 6/6E, which offers the latest connectivity technology, so you don’t have to compete with smart devices, legacy devices, baby monitors, or microwaves for network access2
- Thunderbolt™ 4, which makes it simple to expand at high bandwidth for connecting high-speed devices3
- PCIe 4.0 to enable faster system performance by boosting bandwidth and decreasing latency.