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DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 Released

Blackmagic adds a ton of new features to DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Blackmagic adds over fifty new improvements to DaVinci Resolve helping the Color Grading tool and editor become the post-production tool they want to be in everyone’s edit bay. One cannot deny Blackmagic has heaped and heaped improvements into DaVinci Resolve. All of this to turn a fantastic coloring/finishing tool into an in-demand editor. I’ve edited in Resolve for a number of spots. Most of my work is pretty simple yet I enjoy not needing to round trip my projects. Plus, I have a few professional friends who praise DaVinci Resolve as an editor.  It helps that one can pick up a version of DaVinci Resolve for free.

DaVinciIf you are a PC user then you might find the new support for QuickTime ProRes as a feature needing to be added to DaVinci Resolve. I know in my Avid-centric world at work we typically use DNxHD, but I like having choices and ProRes is the preferred choice. For Sony F5 and F55 shooters who are also taking advantage of Sony’s new X-OCN format… well DaVinci Resolve now has your support. I cannot wait to try out this new format from Sony with its 16-bit color files.

These 50+ improvements is another update in a long line of updates we can expect Blackmagic to make to DaVinci Resolve. Personally, I hope they release a DaVinci Resolve 13. 13 being my lucky number. The full list of improvements can be found below.

Edit Improvements

  • Improved 2-up and 4-up, multicam and playback performance when using QuickTime ProRes on Windows
  • Added menu items to allow selection of clips based on Flag, Marker and Clip colors on the edit timeline
  • Added ability to import and export duration markers using EDL
  • Added the ability for clips to snap to their own markers when adjusting In and Out points
  • Improved consistency of edit functions when Timeline is in full screen mode
  • Added support for box wipe mode for offline reference wipe
  • Added ability to extract AAF import log information as timeline markers

Color Improvements

  • Improved performance for Spatial Noise reduction in Better mode
  • Improved listing of attached and timeline mattes in the node graph with support for alphabetical listing
  • Added ability to apply grades from a reference wipe using the viewer context menu
  • Added ability to align keyframe timelines of color grades using playhead position and wiped still frame
  • Next node and previous node operations now loop around the node graph
  • The ‘displayed’ node graph now automatically updates when the current still is changed
  • Swapping nodes now also swaps the node labels
  • Rippling grades now also copies node labels, Power Window labels and node cache settings
  • Shift Up + Next Still will now append grade from the current still on the advanced control panel (Studio version)
  • Added support for left eye and right eye grades for the timeline node graph (Studio version)
  • Added ability to convert a mono timeline into stereoscopic 3D (Studio version)
  • Added ability to convert a mono clip into stereoscopic 3D (Studio version)
  • Added support for sequence and node render caching for stereoscopic clips and timelines (Studio version)
  • Added compensation for stereoscopic slip when exporting timecodes in ALE (Studio version)
  • Added support copying DolbyVision grades using stills and middle click (Studio version)
  • Improved 3D and Qualifier panel layout in dual screen mode
  • Improved behavior to stay on the same frame when joining two clips

Resolve FX Improvements

  • Added ResolveFX Generate Color (GPU accelerated)
  • Added ResolveFX Tilt-shift Blur
  • Added support for anamorphism in ResolveFX Lens Blur (Studio version)
  • GPU acceleration support for ResolveFX Lens Flare (Studio version)
  • Ability to adjust Shadows/Midtones/Highlights in ResolveFX Film Grain in all compositing modes (Studio version)
  • GPU acceleration support for ResolveFX Emboss, Waviness, Vortex, Ripples, Dent, Mirror
  • Improved ResolveFX Scanlines and added various composite modes
  • Ability to view the ResolveFX Scanline layer without the background
  • Improved border behavior for ResolveFX Gaussian Blur, Directional Blur, Mosaic Blur, Radial Blur and Zoom Blur
  • Added support for horizontal/vertical ratio in ResolveFX Glow
  • Added support for pan and tilt on ResolveFX Prism Blur
  • Improved performance for ResolveFX Light Rays
  • Improved performance for ResolveFX JPEG Damage

Media Improvements

  • Added new Import Media options to File menu and Media Pool context menu
  • Added support for stereoscopic 3D clips in Media Management (Studio version)
  • Added support for display drive names in Media Storage on Windows
  • Addressed issues with open file location from Media Pool on Linux
  • Added Source Name tag support for filename without extension
  • Added support for automatically setting pixel aspect ratio for anamorphic ARRIRAW MXF clips

Codec & Format Improvements

  • Added support for ProRes decode on Windows
  • Improved QuickTime decode and encode performance on Windows
  • Support for UHD H.264 renders on Windows
  • Improved QuickTime decode and encode performance on Linux
  • Added support for HEVC (H.265) decode on Linux
  • Added support for alpha channel in DNxHR 444
  • Added support for the Sony X-OCN format
  • Added support for various AAC encode parameters on macOS
  • Added support for QuickTime AAC audio encoding on Windows
  • Added support for encoding QuickTime Photo JPEG files
  • Added support for decoding AVCHD files from the Sony NEX-FS700 camera
  • Added support for V-Gamut in RCM for improved Panasonic camera image handling
  • Added ARRI LogC to Linear and Linear to ARRI LogC LUTs in VFX I/O
  • Addressed decoding of last frame in some Panasonic AVCHD clips
  • Improved handling of AVCHD .MTS clips
  • Added support for RED SDK v6.2.1

General Improvements

  • Alpha-numerical listing of codecs and format in the Deliver and Media Management pulldowns
  • When running DaVinci Resolve in window mode, the macOS dock is now visible
  • Improved latency for remote grading (Studio version)
  • Improved handling of dissolves and overlapping clips in DolbyVision metadata export (Studio version)
  • Improved behavior when creating render jobs on locations without write permissions
  • General performance and stability improvements

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Minimum system requirements for Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite
  • 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 8 GB is the minimum supported
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • CUDA Driver version 7.5.25
  • NVIDIA Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
  • 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 8 GB is the minimum supported
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Minimum system requirements for Linux

  • CentOS 6.4
  • 32 GB of system memory is recommended and 16 GB is the minimum supported
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

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