Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 12.1 Update Available Now

davinciresolve12studiosplashscreenToday, Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 12.1 is immediately available. The update adds dozens of new features like 10-bit viewers, new editing and color correction tools, remote rendering, and much much more.  Is this a surprise? Not. At. All. Blackmagic is moving to make DaVinci Resolve 12 as much an editing program as it is a color correcting/grading program.  
Since the initial “toe-dip” into the editing waters, actually it was less a toe-dip and more a jump off the high-dive, DaVinci Resolve has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor. I know many who took the software for a spin for the first time after Blackmagic included more editing functions. These were editors who were shy about color grading footage when they had a dedicated colorist to send their edit. Thankfully, this communty spoke up and the engineers at Blackmagic have been hard at work adding even more editing features.  
DavinciResolve12DeliverPageResolve 12.1 update gives editors the ability to select clips when using the blade tool, extend freeze frames, use faders on generators and titles, perform negative timecode offsets, filter clips more efficiently, media manage groups of selected timeline clips, sort bins and footage more easily, create better filters for smart bins, and much more. Customers also get improved subclip support with Final Cut Pro 7 XMLs and improved audio rendering of audio transitions.
For colorists, DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds the ability to color correct nested timelines and to decompose compound nodes along with new manual keyframe options for Power Windows, support for 3D stereo decision lists version 0.25, filtering of keyframed clips, the option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace and more.
In addition, the free DaVinci Resolve 12.1 update adds support for native display profiles on Mac OS X El Capitan, along with the option to enable 10-bit precision in the on screen viewers. That means customers using the new iMac with Retina P3 Display will be able to see more color, detail and dynamic range than ever before.
As the DaVinci Resolve 12 community grows developers are bringing their best OpenFX plugins into the DaVinci Resolve fold. GenArts expects an upcoming Sapphire 9.0.1 release where the builder will let Resolve users combine Sapphire plug-ins together in any order to create an unlimited number of effects and transitions.  “DaVinci Resolve is the first OFX host to support Sapphire Builder!” said Sapphire product manager Brian Fox, “We’re very excited that DaVinci Resolve 12.1 users can benefit from all the new capabilities of Sapphire Builder.”
“Since it was released in September, DaVinci Resolve 12 has been downloaded by more customers than any other version of the software and has become the industry’s fastest growing video editor,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “DaVinci Resolve is now used on virtually all major films, television shows and commercials! We’ve listened to feedback from professional editors and colorists and are excited to give them this free update which includes even more of the features they’ve been asking for!”DavinciResolve12MediaPage
What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 12.1
  • Remote rendering on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for native display color profiles on OS X
  • Preferences option to enable 10-bit precision on viewers on OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Ability to select clips when in blade mode
  • Support for faders on generators and titles
  • Ability to extend freeze frames from the start of the edit  
  • Ability to media manage selected clips on a timeline
  • Ability to perform negative timecode offset in clip attributes
  • Improved support for sub-clips from FCP7 XML
  • Improved rendering of audio transitions (cross-fades) and audio faders
  • Auto scroll during timeline item resize
  • Improved sorting in media storage and media pool
  • Support for smart bin filtering based on clip type
  • Ability to move clips and timelines from a smart bin view
  • Support for moving files to the trash instead of deleting them permanently when using the media manager on both Mac and Windows systems
  • Ability to delete multiple projects and folders in project manager
  • Ability to decompose a compound node
  • Ability to grade nested timelines  
  • Ability to filter clips based on whether they have keyframes
  • Ability to manually keyframe power windows in frame mode even without tracking
  • Ability to freeze the current frame on an external matte
  • User option to copy flags and markers when performing ColorTrace
  • Improved ACEScc support
  • Support for stereo decision list (SDL) v0.25
  • Support for RED SDK v6.0.4
  • Support for embedding timecode in audio output




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