Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta 1

Monday, 27 July 2015

Now available from Blackmagic support page: the first public beta of the next big release of DaVinci Resolve.

Version 12 adds many timeline editing features. Although it looks a lot like Final Cut Pro X, Resolve 12 still uses the track-based metaphor it has had for years.

Final Cut-related features included in the long read me for Resolve 12 Studio:

  • VST and AU Audio Plugin Support
  • Support for FCPX XML 1.5 DTD roundtrip
  • Support for multicam and audio layout for FCPX XML roundtrip
  • Media storage sub-clip generation (reduce footage to that used in timeline plug handles)
  • Export to ProTools
  • QuickTime support for DNxHR codec

The names of the free and paid versions of Resolve are changing with version 12. The free version was called DaVinci Resolve Lite, the $995 version was called DaVinci Resolve.

From now on, the paid version will be known as DaVinci Resolve Studio and the free version will be simply DaVinci Resolve.

The differences between the two versions mentioned in the Resolve 12 read me:

The free DaVinci Resolve 12 includes all of the same high quality processing as DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio and can handle unlimited resolution media files. However it does limit project mastering and output to Ultra HD resolutions or lower. DaVinci Resolve 12 only supports a single processing GPU on Windows and 2 GPUs on the latest Mac Pro.

If you need features such as support for multiple GPUs, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial noise reduction, 3D stereoscopic tools, remote rendering, an external database server and collaboration tools that let multiple users work on the same project at the same time, please upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio.

We hope you do decide to upgrade as your facility grows and you do more advanced work!

Although there are usually dangers associated with using beta-quality software, many people report that past beta software from Blackmagic has done little damage to their systems!

What’s new?

Alex Van Hurkman wrote the Resolve 12 manual. He's summarised the version 12 changes on his blog:

Given the massive collection of features in this year’s release, the accompanying User Manual update was similarly enormous, and now that the manual has cracked the 1000 page mark (1095 pages in the beta version), with 704 new and updated screenshots at last count, it was clearly time to do a full reorganization of the chapters, in an effort to make it easier to find the information you’re looking for.