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Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3

By releasing the 12.5.3 update for the DaVinci Resolve color grading and NLE software, Blackmagic Design has also improved its compatibility with Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Avid’s Media Composer and Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC.

“This DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3 release is just a ‘dot 3’ update, nothing earth shattering,” Dan May, president of Blackmagic Design U.S. told The Broadcast Bridge with perhaps excessive modesty. “It just contains some improved color science, more database management, and lots of bug fixes. Basically, this release was based around Apple’s upcoming new version of Final Cut Pro X that will include the round tripping ability to import and export XML files.”

This latest update to the color grading/NLE package greatly improved its compatibility with other familiar edit systems including Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, Avid’s Media Composer and Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC.

Although there are no new features in DaVinci’s own editing capabilities, visitors to the Blackmagic Design exhibit at the NAB Show in New York did see that version 12.5.3 adds support for ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) version 1.0.2 including the ACEScct color space. ACEScct is a quasi-logarithmic encoding of ACES data that makes it appropriate for color grading with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3.

In addition, the update adds support for PostgreSQL 9.5.2 on macOS Sierra, improved performance when encoding to MXF XAVC, and improved Dolby Vision XML export.

For Avid’s Media Composer, DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3 provides importing of Dip to Color dissolves from AAFs and enhances the importing of Flip and Flop from AAFs.

Dan May, president, Blackmagic Design U.S.A.

Dan May, president, Blackmagic Design U.S.A.

“The real takeaway from this 12.5.3 update is to show that Blackmagic Design is invested in supporting all those different workflows that are out there,” said May. “It reflects our commitment to making DaVinci Resolve a great tool that works well with others.”

And if that’s not enough, consider that DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3 update is available now for both DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio customers, and can be downloaded free from the Blackmagic Design website.

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