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Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 12.5.4 Update

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve gets 12.5.4 update improving both its editing and color grading capabilities.

Blackmagic Design has announced a new 12.5.4 update for its DaVinci Resolve professional editing and color correction software. Taking advantage of the new features of Apple’s new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, and providing additional Rec. 2100 and 2020 support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) workflows, the DaVinci Resolve 12.5.4 update is available now for both DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio customers, and can be downloaded free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

“We are excited to add support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar as this will help to speed up workflows for both editors and colorists,” Bob Caniglia, senior key accounts manager at Blackmagic Design told The Broadcast Bridge. “We are especially excited to offer different functionality on each of the four pages of Resolve (Media Edit, Color, Deliver) with the Touch Bar. For example, the Touch Bar displays context sensitive tools the moment you need them based on the task you’re doing.”

Users familiar with DaVinci Resolve will appreciate that on the media page you can now quickly add clips to a bin, switch between views, display clip attributes, and display metadata with a on the Touch Bar.

While you’re editing, the Touch Bar is context sensitive so you can change between trim modes, navigate the timeline and perform different types of edits without ever having to use the mouse or pull down menus.

On the color page, the Touch Bar lets you adjust primary sliders and color wheels, change parameters like mid tone detail, toggle viewer modes and even use multi touch gestures to adjust multiple color parameters at the same time.

With the Blackmagic Design update, Mac Book Pro users have Touch Bar push-button access to multiple functions such as color adjustment.

With the Blackmagic Design update, Mac Book Pro users have Touch Bar push-button access to multiple functions such as color adjustment.

“For customers working with Resolve on Windows, we’ve added support for decoding MP3 files on Windows,” Caniglia said. “This was a popular request from user feedback, which we always listen to and incorporate as we are able to.”

For editors in these days of dealing with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video, Blackmagic Design has added support for preserving super-white and sub-black data with ProRes 4444 codecs, which will improve workflows for anyone interfacing with Resolve and files coming from other programs.

And, unlike some other color grading software, Dolby Vision has not been left out of the HDR selections.

“We’ve added new sliders to control Dolby Vision analysis data,” Caniglia told us. “These new sliders for Dolby Vision help colorists have greater control of their HDR workflows on Dolby Vision enabled monitors.”

But there is a great deal more.

For Blackmagic Design customers who use Grass Valley codecs, they’ve added support for Grass Valley HQ and HQX codecs, which are popular in many countries like Japan and Korea.

And, they’ve also developed improved support for CR2 files from the Canon 5D Mark IV, which gives users the ability to work with RAW CR2 photographs from the Canon 5D Mark IV.

“Our goal with the Resolve 12.5.4 update has been to find the proper balance between GPU processing and CPU processing to get the best performance despite which platform you are using the software on,” Caniglia finished up. “With this release, and the future ones we have planned, DaVinci Resolve will continue to optimize our software to take advantage of the best computing hardware available for both editing and color grading.”

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