Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 12, the latest version of its colour grading and nonlinear editing software.
The software, which is available to download for public beta, is “more powerful than ever before” according to Blackmagic. It features professional nonlinear video editing capabilities and enhanced colour correction and finishing features, allowing users to edit, grade, and finish projects all in a single tool.
“We’ve revealed several new features not announced at NAB for the first time today, including a new Smooth Cut transition that uses proprietary DaVinci optical flow algorithms to create a seamless transition between different parts of an interview, so you don’t have to cover jump cuts with b-roll,” the company said.
Blackmagic has also added native support for both Intel Iris and Iris Pro GPUs. This will improve performance on a wider range of systems, including laptops, which will assist editors and colourists working remotely or on-set.
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Other new features include:
• Enhancements to core editing tools such as all trim modes, multi-slip, slide, and ripple and role. Editors can now select multiple points for dynamic trimming and asymmetric trimming of clips, even if they’re on the same track
• A new multi-camera editing feature that lets editors cut programs from multiple sources in real time. This includes the ability to automatically synchronise different clips and camera angles together based on timecode, any given in/out points, or sound
• Timelines can now be nested, edited together, and expanded or collapsed in place to greatly simplify the editing of large, multi-scene projects
• New transition curves to let editors create and edit custom curves for transition parameters
• New on-screen controls to see and adjust motion paths directly in the timeline viewer for more intuitive animation of titles, graphics, video layers, and more
• Big updates to core grading and colour correction tools for colourists, including an easier to use curves interface, automatic colour analysis and matching between two or more clips, an incredibly accurate 3D perspective tracker, and a new 3D keyer with improved matte finesse options
• Custom smart filters for a faster colour grading set-up across projects
• New tools to ripple grades across multiple clips and flatten pre and post-group grades into a clip’s individual grade
• An entirely new high performance audio engine that offers higher sampling rates and greatly improved realtime audio playback performance
Blackmagic has also rebranded the DaVinci Resolve product line with this release. The free DaVinci Resolve Lite will now be renamed to DaVinci Resolve. Meanwhile, the paid version of DaVinci Resolve will be renamed to DaVinci Resolve Studio.