June 9, 2016

Massively Updated Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Now Available for Download

The day has finally come! Blackmagic Design has announced that fans of DaVinci Resolve can now get their hands on the latest and mega-updated version, 12.5.

That's right. Resolve is out of beta and ready for your outstretched hands to try out all of the new goodies. And Blackmagic really outdid themselves when they overhauled their editing/color correction software with over 1,000 enhancements, as well as 250 new features—new editing toolset, new color features, new effects, they're all there.

We got to talk to them at this year's NAB about a lot of the new stuff included in 12.5, like linking Resolve to Blackmagic's effects program Fusion, live grading, temperature and tint sliders, and new OpenFX plugins. If you want to get an idea of which of Resolve's new features and enhancements will make the most impact on your workflow, this write-up we posted last month highlights "14 of the biggest game-changers" you'll find in the newest version

Blackmagic Design has been on a mission since acquiring DaVinci Resolve to make the software as advanced, powerful, and democratizing for its users as it can be, a message clearly relayed by Senior Manager Bob Caniglia. And Resolve is undoubtedly a beefy, pro-grade color correction program, but its role as a video editor hasn't quite been fully fleshed out, namely because it has only just now, with this update, included standard editing features, like these:

  • Create timelines with a specific number of audio and video tracks: When creating a new timeline, users can specify precise numbers of tracks for both audio and video, rather than defaulting to one of each as in the past.
  • Dragging clips to Timeline Viewer: If there aren't any timelines, dragging a clip to the timeline overlay now automatically creates a new timeline. This saves the extra step of creating a timeline before adding clips to it.
  • Command-Option Up or Down moves a video clip up or down tracks.
  • Command-Shift Up or Down moves audio up or down tracks.
  • The middle mouse button enables horizontal and vertical timeline scrolling.

You can now download both DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio from Blackmagic Design's website. If you're a current Resolve customers, the update is free. If you're not, you're looking at $995 for DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio.      

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I use both Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve Studio. I'm Impressed with how Resolve is "evolving" and how it offers many great color grading and video editing features, most which of which are even for free in their basic version. Good developments!

June 9, 2016 at 7:29AM

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Erwin Hartsuiker
CineVideo-NL videographer
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Alexis Van Hurkman spends 4.5 hours going over the new features in version 12.5:
http://www.rippletraining.com/products/davinci-resolve/davinci-resolve-1...

June 9, 2016 at 7:33AM

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Razor
VFX Colorist
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Does the new update still require installing QuickTime?
I was told to uninstall it since Apple stopped its security updates.

June 9, 2016 at 8:54AM

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So I'm assuming the 12.5 version I downloaded a month or so ago was the beta version? I wonder what the difference would be between the two...probably making it more stable and finalizing the software I guess. One thing, I horizontal and vertical scrolling are now available using the scrolling wheel on the mouse. When I scroll it affects the track height. Does anyone know how to shift to horizontal scrolling of the timeline? Thanks, all!

June 9, 2016 at 9:27AM

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Dave Esposito
Film maker - owner Agricola Media
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Does somebody maybe know where to find the list of feature updates?:)

June 9, 2016 at 10:31AM

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Roy Fochtman
2BadMen | Filmmaker | Photographer
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As long I cannot insert and play back footage smoothly (which takes very looooooooooooooong) and the file management as well as the window management is such a crap, there is no reason to jump on this.

In Premiere and on the same machine, everything runs smoothly. Resolve does not.

June 9, 2016 at 10:34AM, Edited June 9, 10:35AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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I agree..

June 9, 2016 at 10:46AM, Edited June 9, 10:46AM

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Roy Fochtman
2BadMen | Filmmaker | Photographer
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Resolve runs smoother if you set up the debayer, smart caching and the proxy mode correctly. http://timeinpixels.com/2014/12/improve-davinci-resolve-performance-3-st...

June 9, 2016 at 3:23PM, Edited June 9, 3:22PM

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Brad Jones
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor
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Listen to me.

Resolve has the worst window management I have ever seen,
the worst file management I have ever used,
and with an NLE you should be simply able to import and insert clips to the time line w/o waiting seconds til you can start the playback.

Sure, you can fine tune and tweak here and there for performance,
but the overall operation should run smoothly, but it doesn't in Resolve.
It even does not support a few codecs while other NLEs do. It's crap.

Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas,.. (and I guess all other NLEs) run faster from the first time w/o tweaking. Resolve is just bad coded and has low performance.

Resolve has no features I cannot have in Adobe CC as well - plus better performance.

June 9, 2016 at 3:39PM, Edited June 9, 3:39PM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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I give you that there is still a lot to be desired in resolve on window management, file management and performance, but it has SO much more to offer on the color correction side of things compared to Premiere. I heavilly work with premiere, and have recently started to re-discover Resolve and im astonished by the CC power that it has. Even with the new lumetri panels Premiere doesnt come close in my opinion.

June 9, 2016 at 4:45PM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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while it may not have the layout management that other has, Resolve is a pro level color grade tool that now has very good NLE capabilities. Resource heavy? yes. but the results, in my option and many others, are far superior to premiere. It's a pro software so expects some pro resources, codecs, workflows etc. If that doesn't suit then fine, look elsewhere but to simply label it as crap shows a lack of understanding that different products are targeted at different markets.

June 9, 2016 at 5:55PM, Edited June 9, 5:55PM

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jeff brass
camera button pusher
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Re: "Resolve has no features I cannot have in Adobe CC", "It's crap" - Unfortunately such emotionally intense and amateur driven statements like these, invalidate your experience in both applications.

June 10, 2016 at 8:22AM

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Razor
VFX Colorist
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So please, name some examples on specific Resolve features. Please, do it.

June 11, 2016 at 2:04AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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You sound like a bitter old jackass afraid of something coming to "take over" your precious old school tools.
Get over yourself mate.

June 11, 2016 at 3:07AM

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To name some little things, think of specifically selecting one color with a certain ammount of saturation/lightness and completely altering ONLY that color, or a simple luma vs saturation curve.

Basically, you can select any piece of your composition, isolate it, and change it to whatever you want. You can do this as many times as needed to create YOUR perfect scene.

In Premiere the CC tools are more global for the entire scene, thus changing one aspect will almost always change the entire scene.

June 13, 2016 at 5:08AM, Edited June 13, 5:09AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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Actually, selecting a piece of image and then adjusting it, based on saturation, brightness and color values has always been possible, since I have used Premiere Pro (since cs4 or cs5) - three-way CC, secondary color grade. Now in Lumetri saturation in different color channels is even easier adjustable than before. And since PPro CC version trackable masks are also available (one thing, in which resolve was better a few years ago). When Premiere gave us trackable masks, I don't switch to Resolve anymore, there just isn't a thing I can't do in Premiere.
So when I hear someone saying that he uses Premiere for editing and Resolve for coloring, I'm just very curious, what is that thing, that can't be done in Premiere.

June 13, 2016 at 8:49AM

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ReinisK
Cameraguy, editor
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@ReinisK
That are my words. Premiere is very powerful.

June 13, 2016 at 2:26PM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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The three way CC in premiere isnt quite as refined as the qualifier in resolve in my opinion, but then again, maybe I have been using it incorrectly.

The clean selection of one specific color that I can easilly achieve in resolve is something I personally cannot reproduce in Premiere. Im very interested how you pull this off.

If indeed you can get the same selection within premiere than a large portion of resolve may become absolute in my personal workflow.

However, up till now I found things like trackers etc. working a LOT better in resolve than in premiere. In addition, in premiere you need plugins for de-noisers etc, whereas in resolve it comes with the pro package. Since I have the pro package im not really tempted to buy plugins for every feature that I want to add, but Im guessing it should be possible.

June 14, 2016 at 5:04AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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I have plug ins Premiere that support color isolating, masking etc - 32 bit. No need to leave the NLE at all - and that speeds up the workflow.

No proxies, no data convertion, late edit changes at any time, and everything with high performance.

No need for Resolve anymore.

June 13, 2016 at 2:24PM, Edited June 13, 2:27PM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator
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You still need an Nvidia card to run it though, right? Damn this Intel graphics card!

June 9, 2016 at 7:40PM

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Hey Guys its only me or BMD changed something in Qualifier? when You click highlight i got only selected area in black & white and i have no idea how to change it like "hour" a go when i had a beta 12.5. What i do wrong ? there is small icon "highlight b/w" this also do nothing ? any help ?

June 10, 2016 at 5:24AM, Edited June 10, 5:24AM

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