September 1, 2015

Blackmagic Releases DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta 4

Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 Freelance Editors
Blackmagic has been slowly and steadily releasing new Beta versions for DaVinci Resolve 12, and they've just rolled out Beta 4.

If you have taken the plunge with the Betas, they do plenty of bug fixes with each new version, so it's likely worth it to update if you haven't already. While one of the biggest changes for Resolve 12 has been the editing timeline, there were plenty of important features missing in the first Beta release that have since been added. Here's what's new in Beta 4, as well as the additions in Beta 3:

The Beta 4 update includes new drag Video or Audio only to timeline from the source viewer or Media Pool, still frame mark I/O, a gray UI option in preferences, support for the ARRI SDK for full resolution debayer, improved VU meters as well as general performance enhancements.

New features in Beta 3 include empty track deletion, timeline proxy mode and enhanced H.264.

If you're looking for some tutorials to get started, Ripple Training and Alexis Van Hurkman have some terrific tips. Here are just a few of the clips, and you can find more on the Youtube page here:

You can download this update over on the Blackmagic support page.      

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Ohhhh the ability to grab only audio or video is a nice feature to add. I was sorely missing that.

September 2, 2015 at 2:42AM

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Logan Fish
Video Journalist, Gulf News
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I love how BMD is slowly killing off Premiere and AE.

September 2, 2015 at 3:24AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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It has a loooooong way to go on the NLE part at least. From the UI, to some rather intuitive choices, to the major technical hurdle when it comes to smooth playback, there's time. Adobe certainly isn't going anywhere. BMD is going to be borrowing a lot more from Adobe than the other way around. Competition is good though. Bring it on=)

September 2, 2015 at 8:22AM

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Josh.R
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Although its heading in the right direction as an updated FCP7, as a fully blown NLE it still has a ways to go. Resolve makes simple tasks complicated like making a simple freeze frame in the timeline. Why not Control>Click>Make Freeze Frame? Simple things like that. The Resolve workflow is not as intuitive as Premiere or FCP7, and I think this it what holds it back.

As a Color grading software its remarkable.

September 2, 2015 at 7:43AM

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Kark Karlsson
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Why do u compare it to FCP7 & not the newest one ? Newest one is the best in terms of simplicity.

September 3, 2015 at 8:09AM, Edited September 3, 8:09AM

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Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist
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Because Andy, FCPX is rubbish !

September 4, 2015 at 1:42AM

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Kark Karlsson
Camera Guy
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Rubbish compared to what? I use Premier and FCPX and there is not much of a comparison. Only benefits with Abobe is your connected to AE better. Other than that FCPX smokes them in a major way.

September 9, 2015 at 10:13AM, Edited September 9, 10:13AM

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Justin Miller
Director/DP/Editor
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Sorry, didn't know freeze frames were in again ;)

September 3, 2015 at 8:50AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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It's not about freeze frames being "in". There's a lot of utility to being able to hold on a frame. I use it almost daily to extend graphics that animated in and out at set times. Making a simple, expected task difficult is a problem. And finding all of these little utility features takes time—time that Resolve hasn't had to put into their NLE yet. You can't make an equivalent product overnight, but that's what Resolve is trying to do. A lot of things can only be learned through users using the product.

September 3, 2015 at 9:53AM

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David S.
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"Making a simple, expected task difficult is a problem".
Exactly !!!

September 4, 2015 at 1:40AM

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Kark Karlsson
Camera Guy
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As a relatively happy Creative Cloud subscriber, I think this can only be a good thing. Competition is great, and I'm sure that at some point Adobe will be forced to respond by adding interesting and useful new features, especially if Resolve starts taking a bite out of their success with lower-tier consumers/semi-pros.

September 2, 2015 at 9:09AM

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Alec Kubas-Meyer
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i hate to be a broken record --- but as a cc subscriber for several years, i've been homicidal about the unusable junkpile adobe put out, masquerading as ppro 2015.

so the story here is not which NLE system is optimal at this very point in time; it's which company you can trust to look after their client's interests moving forward. adobe has made it perfectly clear that they think their subscriber base is a joke; and plan to continue to steal money from us without so much as an acknowledgment that their flagship NLE is garbage.

Resolve seems to have come leaps and bounds forward in a few beta releases, and most important: i trust them to do the right thing for the people that give them hard-earned dollars. Adobe could give a rat's ass if the software you rely upon to make a living no longer works.

September 2, 2015 at 11:18PM, Edited September 2, 11:21PM

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stephen knifton
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I don't think Adobe is motivated to do better Premiere. Let's be honest - u need to have only 2 great products to sell whole CC. Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator are untouchable, they have ZERO competition in what they do. They're miles ahead of Corel or Apple Motion. Every filmmaker will buy Adobe CC just for PS, After Effects. Any designer for Illustrator/PS etc. Adobe doesn't need a good Premiere to sell their CC.

September 3, 2015 at 8:15AM

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Andy Tokarski
Director, Editor, Colorist
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Gee.. some hate speech on Adobe.
Competition is good. But even when BMD reach a very usable level with editing on Resolve, its not going to displace Adobe or Avid. The tools are all different and fit different markets. Adobe has been a huge winner of late as FCP retracts to more of the Videographer, videoblogger and corporate level tool, Adobe the best middle ground. Avid, the feature and incumbents. Resolve really has a place with those doing features and better then 709 finishing from what I see.

Apple and FCP looks interesting but professionals or larger companies are not willing to take the risk of the next big application Apple kills of, or sells of. Who knows. Apple have done a very poor job with corporate level customers. They really are a consumer focused company. (Not that there is anything wrong, there is more money in editing there then any other part of the market. UNIT SALES!!!)

From what I hear, I see Resolve doing well with those going to cinema/P3 as the offline editing system (Whatever) transition into a online colour tools is always difficult. Offline and Online in the same tool is a "more for less" path.. And at the level of many a indy film maker.. that is the road most taken.

September 3, 2015 at 3:37PM

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James Gardiner
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