April 19, 2016
NAB 2016

Blackmagic Adds 250 New Features & 1,000 Enhancements in DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Blackmagic didn't announce a new camera this year, but DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is bursting with new features — many for editors.

Many of the new features are focussed towards Resolve's NLE features, like multi-cam editing, tag-based keywords in metadata and new trim operations. On the color side they've added Resolve FX (film grain, lens flares) and round tripping with Fusion (Blackmagic's 3D & motion graphic software).


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"We'll take whatever you give us and we'll give you back whatever you want.... and there is a free version which you can download right now".
Just what a fantastic attitude from Blackmagic.

April 19, 2016 at 5:03PM

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Saied M.
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This is getting fun. Resolve is an OK(quirky) editor with the most advanced Color Correction and Premiere is the best editing system with enough color correction to do what most people need. And both are getting better and adding features all the time, which is great for everyone, since it keeps Adobe and BM on their toes.

April 19, 2016 at 6:21PM, Edited April 19, 6:21PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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Yea, was thinking the same thing. Curious how this ends up.

But I notice that this time BM are keeping more features for the paid version only than they used to. Maybe looking to generate more cash from Resolve.

April 20, 2016 at 8:59AM

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Ezi Seel
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1,000 enhancements! Love Blackmagic's products but it tells you something that they release products that end up needing 1,000 enhancements...

April 20, 2016 at 9:19AM

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thomas j castillo
human
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Don't take enhancements to mean 'missing features' ... a company can and should continually enhance and refine their product to meet the needs of their ever shifting customer base.

April 20, 2016 at 3:13PM

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what it tells us is that BMD listen to their customer base and strive to give incredible features at an incredible price - especially when Resolve lite is free. How much do you think Canon and Nikon etc have listen to their customer base in the last few years?
BMD are a small company yet can produce something that beats Adobe's version in most areas -

April 21, 2016 at 12:22AM

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jeff brass
camera button pusher
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Is somebody using DaVinci Resolve as the main NLE? As we used it for a (test) editing of our last short film, we were not really happy with the editing functions. Did somebody test out this new version? Would you recommend it over Adobe Premiere??

April 20, 2016 at 11:39AM

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Roy Fochtman
2BadMen | Filmmaker | Photographer
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I use it unless I need something specific that Premiere/After Effects offers. I haven't tested this newest version, but it sounds like they fixed a lot of the problems I have with it. The FusionConnect feature is huge, since it opens up the same functionality as dynamic linking between Premiere and AEFX.

Working with audio in Resolve is not great, but other than that I haven't had any major usage problems with it.

April 20, 2016 at 10:45PM

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Yeah Resolve could do with some work re audio, but then it's not an audio program. Bee nice to have Plural eyes and Resolve play together nicely...fingers crossed...

April 21, 2016 at 12:23AM

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jeff brass
camera button pusher
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While resolve could use with better audio to make it a one-size software, real audio post should be done in a real audio daw - I use audition, though protools is more industry standard.

April 21, 2016 at 12:27PM

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So... why is the video about re-housed lenses?

April 22, 2016 at 4:32AM

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David Gurney
DP
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Is one of the 250 feature "new features" non-abysmal performance? Because, as it stands, Resolve can't even play one UHD stream smoothly on a top-of-the-line iMac, while Premiere CS6 handles it (with some effects) NO PROBLEM.

And is another of the 250 features a non-ridiculous UI that shows geometry changes (like aspect-ratio cropping)?

April 22, 2016 at 4:35AM

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David Gurney
DP
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I also think that Resolve is performing very slowly. And god, it creates a big amout of cache...

June 9, 2016 at 10:35AM

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Roy Fochtman
2BadMen | Filmmaker | Photographer
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Wonder if it'll still crash out as much when it finds a clip with a different frame rate or frame size then the project settings.

Does look like the interface has gotten a work-over - some of the colour choices for fonts have been a little difficult to read at times.
Same with it's inability to deal with LCD monitors of less then 1920x1080.
Or the lack of resizable video preview windows.

April 23, 2016 at 5:10AM, Edited April 23, 5:13AM

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Stewart Fairweather
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