Release of DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1
I'm pleased to report the release of DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1.
This update is for both the free version and paid Studio version of DaVinci Resolve.
It adds ProRes decoding on Windows and no longer requires QuickTime 7 for Windows. So Windows users can now run Resolve without installing QuickTime. Trimming and multicam performance is also improved as DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1 now uses its own native 64-bit code to read and write .mov files. In addition, Mac OS X, Windows and Linux users all get new ResolveFX plug-ins with improved GPU acceleration. This update also adds support for Sony X-OCN, DNxHR 444 alpha channels, AVCHD .mts clips and more.
DaVinci Resolve Studio customers also get improved 3D tools, support for copying Dolby Vision grades and more.
There is a database upgrade required for this release so we recommend that you back up your database and any active projects before installing this update.
What's new in DaVinci Resolve 12.5.1
• Improved 2-up and 4-up, multicam and playback performance when using QuickTime ProRes on Windows
• Added menu items to allow selection of clips based on Flag, Marker and Clip colors on the edit timeline
• Added ability to import and export duration markers using EDL
• Added the ability for clips to snap to their own markers when adjusting In and Out points
• Improved consistency of edit functions when Timeline is in full screen mode
• Added support for box wipe mode for offline reference wipe
• Added ability to extract AAF import log information as timeline markers
• Improved performance for Spatial Noise reduction in Better mode
• Improved listing of attached and timeline mattes in the node graph with support for alphabetical listing
• Added ability to apply grades from a reference wipe using the viewer context menu
• Added ability to align keyframe timelines of color grades using playhead position and wiped still frame
• Next node and previous node operations now loop around the node graph
• The ‘displayed’ node graph now automatically updates when the current still is changed
• Swapping nodes now also swaps the node labels
• Rippling grades now also copies node labels, Power Window labels and node cache settings
• Shift Up + Next Still will now append grade from the current still on the advanced control panel (Studio version)
• Added support for left eye and right eye grades for the timeline node graph (Studio version)
• Added ability to convert a mono timeline into stereoscopic 3D (Studio version)
• Added ability to convert a mono clip into stereoscopic 3D (Studio version)
• Added support for sequence and node render caching for stereoscopic clips and timelines (Studio version)
• Added compensation for stereoscopic slip when exporting timecodes in ALE (Studio version)
• Added support copying DolbyVision grades using stills and middle click (Studio version)
• Improved 3D and Qualifier panel layout in dual screen mode
• Improved behavior to stay on the same frame when joining two clips
Resolve FX Improvements
• Added ResolveFX Generate Color (GPU accelerated)
• Added ResolveFX Tilt-shift Blur
• Added support for anamorphism in ResolveFX Lens Blur (Studio version)
• GPU acceleration support for ResolveFX Lens Flare (Studio version)
• Ability to adjust Shadows/Midtones/Highlights in ResolveFX Film Grain in all compositing modes (Studio version)
• GPU acceleration support for ResolveFX Emboss, Waviness, Vortex, Ripples, Dent, Mirror
• Improved ResolveFX Scanlines and added various composite modes
• Ability to view the ResolveFX Scanline layer without the background
• Improved border behavior for ResolveFX Gaussian Blur, Directional Blur, Mosaic Blur, Radial Blur and Zoom Blur
• Added support for horizontal/vertical ratio in ResolveFX Glow
• Added support for pan and tilt on ResolveFX Prism Blur
• Improved performance for ResolveFX Light Rays
• Improved performance for ResolveFX JPEG Damage
• Added new Import Media options to File menu and Media Pool context menu
• Added support for stereoscopic 3D clips in Media Management (Studio version)
• Added support for display drive names in Media Storage on Windows
• Addressed issues with open file location from Media Pool on Linux
• Added Source Name tag support for filename without extension
• Added support for automatically setting pixel aspect ratio for anamorphic ARRIRAW MXF clips
Codec & Format Improvements
• Added support for ProRes decode on Windows
• Improved QuickTime decode and encode performance on Windows
• Support for UHD H.264 renders on Windows
• Improved QuickTime decode and encode performance on Linux
• Added support for HEVC (H.265) decode on Linux
• Added support for alpha channel in DNxHR 444
• Added support for the Sony X-OCN format
• Added support for various AAC encode parameters on macOS
• Added support for QuickTime AAC audio encoding on Windows
• Added support for encoding QuickTime Photo JPEG files
• Added support for decoding AVCHD files from the Sony NEX-FS700 camera
• Added support for V-Gamut in RCM for improved Panasonic camera image handling
• Added ARRI LogC to Linear and Linear to ARRI LogC LUTs in VFX I/O
• Addressed decoding of last frame in some Panasonic AVCHD clips
• Improved handling of AVCHD .MTS clips
• Added support for RED SDK v6.2.1
• Alpha-numerical listing of codecs and format in the Deliver and Media Management pulldowns
• When running DaVinci Resolve in window mode, the macOS dock is now visible
• Improved latency for remote grading (Studio version)
• Improved handling of dissolves and overlapping clips in DolbyVision metadata export (Studio version)
• Improved behavior when creating render jobs on locations without write permissions
• General performance and stability improvements
Do I install over 12.5 ? or do I uninstall and install the new update?
[Ricardo Marty] "Do I install over 12.5 ? or do I uninstall and install the new update?"
HIstorically, the most rigorous approach is:
1. Backup your project database.
2. Make sure your project database has been backed up.
3. Maybe export some of your more important projects as drps
4. Estimate how difficult it would be to recover projects if for some reason the update made some of your projects inaccessible (in the knowledge that maybe you might be able to roll back to the previous version, if the database was backed up and there are exported archive versions)
5. Uninstall the current version and install the update.
6. Reload some existing projects and see if they open and are stable -- ie., don't crash after five minutes or a scrub through the timeline and see if the application exits to the desktop.
7. Try this all out on a secondary system that has no critical/ time sensitive projects on it.
Enjoy the improvements!
"I always pass on free advice -- its never of any use to me" Oscar Wilde.
Thanks for the info. I think I will wait till the updates is proven.