In the official press release Blackmagic Design announced that the latest Resolve 12 beta is now available for download – neither the announcement nor the scope of changes is a surprise, since the company unveiled its plans at NAB earlier this year. If you’ve been following the news, you probably know that this update generally revolves around new video editing features, although there are some changes to color grading and correction tools as well; the press release officially calls this ‘the biggest update ever’.
First of all to avoid confusion, it must be noted that Blackmagic changed the names of the software slightly – what was previously known as the ‘Lite’ version is now called ‘DaVinci Resolve’, meanwhile the full (paid) version is now called ‘DaVinci Resolve Studio’. All other aspects, such as pricing and differences between paid and free version remain unchanged.
This short video presents new Resolve briefly:
Here’s an excerpt from the press release speaking about the editing part of the update:
In addition to multi-camera editing, DaVinci Resolve 12 also features several enhancements to the core editing tools. All trim modes, multi-slip, slide, ripple and roll have been extended and editors can now select multiple points for dynamic trimming and asymmetric trimming of clips, even if they’re on the same track. Timelines can be nested, edited together and expanded or collapsed in place to greatly simplify editing of large multi scene projects. New transition curves let editors create and edit custom curves for transition parameters and new on-screen controls let editors see and adjust motion paths directly in the timeline viewer.
And about color grading and correction:
The core grading and color correction tools have also been improved with a new, easier to use curves interface, automatic color analysis and matching between two or more clips, an incredibly accurate 3D perspective tracker, and a new 3D keyer with improved matte finesse options.
The beta version is now available for download from the official webpage. According the official press release, we should see the final version in August this year. Keep in mind that the update to Resolve 12 is free of charge. To find out more, please have a look at the full press release here, or the official Resolve page here (download links at the bottom).