Blackmagic Design have just released the latest beta version of their DaVinci Resolve 15 colour grading suite.
DaVinci Resolve Public Beta 5 is now available (link towards the end of post) and it includes new support for OpenFX plugins on the Fusion page, improved resizing for images with alpha channel, additional controls such as temperature and exposure control for Canon CRL RAW images (Canon C200 users rejoice), as well as improved Python scripting for all your VFX needs.
DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Studio Beta 5 adds new Python scripting APIs, addresses issues with automatic audio synchronization, loss of the first frame of audio playback, dynamic trimming reliability, video output from the Fusion page, LUT browser refreshes and dozens of additional stability and performance improvements.
And while, there is still no official word on ProRes Raw support in Resolve, just like many of you out there, I am keeping fingers crossed that support for the ProRes RAW comes eventually to Resolve (which it surely must); after all, Resolve is widely used not only in post-production facilities, but also by many freelance colourists and small production companies including one-man-bands, and if the hype around ProRes Raw is to be believed – it should be a pretty big deal in the coming months and years.
DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 5 New Features:
- Initial support for OpenFX plugins in the Fusion page
- Support for encoding EXR clips with alpha channels
- Support for tint, temperature and exposure controls for Canon RAW clips
- Can now bypass Fusion effects, Colour changes or both on the viewers in the Edit, Fairlight and Colour pages
- Support for applying grades from timeline gallery clips using middle click
- Support for clip filters for clips with Fusion compositions in the Colour page
- Support for DaVinci CTLs with user parameters, accessible via a new DCTL ResolveFX plugin in DaVinci Resolve Studio
- Support for using DaVinci CTLs as input and output LUTs in project settings
- Support for encoding CEA-708 closed captions in MXF OP1a clips
- Support for exporting Dolby Vision v4.0 XML
- Improved results when compositing images with transparency
- Improved support for scripting with new APIs and documentation
Fixed Issues in Beta 5:
- Addressed an issue when decoding clips with AC3 audio on Windows
- Addressed an issue where media management of audio clips would not work correctly
- Addressed an issue where auto sync audio would intermittently not work
- Addressed an issue with Red IPP2 gamut mapping when updating LUT lists in project settings
- Addressed an issue where some layers in EXR files could not be read correctly
- Addressed an issue with decoding some EXR files with multiple layers using DWAA compression
- Addressed an issue when decoding certain 8-bit luminance-only image files
- Addressed an issue when performing dynamic trims with ‘Stop and go to last position’ enabled would undo the edit operation
- Addressed an issue where the waveform would not refresh when changing clip levels on the edit timeline
- Addressed an issue where importing an XML would not automatically show the import log summary
- Addressed an issue where editing or trimming Text+ titles in the Edit timeline would sometimes show a media offline error
- Addressed an issue where dragging audio clips with layers across stacked timelines would result in inconsistent behavior
- Addressed an issue where inspector controls for OpenFX generators and transitions could be reorganized or deleted
- Addressed an issue where zooming in the Edit page while playing back would sometimes result incorrectly refresh clip thumbnails
- Addressed an issue where pasting copied clips with an audio video offset on the Edit timeline would not respect the offset
- Addressed an issue when dynamic trimming audio clips on the Edit page
- Addressed an issue where changes to the clip pitch effect would sometimes not be persisted
- Addressed an issue where audio playback would sometimes skip the first playback frame
- Addressed an issue where adding the Renderer3D node and setting output channels to vectors on the Fusion page would cause a hang
- Addressed an issue where changing the image size for the background tool would not be respected in the Fusion page
- Addressed an issue where adding a tracker node and playing back a comp on the Fusion page would sometimes freeze the application
- Addressed an issue where previewing a comp with an expression in the Edit page viewer and the Fusion viewer would behave inconsistently
- Addressed an issue where timeline clips would not be shown in their original resolution in the Fusion page
- Addressed an issue where working with Auto Proxy enabled in Fusion page would sometimes cause a crash
- Addressed an issue where EXR file metadata would not be available in the Fusion page
- Addressed an issue with monitoring the Fusion page at 8-bit and 12-bit video output using Blackmagic Design capture and playback devices
- Addressed an issue where using shared gallery paths with different media storage locations in different machines could sometimes result in black still previews
- Addressed an issue with ResolveFX Warper when the warp points were placed outside the image boundaries
- Addressed an issue where clips with LUTs or DCTLs applied in ACES projects would sometimes result in flickering
- Addressed an issue where Face Refinement would be incorrectly applied for clips with certain Edit scaling resize modes
- Addressed an issue where window tracking points would be shown incorrectly on the Colour page viewer for clips with certain edit scaling resize modes
- Addressed an issue with showing alpha from mattes in the Colour page for clips with Fusion effects
- Addressed an issue where LUTs with long names would appear truncated in the LUT browser
- Addressed an issue where system audio could sometimes not be heard correctly when monitoring with a Blackmagic Design monitoring device
- Addressed an issue where rendered clips would sometimes have channels with blank audio
- Addressed an issue where ‘Bounce to new layer’ would sometimes incorrectly render the clip with a fade applied
- Addressed an issue where changing sub-clip extents of an audio clip would result in incorrect waveforms on the Fairlight page
- Addressed an issue where automation keyframes could be drawn outside of the selected audio tracks in the Fairlight page
- Addressed an issue where changing the start timecode would not refresh the Fairlight timeline correctly
- Addressed an issue where trimming pasted clips with crossfades on the Fairlight page would sometimes cause a crash
- Addressed an issue where compound clips would not be rendered with a valid alpha channel when the export alpha option was enabled
- Addressed an issue where DaVinci Resolve would crash on start up on some legacy Mac hardware
- Addressed an issue where the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels would not work on Windows machines with secure boot enabled
- Addressed an issue where updating LUT lists in project settings would not refresh the LUT browser
- Addressed an issue where some project settings would sometimes be incorrectly initialized when loading or switching projects
- General performance and stability improvements
To download Beta 5 for DaVinci Resolve head over to Blackmagic Design.
It is worth noting that, Blackmagic Design advise if you are upgrading from the previous Public Beta 4 of DaVinci Resolve 15, there is no database change, however making a project database backup is still a good practice to get into.
However, if you are updating from Resolve 12, version 12.5, version 14 or early v15 betas (such as Beta 2 and Beta 3) there is a database update required for this release so please back up your database and then most importantly import that backup to verify its status. You can save it as a copy of the original database so you can then upgrade the copy and preserve the original should you wish to re-install v14.3. Blackmagic Design also recommends you also make a DRP export of your active projects.
After installing DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta when you first start the application you will be prompted to update your database and it is recommended you select the one you restored from the backup.
As usual, the Blackmagic Design forum is a good point of query for any issues or further details on all things DaVinci Resolve.