Blackmagic Design has just dropped a stack of surprises for the season of celebration and if you are as excited about the innovations that keep coming our way out of the Melbourne-Based moviemaking hardware and software company as I am, you will head straight on over to the Blackmagic Design website to download them and try them out.
DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio Gets Updated to Version 12.2
For those who already own licences to leading color grading and now movie editing heavyweight DaVinci Resolve 12, the good news is that it has been updated to version 12.2, the first to offer decoding support for HEVC, also referred to as H.265, video files. HEVC, short for High Efficiency Video Coding, was first implemented on the amazing but tragically under-marketed Samsung NX1 APS-C hybrid video/stills camera.
I hope that Samsung will not be abandoning the NX1 camera and its potential successors as some industry pundits have been predicting. Even during the very short time I was able to hold one in my hands and shoot some rough sample footage, its promise shone bright and the results were amazing.
Other changes in this new version of Resolve Studio include support for the latest range of Blackmagic Design and other new third-party cameras, with improvements in color management, support and conversion LUTs for HDR Hybrid Log Gamma, ACES IDTs for Canon C300 Mk II clips, and updated ST 2084 HDR color science.
DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio in the App Store & Discounted Heavily
Not content with improving DaVinci Resolve yet again, Blackmagic Design has brought it to Apple’s App Store, halving its price and making its monthly updates even more convenient to download and install.
This more user-friendly version of DaVinci Resolve Studio retails at US$499.00 and will not require a hardware dongle in order to run. Another benefit of App Store purchasing is the ability to run it on multiple personal Macs from laptops to desktops, instead of just the one dongle-equipped computer.
Question. Will Blackmagic Design make it possible for users using the be-dongled edition of DaVinci Resolve 12 to transfer over to the App Store version without incurring extra costs or inconvenience?
It makes sense to to maintain just one edition of Resolve Studio rather than splitting development efforts between two. And the benefits of using extra machines without the pain of having just one dongle are obvious. [bctt tweet=”Blackmagic Design releases more free software, updates and a big discount for celebration season!”]
DaVinci Resolve 12, Updated & Still Free, Free, Free!
Just as the full version, DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio has been improved, so has the free version, DaVinci Resolve 12 and it, too is at version 12.2. At a glance, the What’s new list for both versions looks identical.
For a detailed comparison between free and full DaVinci Resolve 12 versions, go to the Compare page to work out if free is good enough for now or if you wish to hand over the ready cash for DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio, dongle or App Store editions.
Fusion 8 Studio Public Beta Now Available
Earlier this year, Blackmagic Design released the public beta of Fusion 8, the free and updated version of Hollywood blockbuster VFX powerhouse product Fusion, originally created by NYPD, a Sydney-based post-production and VFX firm.
Like DaVinci Resolve itself, Fusion has played a crucial role in numerous major feature films and television series including Battlestar Galactica, Thor, The Hunger Games, Orphan Black, Breaking Bad and many others far too many to list here.
Now Blackmagic Design has released the public beta of Fusion 8 Studio for download and tryout. Projects commenced in the Fusion 8 public beta can be worked on with the Fusion 8 Studio public beta, with the benefit of the full version’s extra told and capabilities.
When it enters its full, non-beta release phase, Fusion 8 Studio will be retailed at US$995.00. The buzz throughout the VFX and post-production industries about Fusion 8 has been loud.
The buzz will be even louder for all the extra feats included in Fusion 8 Studio, such as advanced optical flow tools for retiming, image repair, color shooting, morphing, greater-than-UHD resolutions and, most especially, render node software permitting an unlimited number of Fusion render nodes throughout a network, for free.
(cover photo credit: snap from Blackmagic Design)