Blackmagic Design Releases Public Beta for DaVinci Resolve 12.5
April 19, 2016

Blackmagic Design Releases Public Beta for DaVinci Resolve 12.5

LAS VEGAS (NAB 216) – Blackmagic Design ( has kicked off the public beta for DaVinci Resolve 12.5, making it available for immediate download.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is a massive update with over 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features, including major additions to the editing tool set, new and enhanced color features such as improved HDR support, and new effects. 

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 adds dozens of new editing and trimming features such as new swap and shuffle edits, seven entirely new trim operations, paste inserts, an expanded edit overlay with ripple overwrites and append edits, and more. In addition, timeline performance has been greatly improved so editing is faster and the new Cinema Viewer option plays video full-screen, making it easier for customers to preview their cut on laptops or systems with a single display.

Moreover, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces an entirely new way to navigate clips using audio waveforms. The source viewer features an audio waveform overlay that allows you to see the audio waveform and video clip at the same time. 

Dozens of new media management and metadata features have been added that make it easier for both assistants and editors to organize and work with massive amounts of media. A new metadata keyword dictionary makes it easier to choose common or previously created keywords and quickly apply them to clips. Metadata can now also be imported or exported via CSV files. Media Pool metadata columns can be customized and saved, colors can be assigned to specific clips, and markers can now be single frame or durational. 

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces an entirely new way to create custom retime effects and speed ramps. There are now separate curves for both frame position and playback speed. This allows any frame to be moved to any point in time, while also allowing variable speed changes between any range of frames. 

For colorists, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces major enhancements to the node editor so now it’s possible to quickly navigate between nodes, swap nodes, select multiple nodes with a lasso, copy node contents, extract nodes, use embedded alpha channels in mattes and more. 

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio now includes major advances in HDR grading controls. Specific nodes can now be set to HDR mode, which enables the grading tools in Resolve to work in an extended dynamic range especially designed for HDR deliverables such as Dolby Vision and HDR10. In addition, caching formats such as ProRes 4444 XQ and DNxHR now support extended dynamic range to serve as an efficient storage alternative to uncompressed 16-bit float files. 

The public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers.