Blackmagic Gives DaVinci Resolve More HDR Support In New Update

DaVinci ResolveBy James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Just in time for Christmas! Blackmagic has released vs. 12.5.4 for DaVinci Resolve, bringing expanded tools for HDR and support for Apple’s new Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro.

“DaVinci Resolve’s incredible image processing makes wide color gamut and high dynamic range workflows. This new DaVinci Resolve 12.5.4 update is so exciting because it gives customers more control and creative options for HDR than ever before. Plus, support for Apple’s latest MacBook Pro Touch Bar gives customers instant access to the tools they need… ” – Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design

The hallmark feature of ver. 12.5.4 is expanded HDR support with Rec 2100 and 2020 color workflows. Rec 2100 uses Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and SMPTE’s ST. 2084 (PQ) color standards and DaVinci has created custom sliders that harness the second main feature of this update, which is support for Apple’s Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.

The Touch Bar’s main benefit is that it can adjust to a custom set of buttons and sliders, rather than fill valuable real estate with function keys that few people even use anymore.  The OLED centric Touch Bar gives developers the capability to customize it according to the needs of the software, and of the user, and it can change according to the context of what workflow you’re operating in.

That means you can switch between trim and edit mode, scrub through a timeline, adjust colors in color grading mode, change from icon to list view, display metadata or clip attributes, the sky is literally the limit. To change the Touch Bar’s menus, tap on the Touch Bar and cycle through each.

DaVinci 12.5.4 also adds support for Grass Valley HQ and HQX video codecs and preserves highlights and shadwos when working in ProRes 4:4:4:4. Additionally, there’s ACES support of P3-D65 IDTs and ODTs, and a new Rec. 2020 ST. 2084 1000 nit ODT that uses P3 color space, as well as analysis data for Dolby Vision.

Other features in 12.5.4 include:

  1. Added support for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar
  2. Added support for decoding MP3 files on Windows
  3. Added support for preserving super-white and sub-black data with ProRes 4444 codecs
  4. Added support for Grass Valley HQ and HQX codecs on Mac, Windows and Linux
  5. Added support for Rec. 2100 in DaVinci Resolve color management
  6. Added new sliders to control Dolby Vision analysis data
  7. Added P3-D65 IDTs and ODTs in ACES
  8. Added Rec.2020 ST.2084 1000 nits ODT clamped to P3 in ACES
  9. Added support for image orientation flag in DPX files
  10. Improved support for CR2 files from Canon 5D Mark IV
  11. Improved grading and playback performance when working with large node graphs

There’s also MP3 decoding, better support for CR2 files from Canon’s 5D Mk. IV, and improved playback and decoding.

DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio 12.5.4 update are now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers, and will require the Resolve dongle to operate. Download it here. Supports Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

You can bet that now that we’re getting all kinds of reviews on the Touch Bar, and how flexible it can be in the post-production workflow, that more companies are going to put out updates to leverage it. At first I thought it was somewhat of a “fins-like feature,” but now I’m starting to see its’ going to have the kind of impact that the mouse first had on computers back in the 80s.

About James DeRuvo

James has a multi-faceted career that spans radio, film and publishing. A writer about the technology in the video industry for nearly 20 years, James is also an award winning film director, having garnered a Telly Award for his short film Searching for Inspiration. He's also worked as a producer of many talk radio programs in Los Angeles with topics ranging from entertainment to travel to technology.