15 Dec 2016

Resolve updates to include the Macbook Pro Touch Bar

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Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, running Davinci Resolve Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, running Davinci Resolve Blackmagic Design / RedShark News


The most recent update to Blackmagic's popular colour grading and editing software, Davinci Resolve, leverages the Touch Bar on the new Macbook Pro and brings other new features.

The latest iteration of the Macbook Pro has proven somewhat controversial. Some proponents have lauded the new Touch Bar, a touch-sensitive Retina screen in the shape of a strip above the keyboard that takes the place of the Esc and other function keys; others have derided itas a gimmick and the new Macbook Pros, in general, as a bit underpowered for professional use.

However, if you're a Davinci Resolve user who has taken the plunge and purchased a Macbook Pro with Touch Bar, the latest update for the software, 12.5.4, should keep you busy with its bundle of goodies. Immediately available for both free and paid (Studio) versions of Resolve, Touch Bar-support takes the form of context-specific tools that pop up when appropriate. Examples include the ability to toggle trim modes and perform editing and color grading tasks without using a mouse.

In addition, the 12.5.4 update for Resolve adds the following functionality:

Additional Rec. 2100 and 2020 support for HDR workflows
Added support for Grass Valley HQ and HQX codecs on Mac, Windows and Linux
Added new sliders to control Dolby Vision analysis data
Improved grading and playback performance when working with large node graphs

Wherever you stand in the current Macbook Pro debate, it's encouraging to see Blackmagic respond so quickly to take advantage of the Touch Bar. We'll respond as well with our opinions on how well Resolve and the Touch Bar integrate, so check back with us!

For more information on the 12.5.4 update for Blackmagic Davinci Resolve, visit the full press release on Page Two!

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Patrick Jong Taylor

Patrick Jong Taylor is former North American Editor of RedShark Media. He is currently the Director of Strategy at bigSTORY, a consultancy specializing in story-based analysis, strategy and production for corporate clients.

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