DaVinci Resolve 12 Special Report

DaVinci Resolve 12 Special Report

July 28, 2015

Three colorists discuss DaVinci Resolve 12 including: What it means to use Beta software; favorite features (so far); areas of improvement

Resolve 12 Public Beta 1: Special Report

In Mailbag Episode #25 Team Mixing Light chatted about NAB 2015. Of course, a big topic of conversation was the newly revealed DaVinci Resolve 12—and that it wouldn’t be released until ‘July 2015’. Here we are in July 2015—and DaVinci Resolve 12 Public Beta 1 has been released!

In this Insight, Team Mixing Light chats about our initial impressions of DaVinci Resolve 12

Since this is such a huge update, including a complete overhaul of the interface, we decided to focus our discussions on our initial impressions. Of course, one of the first topics of discussion is:

What does it mean to work with Beta software?

All three of us have had years of experience testing beta software, and all three of us were on the DaVinci Resolve 12 Private Beta—which began about 4 weeks ago. We offer a round of tips for existing DaVinci Resolve users who want to upgrade and work in Resolve 12 Public Beta 1. Because we tend to bounce around in our discussion, here’s a quick summary:

  • Don’t upgrade existing databases: Instead, create a fresh database with DaVinci Resolve 12 and import your existing projects into this new database.
  • If you are going to update existing databases, back them up first!
  • DON’T keep Resolve 12 along side Resolve 11 on your computer: You’ll need to install one version over the each, each time you want upgrade / downgrade. Otherwise, you’ll be guaranteed all sorts of problems if they’re both installed simultaneously.

One thing we don’t mention: You CAN keep DaVinci Resolve 12 and DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio side-by-side. Unlike previous versions, the ‘free’ and ‘paid’ versions of DaVinci Resolve 12 can co-exist on the same computer.

Other initial Resolve 12 Public Beta 1 sources of useful information

In addition to this Special Report, on ‘Launch Day’ we found two other sources of information worth looking at:

  • DaVinci Resolve 12 User Guide: What’s New – With Resolve 12 getting a full re-write of the 1000+ page User Manual, the author of the User Manual – Alexis Van Hurkman – blogs the sections of the manual you’ll want to read to get up to speed on the new features. Absolutely required reading for any solo-DaVinci Resolve 12 user is Chapter 5: “Improving Performance, Proxies, and the Render Cache” vanhurkman.com
  • Resolve 12 Beta Features and First Impressions – serial link and Twitter hoarder, and friend of Mixing Light, Jonny Elwyyn, gathers up a bunch of Tweets, quotes and links of private beta testers sharing their initial thoughts. jonnyelwyn.co.uk


Part 1:

What does ‘Public Beta’ mean?

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Part 2:

Our Favorite DaVinci Resolve 12 Features (so far)

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Part 3:

DaVinci Resolve 12: Areas for Improvement

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