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Blackmagic Design Updates for Davinci Resolve, RAW Player, Video Assist & Web Presenter

Blackmagic Design announced a bevy of firmware updates for a variety of products including Resolve, Blackmagic Video Assist Utility and Blackmagic Web Presenter. Here’s the rundown.

DaVinci Resolve 17.1

The free DaVinci Resolve 17 includes all of the same high quality processing as DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio and can handle unlimited resolution media files. However it does limit project mastering and output to Ultra HD resolutions or lower. DaVinci Resolve 17 only supports a single processing GPU on Windows and Linux and 2 GPUs on the latest Mac Pro.

If you need features such as support for multiple GPUs, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial noise reduction, de-interlacing, HDR tools, camera tracker, multiple Resolve FX, 3D stereoscopic tools, remote rendering, an external database server and collaboration tools that let multiple users work on the same project at the same time, please upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 17 Studio.

We hope you do decide to upgrade as your facility grows and you do more advanced work!

Important information regarding database management

DaVinci Resolve 17.1 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 16.2.8 and previous versions. We strongly recommend that you back up your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing an upgrade.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 17.1

  • Support for Apple Silicon based Mac OS systems.
  • H.265 4:2:2 hardware decode support on Apple Silicon.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel decode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel encode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • Support for GPU decoding of RED clips in OpenCL processing mode.
  • Option to always perform copy and paste actions on selected color nodes.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

Minimum system requirements for macOS

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 8 GB of system memory. 16 GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 12.0 or later
  • Integrated GPU or discrete GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM.
  • GPU which supports Metal or OpenCL 1.2.

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • 16 GB of system memory. 32 GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.4.1 or later
  • Integrated GPU or discrete GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM
  • GPU which supports OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 11
  • NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • A minimum NVIDIA driver version of 451.82 is recommended.

About DaVinci Resolve Studio 17

Important information regarding database management

DaVinci Resolve 17.1 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 16.2.8 and previous versions. We strongly recommend that you back up your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing an upgrade.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 17.1

  • Support for Apple Silicon based Mac OS systems.
  • H.265 4:2:2 hardware decode support on Apple Silicon.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel decode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel encode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • Support for GPU decoding of RED clips in OpenCL processing mode.
  • Option to always perform copy and paste actions on selected color nodes.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

Minimum system requirements for macOS

  • macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • 8 GB of system memory. 16 GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 12.0 or later
  • Integrated GPU or discrete GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM.
  • GPU which supports Metal or OpenCL 1.2.

Blackmagic RAW Player

What’s new in Blackmagic RAW Player 2.1 Public Beta 3

  • Added support for Nikon Z 6II and Z 7II Blackmagic RAW clips captured by Blackmagic Video Assist.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin performance and stability improvements.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

Blackmagic Video Assist Utility

What’s new in Blackmagic Video Assist 3.4

The following models have new features.

  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 3G
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 7″ 3G
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G HDR
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
    • Added individual clip scrubbing
    • Improve LCD color calibration
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 12G HDR
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 7” 12G HDR
    • Added Blackmagic RAW recording from Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II.
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 5″ 3G
  • Blackmagic Video Assist 7” 3G
    • Added 2K DCI video support

Blackmagic Converter Utility Software

This software package allows you to set up and update your ATEM Converter, Micro and Mini Converter, DVI Extender or OpenGear Converter to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements.

What’s new in Converter Utility 7.5.2

  • Supports manufacturing improvements for 3G Micro Converters.

Blackmagic Web Presenter Software

This software includes everything you need to set up your Blackmagic Web Presenter for audio and video capture.

What’s new in Blackmagic Web Presenter 2.1

  • Add user manual translated to multiple languages.
  • Improve switchover time between mobile phone and ethernet connection when streaming in lower bitrates.
  • Fix issue where phone icon was missing when streaming via tethered smartphone.
  • Improve compatibility with Rec. 2020 video input signals.
  • Fix audio meter display issue when disconnecting video input signal.
  • Add support for Transport Layer Security 1.2.

Third Party Software Support on Mac OS

  • Skype.
  • Zoom.
  • FaceTime.
  • QuickTime Player.
  • OBS Studio.
  • VLC.
  • Wirecast Play.
  • Any sofwtare that works with USB HD webcams.

For more information on all these updates and all of the great products from Blackmagic Design, go to their website at www.blackmagicdesign.com

Written by Clint Milby

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