DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 released

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DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 released

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Post by Peter Chamberlain » Wed May 16, 2018 11:58 pm

We are pleased to announce that DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 is now available for download from our support web site.
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/suppor ... and-fusion

This is a no charge upgrade for existing DaVinci Resolve Studio customers.

Important note: Regardless of which database type you use we strongly recommend that you backup your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing any upgrades.

For the full DaVinci Resolve 15 feature list, FAQs and information about upgrading from 12.5 or 14, please review
https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/view ... 21&t=71881
and
https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewforum.php?f=32


Minimum system requirements
• macOS 10.12.6 Sierra - Windows 10 Creators Edition - CentOS 7.3
• 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 32 GB is recommended minimum when using Fusion. For users focused on Fusion 64GB of system memory is typical.

Please see the readme within the download for specific details relating to your OS and GPU requirements.


What's new in DaVinci Resolve 15 public beta 3

Added support for editing subclip extents for clips from the Edit timeline
Added the ability to modify Media In trims and media properties for additional clips dragged into the Fusion node graph
Added support for Color Trace of Fusion compositions
Added support for importing audio-only AAF timelines
Added support for showing the names of synced audio files on the timeline
Added support for presets for some FairlightFX plugins
Added support for decoding and encoding GrassValley HQ and HQX codecs in the AVI format
Added support for option to retain sub-black and super-white data for renders
Added ability to control DCTL execution based on DaVinci Resolve version
Added support for listing the entire gallery still path in the Still Properties window
Added ability to retain grain texture using the Dirt Size slider in ResolveFX Automatic Dirt Removal
Added support for DCP compliant composition naming
Added support for decoding DCP packages with stereoscopic 3D content
Added support for decoding DCP packages with 96KHz audio content
Added support for importing Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.8
Re-added support for easyDCP decode and encode on Mac
Improved responsiveness for OpenFX and ResolveFX on-screen controls
Improved support for scripting with new APIs and additional Lua and Python examples
Improved ResolveFX Deflicker performance
Improved performance when using optical flow
Improved Sound Library search capabilities in the Edit and Fairlight pages
Addressed issues with Super Scale when video field processing was enabled
Addressed an issue where capturing interlaced content would incorrectly tag the footage as progressive
Addressed an issue where subtitles would get rendered into cached frames
Addressed an issue where subtitles would be affected by timeline grades
Addressed an issue where subtitle captions would sometime appear incorrectly aligned on the Edit timeline
Addressed an issue where generators could not be dragged onto the timeline viewer overlays to perform an edit operation
Addressed an issue where the resets in the Edit inspector would not work correctly for audio effects and plugins
Addressed an issue where Fusion titles could not be disabled from the Edit inspector
Addressed an issue where resetting a Text+ title would make it blank
Addressed an issue where changes to the mode of the smooth cut transition would not get saved
Addressed an issue where freeze frames would be shown as a single frame in the Fusion page
Addressed an issue where extending a Fusion clip’s duration on the Edit page would show blank frames on the Fusion page
Addressed an issue where previewing a MatteControl node would sometimes cause a crash
Addressed an issue where adding the Advanced Grid macro in the Fusion page would hang the application
Addressed an issue where the go to first and last frame actions would behave incorrectly on audio timelines
Addressed an issue where the Audio Mixer widths and options would not be saved
Addressed an issue where rendering audio tracks would ignore automation when automation was disabled in the Fairlight page
Addressed an issue where waveforms would not be refreshed correctly when resizing audio tracks in the Edit page
Addressed an issue where using ADR in a collaboration project would cause a crash
Addressed an issue where enabling Use MIDI Audio Console in Preferences would cause a crash on Windows
Addressed an issue where replacing the Media Pool clip would not refresh the waveforms correctly on the Fairlight page
Addressed an issue where bouncing a track to a new layer would place the bounced content at an offset
Addressed an issue where browsing to gallery timelines from some projects on a PostgreSQL database would cause a critical exception
Addressed an issue where the LUT browser would show an incorrect preview of the LUT applied in the thumbnail
Addressed an issue where camera RAW controls would not update correctly in a remote grading session
Addressed an issue where the power window would sometimes not line up with the grades after duplicating the timeline
Addressed an issue where stabilizing clip starting with a black frame would cause a crash
Addressed an issue where ResolveFX Automatic Dirt Removal would not work correctly on the first or last frame of the clip
Addressed an issue with Face Refinement on clips with non-square pixel aspect ratio
Addressed an issue where rendering certain clips with large timecode values to EXR would cause an error
Addressed an issue where encoding MXF OP1a clips using Media Management would result in a wrong file extension
Addressed an issue with decoding H.264 files from some cameras
Addressed a crash when running a script with a pop-up window open within Resolve
General performance and stability improvements



Upgrading your PostgreSQL database server on older MacOS
Until DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2, the Mac installer used to ship with PostgreSQL version 8.4.2. Starting from macOS Sierra 10.12, PostgreSQL version 8.4 is no longer supported. If you intend to upgrade to the latest OS from one prior to macOS Sierra 10.12, you will need to upgrade your PostgreSQL database server to version 9.5.4 prior to upgrading macOS. Once your PostgreSQL installation has been upgraded and your data has been ported, you can then proceed with your macOS upgrade.

We have provided apps to simplify upgrading your PostgreSQL version on your Mac. The apps along with instructions can be found in the /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Upgrade PostgreSQL folder.

Starting from DaVinci Resolve 12.5.3, new installations will include PostgreSQL version 9.5.4.

If you are installing DaVinci Resolve for the first time and already have macOS Sierra 10.12 or newer OS you only need to install v15b3 and not worry about the database update.

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Re: DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 released

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Post by Peter Chamberlain » Thu May 17, 2018 12:03 am

I'd also like to thank the users who are reporting bug, things you don't think work correctly or at all and general feedback.
Especially those who submit crash diagnostic logs with descriptions how to repo issues.

We have mentioned previously that this is a large project for us which will take many months but we do intent to make Fusion in Resolve a tool VFX artists will want to use.

Peter

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Post by JPDoc » Thu May 17, 2018 1:55 am

I'm sure everyone here will be pleased to hear that BM is paying attention to the various bug reports etc and that they are useful to you.

Perhaps in return we could get official confirmation that the stand-alone Fusion will continue as a developing product? There has been a great deal of concern regarding this both here and on the official forum, and as a VFX professional I would really like to know that my continued support of Fusion is a good idea.

Although the DaVinci version is great and very good for editors and colorists the full stand alone version is pretty much essential to my work. If it is to be deprecated or if development, bug fixes and the like are to stop in favour of the DaVinci version then I really need to start planning now for what would be a bit of a disaster for me, and I'm pretty sure many others feel the same.

Many thanks.

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Post by devhill » Thu May 17, 2018 2:22 am

JPDoc wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 1:55 am
I'm pretty sure many others feel the same.
Exactly the same. We focus our production on Fusion. We use Fusion for 3D development, animations and many times is the only tool, for us, that can solve our solutions.

Please do not kill Fusion stand alone, I'd rather see a stunning "Fusion X" version with outstanding new tools (for 3d geometry editing and even rendering engine) and bug fixes. Let Fusion become a new Clarisse IFX rather than a Smoke product competitor ;)

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Post by thibaud » Thu May 17, 2018 6:54 am

What's the problem with killing fusion standalone if it get's improved in all regards inside resolve ?
I wouldn't mind.

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Post by JPDoc » Thu May 17, 2018 8:20 am

see this thread

http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewt ... 22&t=73310

and my more in depth comments here

http://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewt ... ge#p403505

Fusion inside DaVinci, while pretty useful, is just not suited to my vfx workflow without the stand alone also being present. Without the stand alone I'd be forced to use the "other" compositing programme.

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Post by devhill » Thu May 17, 2018 8:50 am

Well at the end maybe we'll all switch to the new and only version.
For now it only seems a marketing move rather than a real improvement. It sound like i need to load the entire Visual Studio Enterprise edition to edit a txt file.

And there no longer will be Fusion artists.. just Resolve artists? ;)
Just a little bit sad

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Post by Chad » Thu May 17, 2018 9:36 am

thibaud wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 6:54 am
What's the problem with killing fusion standalone if it get's improved in all regards inside resolve ?
I wouldn't mind.

If.

Fusion takes <2 seconds to load on my computer. Resolve 15 takes >2 second just to open the Fusion page. So yeah... if.

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Re: DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 released

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Post by Peter Chamberlain » Thu May 17, 2018 6:57 pm

Have vision guys. It's month one of the Fusion rollout into Resolve.

I see on the forums frustration at the speed of Fusion bug fixes. If you have seen what we have done in Resolve in the last 5 years you will know our team of engineers can make significant improvements to workflow, speed and feature set. Constructive feedback will benefit us all and make Fusion in Resolve even better.

Further, there are now a few million more people who have heard of and have immediate access to Fusion. There are training, tutorial and growth opportunities abound that didn't exist 60 days ago. The toolset can grow with critical mass.
Have vision guys.

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Post by Chad » Thu May 17, 2018 7:19 pm

I have no doubt things will get a LOT better. I'm just saying that there's very little reason for a composting task to ever run through Resolve when Fusion is available. For guys like Alan Bell, it's probably amazing, but for anyone who has to do serious compositing full time? Even if it had feature parity with Fusion, the ergonomics of losing chunks of your GUI, losing RAM, losing performance, losing a text based project file, etc... It's just not worth it.

My main gripe isn't the lack of features in ReFusion, it's the GUI. Even the workflow isn't terrible for non-compositing tasks. Being able to bundle up macros and apply them from a bin in the Edit page is neat. I'm still totally befuddled by the interplay of Color and Fusion, and nothing has been documented that I know of that explains how it SHOULD work.

But the GUI... Mostly it's the skin, but it seems like a lot of effort went into the skin to make it look a certain way, and it's just a functional dud. I'm not even saying the skin in RealFusion 9 is that good, I have a lot of issues with that even, so I would love to see some improvements, but honestly, it's hard to take the skin in Resolve seriously when it has so many issues and no one from BMD is working with users to figure out what to do.

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Post by Peter Chamberlain » Thu May 17, 2018 8:07 pm

Chad wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 7:19 pm

But the GUI... .... it's hard to take the skin in Resolve seriously when it has so many issues and no one from BMD is working with users to figure out what to do.
I guess you were not in the meetings i had yesterday, and day before.. etc.

Pleased you are passionate about it but you're not currently aware of all the work we are doing thats not public as yet.

I'll reach out next week and we can talk offline, if you like.

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Post by JPDoc » Thu May 17, 2018 11:57 pm

Peter, I have politely asked for a straight answer to a simple question and I'm afraid "have vision" doesn't really cut it as an answer. In fact, although I'm sure you meant well, it's actually a bit insulting.

If the stand alone isn't going to continue for whatever reason then artists and content creators who are currently depending on Fusion for their day to day livelihood really do need to know. And if Blackmagic representatives continue to avoid the question then professional users are left with no choice but to safeguard their jobs by moving on.

I'm currently pitching three major projects that all had Fusion built in but given what looks like clear indications from Blackmagic - that the stand alone software is not long for the world - I'm now being forced to rejig them all with quotes from the Foundry, who I have to say are more than happy to oblige.

To be completely clear - if in the future I'm in the middle of one of these projects, two of which are pretty long term, and the stand alone Fusion gets deprecated then my clients will quite reasonably point to these last few months and ask the question - why did you tie us into a software that was clearly on the way out?

I realize that Blackmagic runs on Grant Petty's instincts and that they are generally very good but I can't really risk my daily wage or the success of these projects on Fusion without some sort of formal reassurance. If Grant's plan for Fusion is as an add-on to DaVinci that provides extra fuctionality for editors, colourists and hobbyists then those of us who have supported Fusion over the years really do need to know.

"I guess you were not in the meetings i had yesterday, and day before.. etc"

I guess not but I'm afraid that somehow I do still have to plan on earning a living. If Mr Petty has decided that Fusion will only continue as an add-on to Resolve then that is Blackmagic's right, but don't you think that it really isn't too much to ask that the plan is made clear so that we lesser mortals can also make our own commercial decisions?

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0229975/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2

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Post by devhill » Fri May 18, 2018 12:27 am

Fusion can't become a "page" or a "plugin"... come on

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Post by Peter Chamberlain » Fri May 18, 2018 1:28 am

BMD posted the DaVinci Resolve v15 press release, its on our web site, that stated.. "The standalone version of Fusion will continue to be available for customers who need it." and that's all we have and can say as there is no decision otherwise.

In fact, on of the links you posted had a good comment from Brian talking about a meeting we had our direction. We have a long term plan that includes you like all other Fusion users. Consider, as Fusion in Resolve improves, along with the growth in users who know of Fusion will be those who really want to get into it deeper. They can purchase a Fusion Studio dongle and get Resolve Studio as well. We had already announced this at NAB as a way to grow Fusion sales.

We don't as a company comment on release schedules or promises for features by x date or version. We can only offer our history of rapid development and Resolve customers who feel we are listening and continue to add value to their toolset. I hope you continue to select Fusion for your projects just as you would have if we made no announcement at NAB at all. I see upside for everyone who uses Fusion and Resolve but we can only ask that you watch what we do as we cant and wont promise anything for a sale or a particular project.

In the meantime, i'm going to be dropping in more often as i'm now getting on top of my post NAB trips and the deep hole of un-answered emails.

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Re: DaVinci Resolve 15 beta 3 released

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Post by thibaud » Fri May 18, 2018 2:50 am

Loosing text based project file would indeed be a let down. id's say that's one of the top 5 feature that makes fusion stand out.