Magic From the House of Blackmagic Design, Da Vinci Resolve 17.1 Pt. 2
by Eguaogie Eghosa May 06, 2021 Views (211)
Blackmagic Design has just released DaVinci Resolve 17.1. The latest version of the software adds universal app support for Macs running Apple M1 or Intel processors, as well as hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding of H.265 10-bit 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 formats on supported Intel platforms.

It’s the only single programme that has not just edited and colour correction but professional audio, motion graphics, and visual effects built-in. It's also the only way to process B-Raw files from Blackmagic cameras.

The new version is the biggest update in Fairlight history features, tools, and core improvements that make it the world's fastest and highest quality solution for audio post-production. The software features incredible new creative tools for colourists. The new HDR palette lets you create custom colour wheels for targeted corrections, primary controls have a new design that makes them easier to use, the magic mask uses the Da Vinci Neural Engine to automatically isolate and track objects, and the new mesh and grid-based colour warper lets you push and morph colours in creative new ways. 

The new HDR colour grading control panel lets you create colour wheels with custom roll-off for specific tonal ranges, giving you more creative control that allows you to make fine adjustments. The wheels include exposure and saturation controls for each zone. They are colour space aware so you get perpetually uniform colour results. 

The mesh-based warping tool lets you adjust two Colour parameters at the same time. You can adjust both hue and saturation or chroma and Luma. Adjustments are made by dragging control points, with smooth falloff for clean and natural-looking adjustments. It's an entirely new way to transform colour in your images. 

DaVinci colour management adds features to simplify your workflow and improve image quality. You get wide gamut image processing, new input and output tone mopping, and colour space awareness. 
Other enhancements include support for GPU decoding of RED clips in OpenCL processing mode, the option to always perform copy and paste actions on selected color nodes alongside more general performance and stability improvements.

Unlike many editing programmes, where work is done in one view where all options are shown, Resolve is split into separate ‘pages’ which give a dedicated set of tools for each task. The Media page is where you organize your clips, Cut and Edit are two different styles of editing pages, Fusion is for visual effects and motion graphics, Color is for colour correction and grading, Fairlight is for advanced audio, and Deliver for exporting your finished work. 

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.

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.

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.

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