Blackmagic releases updates for Video Assist and Davinci Resolve

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Blackmagic today released software updates for their Video Assist monitor/recorder and Davinci Resolve. The update for the Video Assist adds DNxHD recording, automatic start/stop recording trigger for HDMI cameras, timecode support for the Canon 5D mkIII, enhanced overlays including time remaining status and clip information on playback, support for SDI Level A signals, and a extended Zebra range.

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You can see Newsshooter’s review of the Video Assist here. It’s nice to see the addition of the DNxHD recording codecs and a useful time remaining status being added, but I think the biggest addition is the automatic start/stop recording trigger from many HDMI cameras. This makes the Video Assist a more attractive proposition for shooters looking to pair it with small cameras with clean HDMI outputs.

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Davinci Resolve and Davinci Resolve Studio have also been updated to version 12.3. The software update is said to improve decoding performance when dealing with H.264, H.265, OpenEXR, Varicam, MPEG4 and AVC formats on both Mac and Windows. It also adds new options for smaller font sizes on burn-ins, ARRI RAW sharpness, and supports RED SDK v6.1.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 12.3
Decode support for HEVC/H.265 QuickTime video in DaVinci Resolve Studio on Windows
Added Media Storage context menu option to directly add storage locations without opening Preferences on Mac and Windows
Ability to add Media Storage locations without restarting Resolve on Mac and Windows
Added support for reading Reel Names in OpenEXR media
Added decode support for Sony MPEG2 video files
Added support for ARRI RAW sharpness when using the ARRI Full Res Debayer
Added support for smaller font sizes on burn-ins
Added support for keyboard shortcut for loop on the Edit Page
Improved HEVC/H.265 decode performance on Mac in DaVinci Resolve Studio
Improved H.264 decode performance on Windows
Improved Varicam, MPEG4, AVC and AVC-Intra MXF decode performance on Mac and Windows
Improved compressed OpenEXR decode performance
Added support for RED SDK v6.1
General performance and stability improvements

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