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BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve Update

Exciting news about the DaVinci Resolve 15. Not too long before we can expect stock in SA.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15 


Key new features

    •    Fully integrated into the DaVinci Resolve timeline

    •    Improved workflows removing the need for round trip renders to Fusion

    •    Initial support for a full Metal, CUDA or OpenCL GPU processing pipeline

    •    Improved UI for faster and more fluid workflow

    •    New node graph (Flow)

    •    New viewers

    •    New toolbar

    •    New inspector

    •    Fusion page now includes

    ◦    Media Pool

    ◦    Tools library with Templates

    ◦    Timeline with Thumbnails

    ◦    Spline Editor

    ◦    Keyframe Timeline

    ◦    Metadata

    •    Dual screen layouts for the Fusion page

    •    Support for Fusion in collaborative projects

    •    Support for various geometry files for Fusion in Media Storage and Media Pool

    •    Support for importing and exporting Fusion composition files

    •    Support for caching Fusion page output for clips with Fusion effects applied

    •    Support for Fusion planar tracker is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for Fusion planar stabilization is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for Fusion planar transforms of roto is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for Fusion planar tracked roto is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for Fusion optical flow retiming is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for processing Fusion compositions in linear gamma with color managed and ACES workflows

    •    Support for Fusion memory cache options in the playback menu

    •    Support for copying Fusion compositions by middle clicking clip thumbnails

    •    Support for a Fast Gaussian filter in the Fusion Blur tool

    •    Support for modifying MediaIn trims and media properties for clips dragged into the Fusion node graph

    •    Initial support for saver nodes

    •    Initial support for OpenFX plugins

    •    Support for GPU accelerated OpenFX plugins

    •    Initial support for temporal OpenFX plugins

    •    Initial support for using ResolveFX plugins

Visual effects features

    •    Vector Paint

    •    2D and 3D Compositing

    •    3D Camera Tracking in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Planar Tracking and Rotoscoping

    •    Node Based Workflow

    •    3D Workspace

    •    Keying and Mattes

    •    Rotoscoping

    •    Tracking and Stabilization

    •    3D Particles

    •    Scripting

    •    Shot Cleanup

    •    Open Color I/O

    •    Virtual Set Extensions

Broadcast design and motion graphics features

    •    2D and 3D Titles

    •    3D Logos

    •    Animated Text

    •    Spline Based Animation

    •    Replicate Objects

    •    Expressions and Macros

    •    VR tools in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Import 3D Models and Scenes

    •    Built-in 3D Objects

    •    Realistic Lighting and Shading

    •    Comprehensive Stereoscopic 3D Tools in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Deep Pixel Compositing

    •    Volumetric Effects


Key new features

    •    ADR (Automatic Dialog Replacement)

    •    Audio Bounce of a range in selected tracks to layers

    •    Audio Bounce of one or multiple buses to tracks

    •    Audio Automation Editing

    •    Fixed playhead timeline

    •    Audio scrollers

    •    Video scroller

    •    3D audio pan

    •    Sound Library

    •    Support for native FairlightFX

    ◦    Chorus

    ◦    De-Esser

    ◦    De-Hummer

    ◦    Delay

    ◦    Distortion

    ◦    Echo

    ◦    Flanger

    ◦    Modulation

    ◦    Noise Reduction

    ◦    Pitch

    ◦    Reverb

    ◦    Stereo Width

    ◦    Vocal Channel

General improvements

    •    Support for audio normalization in the Edit and Fairlight pages

    •    Support for pitch control for clips

    •    Support for Media Pool preview of audio

    •    Support for audio fade in and out to playhead in the Fairlight timeline

    •    Support for mixed audio track formats from source clips

    •    Support for trim to playhead operations in the Fairlight timeline

    •    Support for preset library for equalizer, dynamics, plugins and global track properties

    •    Support for inbuilt tone generator

    •    Support for Compound clips path bar below Fairlight page timeline

    •    Support for native audio on Linux

    •    Support to show audio waveforms while recording

    •    Support for input monitoring to the native audio engine

    •    Support for reordering audio plugins in the inspector for audio clips

    •    Support for audio retiming for clips with variable speed changes

    •    Support for Paste and Remove Attributes for audio clips

    •    Support for pre-roll and post-roll time in Fairlight timeline

    •    Support for Loop Jog controls in user interface

    •    Support for an indicator on the Fairlight timeline when there is an offset between audio and video

    •    Support for the Fairlight Audio Interface installer on Windows

    •    Support for a mode to stop and jump to the last position

    •    Support for track selection and deselection using the track destination selection commands

    •    Support for selecting buses in the mixer to view and modify their properties in the inspector

    •    Support for viewing video tracks on the Fairlight timeline

    •    Support for transport controls from the DaVinci Resolve grading panels on the Fairlight page

    •    Support for improved timeline view options in the Fairlight timeline

    •    Support for search in the track and marker index

    •    Support for resetting edited audio samples in a clip

    •    Support for subframe audio fades on the timeline

    •    Improved speaker selection with support for device selections in monitor sets

    •    Improved consistency of navigation and selection hotkeys between the Edit and Fairlight pages


    •    Support for project versioning snapshots to store project backups at set intervals

    •    Support for only loading the last used timeline when opening a project

    •    Support for an option to load all the timelines when opening a project

    •    Support for bypassing color processing on all pages for improved performance on low power systems

    •    Support for trimming H.264 and other temporal codec formats in Media Management

    •    Support for GPU acceleration for the ResolveFX Match Move plugin

    •    Support for GPU acceleration for the stabilizer with a speed up of more than 10x

    •    Support for new system preference to use optimized image transfers for viewers on supported systems

    •    Improved performance when rendering H.264 clips

    •    Improved save and load performance with database optimizations for large projects

    •    Improved CUDA performance for high resolution clips and timelines

    •    Improved playback performance when monitoring on a single GPU system with scopes enabled

    •    Improved playback performance with mismatched output and monitoring resolutions with Blackmagic Design playback devices

    •    Improved decode and encode speeds for JPEG2000 clips

    •    Improved performance when encoding to the GoPro Cineform codec

    •    Improved performance when decoding JPEG image sequences

    •    Improved responsiveness for OpenFX and ResolveFX on-screen controls

    •    Improved performance when using optical flow

    •    Improved performance when using Gaussian Blur in the Fusion page


    •    Support for adding, managing and delivering Subtitles and Closed Captions

    •    Support for 2D and 3D title templates with ability to expand and customize in the Fusion page

    •    Support to load multiple clips into the source viewer and access the 10 most recent clips

    •    Support for stacked and tabbed timelines

    •    Support for position curves in curve editor

    •    Support for viewing and modifying keyframe curves beyond edit extents for clips with transitions centered on the edit

    •    Support for menu actions to create Flags and Markers with a specific color

    •    Support for timecode entry in the Marker dialog

    •    Support for marker annotations on the viewer

    •    Support for new Change Clip Duration to modify the duration of one or multiple clips

    •    Support for finding the source viewer clip in the Media Pool

    •    Support for caching compound clips, Fusion clips and nested timelines

    •    Support for caching of titles and generator

    •    Support for keyframing of OpenFX and ResolveFX plugins

    •    Support for alpha channel in compound clips

    •    Support for copying and pasting timecode in the viewer timecode displays

    •    Support for multiple track gap deletion

    •    Support for single viewer mode for the dual screen layout

    •    Support for marking in and out points in Cinema Mode in the Edit page

    •    Support for optionally showing the iXML channel names for audio files in the timeline

    •    Support for replacing multiple shots across tracks while retaining grades and effects by Ctrl/Command dragging clips

    •    Support for categories of video transitions in the Effects Library

    •    Support for a new Play Again command on Media, Edit and Fairlight players

    •    Support for optionally disabling ganged moving of audio and video clips across tracks

    •    Support for rippling clips on the timeline when pasting retime attributes to other clips

    •    Support for converting between Duration markers and In/Out marks

    •    Support for viewing clip marker overlays on the timeline viewer

    •    Support for an indicator for clips with Fusion effects on the Edit and Color pages

    •    Support for toggling the track-destination state

    •    Support for improved timeline view options in the Edit timeline

    •    Support for performing an insert operation by holding Cmd/Ctrl+Shift while dragging

    •    clips from the media pool or source viewer

    •    Support for swapping clips in the Edit timeline using Cmd/Ctrl+Shift and dragging

    •    Support for a dynamic trim mode icon in the Edit page toolbar with a slip and slider indicator

    •    Support for an option to insert nested and compound clips in their decomposed state during edit operations

    •    Support for deleting transitions across clips when one of the clips is deleted

    •    Support for slipping clips with speed changes applied by a single frame

    •    Support for performing match frame for the selected clip in the timeline

    •    Support for improved results when compositing images with transparency

    •    Support for importing Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.8

    •    Improved separation and handles between video and audio tracks on the timeline

    •    Improved timecode entry and playhead navigation

    •    Improved optical flow for speed changes

    •    Improved Smooth Cut

    •    Improved keyboard shortcut mapping

    •    Improved previews when performing blades on a multi track edit

    •    Improved ripple cut and ripple delete behavior

    •    Improved automatic track creation when dragging clips to new tracks


    •    Support for generation 4 color science when decoding CinemaDNG clips from Blackmagic Design cameras

    •    Support for Blackmagic Design Film generation 4 to Extended Video LUTs

    •    Support for Cintel HDR capture

    •    Support for importing clip markers from a Final Cut Pro 7 XML file

    •    Support for importing marker colors and duration markers on clips when importing media using FCP7 XML files

    •    Support for preserving bin hierarchy when importing media and metadata from a Final Cut Pro 7 XML file

    •    Support clip type icon in list view for both Clip names and File Names

    •    Support for showing Clip names instead of File names as the default

    •    Support for replacing a media file and all its instances in the Media Pool

    •    Support to navigate to synced audio files from a video clip in the Media Pool

    •    Support for automatically creating subclips by dragging a clip from the viewer to the Media Pool

    •    Support for source clips with high speed capture frame rates in the Media Pool

    •    Support for retaining empty folders when importing folders to the Media Pool

    •    Support for improved LTC detection from clips with multiple audio tracks

    •    Support for larger clip thumbnails in the Media Pool

    •    Support for showing clip color indicator in the Media Pool thumbnails

    •    Support for improved Media Pool column listing

    •    Support for modifying the extents of subclips from the Media Pool and the timeline

    •    Support for displaying iXML channel names in clip attributes

    •    Support for viewing waveforms for audio clips in thumbnail mode in the Media Pool and Media Storage

    •    Support for live preview of audio clips in the Media Pool and Media Storage

    •    Support for multiple bin views in collaborative projects

    •    Support for smaller Media Pool floating windows

    •    Support for native IMF decoding in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for native Kakadu based JPEG2000 decoding

    •    Support for decoding unencrypted DCP packages using the Kakadu codec

    •    Support for ARRI LF camera files

    •    Support for decoding H.264 clips in the MXF or MTS format

    •    Support for Canon Log3 in Resolve Color Management

    •    Support for alpha channel with DNxHR 422 codecs

    •    Support for decoding 8-bit Phantom Cine clips

    •    Support for reading color space and gamma information from QuickTime and MXF clips

    •    Support for alpha channel when decoding from Cineform RGB

    •    Support for storing the alpha channel when caching to Uncompressed 10-bit float formats

    •    Support for storing the alpha channel when caching to Uncompressed 16-bit float – HDR

    •    Support for automatically setting alpha mode based on metadata when importing still images

    •    Support for decoding FLAC audio files

    •    Support for HEIF decode on Mac and DaVinci Resolve Studio on Windows and Linux

    •    Support for decoding TGA images

    •    Support for decoding DPX RGBA 10bit image sequences

    •    Support for reading orientation from JPEG and QuickTime files

    •    Support for decoding GrassValley HQ and HQX codecs in the AVI format

    •    Support for colorspace, gamma and LUT options for clips from DJI X7 camera

    •    Support for hardware accelerated decode of Long GOP Panasonic AVC clips on NVIDIA hardware

    •    Support for Canon C200 IDTs in ACES

    •    Support for displaying REDCODE metadata for R3D clips

    •    Support for XAVC-Intra OP1A HDR metadata

    •    Improved Resolve Color Management support for Sony clips where input color space and gamma are set automatically using metadata

    •    Improved support for audio waveform sync in multicam clips

    •    Improved support for decoding MXF XDCAM clips

    •    Improved reading of Quicktime file metadata

    •    Updated smart render cache settings to no longer cache H.264 clips automatically


    •    Support for new SuperScale option for high quality resolution upscaling

    •    Support for multiple timeline playheads with DaVinci Resolve Advanced panel control

    •    Support for a new LUT browser in the Color page

    •    Support for live preview of LUTs and gallery stills

    •    Support for browsing grades from other timelines in the gallery

    •    Support for browsing grades from other projects in the expanded gallery view

    •    Support for batch color version management

    •    Support for simultaneous HDR and SDR monitoring on supported Blackmagic Design playback devices

    •    Support for switching between previous and next version for multiple clips

    •    Support for modifying the qualifier by dragging the controls in the user interface

    •    Support for denoise in the qualifiers matte finesse controls

    •    Support for alpha matte shrink and grow in the qualifiers matte finesse controls

    •    Support for ganging the timeline wipe with the current clip

    •    Support for option to disable thumbnails in the node graph

    •    Support for improved Color page node graph user interface

    •    Support for improved user interactions for selecting nodes and modifying node connections

    •    Support for enabling and disabling multiple selected nodes in the Color page

    •    Support for a node context menu option to lock the node

    •    Support for shared nodes for powerful group management

    •    Support for Camera RAW controls for Canon RAW clips

    •    Support for Camera RAW controls for Panasonic RAW clips

    •    Support for setting Tint globally for all clips in the Camera RAW project settings

    •    Support for the Media Pool in Color page

    •    Support for GPU accelerated Dolby VisionTM HDR to SDR metadata generation in DaVinci Resolve Studio – BETA

    •    Support for license activated GPU accelerated Dolby VisionTM internal CMU in DaVinci Resolve Studio – BETA

    •    Support for Alt/Option + middle click to copy Dolby VisionTM trim metadata for the current target display

    •    Support for Alt/Option + Shift + middle click to copy Dolby VisionTM trim metadata for all target displays

    •    Support for an option to bypass all the trims in Dolby VisionTM

    •    Support for native HDR10+ controls in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for a clip thumbnail indicator to show clips analyzed for Dolby VisionTM and HDR10+ on the Color page

    •    Support for enabling or disabling tone mapping for Dolby VisionTM and HDR10+ projects

    •    New ResolveFX Plugins

    ◦    ResolveFX Aperture Diffraction in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    ResolveFX Automatic Dirt Removal in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    ResolveFX Deflicker in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    ResolveFX Dust Buster in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    ResolveFX Film Damage

    ◦    ResolveFX Flicker Addition

    ◦    ResolveFX Lens Reflections in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    ResolveFX Patch Replacer in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for DaVinci CTLs user parameters accessible via ResolveFX DCTL in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for using DaVinci CTLs as input and output LUTs in project settings

    •    Support for controlling DCTL execution based on DaVinci Resolve version

    •    Support for the 3D Lookup table interpolation option for DCTLs

    •    Support for a clipping option when converting from a larger gamut and/or gamma in ResolveFX Color Space Transform

    •    Support for ResolveFX Match Move is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for random frame access when using temporal OpenFX plugins is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

    •    Support for on-screen controls and overlays for various ResolveFX plugins

    •    Support for stereoscopic convergence on Power Windows

    •    Support for improved mouse interactivity when selecting or modifying control points on a power window

    •    Support for showing marker overlays in the Color page viewer

    •    Support for a dynamic keyframe indicator for nodes in the node graph

    •    Support for tooltip for Edit page FX icons to display the list of plugins applied

    •    Support for compound node path bar in the display node graph window

    •    Support for applying LUTs on compound nodes

    •    Support for copying nodes and pasting specific values by selecting parameters and using Paste Value

    •    Support for previewing LUTs by holding Alt/Option pressed while mousing over the LUT context menu

    •    Support for previewing composite modes in the layer mixer context menu

    •    Support for listing and navigating to timeline markers from the Color page viewer option menu

    •    Support for processing a node in a different Resolve Color Managed colorspace or gamma

    •    Support for selected LUTs in split-screen mode

    •    Support for previewing the selected album in split-screen mode

    •    Support for drawing a selection box to select multiple points in ResolveFX Warper

    •    Support for improved and smoother masks in ResolveFX Face Refinement

    •    Support for a new enhanced mode for improved noise reduction

    •    Support for changing the sensitivity of the jog wheel and shuttle control in the DaVinci Resolve Advanced panel

    •    Support for smart filter options for shared nodes

    •    Support for smart filter options for clips with Fusion effects

    •    Support for showing clip color indicator in timeline thumbnails

    •    Support for assigning colors to nodes

    •    Support for clip level output blanking overrides

    •    Support for tool usage badges

    •    Support for listing the entire gallery still path in the Still Properties window

    •    Support for RED SDK based Gamut Mapping for Red IPP2 based workflows

    •    Support for option to process node LUTs in ACEScc AP1 timeline color space or ACES AP0 color space

    •    Improved cropping quality and behavior when using the advanced video stabilization

    •    Improved ResolveFX Lens Blur with support for custom aperture shapes

    •    Improved onscreen controls for ResolveFX Match Move and ResolveFX Dead Pixel Fixer

    •    Improved viewer mouse interaction and behavior when working on a node with multiple power windows

    •    Improved DCTLs with ability to include code from headers and use LUTs in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    ◦    Check Developer Documentation in the Help menu for more details

    •    Improved generators, transitions and titles with support for Resolve Color Management and ACES


    •    Support for embedding a subtitle track when encoding QuickTime files

    •    Support for embedding CEA-608 closed captions when encoding QuickTime files

    •    Support for embedding CEA-608 closed captions when encoding MXF OP1A files

    •    Support for embedding CEA-708 closed captions when encoding MXF OP1A clips

    •    Support for native IMF encoding in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for native Kakadu based JPEG2000 decoding and encoding

    •    Support for native Kakadu based lossless JPEG 2000 encoding in DaVinci Resolve Studio

    •    Support for encoding unencrypted DCP packages using the Kakadu codec

    •    Support for improved codec and format listing in the Deliver page

    •    Support for modifying the filename field in the Deliver page

    •    Support for writing color range, color space and other image metadata when encoding to Quicktime DNxHR

    •    Support for encoding EXR clips with alpha channels

    •    Support for encoding an alpha channel when rendering TIFF sequences

    •    Support for alpha channel when encoding to Cineform RGB

    •    Support for encoding GrassValley HQ and HQX codecs in the AVI format

    •    Support for replacing existing frame based files in-place during renders

    •    Support for using the clip name as a data burn-in and Deliver page tag

    •    Support for option to retain sub-black and super-white data for renders

    •    Support for rendering with Dolby VisionTM/HDR10+ tone mapping applied

    •    Improved support for encoding HDR and mastering metadata for MXF and IMF formats in DaVinci Resolve Studio


    •    Support for Portuguese in the DaVinci Resolve user interface

    •    Support for French in the DaVinci Resolve user interface

    •    Support for single seat Fusion Studio dongles

    •    Support for external scripting of DaVinci Resolve Studio from local and network locations

    ◦    Check Developer Documentation in the Help menu for more details

    •    Support for a console dialog with scripting support available in the Workspace menu

    •    Support for Fairlight Audio Accelerator drivers in the DaVinci Resolve installer on Windows

    •    Support for a new system preference to control Audio I/O Processing block size

    •    Support for launching DaVinci Resolve and loading the project when opening a DRP file in the file browser

    •    Support for a new application level system memory limit in Preferences

    •    Support for a system preference to enable or disable hardware acceleration of H.264/HEVC and other supported codecs

    •    Support for system preference to enable or disable Direct IO for media storage locations on Windows

    •    Support for Metal when using RED GPU debayer on Mac

    •    Support for system preference to enable or disable RED GPU Debayer

    •    Support for a floating timecode window

    •    Support for ability to bypass Fusion effects and/or Color changes on the viewers in the Edit, Fairlight and Color pages

    •    Support for changing clip color from the application menu on the Media, Edit and Color pages

    •    Support for saving the audio volume, dim and mute across application restarts

    •    Support for a title bar for a floating Media Pool bin

    •    Support for keyframing OpenFX dropdown and checkbox based parameters

    •    Support for listing backups for a specific project from the project manager context menu

    •    Support for backing up and versioning projects when using Live Save

    •    Support for switching the top bar and page switcher bar to an icons only mode

    •    Support for importing audio clip levels from AAF imports

    •    Support for importing audio-only AAF timelines

    •    Support for synced audio file name and sync offset in ALE exports

    •    Support for sending problem reports to Blackmagic Design

    •    GPU processing now defaults to Metal for modern Mac hardware running macOS 10.13 or newer

    •    Improved application menu layouts

    •    Improved and clearer contextual menu layouts

    •    General performance and stability improvements


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