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v16.1 Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio

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Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio
   

Revolutionary tools for editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single application.

DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click.

DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multi user collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time! Whether you’re an individual artist, or part of a large collaborative team, it’s easy to see why DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials than any other software.

Please submit all feedback and bug reports via the public beta feedback forum on the Blackmagic Design website.

What’s New!

DaVinci Resolve 16 features a revolutionary new cut page specifically designed for editors that need to work quickly and on tight deadlines! The new DaVinci Neural Engine uses machine learning to enable powerful new features such as facial recognition, speed warp and more. Adjustment clips let you apply effects and grades to clips on the timeline below, quick export can be used to upload projects to YouTube and Vimeo from anywhere in the application, and new GPU accelerated scopes provide more technical monitoring options than before. Plus, Fusion is dramatically faster and Fairlight adds immersive 3D audio. DaVinci Resolve 16 is a massive release with hundreds of features customers have asked for!

  • Dual Timeline – Revolutionary dual timeline lets you quickly navigate the whole edit and trim without wasting time zooming and scrolling.
  • Source Tape – Quickly review all clips in a bin as if it was a single “tape” so you can select and add shots to the timeline without having to search a bin.
  • Dedicated Trim Interface – The new trim interface in the viewer lets you see both sides of an edit and trim in frame accurate detail so you can create the perfect cut!
  • Intelligent Edit Modes – To save time you don’t have to place in points in the timeline as the edit modes can intelligently sync clips and edits for you.
  • Fast Review – Quickly review an entire timeline or clips with variable speed playback that’s automatically set based on clip length.
  • Transform, Retime and Stabilize – Built in tools for picture in picture effects, retiming, stabilization, dynamic zoom, text, audio and more, all in one place!
  • Quick Export – Instantly render, upload and share your project to popular online services such as YouTube and Vimeo!
  • Media Import – Quickly import individual files or entire directory structures with subfolders as bins into your project right from the Cut page.
  • Portable Editing – The interface is scalable and works well on smaller laptop screens, giving you the highest amount of usable space!

New Editing Features in DaVinci Resolve 16

DaVinci Resolve includes everything professional editors need to cut blockbuster films, television shows, and commercials. It’s perfect for both offline and online editing. The high performance playback engine makes editing and trimming incredibly fast, even for processor intensive formats such as H.264 and RAW.

  • Custom Timeline Settings – Now you can create timelines with different frame rates, resolutions, monitoring and output settings in the same project!
  • Adjustment Clips – Apply blend modes, transformations, ResolveFX, color grades and more on top of a stack of clips in the timeline.
  • Facial Recognition – Use the DaVinci Neural Engine to detect faces in your clips and automatically create bins based on the people in each shot.
  • Speed Warp Retiming – Incredibly high quality motion estimation speed changes and frame rate conversions powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine.
  • Image Stabilization – Analyze shots and apply stabilization with full camera lock, zoom, smooth and strength controls right on the Edit page.
  • Keyframe Curve Editor – Ease controls for position along with ResolveFX and OpenFX keyframes in the timeline curve editor makes animating effects faster.
  • Tape Style Audio Scrubbing – High quality, tape style scrubbing with pitch correction makes it easier to understand dialogue while scrubbing.
  • Faster, Smarter Encoding – Encode only the frames that have changed instead of re-encoding entire files for dramatically faster rendering when delivering!
  • Frame.io Integration – Collaborate remotely by browsing Frame.io content, seeing comments and synchronizing annotations, all without leaving DaVinci Resolve.

New Fusion VFX Features in DaVinci Resolve 16

With over 250 built in tools, Fusion VFX’s advanced 3D compositing engine and node based workflow let you quickly connect effects and tools together in a flow chart style, making it easy to create cinematic feature film quality visual effects and broadcast motion graphics right inside of DaVinci Resolve!

  • Faster 3D Performance – Dramatically improved GPU accelerated performance for all 3D operations.
  • GPU Accelerated Tools – Time effects, dissolves, stereo, vector motion, pinning, color and more!
  • Faster Masks – All mask operations are accelerated, including B‑Spline and bitmap masks.
  • Improved Trackers – Greatly improved performance and accuracy in planar and camera trackers.
  • Better Caching – Faster and more reliable playback when using smart cache and user cache.
  • Better Memory Management – Makes working with large compositions with high tool counts more reliable.

New Color Features in DaVinci Resolve 16

DaVinci Resolve’s legendary color tools let you manipulate color in breathtaking ways to get results that are simply impossible on other systems. That’s why DaVinci Resolve has been used on more feature films and television shows than any other grading system! You get powerful primary and secondary tools, curves, tracking, stabilization and more!

  • ResolveFX Keyframe Track – The Keyframe Editor now supports viewing and editing keyframes for both ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins, making it easier to create animations.
  • GPU Accelerated Scopes – GPU accelerated scopes show more detail, have faster performance, and add dozens of new options for advanced technical monitoring!
  • Curves with Histograms – Custom and HSL curves can display a histogram that lets you see which part of the curve affects the image to help guide your adjustments.
  • Auto Color Balance and Matching – The auto color balance and auto shot match tools now use the DaVinci Neural Engine to process images for more accurate results.
  • Gallery and Wipe Improvements – Gallery sort controls, hover scrub, match reference wipe, stills in split screen, and timeline wipe options make it easier to organize grades.
  • Copy and Paste Attributes – Copy the color grade, windows, tracking and plug in effects from one node, and paste only the attributes you want on to another node.
  • Gang Viewer Zoom to SDI Output – Gang the Color page viewer with the SDI or HDMI video output so zoomed images appear on both the user interface and your video output device.
  • View Independent Channels – Independently view R, G, or B channels in the viewer to help evaluate images for noise, artifacts, or when manually color matching.
  • Improved OpenFX Compatibility – ResolveFX and OpenFX can request random frames from the GPU, making DaVinci Resolve compatible with more third party plugins than ever.

New Fairlight Features in DaVinci Resolve 16

With Fairlight in DaVinci Resolve, audio is no longer an afterthought in post production! You get a completely integrated and powerful digital audio workstation with full mixer, EQ and dynamics processing, sample level audio editing, ADR tools, sound library support, FairlightFX audio plugins and more!

  • Immersive 3D Audio – Mix and master projects in immersive 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Auro 3‑D, SMPTE ST 2098 and the new 26 channel super bus.
  • Elastic Wave – Stretch audio to align the waveforms of one clip with another for ADR or retiming to picture effects, all without changing pitch!
  • Timeline Bus Tracks – New bus tracks lets you see buses in the timeline along with regular tracks, making it easy to view and edit automation parameters.
  • Enhanced Loudness Monitoring – New support for loudness monitoring standards such as ATSC, 1770 and R128 give you more technical monitoring options than ever before.
  • New FairlightFX – More creative and technical FairlightFX plugins such as frequency analyzer, limiter, phase meter, dialog processor and a new foley sampler.
  • New Foley Sound Library – Download 500 royalty free foley sounds from Blackmagic Design to use with the new foley sampler in DaVinci Resolve.

New Collaboration Features in DaVinci Resolve 16

Featuring a universal timeline, powerful database driven design, bin and clip locking, built in chat, timeline comparison tools and more, DaVinci Resolve Studio is the world’s only post production solution that lets different artists all work together on the same project at the same time!

  • Shared Markers – Use shared markers to create, modify and add notes so passing tasks and communicating between users is quick and fool proof.
  • Individual User Cache – Each user in a collaborative project can generate and manage their own cache files to optimize performance on their system.
  • Read Only Mode – Open collaborative projects in read only mode so you can copy and paste assets out of it or review cuts without affecting other users.
  • HDR Collaboration – With support for collaborative Dolby Vision and HDR10+ projects, each user has access to the SDR and HDR elements they need.

DaVinci Resolve Studio

Upgrade to DaVinci Resolve Studio for even more creative tools and options! You get a huge set of indispensable ResolveFX and FairlightFX plugins, along with support for 4K, 8K and higher resolution projects at frame rates up to 120 frames per second. You also get the new DaVinci Neural Engine which enables features such as facial recognition, speed warp retiming, automatic color balancing and automatic color matching. DaVinci Resolve Studio also adds film grain tools, advanced noise reduction, blur and mist effects, HDR grading, 10bit H.264 support, 3D immersive audio, stereoscopic 3D support, multi user collaboration tools and more!

DaVinci Neural Engine

The new DaVinci Neural Engine uses state of the art deep neural networks and learning, along with artificial intelligence to power new features such as speed warp motion estimation for retiming, super scale for up-scaling footage, auto color and color matching, facial recognition and more! The DaVinci Neural Engine is entirely cross-platform and uses the latest GPU innovations for AI and deep learning to provide unparalleled performance and quality. The DaVinci Neural Engine provides simple tools to solve complex, repetitive and time consuming problems. For example, it enables facial recognition to automatically sort and organize clips into bins based on people in the shot!

New and Improved ResolveFX

DaVinci Resolve Studio 16 features major improvements to existing ResolveFX, along with several new plugins that editors and colorists will love! You get new ResolveFX plugins for adding vignettes, drop shadows, removing objects, adding analog noise and damage, chromatic aberration, stylizing video and more! There are also improvements to the scanline, beauty, face refinement, blanking fill, warper, dead pixel fixer and colorspace transformation plugins. Plus, you can now view and edit ResolveFX keyframes from the timeline curve editor on the Edit page or from the keyframe panel on the Color page!

No Monthly Cloud Licensing

Unlike cloud based software, DaVinci Resolve Studio does not require a connection to the internet and there are no monthly subscription fees. DaVinci Resolve Studio is only $299, which is 50% less than the cost of popular cloud subscriptions. Plus, you get full nonlinear editing, advanced color correction, Fusion effects and motion graphics, and Fairlight professional audio tools, all included in the one easy to buy solution. It’s like getting 4 high end professional applications for the cost of one!

Legendary DaVinci Quality

DaVinci Resolve’s Emmy™ award-winning image processing technology features deep 32-bit float processing combined with unique, patented YRGB color science that processes luminance independent of color. This allows you to adjust the luminance of video without rebalancing the color of your highlights, midtones, or shadows! The massive internal color space is perfect for the latest HDR and wide color gamut workflows.

Blackmagic RAW

Blackmagic RAW is a new and modern codec that gives you stunning image quality and blazing fast performance in an intelligent new file format. Featuring advanced de-mosaic technology and a revolutionary intelligent design, Blackmagic RAW gives you both the quality and benefits of RAW with the speed, ease of use and file sizes of traditional video formats.

Blackmagic RAW is a hybrid codec with an intelligent design that moves part of the de-mosaic process into the camera where it can be can be hardware accelerated by the camera itself. This gives you incredibly efficient encoding and small file sizes. Blackmagic RAW files are much more than just a simple RAW container because they combine image data along with information about the unique characteristics of the camera’s sensor. This gives you much better image quality, even at high compression settings. Plus, you get total control over RAW settings such as ISO, white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation and custom color spaces. Blackmagic RAW also includes extensive metadata support including user customizable sidecar metadata files, plus GPU and CPU acceleration, new Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science, different encoding options for constant quality or constant bitrate and more.

With Blackmagic RAW you can shoot, edit and grade projects all from a single file format. Picture adjustments and settings that you make in the camera will come into DaVinci Resolve via metadata and are completely editable. You can even make changes to the RAW settings in DaVinci Resolve, open the files in other applications that support Blackmagic RAW and automatically see the settings. You get a consistent look and controls between software applications, even on different platforms. Blackmagic RAW is the world’s fastest and highest quality RAW format.

Mac, Windows and Linux

DaVinci Resolve runs on all major platforms so you can use it at home or in a post facility on a Mac, at a broadcast facility running Windows, or a VFX studio on Linux. This gives you the freedom to use the platform of your choice, making it easy to integrate with your existing systems and workflows. If you’re running Red Hat or CentOS Linux, you can even build your own workstation using low cost motherboards, extremely fast processors, massive amounts of RAM and up to 8 GPUs. Imagine building your own super computer for incredible real time performance!

Open and Compatible

With all of the different workflows and systems out there, you need a post production solution that’s compatible and open enough to handle anything! DaVinci Resolve has been designed to work with all major file formats, media types, and post production software. You can use XML, EDLs, or AAF to move projects between DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Premiere Pro. Deep integration with Fusion makes it easy to send shots out for VFX work, or you can roundtrip with software such as After Effects. For audio, projects can easily be moved between DaVinci Resolve and ProTools. When you’re on a tight deadline, you can count on DaVinci Resolve to “just work!”

Pre-installation Notes

  • DaVinci Resolve 16 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 15.3.1 and previous versions. We strongly recommend that you backup your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing an upgrade.
  • DaVinci Resolve 16 introduces support for operating system user-level configurations and preferences. When starting DaVinci Resolve 16 for the first time, your system level global configuration files, layouts, logs and other preferences will be copied into your user folder. The existing system level files will be left untouched and will continue to work with older versions. Any changes made to your system or user level preferences in DaVinci Resolve 16 will not be reflected in older versions.

DaVinci Resolve 16.0 requires a graphics card with at least 2GB of VRAM which supports Metal, OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 10. This applies to both the compute and display graphics cards. Please also install the latest graphics drivers on Windows and Linux recommended by your graphics card vendor.

Minimum system requirements for Mac OS

  • macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra
  • 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 32 GB is recommended minimum when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • CUDA Driver version 418.105
  • NVIDIA Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Minimum system requirements for Windows

  • Windows 10 Update
  • 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 32 GB is recommended minimum when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Minimum system requirements for Linux

  • CentOS 7.3
  • 32 GB of system memory is recommended minimum
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Upgrading your PostgreSQL database server on Mac

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, 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.

Installing DaVinci Resolve Software on Mac

Double-click the Resolve Installer icon, follow the onscreen instructions and then restart the computer after installation.

Installing DaVinci Resolve Software on Windows

Double-click the Resolve Installer icon, follow the onscreen instructions and then restart the computer after installation.

Installing DaVinci Resolve Software on Linux

Open a Terminal shell, login as root and run the command:

# DaVinci_Resolve_Studio_<version>_Linux.sh

For the legacy DVD environment, double-click the Resolve installer icon and follow the onscreen instructions.

Removing DaVinci Resolve Software from Mac

To remove DaVinci Resolve from your system, double-click the Uninstall Resolve icon.

Removing DaVinci Resolve Software from Windows

To remove DaVinci Resolve from your system, go to the Programs and Features control panel, select DaVinci Resolve, click on Uninstall and follow the onscreen prompts.

Additional Information

Please refer to the latest DaVinci Resolve Configuration Guide for your platform detailing support, including certified driver versions for third party hardware. It is available from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.

You will also need to download and install the latest Blackmagic Design Desktop Video software for monitoring with your Blackmagic Design video hardware. Desktop Video is available from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 16.1 (beta)

Features marked with * are in progress and may change before the final release.

Cut

  • Sync Bin view which shows synced clip cutaways for the current shot on the timeline in a live multi-view for up to 9 cameras
  • Support for automatically grouping shots from one camera by analyzing timecode and camera number metadata
  • Live overwrite from the Sync Bin multi-view where the desired camera number can be pressed on the keyboard and the cut away length can be adjusted live with the scroll dial
  • Ability to extend the timeline from the Sync Bin view to easily find the next edit for your timeline
  • Sync Clip window to perform timecode based, audio waveform based and in or out point based syncing for clips
  • Smart Indicators on the timeline which show where the closest edit points are based on the playhead position
  • Boring detector with timeline indicators to detect edits which are running too long
  • Jump cut detector with timeline indicators for flash frames and jump cuts
  • Close Up is now powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically identify faces in the clip and reframe the shot for a close up on the subject
  • Support for a blade action in the toolbar
  • Support for a new blended scroll mode in the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard that dynamically toggles between scroll and jog based
  • Support for a new transition dialog to quickly find and apply the desired transition to the closest edit point using the scroll dial on the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Support for a new picture in picture mode to quickly apply a picture in picture edit by easily selecting the image quadrant using the scroll dial in the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Support for performing a slide edit by Alt/Option + dragging the timeline clip overlay
  • Support for adding bins and moving clips between bins in the media pool
  • Improved thumbnail clip hover behavior when selecting and previewing source media in the viewer

Edit

  • Support for always using embedded timecode for clip based formats even when using frame count timecode project setting
  • Ability to copy and paste transitions across multiple edit points in the timeline
  • Support for track name and track number burn-in and render tags
  • Support for dragging adjustment clips to media pool
  • Support for renaming adjustment clips in the inspector
  • Support for showing or hiding individual panels using keyboard shortcuts
  • Support for opening Final Cut Pro 7 XML files from Finder or Explorer to import media or timelines
  • Improved performance when analyzing clips for detecting and classifying people
  • Improved easing behavior when applying smoothness to position keyframes
  • Improved results when syncing multicam clips and syncing video and audio clips using audio waveforms*
  • Improved blade behavior when there is a clip selection

Fusion

  • Support for reading media with super scale applied in the Media Pool
  • Improved memory management on compositions with multiple input layers
  • Improved memory management on multi-GPU systems
  • Improved viewer interactivity and playback performance on single GPU systems
  • Improved render all savers status display
  • Support for ACEScg as a gamut option

ResolveFX

  • ResolveFX Stop Motion
  • ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins can now process and modify the alpha channel

Color

  • Support for viewing flags applied on the current clip on the video monitoring output*
  • Support for an option to update the shared node grade from a version stored in a gallery still
  • Ability to paste a power window by appending to the existing windows from the Power Windows option menu
  • Support for a user preference under Color to restrict node navigation to color corrector nodes and avoid mixer nodes and splitter and combiner nodes
  • Improved CIE scopes with a 1976 u’v’ view and the ability to show an additional reference gamut
  • Improved color match processing powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine
  • Ability to step the timeline wipe frame forward and back from the view menu and using the relevant shortcuts
  • Support for previewing timeline clip grades from the gallery when live preview is enabled

Fairlight

  • Support for 96 KHz and 192 KHz sample rates at a project level for DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for clipping indicator for main buses on the Fairlight mixer
  • Support for enabling extended bounce tail durations from the option menu for audio clips with reverb and other tail effects
  • Support for customizing the tail duration threshold for reverb and other tail effects
  • Support for automatically enabling Insert In for an audio track when manually patching track inputs
  • Improved performance when loading and switching timelines
  • Improved performance when generating waveform profiles for nested timelines
  • Improved peak hold and decay behavior for meters in FairlightFX plugins
  • Support for displaying and persisting individual audio effect windows on top of other windows

Media and Delivery

  • Ability to preserve video essence for faster rendering of uncompressed clips without content changes
  • Support for decoding and encoding ProRes IMFs
  • Support for decoding and encoding DNxUncompressed half float formats
  • Support for decoding IMA4 format audio in QuickTime clips
  • Support for a preference to stop renders when a frame or clip cannot be processed
  • Support for decoding floating point TIFF images
  • Support for decoding DPX 10-bit RGBA files
  • Improved performance when decoding H.264 and H.265 clips using GPU acceleration on AMD graphics cards
  • Improved encoding to Panasonic SHV 8K with support for 50fps in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to disable video on Pro Tools and audio only exports
  • Ability to render adaptive audio tracks as discrete mono channels
  • Ability to export subtitles when exporting a timeline to Pro Tools using the Deliver page preset
  • Support for rendering embedded audio timecode for synced audio clips when using the Pro Tools export preset
  • Support for GPU accelerated debayering on CUDA systems when decoding ARRIRAW clips using the ARRI SDK Full Res debayer
  • Improved Vimeo render settings with options for setting description, visibility and password for the uploaded video
  • Support for a warning when exporting an IMF or DCP package with an incorrect audio track setup
  • Support for decoding spanned AVCHD MTS clips
  • Improved playback speed when decoding JPEG 2000 clips
  • Improved performance when media managing long wav files
  • Improved behavior when rendering a single multi-channel audio track as individual wav files
  • Improved ProRes 4444 playback performance
  • Support for identifying and importing multiple Panasonic P2 shots in a single folder as separate clips

General

  • Support for a full-screen viewer on an additional display on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to halve the current playback speed as well as playback at half, quarter and 1/8th speed using the Play Slow command
  • Ability to repeat alternate frames for 48fps clips in Clip Attributes to emulate 24fps capture and playback
  • Improved playback quality for variable frame rate QuickTime files
  • Support for disabling unbuffered I/O for any Media Storage location on Mac systems
  • Support for decoding ALAC files on Windows and Linux systems
  • Support for an option to optimize projects in disk databases by Option/Alt right clicking a project in the project manager
  • Support for accessing and editing project notes from the File menu
  • Support for choosing the preferred network interface from the project server application when sharing databases and generating access keys
  • General performance and stability improvements

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 16

Features marked with * are in progress.

Key new features

  • Addition of all-new Cut page
  • Support for the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Multiple performance improvements with significantly faster Fusion processing
  • Collaboration workflow improvements – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Speed Warp motion estimation powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Timeline level resolution, frame rate, scaling and monitoring settings within the same project
  • Upload directly to YouTube and Vimeo
  • Quick Export for quickly performing renders from all pages
  • Adjustment Clips to apply filters, effects and grades on top of a range of timeline clips
  • Frame.io integration supporting media imports, direct uploads, marker and comment syncing – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Significantly improved GPU accelerated real-time scopes
  • Initial immersive 3D audio support including Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D, MPEG-H, and SMPTE ST 2098 – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Free foley sound effects library available from the Blackmagic Design support website for use in DaVinci Resolve

Cut

  • Dual timelines with the ability to quickly navigate or edit anywhere on the timeline
  • Ability to use Source Tape mode to preview multiple media pool clips as a sequence of shots
  • Dedicated trim tool in the viewer to allow for frame-accurate trimming
  • Fast review mode with adaptive preview speeds to quickly review footage
  • Intelligent editing behavior based on playhead proximity to edit points
  • Dedicated edit and transition buttons
  • Compact viewer controls for context-specific actions including transform, audio, text and effects
  • Ability to access and edit all DaVinci Resolve transitions, effects and Fusion title templates
  • Multiple media pool sort and display modes – including new filmstrip mode and new list mode with thumbnails
  • Easy access to Quick Export options to export and share videos

Performance

  • User selection to preserve video essence for faster rendering of clips without content changes
  • Improved playback performance with title templates in the effects library
  • Improved Fusion playback performance
  • Improved caching performance for clips with Fusion comps
  • Improved 3D engine performance for clips with Fusion effects
  • Improved performance when playing back Fusion clips with cached effects
  • Improved performance with support for GPU-accelerated scopes
  • Improved performance for the Super Scale algorithm powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Improved playback performance on Linux systems with a single NVIDIA GPU

Collaboration

  • Per-system render cache for collaboration projects – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to create and modify markers in the Color page for collaboration projects – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to modify clip metadata and flags from the Color page for collaboration projects – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to display and change clip color from the Color page for collaboration projects – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to load collaboration projects in read only mode – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+ in collaboration projects – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Frame.io integration supporting media imports, direct uploads, marker and comment syncing – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to override the output and monitoring settings per collaboration system – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to see the machine and IP address of the user who is currently using a non-collaboration project
  • Options to show or hide flags and markers of specific colors
  • Ability to delete markers and flags by color

Edit

  • Speed Warp motion estimation powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Timeline level resolution, frame rate, scaling and monitoring settings within the same project
  • Adjustment Clips to apply filters, effects and grades on top of a range of timeline clips
  • Ability to analyze video clips for detecting and classifying people powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Custom safe areas for titles and actions
  • Ability to assign any media pool clip or timeline as an offline reference clip
  • Video orientation angle in the Clip Attributes dialog
  • Ease in and out position keyframes in the curves editor
  • Ability to view and edit keyframes for OpenFX plugins in timeline curves
  • Stabilize video clips from the Inspector
  • Support for pasting color correction properties from the Paste Attributes dialog
  • Improved audio behavior when scrubbing in the Edit and Media page viewers
  • Temporarily enable/disable snapping for titles on the viewer using the Alt/Opt key
  • All available viewer area is automatically used for 2-up and 4-up displays
  • Blade operations on a selected clip results in the preceding section being selected
  • Ability to toggle viewer overlays on/off and assign shortcuts for specific modes in the Edit and Color page viewers
  • Support for a larger selection of words in the keyword dictionary from workspace menu
  • Ability to group and manage smart bins using folders
  • User preference to automatically create smart bin categories from media pool clips based on keywords, shot, scene and people metadata
  • Ability to duplicate existing smart bins
  • Ability to toggle between searching all media pool bins and current bin
  • Support for Go to In/Go to Out functions for three point edits even when preview marks are not visible
  • Support for switching the video monitoring output when toggling between source and timeline viewer in gang mode
  • Automatic updating of the Usage in Media Pool list view
  • Project setting to limit reel name matching to a specific number of characters when conforming or color tracing timelines
  • Project setting to ignore a specific number of characters from the beginning of the reel name when conforming or color tracing timelines
  • Newly pasted clips are now automatically selected
  • Ability to render broadcast wave files with support for metadata when exporting timelines to Pro Tools
  • Improved handling of video codec defaults and audio file names when exporting timelines to Pro Tools
  • Ability to switch buses for monitoring from the Edit page
  • Options to toggle views for rectified, full waveform and waveform borders in timeline options
  • Improved alpha channel handling for compound clips with more than two layers

Fusion

  • Fusion Studio 16 release concurrent with DaVinci Resolve 16
  • Improved playback performance with title templates in the effects library
  • Improved Fusion playback performance
  • Improved 3D engine performance for clips with Fusion effects
  • Support for MultiSampling in the 3D Renderer
  • Ability to flexibly scale animation with changing clip lengths
  • Improved performance when playing back cached Fusion clips
  • Improved responsiveness of Fusion viewer interactions when using a Wacom tablet
  • Ability to view and edit Fusion composition names from the clip thumbnail context menu
  • Improved memory management on large Fusion compositions with a high layer count
  • Improved GPU memory utilization for Fusion compositions with temporal processing
  • Improved performance for Change Depth with new Error Diffusion option
  • Improved performance and accuracy for Camera Tracker, with support for lens distortion
  • Improved performance with Fusion Dissolve with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance with Fusion TimeSpeed and TimeStretch with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance for Planar Tracker
  • Improved performance for B-Spline rendering with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance for Vector Motion Blur and motion blur in other tools with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance for Fusion Splitter and Combiner with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance for Fusion BitmapMask with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance for Fusion CornerPin and PerspectivePin with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance with Fusion Mask rendering with GPU acceleration support
  • Improved performance with Fusion Color operations with GPU acceleration support

Color

  • All new scopes engine
    • GPU accelerated with real-time performance
    • Option to apply a low pass filter for cleaner views
    • CIE scope for viewing gamut distribution
    • Option to set quality of the scopes
    • Additional YRGB and YCbCr modes in Parade
    • Option to see extents in Parade and Waveform
    • Option to colorize Parade and Waveform
    • Additional luminance and chroma modes in Waveform
    • Ability to set ranges and view shadows, midtones and highlights independently in the Vectorscope
    • Ability to view individual or combined extents for shadows, midtones and highlights in the Vectorscope
    • Additional YRGB mode in the Histogram
  • Option to see input or output histograms in the background of custom curves
  • Option to see input or output histograms in the background of HSL curves
  • Support for new auto-color and color match processing powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine
  • Ability to gang the zoom on the Color page viewer and the video output
  • Ability to view individual red, green and blue channels in the viewer
  • Ability to view and adjust keyframes for ResolveFX and OpenFX
  • Ability to adjust the thumbnail size for timeline and lightbox to view a larger range of clips
  • Ability to copy and paste attributes between nodes
  • Ability to step forward and backward by 1 second
  • Ability to mark in-out ranges, mark current clip or clear ranges in the timeline for looped playback and to perform quick exports of specific sections
  • New smart filter for clips with edit sizing
  • New smart filter for clips with specific ResolveFX or OpenFX applied
  • Ability to view and set stereoscopic floating windows in pixels
  • Additional strength controls for advanced video stabilization
  • Tracks can be enabled/disabled from the application menu and using shortcuts
  • Option to monitor stereoscopic content using line by line with the first line being even
  • List view mode for gallery stills and PowerGrades
  • Ability to update and navigate the current timeline wipe using the Timelines section in the gallery
  • Ability to optionally enable scrubbing when performing live preview in the gallery
  • Support for a new Selected Still Images split screen mode
  • Accessing clip attributes from the thumbnail context menu
  • Revealing media in Media Pool from the thumbnail context menu
  • Revealing applied LUT in LUT browser from the node context menu
  • Support for Canon C700 IDTs in ACES workflows
  • Support for tooltips with track names in the Color page timeline
  • Support for AstroDesign ALog OETF in Resolve Color Management workflows
  • Support for 203 nit gamma mapping in Color Management settings when performing SDR to HDR color space conversions
  • Ability to pan and tilt an image beyond the project resolution in input, node and output sizing
  • Modifying Canon and Panasonic Camera Raw controls from the DaVinci Resolve Mini and Advanced Panels
  • Switching tabs automatically when adjusting primary parameters from DaVinci Resolve panels

ResolveFX

  • ResolveFX Stylize powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • ResolveFX Object Removal in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • ResolveFX Analog Damage in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • ResolveFX Pencil Sketch in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • ResolveFX Chromatic Aberration in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • ResolveFX Chromatic Adaptation
  • ResolveFX Vignette
  • ResolveFX Invert Color
  • ResolveFX Drop Shadow
  • Support for the ResolveFX Blanking Fill, Lens Blur and Tilt Shift Blur in the Fusion page
  • Support for the ResolveFX Patch Replacer in the Edit page
  • Support for integrated beauty enhancements in ResolveFX Face Refinement
  • Improved ResolveFX Beauty with a new Auto mode, better edge behavior, individual controls and larger parameter ranges
  • Improved ResolveFX Scanline
  • Improved behavior for handling glow sources in multiple ResolveFX plugins
  • Improved behavior for ResolveFX plugins with support for processing the alpha channel in the Edit timeline
  • Improved ResolveFX Blanking Fill with better defaults, support for more granular cropping and easier controls
  • Improved ResolveFX Warper with support for keyframing
  • Improved ResolveFX Dead Pixel with support for keyframing
  • Improved ResolveFX Colorspace Transform with support for SMPTE-C and Gamma 2.5

Fairlight

  • Initial support for Dolby Atmos audio in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Initial support for Auro-3D audio in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Initial support for MPEG-H audio in DaVinci Resolve Studio*
  • Initial support for SMPTE ST 2098 3D audio from DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for B-Chain monitoring in the Fairlight page in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for labeling and protecting specific speakers from unwanted signal patching from the B-Chain port setup
  • Support for a larger variety of track formats including support for 3D audio formats
  • FairlightFX Frequency Analyzer
  • FairlightFX Limiter
  • FairlightFX Phase Meter
  • FairlightFX Dialog Processor*
  • FairlightFX Foley Sampler
  • Elastic Wave adaptive audio timing
  • Ability to save and recall multiple track automation mixes
  • Ability to copy, paste, edit and erase user selected portions of track automation data from the Fairlight menu
  • Improved viewing and control of 3D pans in the Fairlight pan tool
  • Support for Fairlight Audio Accelerator via Thunderbolt expander for macOS
  • Support for importing AAF timelines with support for decoding embedded audio content
  • Viewing and editing automation parameters for buses in the timeline view
  • New loudness monitoring standards – including ATSC, 1770 and R128 standards
  • Improved clip normalization with an option to set loudness standards
  • Ability to view integrated loudness curves for the Main bus in the timeline
  • Ability to reset playback volume by Alt/Opt-clicking the volume slider
  • Media path mapping for the Sound Library
  • Ability to save and recall full console library presets

Codecs and Delivery

  • Quick Export for quickly performing renders from various pages
  • Rendering all timeline audio tracks individually in single clip mode
  • Decoding iOS Voice Memo, including lossless formats
  • Improved support for decoding and linking IMF supplemental packages in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for 20th Century Fox IMF preset in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Option for DCP quantization levels when rendering using the Kakadu JPEG2000 codecs
  • User alert when the render resolution is larger than the timeline resolution
  • Ability to use Super Scale in timeline output scaling in order to perform upscaling on renders and deliveries
  • Support for encoding to Panasonic SHV 8K in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for trimming MXF clips with temporal codecs in media management
  • Ability to minimize or disable viewer updates during rendering
  • AMD hardware accelerated decoding of H.264 and H.265 on Windows in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • AMD hardware accelerated encoding of H.264 and H.265 on Windows in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Improved support for NVIDIA H.264 and H.265 rendering parameters on the Delivery page on Windows and Linux in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Improved support for Intel Quick Sync H.264 and H.265 parameters on the Delivery page on Windows in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Option to select the hardware acceleration method for decoding H.264 and H.265 on Windows and Linux – DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Improved performance when decoding H.264 and H.265 clips on macOS
  • Improved performance when encoding H.264 and H.265 clips on macOS
  • Option to select hardware or software encoding for H.264 in macOS
  • Ability to set the Entropy mode when encoding H.264 on macOS
  • Improved display of options for H.265 profiles with implicit bit depth selection in the Deliver page on macOS
  • Improved HDR metadata encoding when rendering to H.265
  • Improved performance when encoding to AVI formats
  • Support for D-Gamut and D-Log for DJI RAW clips
  • Support for GPU accelerated decoding of Canon RAW clips using the Canon SDK
  • Support for decoding Canon C700 Full Frame clips
  • Support decoding Canon RAW clips in half res and quarter res mode
  • Support for decoding and encoding Avid DNxUncompressed formats
  • Support for decoding ARRI HDE clips
  • Ability to control QuantScale and MaxFrameSizeInPercent parameters when encoding to Grass Valley formats
  • Improved IMF composition settings options with the ability to rename native assets
  • Improved naming support for native DCP and IMF renders
  • Removed folder extensions from IMF/DCP renders

General

  • Support for the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Exporting videos directly to YouTube
  • Exporting videos directly to Vimeo
  • Per OS login preferences and settings with support for local UI layouts, database management, system and user preferences
  • Ability to check for software updates from the DaVinci Resolve menu
  • Playback speed indicators in Resolve viewers
  • Ability to enable or disable individual pages in DaVinci Resolve
  • Ability to hide the page navigation bar from the Workspace menu
  • Ability to enable or disable focused panel indicators in DaVinci Resolve
  • Ability to list and navigate to open Media Pool windows from the Workspace menu
  • Support for automatically checking for software updates when connected to the internet
  • Support for Russian user interface
  • Improved Live Save behavior on the Fusion and Color pages
  • Ability to add and edit project notes from the Project Manager and app menu
  • Support for using timeline name and project name as burn in and render tags
  • Support for editing descriptions and comments columns for timelines in the Media Page
  • Ability to view the GPU Processing mode when set to Auto
  • Support for using DaVinci Resolve Studio dongles to enable Fusion Studio
  • General stability and performance improvements

Developer

  • Ability for OpenFX plugins to access any frame from the current clip
  • Scripting support for python 3.7
  • Discoverable scripting APIs in python and python 3
  • Combo boxes in Davinci CTL plugins
  • Ability to encrypt and specify expiry dates for DaVinci CTLs
  • Ability to query current timecode and current clip using the scripting API
  • Improved scripting support for importing, exporting and restoring projects and archives
  • Improved scripting support for listing, loading, renaming and deleting Fusion compositions and Color versions

What’s new in CaVinci Resolve 15.3 – March 2019

  • Support for the Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro G2 camera
  • Support for the latest Blackmagic RAW SDK 1.3
  • Improved support for audio metadata in AAF exports including clip volume, pan data, track volume and automation
  • Improved performance when selecting clips in the Edit timeline
  • Improved responsiveness when using Wacom tablets on Windows
  • Improved playback behavior on the Edit page
  • Improved timecode support for high frame rate EXR clips
  • Improved handling of AAC audio on Windows
  • General performance and stability improvements

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15.2 – November 2018

Key new features

  • Improved Edit timeline performance and responsiveness
  • Support for improved visual animations when editing the timeline on the Edit page
  • Support for a visual keyboard customization utility to find, add and modify shortcuts
  • Support for per-module customizable shortcuts, including module specific actions and context menus
  • Support for showing the currently focused module in the user interface
  • Support for displaying duplicate frame ranges for clips on the timeline on the Edit page
  • Support for cleaning up and flattening video tracks on the Edit timeline
  • Support for adding, editing and exporting custom keyword sets from the keyword dictionary in the Workspace menu
  • Support for option to export gallery stills using the still label name
  • Support for ResolveFX Beauty in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for ResolveFX Blanking Fill for portrait videos
  • Support for VCA groups
  • Support for FairlightFX Multiband Compressor
  • Support for FairlightFX Stereo Fixer
  • Support for decoding Panasonic 8K SHV clips in DaVinci Resolve Studio

Edit

  • Improved Edit timeline performance and responsiveness
  • Support for improved visual animations when editing the timeline on the Edit page
  • Support for displaying duplicate frame ranges for clips on the timeline on the Edit page
  • Support for viewing inspector properties for the highest visible clip under the playhead in the Edit timeline when there is no active selection
  • Support for viewer overlay controls for the highest visible clip under the playhead in the Edit timeline when there is no active selection
  • Support for marking a clip within a compound clip or a timeline in the source viewer
  • Support for cleaning up and flattening video tracks on the Edit timeline
  • Support for resizing audio transitions to sub-frame boundaries
  • Support for setting ease-in and ease-out on keyframes from the keyframe context menu in the Edit and Fairlight page inspectors
  • Support for setting ease-in and ease-out on keyframes from the keyframe context menu in the Edit timeline
  • Support for temporarily toggling snapping while scrubbing the playhead by invoking the snapping shortcut in the Edit timeline
  • Support for defining characters per second thresholds to highlight non-conforming subtitle captions in the inspector
  • Support for automatically enabling dynamic zoom when on-screen controls are modified on the Edit page
  • Support for timeline indicators for clips with updated grades or compositions in collaborative projects
  • Support for toggling the visibility of retime controls and retime curves by invoking the context menu or the shortcut in the Edit timeline
  • Support for fast timecode entry in clip attributes, marker dialog, new timeline, render settings and other timecode widgets
  • Support for quickly accessing recent undo/redo actions from the Edit menu
  • Improved results when performing transitions on clips being composited with other layers
  • Improved behavior when using the Push video transition on a title clip

Fusion

  • Improved scripting API support with ability to import and export Fusion compositions
  • Support for GPU acceleration for the Trails tool in the Fusion page

Color

  • Support for ResolveFX Beauty in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for ResolveFX Blanking Fill for portrait videos
  • Support for ResolveFX ACES Transform
  • Support for ResolveFX Gamut Limiter
  • Support for bypassing a mixer node input by disabling the node connected to that input
  • Support for option to export gallery stills using the still label name
  • Support for Camera RAW controls for Canon and Panasonic clips from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced and Mini panels
  • Support for clipping output gamut to a different display gamut
  • Support for an ST.2084 3000 nits gamma option in Resolve Color Management
  • Support for improved color matching using color charts
  • Support for OpenFX extension for a plugin to describe itself as not spatially aware

Check Developer Documentation in the Help menu for more details

  • Support for including non-spatially aware OpenFX plugins when generating LUTs on the Color page
  • Support for including the ResolveFX Color Transform plugin when generating LUTs on the Color page
  • Support for importing Dolby Vision metadata for clips in the Color page Dolby Vision option menu
  • Support for previewing tone mapping using embedded, imported or custom metadata for Dolby Vision IMF clips
  • Support for for up to 64 controls when creating DCTLs
  • Updated OpenFX developer documentation with OpenFX 1.4 samples
  • Updated OpenFX developer documentation with temporal frame access samples
  • Updated OpenFX developer documentation with transition sample
  • Improved support for handling aspect ratios for various ResolveFX plugins
  • Improved support for handling UI overlays for projects with output scaling applied
  • Improved behavior when closing Power Curve Windows drawn on the Color page

Fairlight

  • Support for VCA groups
  • Support for FairlightFX Multiband Compressor
  • Support for FairlightFX Stereo Fixer
  • Support for customizable test tones and noise generation from the Fairlight menu
  • Support for selecting and modifying audio transitions
  • Support for navigating the Fairlight timeline using timecode entry
  • Support for setting audio monitoring output delay in system preferences
  • Support for indicating clips with changed inspector properties on the Fairlight timeline
  • Support for applying a FairlightFX plugin to multiple selected audio clips
  • Support for additional Fairlight Audio Accelerator IO settings on Windows
  • Support for Fairlight Audio Interface RS-422 9-Pin serial control on Windows
  • Support for Talkback using the Fairlight Audio Accelerator on Windows
  • Support for Fairlight MADI expander for the Fairlight Audio Accelerator on Windows
  • Support for additional Fairlight edit operations including cut or copy the head or tail of the current clip from the Edit menu
  • Improved playback performance when performing audio automation
  • Improved handling of custom multi-channel format mappings for Audio FX

Media and Deliver

  • Support for decoding Panasonic 8K SHV clips in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for hardware accelerated encoding of H.264 and H.265 using specific NVIDIA GPUs on DaVinci Resolve Studio; Windows and Linux only
  • Support for hardware accelerated encoding of H.264 and H.265 using Intel Quick Sync on supported hardware on DaVinci Resolve Studio; Windows only
  • Support for decoding Canon RMF clips using the Canon SDK
  • Support for encoding Dolby Vision version 4 metadata in IMF renders
  • Support for creating a subclip from a Media Pool clip marker
  • Support for clip usage indicators in the Media Pool clip thumbnail for the active timeline
  • Support for a clip usage listing in the Media Pool clip context menu for the active timeline
  • Support for showing usage indicators for clips inside a compound clip on the active timeline
  • Support for adding flags to clips when focused on the source viewer
  • Support for duplicating media pool clips and current timelines from the Edit menu
  • Support for a toggle control for switching between single and dual pane mode in Media Pool on the Edit page
  • Support for storing the alpha channel in optimized media for clips with an embedded alpha channel
  • Support for an option to render alpha channel either as straight or premultiplied when rendering individual clips
  • Support for Sony XAVC Long GOP encoding on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for Episode and Chapter in content metadata options for IMF exports

Cintel

  • Improved sub-pixel stabilization
  • Support for storing Cintel settings with each DaVinci Resolve project
  • Support for single frame captures
  • Addressed an issue with debayering artefacts that would sometimes affect pixel highlights
  • Addressed an issue with incorrect audio sync offsets when using Capture Now

General

  • Support for a visual keyboard shortcut mapping utility to find, add and modify shortcuts
  • Support for per-module customizable shortcuts, including module specific actions and context menus
  • Support for showing the currently focused module in the user interface
  • Support for adding, editing and exporting custom keyword sets from the keyword dictionary in the Workspace menu
  • Support for live save and backups for unsaved projects
  • Support for remembering the last used locations in the file browser for various import and export operations
  • Support for collaborating on projects in a PostgreSQL database with machines across multiple subnets
  • Support for toggling Mute and Dim in all pages from the Fairlight application menu
  • Support for configuring the gallery path during project import by Alt/Option-clicking Import Project
  • Improved organization of System Preferences with a new section for decode options
  • Support for easyDCP on Linux

Issues Addressed

  • Addressed an issue where reading file and folder paths of more than 200 characters on Windows systems would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where project thumbnails would sometimes not be correctly saved
  • Addressed an issue where deleting gallery stills would be slow when Live Save was enabled
  • Addressed an issue where dragging media into a new project to create a timeline would not prompt for setting the project frame rate
  • Addressed an issue where importing older DaVinci Resolve projects would sometimes ignore static keyframes from OpenFX plugins
  • Addressed an issue where opening an older DaVinci Resolve project with a lens flare plugin would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where older projects would sometimes show incorrect node cache previews
  • Addressed an issue where importing a Final Cut Pro XML would not preserve audio transitions
  • Addressed an issue where copying a project in collaboration mode would sometimes not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where clips in locked bins could be replaced in a collaboration project
  • Addressed an issue where in and out points could be modified for clips in locked bins in a collaboration project
  • Addressed an issue where dragging a folder to the media pool would not add any subtitle elements inside the folders
  • Addressed an issue where adding a flag to a media pool clip and undoing would not refresh correctly
  • Addressed an issue when adding clip and marker keywords on Linux
  • Addressed an issue where keyword suggestions would not work correctly in the marker dialog
  • Addressed an issue where the subtitle characters per second count in inspector would not be calculated correctly
  • Addressed an issue where track destination hotkeys would not allow setting the destination to the last track
  • Addressed an issue where disabling freeze frame on an edited clip would restore the clip to a wrong media offset
  • Addressed an issue where selecting clips forward or backward would not work correctly when audio layers are present
  • Addressed an issue where keyframe controls would be shown for ResolveFX and OpenFX controls that did not support keyframes
  • Addressed an issue where holding down the Alt/Option key during playback or trimming would affect performance
  • Addressed an issue where adding markers to adjacent timeline frames would behave incorrectly on the Edit timeline
  • Addressed an issue where adding or removing audio track layers would sometimes not correctly update the track heights
  • Addressed an issue where enabling selection follows playhead and dragging a sound library clip to the timeline would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where Text+ titles would not show all typeface options for some fonts
  • Addressed an issue where duration markers created from in/out durations would not align correctly
  • Addressed an issue where decomposing compound clips would not work correctly when the Edit timeline would have in and out marks
  • Addressed an issue where transitions between Fusion clips with an alpha channel would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where setting fade in or fade out handles for a clip with an alpha channel would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where adding MediaIn nodes to a Fusion composition and deleting the underlying media pool clip would not invalidate the MediaIn node correctly
  • Addressed an issue where previewing Fusion compositions with BSpline nodes would sometimes cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where some Fusion settings changes would not be reflected correctly on Fusion generators
  • Addressed an issue where some Fusion UI settings changes would not be persisted correctly across application restarts
  • Addressed an issue where playing back PSD files would sometimes cause the application to hang
  • Addressed an issue where adding a mask to a Fusion composition with a background node would show incorrect background colors
  • Addressed an issue where canceling a Saver node render would repeatedly display a confirmation dialog
  • Addressed an issue with monitoring dual HDR/SDR outputs where both outputs would sometimes show the HDR image
  • Addressed an issue where trying to grade a locked node would incorrectly reset node cache
  • Addressed an issue where clip filter controls would sometimes be shown on the clip thumbnails area in the Color page in dual screen mode
  • Addressed an issue where resetting primary controls in Log mode would not correctly refresh some controls
  • Addressed an issue where switching between nodes in the Color page would not correctly refresh the node sizing controls
  • Addressed an issue where applying ResolveFX Color Stabilizer would sometimes result in darkened image frames
  • Addressed an issue where a warp point could not be created when applying ResolveFX Warper on a Fusion composition
  • Addressed an issue where the Camera RAW ISO control for CinemaDNG clips would not reflect the correct value on the DaVinci Resolve Mini panel
  • Addressed an issue where the Camera RAW temperature and tint controls could not be changed from the DaVinci Resolve Mini panel
  • Addressed an issue where older GoPro CineForm clips would sometimes be decoded incorrectly
  • Addressed an issue where ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins used on the timeline node graph would sometimes not be applied
  • Addressed an issue where the Color page thumbnail indicator for clip color would sometimes be inconsistent with the clip color as shown in the Edit timeline
  • Addressed an issue where grades could be reset on a locked node in the Color page
  • Addressed an issue where default trims were incorrectly being applied instead of interpolated trims when using Dolby Vision external CMUs
  • Addressed an issue where copying grades with preserved nodes would incorrectly reset ResolveFX or OpenFX on the preserved nodes
  • Addressed an issue where copying grades with preserved nodes would invalidate the cache for those nodes
  • Addressed an issue where stills captured in proxy mode with center crop would be captured with blanking
  • Addressed an issue where moving a clip with an echo or reverb applied would sometimes result in glitches during playback through its original position
  • Addressed an issue where opening a project with FairlightFX applied to clips would sometimes preview the effect only on the left channel
  • Addressed an issue where the control room monitor gain would not correctly reflect the output
  • Addressed an issue where it was possible to add effects or modify mixer properties for locked audio tracks
  • Addressed an issue where an audio track listening for sidechain changes would behave incorrectly if subsequently included in a linked group
  • Addressed an issue where the effects library would be filtered by transitions and appear blank on the Fairlight page
  • Addressed an issue where recording to multi-channel tracks would produce an audio clip with an incorrect number of channels
  • Addressed an issue where rendering a marked timeline section using the Pro Tools preset would sometimes result in files without audio
  • Addressed an issue where hiding tracks from the Fairlight page track index would sometimes hide the incorrect track
  • Addressed an issue with drawing automation curves when the mouse cursor would go outside the bounds of the clip
  • Addressed an issue where clips with Unicode character names would not display correctly on the Fairlight timeline
  • Addressed an issue where changing the video track color in the Fairlight timeline would not change the color of generators and titles on the track
  • Addressed an issue with selecting clips after switching pages in the sound library
  • Addressed an issue where rendering compound clips in the audio-only mode as individual clips would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where setting an in-out range in the Deliver page and switching pages would not correctly honor the range for subsequent render jobs
  • Addressed an issue where linked audio track formats would be shown incorrectly in the render settings
  • Addressed an issue where rendered MXF XAVC clips would not have color space and gamma tagged correctly
  • Addressed an issue where embedded CEA-608 subtitles in H.264 clips would be rendered with incorrect durations
  • Addressed an issue where rendering embedded CEA-608 subtitles would incorrectly show errors for some multiline captions
  • Addressed an issue where switching IMF profile levels on the Deliver page would not always update the bitrate to match
  • General performance and stability improvements

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15.1.2

  • Addressed an issue where starting DaVinci Resolve would cause a crash on some CUDA enabled Windows laptops with integrated graphics
  • Addressed an issue where the viewer would flash between video and data levels during playback on some systems running on CUDA
  • Addressed an issue where the Delete Through Edit context menu option would incorrectly be shown for all edit points on the Edit page
  • Addressed an issue where reconforming clips with remote grades would sometimes cause a crash in collaborative projects
  • Addressed an issue where dragging an audio clip into audio track layers would sometimes cause a crash in the Edit page
  • Addressed an issue where dragging an audio clip with no mapped channels into the timeline would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where track mute controls would sometimes show an incorrect automation state on the Edit page
  • Addressed an issue where copying clips in the Fairlight page would sometimes cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where incorrect audio formats would be shown for muted audio tracks in the Deliver page
  • Addressed an issue where Fusion comps with the paint tool applied would sometimes result in the first frame being black
  • Addressed an issue where RGBA images would not be processed premultiplied when using some OpenFX plugins
  • Addressed an issue where applying stabilization on video clips with odd resolutions would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where source render cache would not be preserved when applying grades from stills or other clips
  • Addressed an issue where adding a ResolveFX node to a clip during playback in the Color page would display a critical exception
  • Addressed an issue with the DCDM (P3D65 Limited) IDT in ACES 1.1 projects
  • Addressed an issue where trimming some MP4 clips using media management would not succeed
  • Addressed an issue when rendering to QuickTime ProRes 4444 where the output would sometimes have chroma overflow artefacts
  • Addressed an issue where the ISO selection would sometimes incorrectly be hidden when using RAW clips
  • Addressed an issue where playing back some smartphone clips captured in portrait mode would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where rendering Sony clips with Japanese file names using source filename would not work correctly on Windows
  • Addressed an issue where the Photon validation options for IMF packages would not be displayed when Java Development Kit version 11 was installed
  • Addressed an issue with stability in remote grading sessions when the client machine had live save enabled
  • Addressed an issue with running DaVinci Resolve on case-sensitive volumes on Mac
  • General performance and stability improvements

Pre-installation Notes

  • Support for decoding and encoding of easyDCP formats is not currently available on Linux

Performing Audio Ducking using Sidechain
DaVinci Resolve now supports automatic audio ducking using sidechain in the Fairlight page Dynamics effect.

Enable “Send” in the track dynamics compression section on one of multiple tracks where you would like to emphasize or prioritize the audio. Then enable Compression and “Listen” on all the tracks you would like to compress or duck. The threshold and ratio can be adjusted in the compression settings to modify the amount of compression in the signal.

External Audio Processes
DaVinci Resolve now has support for a round-trip mechanism which allows any clip on the timeline to be sent to an external application for audio processing. The updated file created by the external audio process is automatically added to the timeline as a new layer.

External Audio Processes can be added and managed in the Audio Plugins section of System Preferences. The round-trip process can be triggered from the clip context menu on the timeline.

Generating Supplemental IMF Packages
DaVinci Resolve Studio now supports generation of supplemental packages for IMFs when using Resolve’s Kakadu-based J2K decoder and encoder. Please note that you will need to disable the easyDCP decoder option in the Configuration tab of System Preferences to enable this feature.

With an IMF composition in the Media Pool, you can select “Create New Timeline Using Composition Playlist” in the clips context menu to create a new timeline. If the IMF package has any associated Dolby Vision metadata, it can be applied using an option in the creation dialog.

Any portions of the IMF timeline can now be replaced with source clips from the Media Pool. The timeline clip’s context menu has an option for not including the replacement clip for supplemental packages. There is an additional context menu option for selecting either the original or updated Dolby Vision analysis and trim metadata.

In the Deliver page, the “Supplemental Package” option can be enabled in order to generate the supplemental IMF using the new clips and the Dolby Vision metadata.

Performing Photon validation on IMF packages
DaVinci Resolve Studio now supports validation of IMF packages using Photon. In order to activate this feature, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will need to be installed on the machine.

Photon validation can be performed by right clicking on IMF packages in the Media Pool and selecting “Perform Photon Validation”. Additionally, there is a checkbox in the Deliver page advanced video settings to perform Photon validation after the IMF package is rendered.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15.1.1

  • Support for joining through edits in the Edit timeline from the context menu
  • Improved playback performance when Selection Follows Playhead is enabled in the Edit page
  • Support for scripting API to set output file name for rendering
  • Addressed an issue where decoding some AVI files with lossless JPG content would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where pre-clip and post-clip group grades would sometimes not be saved
  • Addressed an issue where output sizing would not be applied to the HDR output when in dual SDI mode in Dolby Vision or HDR10+ projects
  • Addressed an issue where creating stereoscopic 3D clips from stereo CineForm files would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where a stereoscopic 3D clip created from clips with partially overlapping timecodes would show offline media frames
  • Addressed an issue where white balance settings for Blackmagic RAW clips would not be saved correctly
  • Addressed an issue where OpenFX keyframes in the timeline node graph in older Resolve projects would not be recalled correctly in the Color page
  • Addressed an issue where duplicating a timeline with a shared node and modifying the shared node would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where applying stabilizer could cause a crash on some Nvidia graphics platforms in OpenCL GPU processing mode
  • Addressed an issue where color keyframes in stereoscopic 3D clips would sometimes not be loaded correctly
  • Addressed an issue where appending a node in ripple mode would place the node in an incorrect position
  • Addressed an issue where using OpenFX or ResolveFX plugins in a remote grading session could cause the client viewer to flicker while grading
  • Addressed an issue where applying P3 D65 ST2084 ODTs in ACES 1.1 projects would show incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where applying certain IDTs and ODTs in ACES 1.1 projects would show black frames when the GPU processing mode was set to CUDA
  • Addressed an issue where upgrading disk databases from Resolve 12.5 would result in loss of Power Grades in some scenarios
  • Addressed an issue where image resolutions for certain ARRI QuickTime clips would not be recognized correctly
  • Addressed an issue where media imported from an XML would be imported twice if it was listed inside a bin in the XML
  • Addressed an issue where subtitles with inconsistent line-endings would not be imported correctly
  • Addressed an issue where exporting a subtitle file on some Windows systems would cause a crash
  • Addressed an issue where selecting subtitles from the Edit inspector would cause a crash in some projects
  • Addressed an issue where Alt/Opt+clicking on an Edit timeline track would sometimes reset its auto-select state
  • Addressed an issue where ripple-overwriting a clip with transitions would behave incorrectly
  • Addressed an issue where dragging to select clips in the Edit timeline would incorrectly scroll through audio tracks
  • Addressed an issue where audio playback for linked clips with smoothened speed change would not work correctly
  • Addressed an issue where toggling Solo Safe on the Fairlight Mixer would sometimes behave inconsistently
  • Addressed an issue where the automation indicators on the Fairlight mixer would sometimes be displayed incorrectly when loading a project
  • Addressed an issue where linked track groups would display incorrect clip counts on the Fairlight page
  • Addressed an issue where rendering timelines from the delivered page would sometimes fail with a timeout error
  • Addressed an issue where the first frame of some Fusion comps could sometimes display a black frame
  • Addressed an issue where canceling a saver node render would repeatedly display confirmation messages to the user
  • Improved chroma subsampling for 4:2:2 renders
  • General performance and stability improvements

Pre-installation Notes

  • Support for decoding and encoding of easyDCP formats is not currently available on Linux

Performing Audio Ducking using Sidechain

DaVinci Resolve now supports automatic audio ducking using sidechain in the Fairlight page Dynamics effect.

Enable “Send” in the track dynamics compression section on one of the multiple tracks where you would like to emphasize or prioritize the audio. Then enable Compression and “Listen” on all the tracks you would like to compress or duck. The threshold and ratio can be adjusted in the compression settings to modify the amount of compression in the signal.

External Audio Processes

DaVinci Resolve now has support for a round-trip mechanism which allows any clip on the timeline to be sent to an external application for audio processing. The updated file created by the external audio process is automatically added to the timeline as a new layer.

External Audio Processes can be added and managed in the Audio Plugins section of System Preferences. The round-trip process can be triggered from the clip context menu on the timeline.

Generating Supplemental IMF Packages

DaVinci Resolve Studio now supports a generation of supplemental packages for IMFs when using Resolve’s Kakadu-based J2K decoder and encoder. Please note that you will need to disable the easyDCP decoder option in the Configuration tab of System Preferences to enable this feature.

With an IMF composition in the Media Pool, you can select “Create New Timeline Using Composition Playlist” in the clips context menu to create a new timeline. If the IMF package has any associated Dolby Vision metadata, it can be applied using an option in the creation dialog.

Any portions of the IMF timeline can now be replaced with source clips from the Media Pool. The timeline clip’s context menu has an option for not including the replacement clip for supplemental packages. There is an additional context menu option for selecting either the original or updated Dolby Vision analysis and trim metadata.

In the Deliver page, the “Supplemental Package” option can be enabled in order to generate the supplemental IMF using the new clips and the Dolby Vision metadata.

Performing Photon validation on IMF packages

DaVinci Resolve Studio now supports validation of IMF packages using Photon. In order to activate this feature, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) will need to be installed on the machine.

Photon validation can be performed by right-clicking on IMF packages in the Media Pool and selecting “Perform Photon Validation”. Additionally, there is a checkbox in the Deliver page advanced video settings to perform Photon validation after the IMF package is rendered.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15.1

Key new features

  • Support for decoding Blackmagic RAW clips from Blackmagic Design cameras
  • Support for audio ducking using sidechain compression in track dynamics in the Fairlight page
  • Support for round-tripping audio clips to third-party audio processing applications from the Fairlight timeline
  • Support for an IMF preset to generate Netflix IMF deliverables
  • Support for creating and delivering supplemental IMF packages
  • Support for Photon validation of IMF packages

Fairlight

  • Support for audio ducking using sidechain compression in track dynamics
  • Support for round-tripping audio clips to third-party audio processing applications from the Fairlight timeline
  • Support for caching clips with FairlightFX and AudioFX
  • Support for bouncing clips with FairlightFX and AudioFX to a new layer
  • Support for sub-bus and aux-bus routing in nested timelines
  • Support for solo-safe for audio tracks by Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt-clicking the Solo button in the Fairlight mixer
  • Support for pasting attributes to audio tracks
  • Support for removing attributes from audio tracks
  • Support for Fairlight FX Soft Clipper
  • Support for clip level panning in the Edit and Fairlight page inspector

Fusion

  • Support for creating and opening new Fusion compositions from the Media Pool
  • Support for Fusion composition generators in the Edit page effects library for creating comps without source media
  • Support for Loader nodes in the Fusion node graph
  • Support for automatically scaling the frame range sliders to the edit range

Edit

• Support for showing source timecode overlays for audio and video tracks in the timeline viewer
• Support for displaying clip marker annotations and overlays for the selected clip marker under the playhead
• Support for holding shift while modifying title, transform and dynamic zoom viewer overlays to restrict motion to the vertical or horizontal direction
• Support for an indicator for clips with color grading and Fusion comp updates available in collaborative projects
• Support for actions to update either a single clip or all clips with color grading or Fusion comp updates in collaborative projects
• Support for duplicating multiple selected timelines in the media pool
• Support for displaying the multicam angle name in the timeline, source viewer and the color page clip information
• Support for keywords in clip and timeline markers
• Support for a marker keywords column on the edit index
• Support for exporting subtitle files in project archives
• Support for inserting media pool clips in order of filename when creating a timeline using clips
• Support for importing subclips when importing media from Final Cut Pro 7 XMLs
• Improved freeze-frame behavior to freeze the clip forward from the playhead instead of the whole clip

Color

• Support for ResolveFX and OpenFX static keyframes from the keyframe context menu
• Support for ACES 1.1
• Support for accessing and selecting from multiple inputs for OpenFX nodes
• Support for modifying temperature and tint values in the Camera Raw widget without needing to manually set white balance to custom
• Improved behavior for the ResolveFX Warper plugin

Media and Deliver

• Support for decoding Blackmagic RAW clips from Blackmagic Design cameras
• Support for an IMF preset to generate Netflix IMF deliverables
• Support for creating and delivering supplemental IMF packages
• Support for Photon validation of IMF packages
• Support for stereoscopic 3D multi-view EXR files
• Support for encoding per frame timecode metadata in Grass Valley HQ and HQX clips
• Improved layer metadata support when importing PSD images in Fusion

General

• Improved playback performance on large timelines in a zoomed out state
• Improved performance and interactivity in the Fusion page
• Improved performance of some title templates available in the Effects Library
• Improved thumbnail loading speed when switching bins in the media pool
• Improved scripting support with the ability to import and export Fusion comps
• Support for automatic generation of MD5 media hash lists from Clone Tool operations
• Addressed an issue where searching by marker name or marker notes would not work in thumbnail view
• Addressed an issue where switching multicam angles would not refresh the thumbnails
• Addressed an issue where some edit operations would lead to video transitions being placed outside frame boundaries
• Addressed an issue where turning off stroke for a subtitle would not work correctly
• Addressed an issue where the minimum height for audio tracks in the Edit timeline would not be set correctly
• Addressed an issue where subtitle files with overlapping captions would not be imported correctly
• Addressed an issue where compositing compound clips on top of clips with transitions would not work correctly
• Addressed an issue where middle-clicking to pan the Edit timeline would sometimes deselect clips
• Addressed an issue where Text+ clip thumbnails would sometimes be shown as media offline
• Addressed an issue where adding a Text+ tool to a power bin would sometimes cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where selecting a Fusion comp in a Power Bin would cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where opening or saving a Fusion macro in the macro editor would sometimes cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where channel mapping changes for EXR clips on the Fusion page would not be persisted across application restarts
• Addressed an issue where removing curve in the MediaIn tool in sRGB gamma space would sometimes cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where importing SVG files would incorrectly ignore a user-specified input resolution
• Addressed an issue where the channel chooser would show incorrect labels when multi-channel EXR files were loaded in the Fusion viewer
• Addressed an issue where adding particles would cause the application to hang
• Addressed an issue where enabling motion blur for mask tools in Fusion page would not work correctly
• Addressed an issue where repositioning matte masks of different resolutions in the Fusion viewer would sometimes show incorrect results
• Addressed an issue where some FairlightFX controls with automation would not correctly reflect their automation status
• Addressed an issue where pasting a long clip on the Fairlight timeline would sometimes change the timeline zoom
• Addressed an issue where the Bus format dialog would display the wrong Main bus formats when switching between timelines
• Addressed an issue where adding audio plugins to a linked audio track would behave incorrectly
• Addressed an issue where selecting linked audio tracks for rendering would show the incorrect format
• Addressed an issue where recording audio to linked tracks would record only to the first track in the group
• Addressed an issue where unlinking a linked track group would not retain boom settings
• Addressed an issue where resizing some audio transitions would not work properly
• Addressed an issue where ADR recordings would not be visible when opening older projects
• Addressed an issue where playing back audio files with specific sample rates would result in some artefacts
• Addressed an issue where dragging the scrollbar in the Fairlight timeline in locked playhead mode would cause playback to stop
• Addressed an issue where the mute setting for aux bus sends would not be honored when using the pre-fader option
• Addressed an issue where an audio track would not be automatically disarmed when un-patched
• Addressed an issue where switching to the Fairlight page would sometimes cause an audible pop
• Addressed an issue where adjusting sliders in the CameraRAW palette would not refresh the viewer smoothly
• Addressed an issue where previewing composite modes on a layer mixer node would sometimes cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where viewing clips with handles with backups, and live save enabled would cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where the unmix mode and looped playback states would not be persisted across application restarts
• Addressed an issue where toggling Clip, Timeline, and Unmix from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced panel would cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where the DaVinci Resolve Advanced panel would not work with multiple logins on CentOS 7.3 systems
• Addressed an issue where rippling grades to a group would not work if unmix mode was enabled
• Addressed an issue where performing a flip in Clip Attributes in stereoscopic 3D clips would cause power windows to behave incorrectly
• Addressed an issue where remote grading on clips that have OFX plugins applied would sometimes cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where duplicating a timeline with a shared node would not correctly copy the shared node
• Addressed an issue where Quicktime files rendered with Dolby Vision tone mapping would have incorrect colorspace and gamma tags
• Addressed an issue where Resolve was unable to decode some AAC audio clips
• Addressed an issue where rendered 5.1 and 7.1 Linear PCM audio would not have the correct channel mapping metadata
• Addressed an issue where importing some projects from older versions of DaVinci Resolve would cause a crash
• Addressed an issue where projects inside a folder in Project Manager could not be loaded using scripting API
• General performance and stability improvements

Pre-installation Notes
Support for decoding and encoding of easyDCP formats is not currently available on Linux

Performing Audio Ducking using Sidechain
DaVinci Resolve now supports automatic audio ducking using sidechain in the Fairlight page Dynamics effect.

Enable “Send” in the track dynamics compression section on one of the multiple tracks where you would like to emphasize or prioritize the audio. Then enable Compression and “Listen” on all the tracks you would like to compress or duck. The threshold and ratio can be adjusted in the compression settings to modify the amount of compression in the signal.

External Audio Processes
DaVinci Resolve now has support for a round-trip mechanism which allows any clip on the timeline to be sent to an external application for audio processing. The updated file created by the external audio process is automatically added to the timeline as a new layer.

External Audio Processes can be added and managed in the Audio Plugins section of System Preferences. The round-trip process can be triggered from the clip context menu on the timeline.

Generating Supplemental IMF Packages
DaVinci Resolve Studio now supports a generation of supplemental packages for IMFs when using Resolve’s Kakadu

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