Release - DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Public Beta

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Release - DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Public Beta

PostMon Apr 09, 2018 5:19 pm

We are pleased to announce the release of DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Public Beta and have listed the new features, improvements and some FAQs to help you update.

Who can use it?
The Studio version is available from our support web site as a no cost upgrade to all existing DaVinci Resolve Studio activation key and dongle customers and also Fusion Studio customers can use their single license Fusion Studio Dongle for Resolve Studio.

There are free versions also available from the support site and an updated comparison table to describe the differences between the Studio, free and App Store version. This update is available for Mac, Windows and Linux OS but please note the App Store versions will only be available after the final non beta release.

Will the project database change?
There is a database update required for this release so if you are on v14, please back up your database and then most importantly import that backup to verify its status. You can save it as a copy of the original database so you can then upgrade the copy and preserve the original should you wish to re-install v14.3.

We also recommend you also make a drp export of your active projects.

If you are Mac prior to macOS Sierra 10.12, and using v12.5 or older, please see the details at the bottom of this post regarding upgrading of older databases on older OS.

After installing DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta when you first start the application you will be prompted to update your database and we recommend you select the one you restored from the backup.

Where should bug reports be posted.. and things we like too?
We have a new sub-forum for DaVinci Resolve 15 Public Beta feedback so if you find bugs or crashes please assist everyone with details of your system, the bug report and diagnostic log if you have one. You can make them from the DaVinci Resolve help menu.

Should I jump right in while in the middle of my project?
Like all of our public beta releases we welcome your feedback and are grateful of the time you invest to test and report on the software. But please use caution when using this release for any projects with tight deadlines or complex long term workflows. While we have extensive QA its a big release and obviously we cant test for every scenario be sure to back up your project before upgrading.

How often will you release updates to the public beta?
There will be regular updates to improve the software during the beta phase and these will also depend on the detail you can provide in your bug reports.

When will you have the official final release?
The final release date will be determined later in Q2. In the meantime we hope you enjoy using DaVinci Resolve 15 public beta and hope to hear if you like it too.

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 comp files
• 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

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
• Highly Interactive 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
• 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 page and Fairlight page
• Support for clip pitch control for clips
• Support for a 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 Audio Effects *
• Support for legacy Fairlight projects on Windows *
• 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 audio retiming for clips with variable speed changes
• Support for Paste and Remove Attributes for audio clips in Fairlight page
• 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
• 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 5x
• Support for new system preference to use optimized image transfers for viewers on supported systems
• Improved save and load performance with database optimizations for large projects
• 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 capture and playback devices
• Improved decode and encode speeds for JPEG2000 clips


• Support for adding, managing and delivering Subtitles and Closed Captions
• Support for embedding a subtitle track when encoding QuickTime files
• Support for embedding closed captions when encoding MXF OP1A files
• Support for embedding closed captions when encoding QuickTime files
• Support for 2D and 3D Title templates
• 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 menu actions to create Flags and Markers with a specific color
• Support for timecode entry in the Marker dialog
• Support for markers 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 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 timeline 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 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 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 actions to convert between Duration markers and In/Out marks with ability to set shortcuts
• Support for viewing clip marker overlays on the timeline viewer
• Support for an Edit and Color page indicator for clips with Fusion effects
• Support for toggling the track-destination state
• Support for improved timeline view options in the Edit timeline
• 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 Cintel HDR capture
• Support for importing clips to Media Pool with metadata via Final Cut Pro 7 XML
• 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 improved Media Pool column listing
• Support for modifying the extents of subclips
• 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 and encoding in DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Support for native Kakadu based JPEG2000 decoding and encoding
• Support for encoding unencrypted DCP packages using the Kakadu codec
• Support for ARRI LF camera files
• 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 Canon C200 IDTs in ACES
• Support for XAVC-Intra OP1A HDR metadata
• Improved support for encoding HDR and mastering metadata for MXF and IMF formats in DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Improved support for audio waveform sync in multicam clips
• Improved support for decoding MXF XDCAM clips


• 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 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 the Media Pool in Color page
• Support for GPU accelerated Dolby Vision™ HDR to SDR metadata generation in DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Support for license activated GPU accelerated Dolby Vision™ internal CMU in DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Support for native HDR10+™ controls in DaVinci Resolve Studio
• 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 ResolveFX Match Move is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve
• Support for stereoscopic convergence on Power Windows
• 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 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 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


• Support for external scripting of DaVinci Resolve Studio from local and network locations
• 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 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
• Improved application menu layouts
• Improved and clearer contextual menu layouts

Pre-installation Notes

• DaVinci Resolve 15.0 requires a database upgrade from previous versions
• Support for decoding and encoding of EasyDCP formats is not currently available
• Collaboration is currently not supported when using Shared Nodes

Minimum system requirements

• macOS 10.12.6 Sierra - Windows 10 Creators Edition - CentOS 7.3
• 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 32 GB is recommended minimum when using Fusion
Please see the readme for your OS for further details

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.
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