Release of DaVinci Resolve 14

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Release of DaVinci Resolve 14

PostThu Sep 07, 2017 6:22 am

We are pleased to announce the release of DaVinci Resolve 14.

This is a no charge update for all existing DaVinci Resolve Studio customers. The free version is also available on our support web site. ... and-fusion

For details of what's new in DaVinci Resolve 14 please review the read me below.

Whats new in DaVinci Resolve 14


• All new collaboration workflow which allows multiple users to work on the same project at the same time
• Added ability for collaborating video/audio editors and colorists to work on the same timeline at the same time
• Resolve Collaboration supports any shared storage technology and works with a PostgreSQL shared database server
• Support for live saving all collaborator actions in a collaborative project
• Support for Project Manager indicators to show collaborative projects
• Ability for collaborators to pick a profile on their shared projects
• Ability to open a bin in read-only mode by Alt/Option + click
• First come first serve write access for Media Pool Bins with read access for everyone else
• Live Media Pool side bar bin updates including user locks and refresh available indicators
• Timeline indicators to show user locks and refresh available
• Live update of Color Page thumbnail icons to indicate user locks and refresh available
• Live sharing of Color Page still galleries
• New compare timeline tool to simplify merging timelines from multiple collaborative users
• Live group chat feature on collaborative projects

Improved Performance, Fluidity And Usability

All new image processing engine with numerous performance improvements and optimizations

• New image processing engine which maximizes single and multi-GPU utilization
• Support for GPU processing using Metal on Mac
• New optimized Performance Mode for improved playback
• New dynamic memory manager for optimized CPU memory usage
• Improved performance on single GPU laptops and workstations
• Improved editing and playhead fluidity on the Edit page timeline
• Dramatically improved latency of JKL playback
• Improved Color Page playback start/stop latency
• Improved Multicam playback performance
• Improved organization of Project Settings, User Preferences and System Preferences
• Improved organization of the Workspace menu
• Improved pan and zoom on viewers when using the trackpad with support for an Alt/Option modifier
• Improved scrubbing and playback performance for compressed CinemaDNG clips
• Improved performance when scrubbing H.264 and similar codecs
• Support for hardware accelerated H.264 decoding when using NVIDIA GPUs on Linux and Windows
• Support for improved CPU usage

All new database engine for improved management and performance on PostgreSQL and DiskDB

• All new live save option where changes are saved as you work
• Support for incremental fast saves in the new and improved DiskDB
• Ability to save, load, update and delete user UI layout presets

Improved media access and performance

• Improved H.264 encode and decode performance
• Improved decode performance of 10-bit 4K H.264 media on DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Improved playback performance for 4K AVC Intra clips
• Improved performance for file listing in Media Storage
• Improved scrolling performance in Media Storage folders and Media Pool bins with many clips
• Improved speed of importing AAF timelines
• Improve speed of Optimized media generation, transcoding and fusion rendering
• Support for Optimized Media in 3D stereoscopic clips
• Support of high frame rate timelines up to 120 frames per second - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• Support for up to 16Kx16K source images and timeline resolution
• Ability to drag a file or folder from Finder/Explorer to Media Storage in order to navigate there
• Improved performance when loading Gallery stills
• Improved audio quality when scrubbing a clip in the source viewer


• New Fairlight audio processing engine for all audio in Resolve
• A dedicated Fairlight page with audio editing, mixing, finishing and mastering controls
• Support for unlimited audio tracks and 8 main, sub and aux outputs
• Support for Fairlight Audio Accelerator with MADI and Fairlight Audio Interface
• Support for Fairlight free standing and desktop consoles
• Single and dual monitor UI configurations on the Fairlight page
• Fairlight page includes Media Pool, timeline, metering, mixer, effects, video preview, timeline index and inspector
• Support for Media Pool option to only Show Clips with Audio or Show All Clips in the Fairlight page

Key features

• Six band EQ for every track
• Expander/Gate, Compressor and Limiter Dynamics for every track
• 2D Pan control for sound placement
• Timeline toolbar includes a pointer and a marquee tool, automation state, snapping, flags, markers and timeline options
• Automation includes trim state, touch, latch or off mode, event selection
• Ability to individually enable fader, mute, pan, EQ, compressor, Gate, Aux, Limiter and Plugins
• Ability to render multiple audio buses and tracks
• Added support for up to 8 faders on 3rd Party Audio Control Surfaces using HUI protocol on Mac and Windows

Monitoring and metering features

• Level meters for all channels, Masters, Subs, Aux and groups
• Monitoring of main outputs available in mono, stereo, 5.1, Atmos, Auro, DTS, IMAX and multichannel up to 22.2
• Compound metering, including speaker group selection, phase and loudness with integration control
• Video preview available as docked or popup viewer with SDI video output
• Ability to setup speaker configurations using
⁃ Blackmagic Design video I/O hardware devices
⁃ Blackmagic Design Fairlight Audio Interface
⁃ System Audio or connected USB audio devices

Timeline features

• Track sidebar includes controls for gain, automation, lock, solo, mute and record
• Track sidebar includes indicators for track number, name, color, linked track and meters
• Timeline clips include user selectable indicators for clip name, gain, FX, group, EQ, source, speed, linked status, stem/channel bit depth, sample rate and source channel
• Timeline clips include waveforms with borders, gain level, fade handles and automation keyframe control
• User selection of timecode display with subframes and samples, feet and frames or only samples
• Five preset and custom user selectable track height with locks
• New timeline index shows tracks and markers
• Added support for stepping single frames on the Fairlight page using K+J and K+L keys
• Added support for half-speed playback on the Fairlight page using JKL keys
• Added support in the Fairlight page timeline for moving tracks up/down
• Added support for locking tracks in the Fairlight page
• Added support for the Razor command in the Fairlight page
• Support for layered audio editing allowing stacked clips on a single audio track
• Added option to switch between overwrite mode and layering mode when editing audio clips

UI dialogs for setup and assignment

• Each mixer track includes input selection, effects, insert, EQ and dynamics graphs, output selection, aux, pan, main and submix selections
• Mixer also includes track name and color, grouping, record, mute and solo selection and gain fader with meters

General audio improvements

• Support for pitch correction when performing speed changes on all platforms
• Support for pitch correction during FFW and FRW playback on the Edit page timeline


Key new features

• Support for track colors on the timeline
• Support for dragging just video or audio from the source viewer
• Support for a toggle to switch between single viewer and dual viewer mode
• Support of OFX plugins as filters in Timeline
• Ability to drag and drop a transition from one clip to another
• Redesigned Effects Library for easier navigation and search
• Playback now continues when performing a trim during looped playback
• Support for improved "Play Around" functionality with contextual behavior depending on selection
• Support for Blur Dissolve transition
• Support for audio waveforms on Multicam Clips, Compound Clips and Timeline Clips
• Support for alpha rendering from source when using Fusion Connect
• Added support for Live Preview of clip thumbnails in the Media and Edit page source viewers
• Added menu options and shortcuts for marking and clearing split Video and Audio In and Out marks
• Added menu option and shortcut for creating a SubClip
• Improved scrolling on timeline when using Alt/Option + mouse wheel to scroll

Clip adjustment improvements

• Ability to "Remove Attributes" from one or multiple clips
• Added support for Crop Softness in Paste Attributes
• New menu option to freeze frame the current frame under the playhead
• Ability to select all keyframes in Keyframe and Curve editor using Ctrl/Command+A
• Ability to linearize/smoothen curves for multiple selected keyframes in the Keyframe and Curve editor

Clip trim improvements

• Ability to Alt/Option+Shift drag to resize a clip’s In or Out point over an adjacent clip to automatically create a transition
• Ability to Alt/Option+Shift drag a clip from the Media Pool to overlap a clip in the timeline to add a transition
• Support for two new trim commands in the Trim menu
⁃ Slip Playhead to In
⁃ Slip Playhead to Out
• Support for slip functionality when performing an Extend Edit
• Ability to duplicate and superimpose dragging selected clips from a track while holding down Alt/Option + Shift
• Support for snapping when dragging and placing text elements in a Title in the Timeline viewer
• Support for improved snapping when performing ripple edits
• Ability to perform playback using JKL in Dynamic Trim Mode when no clip or edit point is selected
• Added support for displaying the composited preview in 2-Up and 4-Up modes when trimming

Conform improvements

• Support for user selectable conform criteria when performing "Reconform from Bins"
• Ability to "Reconform from Media Storage folders" for a Timeline
• Reconform from Bins now has support for selected clips or all clips
• Force Conform has been renamed to Conform Lock
• Support for missing on disk indicators and missing in Media Pool indicators in the Timeline
• Support for importing 3D Warp Pitch and Yaw parameters in AAF from Avid Media Composer
• Support for the following Index filtering options
⁃ Show Clip Color
⁃ Show Clips with Composite Effects
⁃ Show Clips with Transform Effects
⁃ Show Clips with Filters
⁃ Show Clips with Speed Effects
⁃ Show Fusion Connect Clips
⁃ Show Compound Clips and Nested Timelines
⁃ Show Clip conflicts
⁃ Show Flags of a particular color
⁃ Show Markers of a particular color
⁃ Show Stills and Freeze Frames
• Ability to see conflicts in the Index Match column
• New Position Lock on toolbar to lock ripple on tracks and timelines for Online Editing
• Project setting to enable/disable automatically Conform when adding clips to Media Pool
• Ability to set default number tracks and types in Project Settings > Editing > New Timeline Settings

Marker improvements

• Ability to display marker information as viewer overlays
• Ability to list clip markers in the Media Pool list view
• Ability to convert an In and Out point selection into a duration marker
• Ability to navigate between markers from the option menu in the viewers
• Ability to search and filter in the Index using Marker Name and Marker Notes fields
• Ability to multi select timeline markers using a marquee

Media Pool improvements

• Support for multiple Media Pool windows either as a 2-up/4-up docked view or as new pop-up windows
• Ability to hover over Media Pool thumbnails to mark in and out
• Ability to "Rediscover Optimized Media" in the Media Pool
• Ability to "Unlink Selected Clips" in the Media Pool
• Support for missing on disk indicators in the Media Pool for both the thumbnail and list view
• Support for Smart Bin and Smart Filtering based on Display Name
• Ability to Create Bin With Selected Clips
• Ability to create Smart Bin filters using Marker Name and Marker Notes
• Ability to search in the Media Pool using Marker Name and Marker Notes fields
• Ability to perform comma separated text matches in Media Pool search, Smart Bins and Smart Filters
• Ability to add/remove items from current selection with keyboard modifiers (Ctrl/Command, Shift and Alt/Option)
• Ability to Alt/Option drag clips in the Media Pool to duplicate them and put them in another bin
• Added ability to edit and update existing Media Pool custom column layouts
• Added a new column for audio codec in the Media Pool

General improvements

• Previous/Next clip now ignores selection when the selected clip is not visible
• Support for a "Playback post-roll" option in the Timeline menu
• Ability to drag video only or audio only from the timeline to the Media Pool
• Support for retaining playhead position and in and out positions when swapping timelines
• Ability to drag a OpenFX/ResolveFX filter onto one or multiple selected clips
• Support for selecting resize algorithm per clip in the Inspector
• Support for a progress bar when applying Lens Correction
• Support for 100% levels in EBU Color Bar generator
• Ability to search “All Fields" when applying a search filter in the Index
• Support for toggling "Show Reference Wipe" is now available on the Edit page
• Ability to Alt/Option click only the audio or video to override a linked clip selection
• Added support for new Four Color Gradient generator
• Added menu options and shortcuts for marking and clearing split Video and Audio In and Out marks
• Added menu option and shortcut for creating a SubClip
• Added support for viewing track layers in the Edit Index


ResolveFX improvements

• ResolveFX plugins are now sorted into logical groups of effects
• Support for starred favorites for OpenFX is now available on the Color page
• Ability to paste tracking data between the FX tracker and the Power Window tracker
• Improved ResolveFX Lens Flare
• Support for Gamut Mapping in the ResolveFX Color Space Transform plugin
• Support for Tone Mapping in the ResolveFX Color Space Transform plugin

New ResolveFX Plugins

• ResolveFX Face Refinement - GPU Accelerated - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Warper - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Match Move - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Color Stabilizer - GPU Accelerated - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Timelapse Deflicker - GPU Accelerated - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Contrast Pop - GPU Accelerated - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• ResolveFX Color Compressor - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Abstraction - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Watercolor - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Lens Distortion - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Gamut Mapping - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Dead Pixel Fixer - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Alpha Matte Shrink and Grow - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Color Palette - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Dehaze - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Sharpen - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Sharpen Edges - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Soft Sharpen Skin - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Camera Shake - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Deband - GPU Accelerated
• ResolveFX Grid - GPU Accelerated

General improvements

• Support for a new advanced Stabilizer in the Tracker palette
• Improved ResolveFX tracker when using multiple tracking points
• Ability to add and control ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins under Modes from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel
• Support for improved jog and shuttle control on DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel
• Ability to toggle LightBox SDI output from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel using Shift Down + CONFORM
• Ability to toggle full screen LightBox from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced Panel using Shift Up + CONFORM
• Ability to press and hold Reset on the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels to reset the node graph
• Ability to press and hold Previous/Next Frame on the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels to jump to the beginning/end of the clip
• Ability to press play/reverse repeatedly on the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels to increase playback speed
• Ability to set the LCD brightness of the DaVinci Resolve Mini panel using LCD brightness in Control Panel settings
• Ability to set the key backlighting of the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels in Control Panel settings
• Ability to remember Bars vs. Wheels when switching to Primary from a Control Panel
• Improved various knob and parameter sensitivities on the DaVinci Resolve Micro and Mini panels
• Added support for manual IP configuration for DaVinci Mini panels
• Support for white balance picker to automatically set temperature and tint
• Support for white and black point picker for automatic color balance
• Improved quality when using Hue vs. Lum curves
• Support for Gamut Mapping from Timeline to Output Color Space in Resolve Color Management
• Support for Tone Mapping from Timeline to Output Color Space in Resolve Color Management
• Support for the Common LUT Format (CLF) with examples - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• Support for scopes as an overlay on the Cinema viewer
• Support for new commands and shortcuts to move selected keyframes
• Selection of multiple keyframes no longer needs a modifier key
• Support for track color on Color page timeline
• Added support for a locked node indicator in the node graph
• Support for plugin name on FX nodes
• Support for full height OpenFX inspector in full screen mode
• Ability to set default number of neighboring clips for Split Screen in Project Settings > Color
• Support for Clip Color indicators in the Color page Timeline
• Support for adding any Media Pool clip as a matte to the current clip on the Color page
• Added support to ARRI look (CDL + LUT) for Alexa SXT Quicktime clips
• Added Canon Log 2 support in Resolve Color Management
• Added RED Wide Gamut colorspace and Log3G10 gamma support in Resolve Color Management
• Ability to generate LUTs in Resolve Color Management, ACES and ACEScc projects
• Improved support for ACES v1.0.3
• Support for ACEScc, ACEScct and ACEScg color spaces in Resolve Color Management
• Support for ACEScc, ACEScct and ACEScg color spaces in the ResolveFX Color Space Transform plugin
• Support for ACEScc, ACEScct and ACEScg IDTs and ODTs when using ACES
• Added a new LMT Neon Suppression CLF
• Support for clip output render caching from pre and post group node graph
• Support for showing picker RGB values in 8 bit or 10 bit available in the View menu
• Ability to to toggle the viewer overlay mode on/off using Shift + `
• Support for Ctrl/Command and Ctrl/Command+Shift for half and quarter increments in Printer Lights Hotkeys
• Added support for selecting all clips in the Color page using Command/Ctrl+A
• Added Color page thumbnail indicator for Edit page OpenFX applied on clips
• Improved viewer image quality when zooming in and out of the Color page viewer
• Added support for latest X-rite ColorChecker chart
• Improved color match behavior for X-Rite Color Checker Classic color chart


• Support for source viewer video I/O playback of clips not at the project frame rate
• Support for user selectable checksum methods in Clone Tool option menu
• Ability to unmount drives from Media Storage on Mac and Windows
• Ability to set custom whole number frame rates from 1 to 120 fps in Clip Attributes
• Support for option to import ARRIRAW clips at the Open Gate resolution in Project Settings > CameraRAW > ARRI
• Support for automatically cropping ARRI Quicktime clips to show only the active area of the sensor
• Added support for additional clip metadata in CinemaDNG files, including shutter, ISO, focal length and lens information
• Added support for viewing location metadata for QuickTime clips with geotagging
• Added support for viewing location metadata on Blackmagic Design CinemaDNG clips
• Support for decoding clips from the Canon C200 camera
• Support for decoding AC-3 audio in MTS and Quicktime files on Windows and Mac
• Support for latest EasyDCP library
• Support for decoding Nikon RAW files
• Support for encoding and decoding Cineform files on all platforms
• Support for decoding MultiPart OpenEXR
• Support for decoding and encoding 32-bit float OpenEXR clips
• Support for Constant and Variable bitrate in Quicktime ProRes and DNxHR codecs
• Support for H.264 multi-pass encoding on Mac
• Support for decoding H.264 Intra 422 10bit - DaVinci Resolve Studio only
• Support for encoding to the MP4 format
• Support for decoding High 10 Profile H.264 files on DaVinci Resolve Studio
• Support for encoding VP9 profiles with higher bit-depth
• Support for Network Optimization option in Quicktime renders
• Support for 10b and 12b encoding options for DNxHR HQX and DNxHR 444
• Support for Rec.2100 metadata in QuickTime renders
• Support for decoding and encoding 32-bit float WAV files
• Support for QuickTime reference movies on Linux and Windows
• Added support for automatically searching the current folder when a QuickTime reference clip is not found
• Support for drop frame timecode when performing a 3:2 pull down during encode


• DaVinci Resolve Studio now also supports license key based activation
• Support for an improved Project Manager with an integrated Database manager
• Added ability to resize the Project Manager window
• Added support for manually updating thumbnails in the Project Manager
• Ability to copy and paste one or multiple projects between databases
• Ability to sort list of databases in Database manager
• Support for a new Bicubic resizing filter option
• User settings such as layout preferences are now saved locally on the machine
• Ability to drag a bin into another bin in the Media Pool right hand side view
• Support for a smaller page switcher on smaller screens
• Ability to type in Project Manager and browse dialogs to automatically navigate to and highlight matches
• Support for searching for shortcuts by command name or shortcut in Project Settings > Keyboard Mapping
• Support for displaying conflicts when assigning shortcuts in Project Settings > Keyboard Mapping
• Modifying default keyboard mapping presets are now automatically stored as Custom
• Tags now support non-text parameters such as Timecode, Dates, Numbers and Resolutions
• Data Burn-In is now a floating window available on the Edit, Color, Fairlight and Deliver page through the Workspace menu
• Support for undo/redo history available in the Edit menu
• Support for an option to stop playback when frames are dropped on the SDI output
• Support for remembering the last open page across multiple sessions
• Added JKL playback support when in Cinema mode
• Added a shortcut for Blackmagic Design’s Training resources in the Help menu
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