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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 17 with 300 new and improved features

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October 11, 2020 4:03:00 PM PDT October 11, 2020 4:03:00 PM PDTth, October 11, 2020 4:03:00 PM PDT

DaVinci Resolve 17 is a major new release with over 100 new features and 200 improvements. The colour page features new HDR grading tools, redesigned primary controls, AI-based magic mask and more. Fairlight updates mouse and keyboard edit selection tools so customers can work faster, along with Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus, an ext-generation audio engine and busing architecture with support for 2,000 tracks. Editors get a metadata slate view with bin dividers, zoomed waveforms for audio trimming, smart reframing, a unified inspector and dozens of other time-saving tools. In addition, compositions created in Fusion can now be used as an effect, title or transition on the edit and cut pages. “This is a massive update and it has amazing new technology and features for colourists, audio engineers, editors and visual effects artists,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “While the new colour science, HDR grading and improvements and Fairlight usability are the most noticeable features, what I am most proud of are the thousands of small improvements that customers will notice every day!”

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The DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor eliminates the large QWERTY keyboard for a smaller more portable design, so the function button area includes only the controls customers need for editing. Some of the enhanced function keys on the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor are not even available on the full-sized editor keyboard. Plus, some keys have an alternative function where customers can press and hold or double press to get a second function using the same key. That means customers need fewer keys for a more portable design, but it still retains a lot of editing power. The keys are in a separated into groups to make it easier to find the keys you need by feel and operate faster than a regular keyboard.

We have broken down all the new features and updates into four key areas:



Visual Effects Artists

Audio Engineers

Key Features and Updates for Colourists

DaVinci Resolve 17 features incredible new creative tools for colourists. Power Window drawing has been improved, there are new split-screen wipe options, an additional Sat vs Lum curve, improved scopes, support for 17 point 3D LUTs and more.

Create new colour wheels for fine-adjustments

The HDR grading palette lets customers create new colour wheels with custom roll-off for specific tonal ranges, giving customers more creative control to make fine adjustments. The wheels include exposure and saturation controls for each zone. They’re colour space aware so customers get perceptually uniform results.

Adjust 2 colour parameters at once

The mesh-based warping tool lets customers adjust two colour parameters at once. Customers can adjust both hue and saturation or chroma and luma. Adjustments are made by dragging control points, with smooth falloff for clean, natural-looking adjustments. It’s an entirely new way to transform colour in their images.

Magic Mask for tracking people or features

Selecting and tracking people for targeted correction has never been easier. Magic mask uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically create masks for an entire person or specific features such as face or arms. Customers get matte finesse tools, the ability to add and remove strokes and automatic tracking.

Simplified Colour Management workflow

DaVinci Resolve colour management adds features to simplify their workflow and improve image quality. DaVinci wide gamut and DaVinci intermediate are timeline colour space and gamma settings that provide a universal internal working colour space. It’s larger than what cameras can capture, or BT.2020, ARRI wide gamut and even ACES AP1. Customers will never lose image data, no matter where it comes from.

Key Features and Updates for Editors

DaVinci Resolve 17 makes the cut page even smarter with great new features designed to help customers finish quick turnaround projects even faster.

Easy to sort and find clips

Metadata slate view with bin dividers makes it easy to sort and find clips based on scene, shot, camera and more. When used with source tape, it’s the fastest way to jump in and out of scenes or groups of shots.

Quickly create different versions

Now customers can edit in 16:9 HD or Ultra HD and quickly create square or vertical versions for posting to Instagram and other apps. The DaVinci Neural Engine automatically identifies faces and repositions them inside the new frame so customers don’t have to do it manually.

Multi-column view

Finding the right effect, transition or title is faster and easier than ever. The elegant, new multi-column view lets customers see more and scroll less. Descriptive icons also help customers quickly find what customers need. Plus, customers can hover scrub the mouse across any item to see a live preview in the viewer.

Sync Bin with Multiview

Live production projects from ATEM Mini Pro ISO can be opened as a video edit. The sync bin with multiview lets customers fine-tune edits from the original live production or even replace shots. You can use the HD ISO recordings from ATEM or relink to Blackmagic RAW camera files for finishing in Ultra HD.

Time-saving features that editors asked for

The edit page adds dozens of time-saving new features that professional editors have asked for, such as now view larger audio waveforms while trimming or create easily managed, independent proxy media that dramatically improves system performance and makes projects portable. Proxies can be as small as 1/16th resolution and saved as H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNxHR. They can even be generated internally or externally by third-party tools.

Auto Align for Multicam

It’s now easier to create synchronized multicam clips. Simply stack clips on the timeline and use the new “auto-align”tool to sync based on timecode or waveform. Customers can also manually move clips into position to create a sync map. Timelines can be converted into a multicam clip or a compound clip.

More compositing options in the timeline

New Resolve FX 3D, HSL and luma keyer plug-ins let customers pull keys directly in the timeline on both the edit and cut pages. In addition, alpha channels from Resolve FX and Open FX plug-ins are now supported, as are embedded alpha channels and external matte files giving customers even more compositing options.

Generate render files that portable across your timeline

The render in place command lets customers generate render files for any portion of the timeline. Once rendered, customers can move, edit and trim without having to re-render. Unlike cache files, render files are easy to manage and portable.

Adjusting your source before you place on the timeline

Source side adjustments let customers change a clip before editing it into the timeline. For example, customers can adjust RAW controls, add a LUT, remap audio tracks, change sizing, playback frame rate and more, all before editing a clip into the timeline.

Timelines easy to transport

Customers can now import and export individual timelines or bins, giving customers more ways to collaborate. Timeline and bin files are easy to share and small enough to email.

Key Features and Updates for Visual Effects

New support for native processing of interlaced timelines results in higher quality compositing and titling for interlaced deliverables. High-quality DaVinci Neural Engine de-interlacing analyzes motion between fields to reconstruct progressive frames. Customers also get realtime 3:2 pulldown removal.

Consistency across all parts of your project

Compositions you create on the Fusion page can now be saved as a template and used on the edit or cut page. New animation curve modifiers can be used to automatically retime animations when you change their duration in an edit. Audio playback with waveform display makes it easier to create precisely timed animations, there are shared markers with the edit page and more. In addition, 27 GPU accelerated Resolve FX have been added to the Fusion page, including the noise reduction and sharpening tools from the colour page. New and improved format support on the media page, new delivery options, and a unified inspector design on the media, cut, edit and Fairlight pages. DaVinci Resolve 17 also features consistent timeline navigation across all pages, better metadata support, new image scaling algorithms, the ability to share smart bins, smart filters and optimized media across all projects on a system, and even more GPU and CPU accelerated Resolve FX.

Quickly navigate your Nodes

New node view bookmarks make it easy to navigate large comps, the toolbar can be customized with their favourite tools, and vertical layouts are supported in the node editor. Node tree bookmarks let customers quickly navigate to any part of the node tree in a large composition. Customizable toolbars let customers quickly switch toolbars based on the current task. Vertical node tree layouts give customers more room to view the spline and keyframe editors when creating animations and more.

Key Features and Updates for Audio Engineers

DaVinci Resolve 17is the biggest update in Fairlight history with new features, tools and core improvements that make it the world’s fastest and highest quality solution for audio post-production.

New keyboard shortcuts for faster editing

Edit selection mode with new keyboard shortcuts unlocks functionality previously available on the Fairlight Audio Editor. These context-sensitive tools make editing incredibly fast. If users are switching over to Fairlight, these intuitive and familiar tools will help customers get up and running quickly.

New Audio engine for up to 2000 tracks

Fairlight Audio Core is a low latency, next-generation audio engine that intelligently manages workload by using all CPU cores and threads, as well as the optional Fairlight PCIe Audio Accelerator card. Customers get up to 2,000 tracks, each with real-time EQ, dynamics and 6 plug-ins, all on a single system.

Multi-purpose buses with FlexBus

FlexBus is a flexible bus architecture that uses up to 26 channel wide multi-purpose buses instead of fixed buses. Customers can send tracks to buses, buses to tracks, and buses to buses in as many cascade layers deep as needed to create massive sessions. Route anything to anything without limitations.

Transient Analysis Tool

The new transient analysis tool automatically detects individual words, beats, or sound effects. Transient markers are displayed as vertical lines in the waveform. Customers can navigate between them using the arrow keys. Transient markers make it easy to identify specific parts of a sound for editing.

Multi-user Collaboration

Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus enable large projects with thousands of tracks on a single system. Previously this required “chase” computers to be synced with a primary system. Plus DaVinci Resolve’s multi-user collaboration lets multiple sound editors work on the entire project at the same time.

Other Improvements you should know about

Multiple users on one project!

Now anyone can build their own post-production studio. The free version of DaVinci Resolve now includes the revolutionary multi-user collaboration tools previously available in DaVinci Resolve Studio. That means customers can have multiple users all working on the same project at the same time, for free.

More uncompressed codecs supported

Support for growing files in the media pool lets customers start editing while files are still being recorded. There’s decoding support for QuickTime PNG, uncompressed RGB 8-bit and YUV 10-bit AVI, and spanned Panasonic 8K SHV clips.

Support for Frame-Based Metadata

DaVinci Resolve 17support for frame-based metadata from Blackmagic RAW, ARRI, RED and Sony camera files, along with decoding and rendering per frame EXR metadata.

Workflow management APIs

In addition to existing Python and LUA scripting, DaVinci Resolve 17 adds a new workflow integration API and a new encoding API. These APIs allow third-party developers to create integrated asset and workflow management solutions for DaVinci Resolve, as well as encoder plug-ins for custom output options.