Blackmagic Davinci Resolve 15 Ships with Great New Features

It seems that lately, whenever Blackmagic ships a new version of DaVinci Resolve, it’s more than just an update, it’s practically a brand new app. And with their 15th major release of Resolve, there are hundreds of new features that’ll not only streamline your post production workflow, but expand it.

The public beta of DaVinci Resolve 15 has been download more than any other release,”said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Customers have provided incredible feedback, and more high end editors are adopting it faster than ever before.”

Here’s a list of all the new features added to DaVinci Resolve 15 since NAB:

  • Improved performance when rendering H.264 clips.
  • Clip names can be added as part of a window burn.
  • Added support for HTML text formatting in subtitles.
  • Added support for 2D and 3D title templates.
  • Subclip extents can now be changed from the Edit timeline.
  • Dynamic Trim icon has been added to the toolbar with slip and slide indicators.
  • Audio automation data can now be edited on Fairlight page.
  • FairlightFX now include presets and customers can now create their own.
  • Sound libraries can now be created using DaVinci Resolve disk databases.
  • Initial ResolveFX and OpenFX plugin support has been added to the Fusion page.
  • New bypass Color and Fusion effects button has been added to all pages.
  • Fusion compositions can now be copied and applied to additional clips.
  • MediaIn nodes now let customers modify trim and media properties.
  • Saver nodes have been added to the Fusion page.
  • Clip level blanking output is now supported on the Color page.
  • Nodes can now be assigned custom colors on the Color page.
  • Compositing images with transparency has been improved.
  • Optical flow performance has been dramatically improved.
  • DCTL support has been extended and now supports ResolveFX.
  • On-screen control for OpenFX and ResolveFX are now more responsive.
  • Added support for encoding CEA-708 closed captions in MXF OP1a clips.
  • Added support for encoding EXR clips with alpha channels.
  • Added support for importing audio clip levels from AAF imports.
  • New French and Portuguese language localization.
  • Improved codec and format listing on the Deliver page.
  • Simultaneous monitoring of SDR and HDR for DolbyVisionTM and HDR10+.
  • New support for importing audio only AAF timelines.
  • New support for Final Cut Pro X XML version 1.8.

All told, Blackmagic has incorporated more than 250 new tools for compositing, paint, particles, animated titles and more for its Fusion module, and a major update to Fairlight audio, and over 300 new features and improvements for video editing and color correction, including a new LUT browser and new SuperScale HD-8K uprezzing with HDR10 support. WOW. Like I said, it’s practically a new app.

Historically, the more mature a software app gets, the more bloated it becomes as new features keep getting added. But Blackmagic gets around this by using a tab system which devotes independent pages  for each of the four major application modules: Editing, Color Correction, Fairlight Audio, and Fusion Visual Effects. To switch between all four, all post production artists need to do is click on each page in the interface and you instantly move to that module.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced that its official step by step training handbook, “The Definitive Guide to DaVinci Resolve 15” is now available for order on Amazon. Resolve 15 also runs on Windows, Mac and even Linux workstations.

DaVinci Resolve 15 is available today as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all current DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio customers. DaVinci Resolve Studio is available for $299 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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