Blackmagic Design’s high-end video editing software has a lot of new tools for editing and working together.
Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editor. It was made to edit Blackmagic RAW files from the company’s own cinema cameras, but it can also edit a wide range of other video formats.
Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro are two of the most popular professional video editors, but DaVinci Resolve is right there with them on our list of the best video editing software.
The most important thing is that anyone can download and use the free DaVinci Resolve 18 version, in addition to the paid DaVinci Resolve Studio version. This version is free and has a lot of great features.
With DaVinci Resolve 18, users from anywhere in the world can now use the Blackmagic Cloud service to work together remotely in real time. It means that editors, colorists, effects artists, and sound engineers can all work on the same project at the same time.
Also new is the Blackmagic Proxy Generator app, which uses your original clips to create proxy files and automatically manages them. This cuts down on the amount of hardware you need for projects with a high resolution. DaVinci Resolve will keep links to the original files.
“Intelligent Media Management” is another new feature that makes it easier to keep track of assets when you’re working from home or with other people.
The new ways to work together are rounded out by Shared Project Libraries and Remotely Monitored Streaming. You can use DeckLink and Remote Monitored Streaming to show the DaVinci Studio Resolve viewer on a remote monitor anywhere in the world. Blackmagic says that its 10-bit images have low latency and high quality, which makes them perfect for remote editing, grading, and getting feedback right away.
DaVinci Resolve 18 also has some other new features.
The DaVinci Neural Engine can tell the difference between animals, cars, people, food, and other things. The new Object Mask can recognise “thousands” of objects and follow their movements.
You can make a 3D map of a scene with the new Depth Map effect to grade the foreground and background separately. You can also add graphics to surfaces that have been bent or whose perspective has been changed.
The “Ultra Beauty” tool in Resolve FX Beauty can now make skin look smoother and bring back details that were lost. You can now reverse Shape, Iris, and Wipe transitions, and subtitles now work better.
There’s a lot more that’s new, like updates to the Fusion and Fairlight modules and a lot of changes behind the scenes.
blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/whatsnew has the full list.
DaVinci Resolve 18 Studio costs $294/£294 (including VAT)/AU$479 (including tax), but the licence is good for life and all future updates are free. If you already own a licence for Studio, you will get the update to v18 for free.
DaVinci Resolve Studio is also free with Blackmagic cameras and desktop controllers (at the time of going to press). Visit Blackmagic Design’s website to find out more.