Cloud collaboration forms major part of update


Blackmagic Design has released the 18th version of DaVinci Resolve.

The main part of the update is cloud collaboration, which allows multiple editors, colourists, VFX artists and audio engineers to work simultaneously on the same project, on the same timeline, from any location.

Users can host projecct libraries using BlackMagic Cloud, while Blackmagic Proxy generator automatically creates proxies linked to camera originals, for a faster editing workflow. If you create a watch folder, new media is automatically converted into H.264, H.265 or Apple ProRes proxies to accelerate editing workflows. Users can then extract proxies into a separate folder for offline work. 

In addition to cloud collaboration, there are new Resolve FX such as ultra beauty and 3D depth map, improved subtitling for editors, GPU accelerated Fusion paint and real time title template playback, Fairlight fixed to FlexBus conversion and more.

DaVinci Resolve 18 features

 - Support for Blackmagic Cloud to host and manage cloud based project libraries.
 - New Blackmagic Proxy Generator App automatically creates and manages proxies.
 - Ability to choose between working with proxies or camera original files.
 - Support for intelligent path mapping to relink files automatically.
 - Improved project library performance for private server.
 - New object mask recognizes and tracks movement of thousands of objects automatically.
 - New depth map generates 3D depth map of a scene in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
 - New surface tracker for tracking warped surfaces in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
 - Refined ultra beauty tool in Resolve FXbeauty for advanced corrective work.
 - Expanded subtitle support for TTML and XML timed texts, and embedded MXF/IMF.
 - Support for reversing shape, iris and wipe transitions in the edit page.
 - New 5x5 multicam enables viewing of up to 25 simultaneous different angles.
 - Faster GPU accelerated paint tool with smoother strokes.
 - Support for live previews when using the Text+ color picker.
 - Ability to convert historical fixed bus projects to FlexBus in project settings.
 - Improved Dolby Atmos immersive mixing, including Binaural monitoring.
 - Decomposition of nested timelines with all track data including FX and automation.
 - Innovative space view scope in Fairlight shows position and relationship in 3D space.

Other new features include being able to deliver a live grade to someone remotely, and allowing chapters to be uploaded to YouTube.

Aside from DaVinci Resolve, Blackmagic also revealed a family of network storage solutions at a press event on 18 April - Blackmagic Cloud Store, Blackmagic Cloud Store Mini and Blackmagic Cloud Pod - which feature 10G Ethernet, DropBox sync, up to 320 TB of high-speed flash memory, HDMI monitoring, and more.

Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO, said: “This is a major release that totally revolutionizes remote project collaboration using cloud based workflows.

“With Blackmagic Cloud, customers can collaborate on the same timeline anywhere in the world. Imagine editing in Tokyo, while a colorist is grading in LA on the same timeline, at exactly the same time! The new DaVinci proxy workflow makes working with proxy files or camera originals seamless, relinking in just one click. I think it will be exciting to try out the new cloud collaboration workflow and I can’t wait to see how our customers collaborate with each other around the world.”