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DaVinci Resolve 18 is a major release featuring cloud based workflows for a new way to collaborate remotely.

You can host project libraries using Blackmagic Cloud and collaborate on the same timeline, in real time, with multiple users globally.

The new Blackmagic Proxy generator automatically creates proxies linked to camera originals, for a faster editing workflow.

Support for Apple M1 Ultra gives you a powerful image processing engine, eliminating expensive cloud computing.

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!

Let’s see some more details about the new features.

Cloud collaboration

DaVinci Resolve 18 supports Blackmagic Cloud, so you can host your project libraries on the DaVinci Resolve Project Server in the cloud.

Share projects and work collaboratively with editors, colorists, VFX artists and audio engineers on the same project at the same time and in different locations.

The new Blackmagic Proxy Generator App automatically creates and manages proxies from camera originals.

Create a watch folder and new media is automatically converted into H.264, H.265 or ProRes proxies to accelerate editing workflows. The user can extract proxies into a separate folder for offline work!

Switch between camera original footage and proxies in a single click. With Blackmagic Proxy Generated proxies, DaVinci Resolve knows where in the file tree to find them, instantly linking to the camera originals in the media pool, edit with proxies, then relink to camera originals to grade.

DaVinci Resolve 18 adds intelligent media location management, so that when you are collaborating you can quickly link media to your unique file paths. Now you don’t need to manually relink or search for assets when you work remotely. So you have more time for creativity.

The collaboration update also provides major performance enhancements if you are using a secure private network.

Get immediate updates of editorial and color changes when collaborating on a remotely hosted project library.

Creative decisions can be made in real time based on the latest changes.

Live stream your DaVinci Resolve Studio viewer and display on a remote computer monitor, or a reference grading monitor, via DeckLink to anywhere in the world.

The extremely low latency and high quality 12-bit image is ideal for remote editing or color grading giving you instant feedback on changes.

The news about the color management

Located in the magic mask palette, the new object mask is able to recognize and track the movement of thousands of unique objects. The DaVinci Neural Engine intuitively isolates animals, vehicles, people and food, plus countless other elements for advanced secondary grading and effects application.

The new depth map effect lets you instantly generate a 3D depth matte of a scene to quickly grade the foreground separately from the background, and vice versa.

It is possible to apply graphics to surfaces, like t-shirts, flags, or even the side of a face.

The surface tracker’s customizable mesh follows the motion of a textured surface.

Ultra beauty gives you advanced control over a subject when performing corrective beauty work.

Developed with professional colorists, the ultra beauty tool helps to address general imperfections by smoothing skin and then recovering detail to produce natural results to the subject.

The news about the editing tools

Subtitle support has been expanded to include TTML and XML timed texts and embedded MXF/IMF subtitles. View and import subtitles from media storage, create regions to support multiple simultaneous captions per track and set individual presets and text positions when indicating different speakers.

Transitions in the effects library’s shape, iris and wipe categories now have a checkbox, allowing you to easily reverse the direction of the transition.

This gives you additional flexibility when using these types of transitions, as well as adding to your creative possibilities.

A new 5×5 option in the multicam viewer now allows you to view up to 25 different angles in a single multicam clip at the same time.

Ideal for large multicam projects. This makes viewing, cutting and switching between more angles much easier, rather than moving between pages to see different angles.

When delivering to QuickTime formats or uploading directly to YouTube, you can choose to automatically create chapter markers from one set of colored timeline markers. All you need to do is add and rename markers to your timeline.

What’s new in Fusion

In DaVinci Resolve 18, GPU acceleration allows paint brush strokes to be generated and displayed in real time for a more intuitive approach when performing cover up work or graphic design.

Instant visual feedback allows you to assess your work and make corrections in any stroke style or shape.

Text, text+ and shape templates have improved speed and playback performance in DaVinci Resolve 18.

New memory management and data handling means that Fusion templates are faster. Accelerated results are displayed in the viewer.

And how about the audio management?

FlexBus is Fairlight’s flexible audio busing and routing system designed for managing high track counts, extensive plug-in processing, perfect synchronization and multiple project deliverables.

The Dolby Atmos deliverable toolset has been expanded to support rendering of a binaural output from a complex Dolby Atmos mix.

Now a Dolby 7.1.4 mix can be rendered to playback in a pair of headphones while maintaining the immersive sound experience from just two audio channels.

This features seems to be useful in preparing the files to be sent to a Dolby Atmos compatible facility also while working at home studios or in mobility.

Nested timelines can now be decomposed with all track data including FX and automation.

Assignments will connect using new buses, existing paths or new tracks can be left unpatched.

DaVinci Resolve supports the latest industry standard audio formats natively, including immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D, MPEG-H, NHK 22.2, and SMPTE.

The space view scope displays a real time view of every object and its relationship to the room and other objects in 3D space.

Conclusion

It seems that the Release 18 has got some important and useful new tools. What we like the most is the support for immersive audio and to the Dolby Atmos which has been enhanced with the introduction of the binaural rendering capability (immersive audio is available in the paid version only).
Well, just go to the BlackMagic website (from where we took all the information from) and download the application. Enjoy!

Sono un ingegnere elettronico con la passione per la musica ed il suono. Mi sono avvicinato alla musica da autodidatta (salvo una breve parentesi alla University of the Blues di Dallas) e ho suonato nei peggiori locali italiani (con casuali puntate all'estero). Ho costruito la mia prima radio FM appena finita la terza media. Ho continuato con amplificatori a valvole e transistor fino ad arrivare alla produzione di circuiti integrati. Collaboro da anni con varie riviste (cartacee e web) di musica nelle quali mi occupo di recensioni di strumenti musicali e sistemi per l'elaborazione del suono. Trovate le mie pubblicazioni su Accordo (accordo.it), la rivista Chitarre (dal 2010 al 2015) e su Audio Central Magazine (audiocentralmagazine.com). Produco musica da un po' nello NTFC Studio che serve sostanzialmente per le produzioni di NTFC Band.