Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 2 Released

At NAB 2018 as expected, Blackmagic Design unveiled their latest DaVinci Resolve 15, which features a full integration of Fusion into the DaVinci Resolve timeline, making for an improved workflows removing the need for round trip renders to Fusion, support for a full Metal, CUDA or OpenCL GPU processing pipeline, improved UI for faster and more fluid workflow as well as new node graph, viewers, tool bar and much more.

Earlier today, Blackmagic Design released Resolve 15 Beta 2 update, which adds support for creating sound libraries using DaVinci Resolve disk database, and basic HTML text formatting to subtitles, improves audio playback for clips with variable speed changes, addresses FairlightFX plugin performance on all platforms, improves Noise Reduction on Windows and improves overall stability of the Fusion page.

In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio Public Beta 2 includes dozens of general performance enhancements and bug fixes.

And while, there is no mention of ProRes Raw support in this version, this is probably something Blackmagic Design is working on behind the scenes and it is likely we may see support in Resolve 16 (or even before).

What’s New in DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 2

  • Sound libraries can now also be created on Resolve Disk Databases
  • Improved:
    • Subtitles with basic support for HTML text formatting
    • Support for audio playback for clips with variable speed changes
    • Memory usage when using Gaussian Blur in the Fusion page
  • Updated live preview in LUT Browser to apply the LUT on the current node
  • Addressed the following issues/fixed bugs:
    • where loading an old project backup and switching timelines would sometimes crash
    • where setting a custom cache path would sometimes fail to back up the project correctly
    • where the shortcut for Import Media would not work correctly
    • where hovering on a filmstrip in a floating Media Pool bin would not perform the live preview
    • where copying clips with cross fades would sometimes cause a crash
    • where typing period or comma in timecode entry would incorrectly result in edit operations on Mac
    • with the in point when importing timelines with edits with large speed changes
    • where replacing a clip in the Media Pool would not update the clip name correctly
    • where exiting Cinema mode would sometimes incorrectly reset the position of the main application window
    • where navigating clips, keyframes or markers in the Edit page would result in an audio preview of the frame
    • when adding a Text+ title to the timeline and enabling video field processing
    • where some Fusion comp clips would show incorrect frame previews when cached
    • where switching to the Fusion page would result in a crash on certain macOS systems
    • when adding an EXR with a custom channel to the Fusion page
    • where previewing title templates in dual screen layouts would behave incorrectly
    • inconsistent defaults for vertical alignment anchor in the Text3D tool in the Fusion page
    • a crash when render caching a node and enabling video field processing
    • where OpenFX applied inside a compound node would not be persisted correctly
    • where it was possible to change OpenFX parameters in a locked node
    • where Cleanup Node Graph would result in incorrect spacing
    • where FairlightFX plugins could not be accessed on Linux
    • where the Noise Reduction FairlightFX plugin could not be accessed on Windows
    • where moving audio tracks up or down would not retain the audio scroller selection
    • where the Normalize Audio Levels dialog could not be invoked from some clips in the Fairlight page
    • where certain USB audio output devices would not be recognized on macOS
    • where automation on 2D Pan would alter the Front/Back positions
    • where the timeline timecode would not be sent correctly over SDI on the Fairlight page
    • where dragging a clip from the Media Pool to the Fairlight timeline would sometimes create an additional audio track
    • where applying certain audio effects on a clip would result in glitches at the end of the clip
    • where changes in the Fairlight page would sometimes not be persisted in a collaboration project
    • where changing the clip name in Clip Attributes window would not reflect on the Fairlight timeline
    • where DCP folders with multiple clips would not be decoded correctly
  • General performance and stability improvements

Fusion VFX in the new DaVinci Resolve 15:

Audio Post with Fairlight in Resolve 15:

For those of you still running Resolve 12.5 or DaVinci Resolve 14 you can check out the new features in Resolve 15 below.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 15

Fusion – Key new features

  • Fully integrated into the DaVinci Resolve timeline
  • Improved workflows removing the need for round trip renders to Fusion
  • Initial support for a full Metal, CUDA or OpenCL GPU processing pipeline
  • Improved UI for faster and more fluid workflow
  • New node graph (Flow)
  • New viewers/toolbar/inspector
  • Fusion page now includes
    • Media Pool
    • Tools library with Templates
    • Timeline with Thumbnails
    • Spline Editor
    • Keyframe Timeline
    • Metadata
  • Dual screen layouts for the Fusion page
  • Support for Fusion in collaborative projects
  • Support for various geometry files for Fusion in Media Storage and Media Pool
  • Support for importing and exporting Fusion comp files
  • Support for Fusion planar tracker is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve
  • Support for Fusion planar stabilization is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve
  • Support for Fusion planar transforms of roto is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve
  • Support for Fusion planar tracked roto is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve
  • Support for Fusion optical flow retiming is now available on the non Studio version of DaVinci Resolve

Visual effects Features

  • Vector Paint
  • 2D and 3D Compositing
  • 3D Camera Tracking in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Planar Tracking and Rotoscoping
  • Node Based Workflow
  • 3D Workspace
  • Keying and Mattes
  • Rotoscoping
  • Tracking and Stabilization
  • 3D Particles
  • Scripting
  • Shot Cleanup
  • Open Color I/O
  • Virtual Set Extensions

Broadcast design and motion graphics Features

  • 2D and 3D Titles
  • 3D Logos
  • Animated Text
  • Spline Based Animation
  • Replicate Objects
  • Expressions and Macros
  • Highly Interactive VR tools in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Import 3D Models and Scenes
  • Built-in 3D Objects
  • Realistic Lighting and Shading
  • Comprehensive Stereoscopic 3D Tools in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Deep Pixel Compositing
  • Volumetric Effects

Fairlight – Key new Features

  • ADR (Automatic Dialog Replacement)
  • Audio Bounce
  • Fixed playhead timeline
  • Audio scrollers
  • Video scroller
  • 3D audio pan
  • Sound Library
  • Support for native FairlightFX
    • Chorus
    • De-Esser
    • De-Hummer
    • Delay
    • Distortion
    • Echo
    • Flanger
    • Modulation
    • Noise Reduction
    • Pitch
    • Reverb
    • Stereo Width
    • Vocal Channel

Important Note: For those using the disk database, DaVinci Resolve 15.0b2 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 15.0b1. Regardless of which database type you use we strongly recommend that you backup your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing any upgrades. 

To download DaVinci Resolve 15 Beta 2 and Resolve 15 Studio Beta 2 head over to Blackmagic Design’s support page here.

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