Why Resolve 18 is a Real Game Changer

In the run-up to NAB 2022, Blackmagic Design got a jump on things with a live stream to announce a wave of new cloud-focused hardware tools. They also used this moment to introduce DaVinci Resolve 18. If you want to try it out the public beta is already available, too.

A lot of changes are coming to Resolve this year with the new Cloud Collaboration features taking up a major chunk of the press. Alex Jordan from Learn Color Grading is obviously very into the latest release and goes in-depth on many of the biggest new features and details why this release is so significant.

Normally, big new versions of Resolve come with some sort of flashy new feature or button that stands out. Resolve 18 kind of looks the same when you open it up. Blackmagic is doing a lot more behind the scenes and Alex thinks this might be one of the more significant releases so far.

The smaller updates here come from the AI-based functions. This should mean that things like the tracker and other tools are working a lot better and smarter. They just work better. That’s very important but it isn’t everything. The render engine is faster as well and there are some other optimizations across the board.

What we all should be looking at is the new Blackmagic Cloud Platform. Now you can actually create a database and host your projects on a cloud server. This service costs $5/month and opens the door to vastly enhanced collaboration.

Image Credit: Blackmagic Design

With a project hosted in the cloud you can now add people to the cloud-hosted project and everyone can work on the same thing in real-time. If you are trying to work with others this workflow is revolutionary.

Everyone can work at the same time and projects will update on the fly. Being that more and more workflows are going remote this will allow for some more collaboration and the ability to work with people you never would have in the past.

You could build a brand-new team of filmmakers and editors with a bunch of talent all across the country or even the world.

This is certainly another exciting release from Blackmagic but I should throw out the usually warning about beta software. Do not upgrade if you are in the middle of an important project or if you can’t spend some time figuring out why some features are buggy. Ideally you should install the beta onto a secondary machine.

What do you think about Resolve 18?

[source: Learn Color Grading]

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