DaVinci Resolve 15 Released With Sweeping Enhancements to the Video Editing Platform

DaVinci Resolve 15 Released With Sweeping Enhancements to the Video Editing Platform

Today, Blackmagic Design has released a major update to their fully featured video editing application, DaVinci Resolve.

DaVinci Resolve 15 now features a full set of tools for video editing, color grading, audio, visual effects, and a motion graphics. In this release, Fusion visual effects is now built in and offers “over 250 tools for compositing, vector paint, keying, rotoscoping, text animation, tracking, stabilization, particles, and more” in a 3D workspace.

In a post to the Blackmagic Design forums, DaVinci Resolve Product Manager Peter Chamberlain details the very lengthy list of new features in this release. DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio is available for $299 to new customers, while existing customers can upgrade for free. They offer a non-Studio free version that has received the updates as well. Unless the multi-user collaboration features interest you, the free version has the full comprehensive set of tools for video editing.

DaVinci Resolve 15 runs on macOS 10.12.6 or higher, Windows 10, and Linux Redhat or CentOS 7.3.

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Mac OS 10.12? I guess I'm stuck on Resolve 14 for a while.

I'm mostly keen on getting just a few things that I can't seem to find yet in 14, or don't exist: First, I wish the whole interface was as modular as in Premiere. If the new 15 has better workspace modularity, I might upgrade just for that one feature! Second, I'm still trying to figure out the best substitute for "Warp Stabilizer", and both audio and video noise reduction. The plugins available for Premiere were truly amazing at cleaning up noisy audio/video.

I tried to love Resolve, but constant and unpredictable inability just to start it made me think about other, less beta solutions.

Simon Patterson's picture

Davinci Resolve looks great, but on a PC it only uses the video card's memory, not the motherboard's memory. This renders Resolve useless to me; I use Hitfilm Express instead.

You don't need an expensive graphic card to run it. It really is a brilliant piece of software.

Simon Patterson's picture

Maybe you and I have a different definition of "expensive". An 8gb graphics card is the absolute minimum they recommend. That's out of my price range, when nothing else I do requires it.

Davinci Resolve ground to a halt when I tried it with 2gb of graphics memory.

I use a 6GB card - more than enough for my 4K editing. 8GB is a recommendation so it ca't be a minimum unless you're using a lot of effects. I picked up a Gigabyte 1060 GB for a reasonable price.

Been using it for awhile and I can't see a reason to pay for Premiere. I think Adobe will lose some customers here. I actually find it more intuitive than Premiere and no round-tripping needed anymore. I've since downgraded my Adobe sub to the Photoshop + LR option.

Jeff McCollough's picture

One word: "Chroma".

Don't really need it for my uses.

Simon Patterson's picture

I ditched my Adobe sub altogether. Photoshop CS6 suits me perfectly for still photo editing, too.

Jeff McCollough's picture

The Chroma tools suck though.

Christian Argueta's picture

I'm cool with it. Runs fine on my iMac. Like anything new, there's a learning curve. Love that I don't have to jump around different pieces of software and have powerful color grading and audio tools. I still need to learn Fusion tho, but, them's the price to pay for free software.

Michael Breitung's picture

I'm still stuck with 14 for now. I'm too lazy to upgrade from Windows 7 ;-)

Mark Harris's picture

I struggled for weeks to get my head around Premiere and AE, but eventually gave up and decided video wasn't for me. Then I read about Resolve, and found I could just dive in and use it. I find it far more intuitive than the others, and it just keeps getting better. Runs great on my 4 year old imac too. I can also recommend the tutorials from Goat's Eye View, which are very short and to the point.

Spy Black's picture

Resolve seems like such a great idea, but it's execution sucks. It doesn't play nice with various h.264 files (typically won't play their audio, others won't play at all), it doesn't even see legacy files like MiniDV, and I get get render failures that tell me nothing as to why they failed. I can't find any info on how to use the Fairlight DAW other than pricey 3rd-party training schools.

If you work with BlackMagic hardware and various pro and prosumer cameras, you probably will be OK with Resolve. Otherwise look elsewhere for editing. I can throw ANY video file at Premiere, and it doesn't bat an eye and plays them without a hitch, regardless of project settings. I mix and match disparate format files in Premiere all the time. Even prosumer editors can do this. Can't do that in Resolve tho.

It's too bad, because the promise of Resolve is so fantastic. I would love to dump Premiere and be done with it, but alas, no.