DaVinci Resolve 15 released with Fusion built-in
UPDATED. BlackMagic Design has announced that the official version of DaVinci Resolve, its editing, grading, digital audio and, as of this version, compositing application is out of beta and available now.
In DaVinci Resolve 15 Fusion comes built-in as a separate page. This brings over 250 of Fusions tools and 3D workspace directly into the NLE. According to Blackmagic, “adding Fusion […] has been a massive project that will be completed over the next 12-18 months.” To add a composited clip, users select a clip in the timeline on the Edit page and switch to the Fusion page to use the familiar node-based interface. This news does not affect the standalone version of Fusion which will remain available and projects created in the standalone version of Fusion can be copied and pasted into DaVinci Resolve 15 projects.
Resolve 15 has received performance improvements with support for Apple Metal, multiple GPUs and CUDA acceleration. Load times have also been improved for large projects with hundreds of timelines and thousands of clips.
Audio has also been overhauled with significant updates to the Fairlight audio page which now includes “a complete ADR toolset, static and variable audio retiming with pitch correction, audio normalization, 3D panners, audio and video scrollers, a fixed playhead with scrolling timeline, shared sound libraries, support for legacy Fairlight projects, and built-in cross-platform plugins such as reverb, hum removal, vocal channel and de-esser.” It is now also possible to create sound libraries using the disk database, support for basic HTML text formatting in subtitles, improvements to audio playback for clips with variable speed changes, improvements to FairlightFX plugin performance on all platforms and several performance improvements and bug fixes.
Over 100 improvements have been added for color correction including a new LUT browser, multiple playheads for quickly referencing different shots in a program, performance of up to 5 times for stabilization, improved noise reduction, new SuperScale HD to 8K up-rezzing, HDR support with GPU accelerated Dolby Vision metadata analysis and native HDR 10+ grading controls. New ResolveFX enables users to patch blemishes or remove unwanted elements in a shot using smart fill technology and remove dust and scratches, lens and aperture diffraction effects, and more.
The editing experience has also been improved with stacked timelines and timeline tabs that enables users to view multiple timelines simultaneously. New markers are available with on-screen annotations, there are new subtitle and closed captioning tools, the ability to autosave with versioning, improved keyboard customization tools, new 2D and 3D Fusion title templates, the ability to stabilize images directly from the Edit page, a floating timecode window, improved organization and metadata tools, a Netflix render presets with IMF support and more.
Users are now able to edit subclips directly from the timeline and import audio only AAF timelines. Pipeline support is improved with new APIs for Python and LUA, and support for DCP compliant composition naming. DCP packages with stereoscopic 3D or 96kHz audio can now be decoded too, in addition to general performance improvements including the responsiveness of OpenVFX and ResolveFX on-screen controls.
DaVinci Resolve 15 is available now. A very capable free version is available and the Studio version with the full suite of collaborative features, 3D tools and ResolveFX costs $299 for a perpetual license. Find out more on the DaVinci Resolve website and see a video of the new features on YouTube.