Blackmagic Design announced DaVinci Resolve 17 back in November, and it has been in beta form ever since. The long wait for the final version is now over, and you can download Davinci Resolve 17 for free over at Blackmagic Design.
There are more than 300 new features including HDR grading, AI magic mask, improved Fairlight usability, improved editing and much more.
DaVinci Resolve 17 Features
- Next-generation HDR color correction with customizable wheels and tonal zones. Mesh and grid-based color warper delivers an entirely new way to transform color. Magic mask automatic object isolation powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine.
- Improved color management with tone mapping and color space aware tools. Massive DaVinci wide-gamut color space for higher quality image processing. High-speed audio editing with a new keyboard and mouse context-sensitive tools. Fairlight Audio Core engine with auto load balancing and support for 2,000 tracks. Revolutionary FlexBus architecture for audio routing without limitations.
- Automatic transient detection for beats, words, and sound eﬀects.
- Support for massive audio projects with thousands of tracks on a single system.
- Timeline based clip syncing to create multicam and compound clips. Alpha support for keying and compositing on cut and edit pages.
- Import and edit projects from ATEM Mini Pro ISO.
- Proxy media workﬂows up to 1/16th resolution in H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNxHR.
- Metadata based card view in media pool on cut page.
- Precision audio trimming on the cut page timeline and graphical trimmer. Smart reframe powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine on cut and edit pages. Live eﬀect, title, and transition previews on cut and edit pages.
- Render in-place command for eﬀects heavy clips on cut and edit timelines. Make source side adjustments before editing clips into the timeline.
- Portable timeline and bin ﬁles for easy sharing.
- Native interlace processing and realtime 3:2 pulldown removal.
- Node tree bookmarks, customizable Fusion toolbar, and vertical node layouts. Support for growing ﬁles in media pool.
- Support for frame-based metadata for BRAW, ARRI, RED, Sony and EXR. Workﬂow integration API and third-party encoder API.
Fremont, CA, USA – Monday, November 9, 2020 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 17, a major new release with over 300 new features and improvements including HDR grading tools, redesigned primary color controls, next-generation Fairlight audio engine including Fairlight audio core and support for 2,000 real-time audio tracks plus dozens of other time-saving tools for editors including a redesigned inspector, new bin sorting and metadata clip views!
2,000 tracks. Editors get a metadata slate view with bin dividers, zoomed waveforms for audio trimming, smart reframing, a uniﬁed inspector and dozens of other time-saving tools. In addition, compositions created in Fusion can now be used as an eﬀect, title or transition on the edit and cut pages.
DaVinci Resolve 17 features incredible new creative tools for colorists. Power Window drawing has been improved, there are new split-screen wipe options, an additional Sat vs Lum curve, improved scopes, support for 17 point 3D LUTs and more.
The HDR grading palette lets customers create new color wheels with custom roll oﬀ for speciﬁc tonal ranges, giving customers more creative control to make ﬁne adjustments. The wheels include exposure and saturation controls for each zone. They’re color space aware so customers get perceptually uniform results.
The mesh-based warping tool lets customers adjust two color parameters at once. Customers can adjust both hue and saturation or chroma and luma. Adjustments are made by dragging control points, with smooth falloﬀ for clean, natural-looking adjustments. It’s an entirely new way to transform color in their images.
Selecting and tracking people for targeted correction has never been easier. Magic mask uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically create masks for an entire person or speciﬁc features such as face or arms. Customers get matte ﬁnesse tools, the ability to add and remove strokes and automatic tracking.
DaVinci Resolve color management adds features to simplify their workﬂow and improve image quality.
DaVinci wide gamut and DaVinci intermediate are timeline color space and gamma settings that provide a universal internal working color space. It’s larger than what cameras can capture, or BT.2020, ARRI wide gamut and even ACES AP1. Customers will never lose image data, no matter where it comes from.
DaVinci Resolve 17 is the biggest update in Fairlight history with new features, tools and core improvements that make it the world’s fastest and highest quality solution for audio post production.
Edit selection mode with new keyboard shortcuts unlocks functionality previously available on the Fairlight Audio Editor. These context sensitive tools make editing incredibly fast. If users are switching over to Fairlight, these intuitive and familiar tools will help customers get up and running quickly.
Fairlight Audio Core is a low latency, next generation audio engine that intelligently manages workload by using all CPU cores and threads, as well as the optional Fairlight Audio Accelerator card. Customers get up to 2,000 tracks, each with real-time EQ, dynamics and 6 plug-ins, all on a single system.
Fairlight Audio Core and FlexBus enable large projects with thousands of tracks on a single system. Previously this required “chase” computers to be sync’d with a primary system. Plus DaVinci Resolve’s multi-user collaboration lets multiple sound editors work on the entire project at the same time.
DaVinci Resolve 17 makes the cut page even smarter with great new features designed to help customers ﬁnish quick turn around projects even faster.
Metadata slate view with bin dividers makes it easy to sort and ﬁnd clips based on scene, shot, camera and more. When used with source tape, it’s the fastest way to jump in and out of scenes or groups of shots.
Finding the right eﬀect, transition or title is faster and easier than ever. The elegant, new multi-column view lets customers see more and scroll less. Descriptive icons also help customers quickly ﬁnd what customers need. Plus, customers can hover scrub the mouse across any item to see a live preview in the viewer.
Live production projects from ATEM Mini Pro ISO can be opened as a video edit. The sync bin with multiview lets customers ﬁne tune edits from the original live production or even replace shots. You can use the HD ISO recordings from ATEM or relink to Blackmagic RAW camera ﬁles for ﬁnishing in Ultra HD.
The edit page adds dozens of time-saving new features that professional editors have asked for.
Now customers can create easily managed, independent proxy media that dramatically improves system performance and makes projects portable. Proxies can be as small as 1/16th resolution and saved as H.264, H.265, ProRes or DNxHR. They can even be generated internally or externally by third-party tools.
It’s now easier to create synchronized multicam clips. Simply stack clips on the timeline and use the new “auto-align” tool to sync based on timecode or waveform. Customers can also manually move clips into position to create a sync map. Timelines can be converted into a multicam clip or a compound clip.
New Resolve FX 3D, HSL and luma keyer plug-ins let customers pull keys directly in the timeline on both the edit and cut pages. In addition, alpha channels from Resolve FX and Open FX plug-ins are now supported, as are embedded alpha channels and external matte ﬁles giving customers even more compositing options.
The render in place command lets customers generate render ﬁles for any portion of the timeline. Once rendered, customers can move, edit and trim without having to re-render. Unlike cache ﬁles, render ﬁles are easy to manage and portable.
Source side adjustments let customers change a clip before editing it into the timeline. For example, customers can adjust RAW controls, add a LUT, remap audio tracks, change sizing, playback frame rate and more, all before editing a clip into the timeline.
Customers can now import and export individual timelines or bins, giving customers more ways to collaborate. Timeline and bin ﬁles are easy to share and small enough to email.
New support for native processing of interlaced timelines results in higher quality compositing and titling for interlaced deliverables. High-quality DaVinci Neural Engine de-interlacing analyzes motion between ﬁelds to reconstruct progressive frames. Customers also get realtime 3:2 pulldown removal.
Compositions customers create on the Fusion page can now be saved as a template and used on the edit or cut page. New animation curve modiﬁers can be used to automatically retime animations when customers change their duration in an edit. Audio playback with waveform display makes it easier to create precisely timed animations, there are shared markers with the edit page and more. In addition, 27 GPU accelerated Resolve FX have been added to the Fusion page, including the noise reduction and sharpening tools from the color page. New node view bookmarks make it easy to navigate large comps, the toolbar can be customized with their favorite tools, and vertical layouts are supported in the node editor.
uniﬁed inspector design on the media, cut, edit and Fairlight pages. DaVinci Resolve 17 also features consistent timeline navigation across all pages, better metadata support, new image scaling algorithms, the ability to share smart bins, smart ﬁlters and optimized media across all projects on a system, and even more GPU and CPU accelerated Resolve FX.
Now anyone can build their own post-production studio. The free version of DaVinci Resolve now includes the revolutionary multi-user collaboration tools previously available in DaVinci Resolve Studio. That means customers can have multiple users all working on the same project at the same time, for free.
Support for growing ﬁles in the media pool lets customers start editing while ﬁles are still being recorded. There’s decoding support for QuickTime PNG, uncompressed RGB 8-bit and YUV 10-bit AVI, and spanned Panasonic 8K SHV clips.
DaVinci Resolve 17 support for frame-based metadata from Blackmagic RAW, ARRI, RED and Sony camera ﬁles, along with decoding and rendering per frame EXR metadata.
In addition to existing Python and LUA scripting, DaVinci Resolve 17 adds a new workﬂow integration API and a new encoding API. These APIs allow third-party developers to create an integrated asset and workﬂow management solutions for DaVinci Resolve, as well as encoder plug-ins for custom output options.
“This is a massive update and it has amazing new technology and features for colorists, audio engineers, editors and visual eﬀects artists,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “While the new color science, HDR grading and improvements and Fairlight usability are the most noticeable features, what I am most proud of are the thousands of small improvements that customers will notice every day!”
Availability and Price
DaVinci Resolve 17 final is available now and can be downloaded here.