What's new in DaVinci Resolve 18.0


What's new in DaVinci Resolve 18.0, released July 21, 2022?


Now available from the support site.


Since it is a major version upgrade from 17 to 18, it includes many functional enhancements. In the official information, the functions described in "Main functions" below are highlighted.

official article

New feature video and details

An official video has been posted on YouTube, and an article on related new features has been published by the official. Please see the links in this article for more details.

About DaVinci Resolve Studio 18


DaVinci Resolve 18 requires a project library upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 17.4.6 and earlier versions. It is highly recommended to back up existing (disk-based and PostgreSQL-based) project libraries before upgrading.

Main function

  • Cloud-based project library hosting and management with Blackmagic Cloud.
  • Secure collaboration over the internet with Blackmagic ID.
  • Supports intelligent path mapping to automatically relink files.
  • Greatly improved project library performance in network workflows.
  • Improved project performance, especially when dealing with large projects
  • Added a new Proxy Generator app that automatically creates a proxy in the watch folder
  • Ability to choose between preferring proxies or preferring camera originals
  • Proxy files in subfolders are automatically assigned in the media pool.

Free version limitations

The free DaVinci Resolve 18 includes all the same high-quality processing as DaVinci Resolve Studio 18, allowing you to work with unlimited resolution media files.
However, project mastering and output is limited to Ultra HD resolutions and below. DaVinci Resolve 18 only supports 1 GPU for processing on Windows and Linux, and 2 GPUs on the latest Mac Pro. If you want features like multiple GPU support, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial denoising, deinterlacing, HDR tools, camera tracker, multiple Resolve FX, 3D stereoscopic tools, remote rendering and more. Please upgrade to DaVinci Resolve Studio 18.
As your equipment grows and you perform more advanced tasks, consider upgrading.

New in DaVinci Resolve 18

Includes updates for both DaVinci Resolve Studio (paid version) and DaVinci Resolve (free version). Some features are not available in DaVinci Resolve. Functions that are clearly supported only by DaVinci Resolve Studio (paid version) are marked with [Studio paid version].

media and edits

Related official articles

  • Stabilize Blackmagic Pocket Camera clips using camera gyro metadata.
  • New subtitle improvements such as:
    • Support for timed text TTML, XML and embedded MXF/IMF subtitles.
    • Ability to view and import subtitles from media storage.
    • Added support for relinking subtitle clips from the media pool.
    • Subtitle region support for displaying multiple captions simultaneously per track
    • Configure individual presets, text positions and intuitive editing between regions
    • Add, rename and manage regions from the timeline context menu
    • Export TTML subtitle from track header context menu
    • Ability to import, export and embed multiple subtitle tracks as TTML
  • You can now invert shape, iris and wipe transitions on the edit page.
  • The viewer can now display up to 25 multicam angles simultaneously.
  • Edit index now shows clip length.
  • You can navigate keyframes outside of trimmed clips.
  • Ability to navigate retiming keyframes using hotkeys
  • Smart bin filter for disabled timelines
  • You can now assign shortcuts to Render in Place and Open in Fusion actions.
  • Reset Fusion now works with multiple clip selections.

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  • A new object mask feature has been added to Magic Mask.
  • Adjustment clips and Fusion generators can bypass color management.
  • Support for syncing clip groups in remote grading sessions.
  • Bi-directional tracking can be triggered from the Advanced Panel and the Mini Panel.
  • Support for matte finesse and 3D qualifiers in advanced and mini panels
  • Dolby Vision highlight clipping support in advanced panel
  • Support for bypassing color output from the advanced panel.
  • Added key mixer with auto-connected keyouts from the Advanced panel.
  • Bi-directional tracking support in advanced panel.
  • Support for fast review playback mode in advanced panel
  • ACES support for Blackmagic Gen 5 camera format.
  • HDR Vivid standard support
  • Reference gamut compression enabled by default in ACES 1.3.
Resolve FX

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  • [Studio Paid Edition] New Resolve FX Depth Map for generating 3D depth-based keys.
  • New Resolve FX Fast Noise.
  • New Resolve FX Despill
  • [Studio Paid Edition] New Resolve FX Surface Tracker for tracking warped surfaces.
  • Improved Resolve FX Beauty with new Ultra mode.
  • Improved edge strength and filter controls for Resolve FX Edge Detection.
  • Option to synthesize from the second input of the Resolve FX Transform.
  • New balk presets in Resolve FX Lens Reflections
  • Green-purple control for Resolve FX Chromatic Aberration.
  • Sizing options in Resolve FX lens flares, radial & zoom blurs

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  • Ability to convert fixed bus projects to FlexBus in project settings
  • A function that allows you to freely arrange mixer tracks and buses using the track index
  • Ability to nudge millisecond or subframe intervals on the timeline
  • Improved quality of timestretcher audio.
  • Improved Dolby Atmos immersive mixing, including binaural monitoring.
  • Native support for Dolby Atmos production on Linux and Apple silicon.
  • A separate control for enabling automation and exposing parameters.
  • Improved behavior of VCA-controlled automated trucks
  • Improved meters with configurable attenuation, peak hold and display modes
  • Ability to delete gain and elastic wave keyframes on ctrl-alt click
  • Ability to rename a clip by double-clicking it on the timeline
  • Clip name prefix can be set per track
  • When renaming a linked group, you can now also rename the underlying tracks.
  • Equalizer with improved Q control and mouse wheel input
  • Enhanced dynamics with metering, gain display and enable control
  • Improved dynamics drymix, soft knee and FlexBus metering
  • Improved plugin management (replace and copy settings in mixer
  • New built-in equalizer and dynamics presets
  • Shift-double-clicking a clip expands the edit selection
  • Audio gain can now be applied when selecting a range.
  • Improved the accuracy of the waveform display when crossfading.
  • Origin time metadata is now preserved when bouncing mixes to tracks.
  • Option to trim from Unity in the Fairlight Desktop Console.
  • VCA and bus spill support in Fairlight Desktop Console.
  • Support for using the Fairlight desktop console on Linux systems
  • FlexBus studio monitoring support on console
  • Fairlight console option to mute speakers on timeline load
  • Support for timecode chasing via Fairlight audio interfaces.
  • User view support in Fairlight desktop console.
  • Improved mapping of audio effects in the Audio Editor panel.
  • Ability to use alt+solo to invoke solo safe in the audio editor panel.
  • Support for the new Clear Mute action in the timeline menu.
  • Enabling Track Mixer Controls will focus the window if already open
  • Grid and list modes apply to patch, bus and VCA assignments.

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  • Selectable multi-button mode for multiple tools in the inspector.
  • Supports all latest and future Python 3 versions for scripts
  • Supports live preview when using Text+Color Picker.
  • Multiple new composition blend modes
  • New expression animation custom poly modifier for masks and strokes.
  • GPU acceleration for faster paint tools and smoother strokes
  • Fast duplication tool with added blur, glow and size controls
  • Improved performance of fade on and text ripple titles
  • Improved performance for night vision, glitches, TV and other effects

 Details of supported codecs are summarized in the following link.


  • Supports Blackmagic RAW SDK 2.6.
  • Support for uploading videos to internet accounts with custom presets.
  • Supports encoding of mono and stereo MP3 audio
  • Added new HyperDeck export presets to Quick Export and Delivery page
  • Ability to render individual clips with timeline effects
  • Ability to embed Blackmagic RAW metadata in QuickTime renders
  • Custom quality and profile media management options (if available).
  • Support for rendering Dolby Vision compatible H.265 clips
  • Supports decoding of CMYK format TIFF files
  • You can preserve the reel name metadata for the rendered EXR.
  • You can now record date and time metadata for JPEG still images.
  • Alpha channel support in IO Encode Plugin SDK.
  • Compatible with RED SDK 8.3.
  • Supports ARRI Alexa 35 camera.
  • New 1440p YouTube preset
  • Added render option to override ACES gamut compression round trip.
  • Main10 is now the default H.265 encoding profile for Mac.
  • [Studio paid version] Supports Windows and Linux 10bit viewers.
  • [Studio Paid Edition] Stream video output to a remote monitor on Windows and Linux.
  • Support for Apple Neural Engine in DaVinci Neural Engine for M1 and M1 Pro.
  • Support for Korean localization of DaVinci Resolve.
  • PostgreSQL 13 is now bundled with Project Server.
  • Supports desktop notifications for collaboration chats
  • Users can now choose whether to import Finder tags as clip keywords on Mac.
  • Supports Final Cut Pro v1.10 XML import and export
  • Dropbox comments and markers can now be unsynced and displayed on the timeline.
  • Playback and rendering now prevent Mac systems from sleeping.
  • Render jobs now show an upload progress bar.
  • Collaborate and cloud now support per-system project work paths.
  • Support for per-system render cache mode in collaboration and cloud.
  • You can now set the current project settings as default.
  • Project archives can be restored by dragging and dropping them into the project manager
  • Support for creating Fusion compositions via scripting API
  • Supports scripting API for exporting project archives
  • Supports getting and setting timeline start timecode via scripting API
  • Script API support for detecting and updating outdated media bins.
  • Support for a scripting API to update camera raw sidecar files.
  • General performance and stability improvements
proxy generator

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Pre-installation notes
  • PostgreSQL 9.0 is the minimum supported version.
  • PostgreSQL 13 is recommended.
  • A high performance graphics card and display are required when using the 10bit viewer on Windows and Linux.
Minimum system requirements for mac OS
  • macOS 11 Big Sur
  • 8GB system memory. 16GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 12.0 or higher
  • Integrated or discrete GPU with 2 GB or more of VRAM.
  • A GPU that supports Metal or OpenCL 1.2.
Windows minimum system requirements
  • Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • 16GB system memory. 32 GB if using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.4.1 or later
  • Integrated or discrete GPU with 2 GB or more of VRAM
  • GPU with OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 11 support
  • NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU driver version – follow GPU requirements.
Linux minimum system requirements
  • CentOS 7.3
  • 32 GB system memory
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.4.1 or later
  • Discrete GPU with 2 GB or more of VRAM
  • GPU supporting OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 11
  • NVIDIA/AMD driver version – as required by GPU
  • Install DaVinci Resolve software on Mac
  • Double-click the DaVinci Resolve Installer icon and follow the on-screen instructions. Double-click the Uninstall Resolve icon to remove DaVinci Resolve from your system.
Install DaVinci Resolve Software on Windows

Double-click the DaVinci Resolve installer icon and follow the on-screen instructions. To remove DaVinci Resolve from your system, go to the Programs and Features control panel, select DaVinci Resolve, click Uninstall, and follow the on-screen instructions.

Migrating Legacy Fairlight Projects to DaVinci Resolve on Windows

To import legacy Fairlight DR2 projects into DaVinci Resolve, download and install the following utility on your Windows system: downloads.blackmagicdesign.com/DaVinciResolve/Fairlight-Project-Importer.zip Once the utility is installed, DaVinci Resolve You should see an option in the Fairlight menu called "Import Fairlight Project".

Install DaVinci Resolve software on Linux

Double-click the DaVinci Resolve installer and follow the on-screen instructions. To remove DaVinci Resolve from your system, select the uninstall option after running the installer.

Additional Information

See the latest DaVinci Resolve Configuration Guide for your platform for support details, including certified driver versions for third-party hardware. It is available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/support

You will also need to download and install the latest Blackmagic Design Desktop Video software for monitoring with Blackmagic Design video hardware. Desktop Video is available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/support

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Supported codec details

More details

There are some detailed descriptions in the beta version update contents. Please check the following article.

Important Notice Regarding Database Management

To use DaVinci Resolve 18.0, you need to upgrade the project library (database) if you are using DaVinci Resolve 18.0beta5 or earlier.
Before upgrading to 18.0, it is highly recommended to backup your existing databases (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) and restore them for upgrade. There are no database changes from 18.0beta6.

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