DaVinci Resolve 18.1 Update Information


What is the update information for DaVinci Resolve 18.1 released on November 11, 2022?


(Since the paid version of Studio and the free version are not listed separately, there are some restrictions in the free version.)


Available from the support site.


There are over 100 improvements, including functional enhancements, bug fixes from 18.0.0 to 18.0.4, and stability improvements.
The official lists the main new features, but if you were to raise three enhancements that would make users happy, would they be the following three? (Of course, other things are also attractive.)

  • Significantly improved performance across multiple tools Up to
    10x faster text+ stabilization
    , 5x faster tracking and analysis of face corrections,
    4x faster spatial denoising thanks
  • New Voice Isolation by DaVinci Neural Engine supported by Studio (paid version) removes unwanted sounds from recorded audio
  • Improved speed editor features on the edit page
    Adds DaVinci Resolve Speed ​​Editor features to the edit page, including multicam switching, audio levels and in/out point trimming

For an overview of the update contents, please refer to the official video.

Detailed explanation in Japanese published on 2023/1/24

18.1 English description published at the time of launch

Changes in DaVinci Resolve 18.1

(The following is a machine translation of the official document.)

Major new features

  • Added vertical resolution option to project settings for social media.
  • Ability to choose custom thumbnails for YouTube uploads.
  • Supports individual timeline locks to enhance multi-user collaboration
  • New voice isolation powered by Studio's DaVinci Neural Engine.
  • New dialogue leveler for natural and smooth audio
  • Vector keyframe feature for Fairlight automation curve editing
  • Fairlight grid support for editing to timecode or music tempo
  • Reorganized and streamlined view menu
  • Resolve FX Dust Buster support in Edit Timeline
  • Improved speed editor functionality on the edit page.
  • Subtitle caption properties can now be overridden individually.
  • Added support for subtitle track presets and per-track formatting rules.
  • Added support for Magic Mask in the Fusion page.
  • Added support for Dolby Vision cinema trim.
  • Added support for fraction display scaling on Windows and Linux.


  • Supports smart bins and can now display individual marker clip lists.
  • Navigating to a marker in the viewer now selects the marker.
  • Source viewer actions can now load the previous or next clip.
  • Drag media entries into auto smart bins to apply keywords, shots and scenes.


  • Improved the speed editor function on the editing screen.
  • Full screen view, timeline resize, review play key
  • Trim, roll, slip edits and insert closeups in the edit timeline
  • CUT, DIS, SMTH CUT key
  • Change the audio level of a clip on the edit timeline
  • Default setting of transition time by SET key
  • Multicam clip angle change with sync bin, cam 1-9 keys
  • Improved subtitle functionality
  • Caption properties for subtitles can now be overridden individually.
  • Better handling of HTML bold and italic subtitles.
  • Support for subtitle track presets and format rules per track.
  • Improved alpha handling in compound clips and transitions.
  • Multi-select, delete and rearrange transitions.
  • Supports edit and trim actions on gaps
  • Support scrolling timeline page
  • Shortcut to enable/disable all audio track destinations.
  • New tracks are now added to the context of the Edit timeline.
  • You can now use Resolve FX Dust Buster on your editing timeline.
  • You can now add markers and tracklists to the edit index.
  • The speed change dialog now shows the duration of the source clip.
  • Retransform from Bins keeps the selected bins in the session.
  • Media can now be dragged and dropped into the inspector of the corresponding Fusion effect.


  • Unified keyboard settings for Fusion actions
  • Added support for Magic Mask in the Fusion page.
  • Support for Resolve FX Keyers, Dust Buster, Lens Flare and Stop Motion.
  • New media-in-background mode for accessing edit track compositing
  • Up to 10x faster Text+ playback and rendering performance
  • Search for Fusion nodes using common keywords and categories
  • Speeding up VariBlur with GPU acceleration
  • Faster FilmGrain with GPU acceleration
  • Support for ARRI LogC4 and ARRI Wide Gamut 4 in Fusion page.


  • New Resolve FX Sky Replacement with generated sky textures.
  • Support for texture motion blur with Resolve FX Surface Tracker.
  • You can now use Resolve FX alpha for grade separation.
  • Support for individual RGB controls in Resolve FX Film Grain.
  • Dolby Vision cinema trim support
  • Color grading nodes using Resolve FX automatically get additional inputs.
  • Alpha channels in supported Resolve FX can be processed in color.
  • Tracking now works on transition extents.
  • Improved resizing quality for multicam and compound clips.
  • Improved quality when tracking faces in profile or partial occlusion.
  • Improved eye sharpening behavior in Resolve FX Face Refinement.
  • Improved DaVinci Resolve advanced panel features.
  • Improved clip and timeline toggle for grouped clips.
  • Added primary controls to pot mode.
  • Improved modifier menu.
  • Improved power window menu.
  • Shift down + loop toggles playhead mode.
  • Reference wipe mode can now be docked to the side panel.
  • Improved handling of Text+ in RCM projects with DaVinci Wide Gamut.
  • Improved HDR, division and percentage labeling in the video level scope.
  • Ability to filter clips by object mask.
  • Ability to filter clips by clip color
  • Effect inspector now has an explicit delete icon.


  • New voice isolation powered by Studio's DaVinci Neural Engine.
  • New dialogue leveler for natural and smooth audio
  • Support for grid editing to match timecode or music tempo
  • Significantly improved automation editing and control
  • Editing automation curves with vector keyframes
  • New snap automation glide time setting
  • Automation now follows clip edits by default
  • Automation updates to match current playhead position
  • Automation can now be written to the start, end and all of the timeline
  • New controls for Auto Punch, Auto Safe, Zone and New Mix
  • Ability to create audio crossfades between clips with gaps
  • Support for paste insert and ripple cut actions in the Fairlight timeline.
  • Added support for pasting multiple track names to adjacent tracks.
  • Views can now be placed at the start and end of range selection.
  • Audio channel names are now suffixed when rendering one track per channel.
  • The Mixer and Meters now display tooltip names to make patching easier to read.
  • Confirmation dialog when deleting an assignment or automation bus.
  • Multiple buses can now be deleted from the bus format dialog.
  • Improved usability of ADR

Codec and I/O

  • Choose a custom thumbnail for your YouTube upload.
  • YouTube presets allow you to choose bitrates for supported codecs.
  • Added option to review rendered clips before uploading to social media
  • Support for timeline markers in AAF import and export
  • Supports custom presets for Dropbox and Dropbox Replay uploads
  • Automatically selects the best H.264/H.265 encoder.
  • Supports decoding of Dolby Vision H.265 Profile 5 clips.
  • Hardware accelerated AV1 encoding on supported Nvidia systems.
  • Support for UHD and DCI presets in output resolution scaling.
  • Support for importing and exporting timeline markers in IMF workflows.
  • Improvements to multi-channel audio metadata in IMF distribution workflows.


  • Up to 2x faster optical flow performance in enhanced mode.
  • Up to 10x faster Text+ playback and rendering performance.
  • Improved performance of RCM on Apple silicon.
  • Up to 5x faster tracking and analysis of face refinements.
  • Up to 5x faster object removal performance in Resolve FX
  • Up to 2x faster sharp resize performance on Apple silicon
  • Up to 4x faster spatial noise removal performance
  • Up to 30% faster performance for temporal noise reduction
  • Up to 5x faster video stabilization performance
  • Faster playback performance for large node graphs
  • Up to 2x faster decoding performance for PIZ EXR on Apple silicon.
  • Improved performance of RAW decoding on Apple silicon.
  • Nvidia-accelerated playback of 8K H.265 clips is up to 30% faster.
  • Up to 50% faster AV1 and H.265 encoding with dual Nvidia encoders.
  • Improved startup time on Mac for users with many project libraries.
  • AI-based Studio feature accelerated by OpenVINO on Windows Intel systems.

Common features

  • Added vertical resolution (portrait) option for social media in project settings.
  • Support for individual timeline locks for enhanced multi-user collaboration
  • Improved audio management when importing ATEM projects
  • Simplified project settings presets accessed via a three-dot menu
  • Organized and streamlined view menu
  • Support for exporting multiple selected projects
  • Support copy and paste of project manager folder
  • Exported DRT timelines can now include media sync information
  • You can now copy and paste values ​​when selecting virtual slider controls
  • Clip thumbnails can now be scrolled in color and fusion with middle mouse drag
  • Support for fraction display scaling on Windows and Linux
  • Customizable shortcuts for moving clips, recording audio, and more
  • Keyboard customization allows submenu search
  • Show action location on keyboard customization action hover text
  • Clickable warning display for easy resolution of shortcut key conflicts
  • Scripting API support for spotting audio to the current track at the playhead
  • Ability to select and import specific timelines from an FCPXML file
  • General performance and stability improvements

Improved speed editor functionality on the edit page

On the edit page, we have significantly improved the speed editor workflow. The Sync Bin button opens the Source Viewer in multicam mode. The CAM button toggles between multicam clips and timeline angles. Functions such as audio level, trim in and trim out are selected according to track order. The Slip Source button always acts on the clip under the playhead, and Slip Dest on the next clip. Other Speed ​​Editor features now match their behavior on the Cut page.

Multiple subtitle improvements

For example, you can change the font family and style without changing the font size or background. HTML-style rich text imported with SRT is handled better with subsequent font changes.

You can also specify delivery rules for each track and set up multiple tracks targeting specific markets, each with its own CPS, timing and line rules.

Both track styles and rules can be saved as presets and recalled from the inspector 3-dot options menu.

New tracks can now be added in the context of the Edit timeline

Adding a track with a context-click inserts a new track adjacent to the track you context-clicked. If you add multiple tracks, a dialog will suggest the appropriate position for the new tracks.

Media input for Fusion effects in the Edit inspector

You can now drag and drop media pool clips into the inspector as inputs for Fusion. When creating Fusion effects, plug-ins, and transitions, you can create media drop targets by selecting the Media In tool and exporting the clip name as an inspector control.

Integrated support for resizing and alpha for nested compound clips

Multicam and simple compound clips can now combine child clip sizing and alpha changes with sizing and alpha changes applied on the parent timeline, effectively preserving the resolution of the underlying media became.

New Resolve FX sky replacement (including generated sky textures)

Resolve FX Sky Replacement allows shot keying and sky replacement with B-roll and artificially generated sky textures. It can be used to keep the sky consistent between takes, or to provide a better background for creative influence on color and mood.

Option to review rendered clips before uploading to social media

You can enable the review before upload feature from the Dot Options menu in Render Queue 3. Jobs with internet presets will be rendered to disk at render time and will show as awaiting upload. You can view render files, check quality and content, and upload results from the job's context menu.

Separate timeline locks in multi-user collaboration projects

DaVinci Resolve 18.1 allows you to lock and edit individual timelines without locking the contents of the parent bin. This gives you more flexibility in setting up Media Pool bins in multi-user projects without locking other media or timelines in the same folder.

You can also lock individual Media Pool bins to protect their contents individually.

Reorganized and streamlined view menu

The view menu has been streamlined and improved to make it easier to focus on view-related choices that apply to the entire application. Meanwhile, view-related choices that only apply to a single page (such as color) have been moved to the local menu.

The view menu has been reduced from 40+ items to 25. Some items have been moved to hierarchical choices, and some have been moved elsewhere to panel-specific context menus.

  • The Color Page Viewer's three-dot options menu now includes options for window outlines, highlights, wipes, split screens, and more, consolidating several items previously hidden in the context menu. These can now be operated from the keyboard if desired.
  • Still option and step timeline wipe are now available from the color menu.
  • The Smart Bin and Power Bin displays are now available in the Media Pool panel options menu as they are local to the Media Pool.
  • Playhead Shadows, Gray viewer backgrounds and 2D timeline scrolling can now be found in Preferences > User Preferences.

Dolby Vision Cinema Trim

DaVinci Resolve now supports the Dolby Vision XML 5.1.0 format and supports trimming for Dolby Vision cinema targets as well as L11 metadata. Users can create trims for home and cinema targets by selecting the appropriate target display.

When exporting a 5.1.0 XML from a Dolby Vision version 4.0 project, a dialog will appear allowing you to select the mastering color space, application type, content type and desired white point L11 value.

Updating Fairlight automation curves

Significant updates to audio automation curves, including vector-based keyframes, graphical entry of keyframes with standard tools, editing, trimming and nudging.

  • You can now manage curves and keyframes in a new automation editing view, available from the automation dropdown menu in the track header. You can add keyframes (Option/Alt click), delete them (Ctrl-Alt/Cmd-Option click), select and move individual keyframes, select keyframe ranges, edit, cut/copy/paste. You can now easily switch to fader view by setting a keyboard shortcut.
  • Automation curve data written from control surfaces is now displayed as keyframes on curve lines.
  • Moving a keyframe now creates a smooth ramp between any two adjacent points. When moving multiple keyframes within a range, boundary keyframes are automatically added to the range to hold out-of-range values.
  • Selecting an area and dragging it up or down creates a "curve-out trim" that instantly changes the level of the selected area. Use the Shift key for fine adjustments.
  • In multi-tool focus mode, hold shift-alt/shift-option to temporarily switch to the pencil tool and redraw the curve.
  • An overlay appears when trimming or adjusting keyframes. Example: "-8.5 dB (∆1.3 dB)" shows the absolute level value (-8.5 dBfs) and the current trim operation change (+1.3 dB).
  • Removed range mode selection tool as it is no longer needed. Other tools (notably the Focus Mode Multi-Tool) can now be used to select and manipulate keyframes in the Automation Curves view.

Updated fairlight automation mode

New behaviors have been added to automation mode.

  • Automation values ​​now update when moving the playhead to a new location, avoiding discontinuities when recording automation. Faders are always kept up to date when the playhead is parked.
  • The Fairlight>Automation menu has some new choices.
  • Select the Write to Start/End/All action to write the current automation level to the start, end, or all of the timeline.
  • Select Join to manually resume writing automation in latch mode from the current level.
  • You can set the automation active zone (shown in red above the ruler) by selecting Fairlight>Automation>Active Range and selecting In, Out, Enable to limit where automation can be written . Automation previews switch automatically at boundaries, allowing playback before and after the active range and recording within the range.
  • Trimming can be initiated by touching and holding the fader before pressing play, or by pressing the channel automation punch button before or during playback. The button turns red and the fader cap turns yellow. By using the punch button, you can start trimming on some channels and not on others.
  • You can disable automation recording and playback per track by right-clicking the automation arm icon in the mixer and selecting Off or Safe.
  • Fairlight tab user preference "Include mixer events in undo stack" allows mixer actions to be undone via Edit>Undo (Control/Cmd-Z).

Fairlight grid mode

Fairlight Grid Mode allows you to arrange clips in a grid based on timecode or musical tempo.

  • You can customize options such as gridline visibility, duration, and snapping to gridlines from the grid options above the rulers, next to the timeline view options.
  • The timecode grid allows you to choose between 1 second, 1 frame, 1/2 frame and 1/4 frame resolutions.
  • The tempo grid supports beats per minute, note lengths (1 bar, 1/2 note, 1/4 note, 1/8 note, 1/16 note), time signatures (4/4, 3/4 , 6/8) can be set.
  • The ruler context menu also allows you to set the grid start position to the timecode position or create a grid from a range. Areas before the start of the grid are displayed with negative bar/time signature values. You can set the grid from the selected time range and set the start point and number of bars so that the tempo is calculated automatically.
  • The musical tempo grid lines are labeled with bars, beats, and note lengths. A counter position of “003|03|09” indicates that the grid position is “bar 3, beat 3, sixteenth note 9”.

Voice isolation processing

New to the Fairlight page is the DaVinci Neural Engine AI-based core effect processing, now displayed as an inspector or floating plugin window. This process allows you to remove loud or unwanted sounds from existing voice recordings. You can literally remove the jackhammer from your recording and leave just the audio. Voice isolation is very useful for reducing/eliminating general purpose noise and room sounds such as air conditioning, traffic jams, generator and motor sounds, echoes and reverberations, unwanted room sounds and other background sounds. effective for

The Voice Isolation effect is one of two Fairlight track effects (the other being Dialogue Leveler), accessible through the Inspector. The Audio tab allows you to enable voice isolation for selected mono and stereo clips and tracks on the Fairlight, Edit and Cut pages. Tracks can also be enabled from the Track FX section of the Fairlight Mixer.

  • There are two, an on/off effect and an "amount" control (0-100%). Use slightly less than 100% for a more natural finish.
  • Supported as an effect on mono and stereo tracks and clips.
  • Live audio input is not available, so the source must be on disk.
  • Note: Voice isolation is not suitable for non-human voices and is primarily useful for dialog processing.

Fairlight FX Dialogue Leveler

Dialogue Leveler can be a very useful improvement to dialogue recordings without the need for cumbersome level adjustments (clip gain or automation curves) or compression or expansion artifacts.

Dialogue Leveler can be used for dialogue that is partially off-mic, dialogue with multiple characters appearing at different volumes, or dialogue with extremely different levels. you can get good results. The overall effect is that otherwise over-the-top or near-inaudible dialogue levels will sit well in the final mix.

The Dialogue Leveler (similar to the Voice Isolation effect) can be enabled from the Inspector and Track FX section of the Fairlight Mixer.

The dialog leveler controls are:

  • on/off switch
  • 4 presets optimized for different dialog types. The default ("optimize most sources") works for most material.
  • Three module switches allow further tailoring of the response depending on the source material.
  • Output level control with gain setting up to 6dB.

Pre-installation notes

  • PostgreSQL 9.0 is the minimum supported version.
  • PostgreSQL 13 is recommended.
  • Windows and Linux 10bit viewers require a high performance graphics card and display.

Mac OS minimum system requirements

  • 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 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.

Some corrections have been made to the translated version on www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version).

Important Notice Regarding Database Management

In order to use DaVinci Resolve 18.1, if you are using DaVinci Resolve 18.0.4 or earlier versions, you will need to upgrade your project library (database).
Before upgrading to 18.1, it is highly recommended to back up your existing databases (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) and restore them for the upgrade. The same applies if you are using Blackmagic Cloud. Only the owner of the project library can upgrade the project library on Blackmagic Cloud.

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