Upgraded editing software includes new tools for editing, colour correction and pro-style audio

Blackmagic Design has announced a significant update of its Resolve editing software with the launch of Resolve 14. which offers a range of new features to make editing, colour correction and audio smoother and better in the post-production process.

The standout features of Resolve 14 are a new engine that is said to offer up to 10x improvement in performance/speed, the inclusion of the Fairlight audio system within Resolve and multi-user collaboration tools that allow multiple people to edit, colour and mix audio from multiple systems in the same project at the same time.

Playback engine
DaVinci Resolve 14 features a new high performance playback engine that’s said to operate up to 10x faster than before. This makes DaVinci Resolve 14 more responsive than ever so editors can get incredibly fluid performance and more precise editing, even on long timelines with thousands of clips. Scrubbing and playback are said to be “instantaneous” and there is powerful new acceleration for processor intensive formats like H.264, making it possible to edit 4K images on a laptop.

Fairlight audio
Fairlight audio – often used by top TV and film productions for audio post-production – is now within DaVinci Resolve 14. Fairlight is known for its speed and superior sound quality – it includes pro audio tools for recording, editing and sweetening, bussing, mixing and routing, plus multi-format mastering to 3D audio formats such as 5.1, 7.1, Dolby and even 22.2. Fairlight audio can record up to 96 channels, simultaneously play back up to 150 audio channels and mix it all in real time.

Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 also includes multi-channel recording tools that are “far superior to those found in most editing systems”. You can record voice overs or even an entire symphony orchestra while also monitoring video and multiple channels of dialogue and sound effects. The advanced monitoring can handle buses up to 24 channels wide with customisable fold-up and fold-down for crossing between formats.

DaVinci Resolve 14 works with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card, which gives customers up to 1,000 zero latency tracks and real time effects processing for EQ, dynamics, and up to 6 VST plug ins per channel. Even without the accelerator, most modern computers can still process more than 60 tracks in real time.

Multiple user options
The new ‘multi-user’ collaboration tools support simultaneous editing, colour correction and audio post – thus speeding up the edit for production houses who may have impatient clients! New bin, clip and timeline locking lets users safely work on a specific part of the project without overwriting each other. There’s also a built-in secure chat client that lets team members talk to each other from within DaVinci Resolve without the need for an external internet connection.

There is also a new side-by-side timeline comparison tool makes it fast and easy to see differences and merge changes between two timelines, plus new slip and slide trim commands that make it easier to dynamically trim live ‘on the fly’ during playback. New marker overlays, audio only and video only edit tools, track colours and subframe audio editing make it a very powerful creative editor.

Colour filter options
Over 20 new Resolve FX filters make it easy to remove dust, fix dead pixels and warp images. A new face enhancement tool automatically recognises and tracks facial features so that colourists can smooth skin, adjust skin tones, brighten eyes or change the colour of lips – all possible without having to manually select or rotoscope any part of the image. In addition there are new stabilisation, match move and other image processing tools that give colourists more creative options than were previously available in Resolve.

Studio version
For those who need a 4K post workflow DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio is now available for £239 (that’s around a 70% drop in price from the previous version) from Blackmagic Design resellers around the world. DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio has the new collaborative multi-user tools, the new Resolve FX tools, 4K and 120fps project support, stereoscopic 3D, optical quality blur and mist effects, film grain, de-noise tools and more. Note that Resolve 14 Studio doesn’t require a connection to the internet or a cloud subscription to work.

Beta download
DaVinci Resolve 14 runs on all major platforms, including Mac, Windows and Linux, making it easy to integrate with existing systems and workflows. The public beta version of DaVinci Resolve 14 is now available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Find out more…
To find out more about what’s new in DaVinci Resolve 14 just click on the play button in the video window at the top of this article. You can also view the Resolve 14 ‘Editing’ and ‘Colour’ videos within this article to discover more about the functionality and features of the new software. To see more about Resolve 14 on the Blackmagic Design website just click here.