DaVinci Resolve 14 Unveiled – Whole New Audio Tab, Collaborative Tools and More

Just minutes before the official opening of NAB 2017, Blackmagic Design unveiled DaVinci Resolve 14. It features a whole new audio tab, thanks to the company’s acquisition of Fairlight last year. There are also many other improvements throughout the application. Let’s dive in!

Blackmagic Design Resolve 14

Following version 12.5, version 14 of Resolve is almost ready to hit the grading suites. And the editing suites, of course. Oh wait, this version will even hit audio suites, too! After skipping version 13, version 14 is all about Pro Audio. Their acquisition of Fairlight last year left everyone wondering what Blackmagic Design’s secret masterplan was. Well, now you know: Resolve 14 has evolved in a way that allows you to stay in the same application for the edit, grade and audio mix stages of your project.

The Fairlight Audio Tab

You can create up to 1,000 tracks of audio and work with them in realtime, with 8 main, sub and aux outputs available. The Fairlight tab works in tandem with a whole new line of Fairlight hardware consoles that accelerate and streamline the whole audio workflow. There are 4 versions of these available: a desktop console, a two-bay console, a three-bay console and a gigantic 5-bay console.

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The gigantic full size 5-bay Fairlight console for DaVinci Resolve 14.

Feature-wise, the new Fairlight tab in Resove 14 is capable of all kinds of audio-related tools, such as equalization and dynamics, for example. It gives you real-time 6-band equalization, along with expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics on every single track. Editing and automation, mixing of course, mastering and VST plugins are all there at your service.

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In order to improve the performance of the Fairlight tab, you might want to add a dedicated Fairlight Audio Accelerator card to your system. It will provide you with sub-millisecond latency on all 1,000 tracks, along with full real-time processing of EQ, expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics, and up to 6 real-time VST plug-ins per channel. If you choose to not get one of those cards, you still can add up to 60 tracks of audio to your project.

Collaborative Working

Resolve 14 also features a whole new set of collaborative features. Multiple members of your team can work together on one project at the same time, and can compare different timeline versions.

The heart of all this is the new project manager software which handles traffic and saves the changes from each user automatically. Once the system is set up multiple users can log in and start working. In terms of storage, you are free to use whatever suits your needs best – there is no limitation to certain storage systems.

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The new collaboration tool within Resolve 14

Users can protect their work by locking a certain bin or timeline. In case another user needs access, there’s even a built-in chat system. That way, you don’t have to send emails back and forth with login details. The collaboration feature is bound to a single facility, though, and doesn’t work over the internet for now.

These collaborative tools are available in the studio version of Resolve, which is now available at a reduced price of $299. Blackmagic Design hopes to get more people using the studio version, and all the tools available there.

Overall Performance

The whole playback engine in DaVinci Resolve 14 has received an overhaul. It features CPU and GPU optimization, fast 16-bit float playback, lower latency, faster UI refresh and support for Apple Metal. With all this, it should be easy to handle even very complex projects with ease, as long as you own a powerful computer with fast GPUs, of course. It’s still a very complex program in terms of system load, but version 14 has been designed to be much more easy on the system overall.

All in all, Blackmagic Design claims that the performance is up to 10x faster. JKL playback and scrubbing through footage should be way smoother than before.

Other Enhancements

It’s now possible to edit in fullscreen mode, too. Also, there is a new face recognition tool within the color tab of the program. With it you can easily track faces and enhance certain features like the eyes or the skin idividually. On top of that a lots of improvements have been implemented throughout the program.

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Pricing and Availability

The new Resolve 14 will be available for Mac, Windows and Linux later this year, though there is already a public beta version available. The Studio version of this public beta is $299, while the regular version is free of charge. You can download the beta on the Blackmagic Design website.

EDIT: As Johnnie has mentioned in the video above, we’ve investigated the GH5 10-bit issue which occurs in the current 2017.1 Adobe Pemiere Pro update. As it turns out, the exact same issue occurs in Resolve 14, too (on a Mac at least). 4K 10-bit footage from the Panasonic GH5 will be imported as audio only tracks. The video side of things remains offline. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon. 8-bit footage from the GH5 works just fine. I couldn’t try the 10-bit HD footage introduced with the recent firmware 1.1 update, yet.

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GH5 10bit footage in conjunction with Resolve 14.

EDIT: The Studio version of Resolve 14 seems to be capable of handling these 10-bit files.

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Rich Wherewolf Reply
Rich Wherewolf April 25, 2017

fuck…just make the beta work…. it crushed my whole resolve stuff -_-

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss April 25, 2017

Rich,

sorry to hear! Can you reconstruct what went wrong? Maybe we can ask Blackmagic Design directly if there’s a reproducible issue with the beta.

Best
Olaf

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Ted Ramasola April 25, 2017

Olaf,
Myself and several users over at BM forums found audio issue with 14 beta.

In timeline, there is no audio in playback only in preview monitor.
In Fairlight page audio will not play.

Win 10 64 bit with Intensity pro 4k card.
I have also updated to current desktop video.

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss April 25, 2017

Hi Ted,

thanks for your feedback! I just saw the ongoing discussion on the BM forums and obviously there are still quite a lot of issues with the beta. Sure it would be nice to get a perfectly working application right away but that’s why it’s labeled as beta, I guess.
Let’s hope for a swift developement and a soon to be released final (and stable) version.

Best
Olaf

Robert Gamperl Reply
Robert Gamperl April 25, 2017

Really? I worked the whole morning on my projects, no crushes, everything just fine and very very fast. Superb update so far.

Rich Wherewolf Reply
Rich Wherewolf April 25, 2017

How??? Resolve doesn’t start… -, -…

Frederik Watzka Reply
Frederik Watzka April 25, 2017

Patrick Trageser

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Palmer Woodrow April 27, 2017

That’s not a comment.

Why are you typing random names in?

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Jacek Domb April 25, 2017

problem with sound in davinci 14:
https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=58556

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David Odell April 25, 2017

just read through their site on version 14. no where it states it’s a beta release. can some one point me so they just don’t offer a prog that actually is in beta without telling? right now it looks as any sharp release they have done before…

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Jeff Jones April 25, 2017

When you click the download link near the top or scroll to the bottom of the page here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve

It shows a grid of download options for the Public Beta as well as the older 12.5 version.

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Markus Magnon April 25, 2017

If you click download it clearly states “DaVinci Resolve 14 Public Beta”.

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David Odell April 26, 2017

I believe when Beta is used it must clearly states that it is with your own risk. Never use a Beta with payed projects or just leave old builds for Beta builds. There is so to none responsibility to not simply write about the problems current Beta has. My own prefs. I like how Avid declares the impacts a new update from OS X / Win won’t be guaranteed to work if used on current system updates. The same should be here, “we can’t guarantee it will work”. /David

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Palmer Woodrow April 27, 2017

PAID

Keary Croskrey Reply
Keary Croskrey April 25, 2017

So can it handle basic p2 footage yet?

Olaf von Voss Reply
Olaf von Voss April 25, 2017

Keary,

I’ve just updated the article. The ‘normal’ 8-bit footage out of the GH5 works just fine with resolve 14. But I couldn’t try the 10-bit HD footage introduced with the recent firmware 1.1 update, yet.

Ron Huff Reply
Ron Huff April 25, 2017

If you already have the studio version of 12, will you get the studio version of 14, or is it $300?

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Markus Magnon April 25, 2017

It is 300 Dollar now. You can get the 12.5 for 300 Dollar now. And a free upgrade to 14.

Clayton Moore Reply
Clayton Moore April 25, 2017

Just remember its “Beta” a term that virtually defines buggy when it hits the streets.

Anniemation Reply
Anniemation April 25, 2017

Ronald Leopoldo is this the one ba?

Ronald Leopoldo Reply
Ronald Leopoldo April 25, 2017

Yes ms anne

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Palmer Woodrow April 27, 2017

That’s not a comment.

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Larry Tee April 27, 2017

With Resolve 14 Studio and FCPX, I think I could happily leave Adobe’s $50 a month (spammy, bloated) subscription behind for good. Maybe pick up a month here and there for collaborations– but I’d love to see other editors and colorists jump off the runaway Adobe train. Why pay for 25 applications every month when I only need 3 or 4? So stupid.

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Jeff Jones April 28, 2017

Already jumped off. I still use CS6 on occasion, but I’m attempting to support other companies whenever possible. Like Serif’s Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. Resolve 12.5 and this new v14 are welcome options especially with the lower pricing.

The more competition the merrier.