DaVinci Resolve 18 is available in a first public beta. This huge video editing and effects software comes loaded with many new features, foremost among which is collaborative work. A capacity that responds to that of Adobe for Premiere and After Effects (read Adobe: After Effects optimized Apple Silicon, Frame.io integrated into the Creative Cloud and redesigned Premiere Pro).
The application can be based on three new local storage and sharing solutions – the Blackmagic Cloud Store, Cloud Store mini and Cloud Pod – or through Dropbox for scattered teams. DaVinci Resolve will generate proxy files from the originals taken from the cameras and make it easier to work on these contents and to do so, if necessary, offline. A new Presentations function allows several people to exchange their opinions and recommendations on a work in progress.
In the color tools we can mention the Depth Map effect to isolate the foreground from the background and treat the two independently. Or the masking of objects and subjects which can recognize elements in the image (animal, vehicle, etc.), even in motion, and isolate them in order to then apply effects to them.
More specifically on Mac, DaVinci Resolve 18 adopts the latest version of Dolby Vision and offers HDR rendering on Apple’s Pro Display XDR as well as compatible Mac displays (the Studio Display is not qualified for HDR display) . The use of effects based on machine learning should be significantly accelerated with M1 chip Macs (the publisher speaks of processing up to three times faster in motion analysis and content recognition tools) .
DaVinci Resolve 18 is currently offered in a beta version that everyone can get after registration. We can be satisfied with the free version but for more advanced users, the software is sold in a “Studio” version at 265 € with its neural engine, stereoscopic 3D tools, libraries of filters and effects, editing tools. HDR calibration, etc. The application needs at least macOS 10.15 Catalina (or Mojave for the Fusion part).