Fremont, CA—Blackmagic Design released DaVinci Resolve 18.1. It is a major update that adds support for editing in vertical resolutions such as TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram TV.
In addition, the new version provides automatic locking of individual timelines within bins for multiuser collaboration. Moreover, the update adds DaVinci Neural Engine, which enables AI dialogue leveler and AI voice isolation tools to the cut, edit and Fairlight pages. It also permits vector keyframing for Fairlight automation curve editing. Fairlight grid support was also integrated. As a result, users can position clips on a grid based on timecode or musical tempo.
“This is a major update with new added support for social media vertical resolutions. Now, customers can work quickly and easily to create video posts for sites such as TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook shorts, Instagram TV and more,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.
“Plus, there are some other exciting performance improvements as well. The new DaVinci Neural Engine AI enabled voice isolation tools, and new features for Fusion, such as support for magic mask. We’re always excited to see what our customers can do with these amazing updates to DaVinci Resolve.”
DaVinci Resolve 18.1 Key Features
DaVinci Resolve 18.1 lets users produce, export and post work quickly and more easily on TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook shorts and Instagram TV. With added support for social media vertical resolutions such as 1,080×1,920, users can choose square and vertical resolutions directly in project settings. Consequently, it is faster to setup a timeline to produce videos.
Furthermore, collaboration with other editors at the same time is easier with the new timeline locking operation. This automatic operation prevents two users selecting the same timeline by locking it to the first user without the need to lock the whole timeline bin. Multiple editors can now work on different timelines in the same bin at the same time.
What’s more, for audio, 18.1 uses new AI-based voice isolation track FX. This permits users to remove loud, undesirable sounds from voice recordings. In addition, by adding DaVinci Neural Engine voice isolation to the cut, edit and Fairlight pages via a new DaVinci Neural Engine AI-based core effects process, customers can isolate dialog from background sounds in a recording. They can eliminate everything else from moderate noise to aircraft and explosions, leaving only the voice.
The built-in dialogue leveler track FX in the inspector processes and smooths dialogue recordings. It does so without the need for level adjustments on clip gain or automation curves. Controls include real-time scrolling waveform display, focus presets as well as three process options. They allow users to achieve natural sounding results.
In addition, with the new vector keyframing of Fairlight audio automation curves, customers can graphically enter, edit, trim and nudge keyframes with standard tools. Plus, there’s a new automation editing view that permits faster, simpler management of curves and keyframes.
Also, editors get a faster, smoother editing experience in this update with improved project importing when using ATEM Mini. Audio is now attached to the video clips automatically, making imported projects easier to edit and improving workflows.
Moreover, the software includes DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor functionality to the edit page. This includes multicam switching, audio level, trim in as well as trim out. Plus, customers can use these functions in conjunction with the search dial for more speed.
There’s also support for subtitle track presets and per-track formatting rules. As a result, users can adjust individual settings for each subtitle caption, including font and style, while retaining the track setting for size and background.
What’s more, Fusion users can speed up their workflows with added support for magic mask in the Fusion page. The magic mask palette uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to detect animals, vehicles, people and objects, tracking their movement in a shot. Now, they can produce clean traveling mattes directly in the Fusion page to add effects to characters or stylize the background.
The update also supports Dolby Vision 5.1.0 cinema trims. This permits users to adjust the brightness levels of their high dynamic range images to optimize them for cinema and television audiences.
There are also significant performance improvements with multiple tools. For instance, updates to the internal processing result in up to 10x faster Text+, 5x faster stabilization, face refinement tracking and analysis, 4x faster spatial noise reduction, better playback performance with large node graphs and improved Blackmagic RAW decoding on Apple silicon.
The DaVinci Resolve 18.1 update is available now for download free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.