Blackmagic Design unveils DaVinci Resolve 17 with 300 new features, improvements

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Blackmagic Design on Monday unveiled the next-generation version of DaVinci Resolve, which brings a slew of new features and improvements to the video editing platform.

DaVinci Resolve 17 introduces 100 new features and 200 improvements, including major updates to the Fairlight audio workstation and color grading toolset alongside broader user interface upgrades.

In the color editing feature set, Resolve 17 brings new HDR color correction tools; mesh- and grid-based color warpers; improved color management and color space aware tools; and magic mask automatic object isolation powered by DaVinci's neural engine.

The audio-focused upgrades include contextual keyboard- and mouse-sensitive tools; a new Fairlight Audio Core that can support 2,000 tracks and auto-load balancing; automatic detection for beats, words, and sound effects; and a new FlexBus architecture for audio routing abilities.

There are also significant changes to the general UI of the system, including a suite of new tools and abilities on the cut and edit pages. According to Blackmagic Design, there are "thousands" of small improvements in the new version.

DaVinci Resolve also supports growing files in media pool; frame-based metadata for BRAW, ARRI, RED, Sony and EXR; and new workflow integration and third party encoder APIs. In DaVinci Resolve 17, the free version also adds new multi-user collaboration tools that were previously only available in DaVinci Resolve Studio.

"This is a massive update and it has amazing new technology and features for colorists, audio engineers, editors and visual effects artists," Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty said.

The new DaVinci Resolve, which requires macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, is currently available to download in beta testing from the company's website.