Top 3 Features Of The New DaVinci Resolve 15
This past week Blackmagic released the DaVinci Resolve 15. I’ve been a big fan of DaVinci Resolve, and Blackmagic for that matter, for a few years now. I think it’s because they really resonate with the fanboy in me….kind of like apple 8 years ago. They really listen to their core market and come out with products that reflect that. For example their new Pocket Cinema 4k. The original Pocket Cinema Camera was more of a stepping stone for people who wanted to get into videography. It was very simple and boarders on almost impractical but it got you out there and shooting. Even if you couldn’t see the screen and were constantly swapping out batteries, you still went home with some fantastic looking footage. Anyways, the new upgrades for the pocket 4k is a huge improvement to the original. They really listened to what their customers had to say.
DaVinci Resolve 15 follows that same mindset. It’s clear that they are listening to their clients and are working towards making the ultimate 1 stop solution for film makers. So anyways here’s my 5 favourite features of the new DaVinci Resolve 15.
Feature #1 DaVinci Resolve 15 Now has Fusion
I’m pretty excited about this new feature. If you don’t know what Fusion is, it’s Blackmagics powerful motion graphics software. Just like DaVinci Resolve, it too has a powerful free version and a paid version. A few versions back, DaVinci Resolve allowed you to open Fusion right from the editing window but now made it even easier by baking right in. You can now rotoscope to your heart’s content and add awesome titles with partial effects
Feature #2 All the updates to Fairlight
Last year the big announcement in DaVinci Resolve was the addition of Fairlight audio incorporated. This was the a game changer for me. Being able to edit audio properly in a video editor sealed the deal for me. I edited audio in other programs like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere but never liked it. To me it always felt secondary and always ended up mixing in Pro Tools. With Fairlight it feels like its own DAW and not just a slider section in a NL editor. This Year they added Native Plugins so now I have the ability to add noise reduction or delay right in the insert on my mixer. I can also use my collection of VST plugins which is great.
They also added a ADR feature right into DaVinci Resolve 15 so I can re record and sync dialog right in my editor and don’t have to export anything to a Pro Tools session.
The other feature that really jumps out is the sound library. You can now use a huge collection of audio and search it right from the Fairlight tab. So if you need a car sound….it’s there.
Feature #3 The Price
It’s free….well there is a paid version as well if you work in 4k. Which is still a great price and it’s a one time payment of $299.99. That’s way cheaper than Adobe Premiere in the long-term. And honestly I’m sick of subscription based editing software. I paid for DaVinci Resolve 14 last year when I made the official switch and I didn’t have to pay for the upgrade.