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DaVinci Resolve 17 New Features Guide

Olive Eve
2020-12-21 12:28:08 • Filed to: Editor Review

Blackmagic Design announced the latest version of DaVinci Resolve – one of its feature-rich flagship video and audio editing software. DaVinci Resolve 17 is a high-end video editing/post-production software program. If you are looking for visual effects, color correction, motion graphics, post-production audio, and much more within a software, DaVinci Resolve is needed. You can easily download the Davinci Resolve Studio 17 new functions by using the clicking here.

Blackmagic declares to have added over 100 new features and improvements to over 200 already existing features. Among the newly added features in DaVinci Resolve 17, the update includes redesigned color controls, HDR grading tools, next-gen Fairlight audio engine, AI-based mask, and much more. It also has a new user interface and workflow improvements across the entire app.

As the DaVinci Resolve 17 update provides us with hundreds of new features, in this article, we will only mention some of the primary ones, followed by a short comparison between the DaVinci Resolve Free and Studio version.

  • Next-Gen HDR Grading Tools
  • Fairlight Audio Engine
  • Smarter Cut Page
  • Easy Multicam Clips Syncing

Next-Gen HDR Grading Tools

The HDR grading tools provide you with creative controls to make slight adjustments by customizing their color wheel with specific tonal ranges. These wheels are color space aware and include saturation and exposure control.

Fairlight Audio Engine

Fairlight provides the highest quality solution for post-production audio, and this makes it one of the most significant features of DaVinci Resolve 17. With Fairlight Audio Core, now you can mix up to 2000 tracks in real-time.

The new Transient Analysis Tool detects sound effects, beats, and words automatically and provides their waveforms. The waveforms are transient markers that make it easy to point out specific sounds and edit them as per requirement.

Smarter Cut Page

With a smarter cut page, viewing quickly and then sorting out shots has been revolutionized with Metadata View and Clip Slating. Also, now Trim Mode displays the larger waveform more precisely, which makes it easier to trim a specific dialog without wasting much time.

Furthermore, the new cut page provides users the option of Smart Reframe option, which can come in handy when posting pictures on social media. DaVinci Neural Engines repositions the original frame by automatically recognizing faces, so the user won't have to manually.

Easy Multicam Clips Syncing

With the "auto-align" tool in the edit tab, users can stack clips on the timeline and sync them based on their timecode or waveform. Users can also create a sync map by manually moving clips into position.

DaVinci Resolve Free or Studio?

Users' most frequently asked questions is the difference between the free and studio (paid) version. To put it comprehensively, if you are using DaVinci Resolve only to edit YouTube videos for your channel or Vlogs or to post on social media, then DaVinci Resolve is more than enough for you. However, if you are part of some production studio or otherwise need some high-end features like 10-bit coloring or hardware acceleration through multiple GPUs or to work with resolutions higher than 4k, then you might have to go for the studio version.

The paid version of DaVinci Resolve 17 costs $299, which is much cheaper, in the long run, than Adobe Premium Pro, which costs $20.99 and full Creative Cloud (CC) for $52.99 per month. You can also look for USB Dongle on eBay, which can help you save almost $100.

It is now coming over to some of the features that require us to go for the paid version.

Hardware Acceleration Through Multiple GPUs

If you have a system with a sound video card integrated into it, then the studio version is significantly faster than the free version. You will also find the studio version faster than the free version because the studio version supports hardware encoding, graphic processing, and multiple GPUs.

Max Resolution Timeline

The free version of DaVinci Resolve supports maximum timeline resolution up to 4k (3840x2160); however, this does not mean that you cannot import files in a bigger resolution. This feature is not an issue for most content creators and videographers as most of the viewers are still viewing the content on 1080p or 4k. However, if you want to work with higher resolutions like Cinematic 4k, 6k, or 8k then you might have to pay for the Studio version.

10 Bit Color Space

If you shoot anything in 10-bit color space, Resolve Free will not import it at all. To import 10-bit color footage, you need to upgrade to Resolve Studio. Most users who shoot in cameras that do not support 10-bit color won't have a problem with this, however, if you are using GH5s or some form of the external recorder to record 10-bit footage, you will need the Studio version if you want to use the 10-bit color grading.

Neural Engine AI

Now DaVinci Resolve Neural Engine AI feature is only available in DaVinci Resolve Studio Version and that too only in 16 and higher. Neural Engine AI provides features like object removal, auto color matching, facial recognition, etc.

Collaboration Tools

If you are part of some production house where many people are working on the same project like editor, visual effect artists, etc. and you need to collaborate on one project, you need to upgrade to Resolve Studio to use all the collaboration tools. However, if you are a one-man army and don't do much collaboration work, Resolve Free is good enough.

Some Other Features

Now there some handy tools that we often need that only come with the Resolve Studio version. Some of these are:

  • Noise Removal
  • Motion Blur Effects
  • HDR Color Grading
  • 3D Camera Tracking
  • Some plug-ins can also only be used in the paid version


Overall, if we look at the list of 300+ features that the all-new DaVinci Resolve 17 provides us, then upgrading to maximize the quality of your work sounds great. Moreover, the revolutionary features like Fairlight Audio Engine, HDR Color Grading, new and improved collaboration tools, etc. are a big motivation to upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 17.

Now the dilemma that concerns most people is whether to go for the paid version or the free one. The simplest answer to that is your requirement. If you require or use the tools that are available only in the Studio version, then go for it. Otherwise, the free version is pretty good and wholesome too compared to other software in its league. Either way, you are in for a treat!

Olive Eve

Olive Eve

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