DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4 Update Released – Surface Tracker in Fusion and More


Blackmagic Design has recently released DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4 update (18.0b4), which addresses quite a few issues and brings a couple of gems to the Fusion, Edit, and Fairlight pages. The update is available to download for free from the Blackmagic Design Support Center.

At this year’s NAB, Blackmagic Design released the first public version of DaVinci Resolve 18 (Beta), along with their new hardware and cloud solutions. The company’s all-in-one suite of post-production tools is constantly and rapidly evolving, with an ever-growing number of users switching to Resolve from other popular NLEs.

At the beginning of May, the company launched the Beta 2 version of DaVinci Resolve 18 and now, less than 2 months after its launch, we already got to update n.4. So let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Color Page
DaVinci Resolve 18 Color Page. Source: Blackmagic Design

DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4: new features

The new DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4 update introduces some general improvements along with a couple of new features. One that is getting many users excited is added support for Resolve FX Surface Tracker in the Fusion page. This recently-released tool was already available only in the Color page.

Another noteworthy update is the ability to export TTML subtitles directly from the Edit Page. Moreover, the Fairlight page can now automatically create tracks whose format matches that of the clips being added.

Edit Page
DaVinci Resolve 18 Edit Page. Source: Blackmagic Design

Full list of improvements

If you’d like to take a look at all the bug fixes and new features of DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4, here’s the full list:

  • Support for Resolve FX Surface Tracker in the Fusion page.
  • Automatic initialization of mesh boundary overlay in Resolve FX Surface Tracker.
  • Improved post-filter map finesse with fewer artefacts for Resolve FX Depth Map.
  • Ability to export IMSC1 or DFXP subtitles from the track header context menu.
  • Ctrl/Cmd dragging different formats to Fairlight timeline now creates matching tracks.
  • Addressed an issue where reloading bins in collaboration would sometimes not work.
  • Addressed incorrect metadata mapping when importing some CSVs.
  • Addressed render in place ignoring renames for compound clips in the edit page.
  • Addressed order of timeline edits when importing files from Finder in the edit page.
  • Addressed accidental selection of transform overlays when clicking in the edit viewer.
  • Addressed accidental keyframe creation for some actions in the edit curves panel.
  • Addressed issues with Open FX keyframes in the edit page.
  • Addressed a refresh issue when enabling display individual audio channels in edit.
  • Middle clicking a clip in Fusion will no longer overwrite compositions.
  • Addressed an issue where some 3D plugins could not be loaded in Fusion.
  • Addressed a refresh issue when changing stroke softness for Fusion paint.
  • Addressed incorrect previews for some Fusion comps on multi-track compound clips.
  • Addressed issues with Resolve FX zoom blur and chromatic adaptation in Fusion.
  • Addressed a stability issue when previewing renders on Fusion views.
  • Addressed an undo issue with font names in Text+.
  • Addressed an issue retaining automation when decomposing timelines.
  • Addressed inconsistent navigation for clip markers in the Fairlight timeline.
  • Addressed ADR showing hidden tracks as record or guide options.
  • Addressed an issue with Dolby Atmos clip profiles when changing clip attributes.
  • Addressed incorrect HDR processing of dark areas in some scenarios.
  • Addressed an issue with moving power windows after saving project.
  • Addressed an issue with glitches when moving the scopes window on Mac.
  • Addressed an issue with encoding 96Khz AAC audio on Mac.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

Price and availability

The DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 Beta 4 updates are available to download now. The update is free for all existing users and can be found on the company’s Support Center page. If you haven’t purchased a DaVinci Resolve Studio license yet, you can do so for $295.

Also, if you’re upgrading from previous versions of Resolve, the company recommends doing a back up of your existing database before installing DaVinci Resolve 18.

Are you going to install the DaVinci Resolve 18 Beta 4 Update? Which new feature are you most excited about? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!




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