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But most importantly, each stage of your post production has a page focused on that task and tailored for that user. Switching roles is a simple as a mouse click to another page and when in collaboration groups you can pass the same project to your colleagues without the fear that shots wont conform. When deciding what hardware and configuration to use for your DaVinci Resolve system you can build one for almost every possible use. You can also configure DaVinci Resolve hardware for a subset of its various users. On-set users have quite different needs to those focused only on offline editing who are looking for maximum flexibility with compressed files.
These are not exhaustive lists but offer a guideline to help your selection. We recommend you use this checklist to make sure you have all the items you need to buy and build your system.
There are no special configurations for the majority of Mac systems so you can select from the options listed, select your Blackmagic Design supplied components and then follow the DaVinci Resolve installation instructions.
Connection of disk storage systems and the single or dual UI monitoring is via the Thunderbolt 3 ports. These Thunderbolt ports are also used to connect the Blackmagic Design capture and playback card. There are no special setup requirements for the iMac Pro.
After extensive testing we recommend the D GPU model. The D GPU model offers limited performance in comparison to the D and will exhaust the GPU ram with clips or timelines greater than HD, or when temporal processes, NR and optical flow speed changes are requested. Connection of disk storage systems and the single or dual UI monitoring is via the Thunderbolt 2 ports.
There are no special setup requirements for the Mac Pro. UHD timelines are practical with some performance limitations especially when using optical flow speed changes, temporal processing and noise reduction. Mac Mini While the Mac Mini is not ideal for use as a Resolve workstation, due to its low performance GPU, the current series are suitable for use as a central database server for full license Resolve users that wish to share projects with a few other systems within their facility.
Generally all older Mac certified cards will work with the latest driver. After quitting Resolve, go to the Apple menu and choose System Preferences.
Be sure to log in to your Mac as the user that will be operating Resolve. You will need an Administrator password to install the software on your system and we recommend that DaVinci Resolve be installed into the standard Applications folder on your startup hard disk.
You can also receive alerts when updates are available. The installation process takes just a couple of minutes. After the software has been installed you may wish to add the application icon to your dock to make DaVinci Resolve easy to launch. Driver installation Systems with a Blackmagic Design capture and playback card for your client, edit or grading monitor you will need to install the latest Desktop Video drivers that are available from the support page at www.
Blackmagic Desktop Video drivers install associated easy setup options and presets for a number of other editing applications. Important steps for first use There are three important hardware items to configure when you first start the Resolve application. The first tab shows the System Overview where you select the application language and you can verify that Resolve has found your GPUs.
Finally for some systems you can select the GPU processing mode here. The first location in the storage list will become the primary location for images, all proxies, cached files and gallery stills. This location will usually not be your system disk but a specifically installed permanent disk for media. Depending on your workflow, this device may also be connected to a VTR or camera. If you are using Resolve Live, select the video input capture device.
You can also select to use the computer system audio output in preference to the capture and playback card and the speaker configuration for your suite. Details on connection follow later in this guide. You should leave this blank unless directed otherwise. DaVinci Resolve for Windows Overview and system selection The Microsoft Windows offers the broadest hardware support and systems are available from low power laptops to the generic motherboard build your own systems for independent users up to the workstation class for facilities that need faster processing.
Each has multiple options to consider. Please also refer to the GPU driver information and follow the DaVinci Resolve installation instructions and the three important hardware setup steps to get you started.
However additional PCIe cards in the computer, such as capture, storage or even an expander HBA, should only be added to the slots shown in the tables below to avoid causing a slow down in the performance of the Ul and image processing GPU cards.
For all systems using an expander, we generally recommend that you install a single Ul GPU in your computer and have all image processing GPUs in the expander. While this guide refers to configs with up to three GPUs, there are now third party systems available with more image processing GPUs and for users interested in those configs please contact the vendor directly.
You will also find below a list of suppliers who can offer turnkey systems.
We recommend using the same model GPU if multiples are used. A number of GPU options are listed below, as are options for media storage, file system and accessories.
The ASUS motherboard and chassis listed is an example of a generic system that you can build yourself. It will be suitable for most independent users even at 4K when a powerful GPU is installed. The biggest limitation of these systems is the single CPU so files that need decompressing will use most of the CPUs capabilities.
Hardware Selection and Setup DaVinci Resolve 15 — Certified Configuration Guide 17 Another key consideration when selecting a generic pro motherboard is not just how many PCle Gen3 x 16 slots that are available, but how many operate at full speed when other slots are used. Often when you read the fine print, these motherboards only offer x16 speed when just one or two slots are used.
Ultimately this reduces real time performance. For maximum overall slot bandwidth with Resolve please use the 40 lane CPU and the slots in the following configuration. If you use any of the other slots this will reduce the speed of the x16 slots and affect your operational performance.
Be sure to check the slot use description later in this guide as optimum performance requires cards to be placed in the correct slot. It can be used as a desktop tower or rack-mounted and contains a single power supply. The motherboard provides fast image processing using three, PCle Gen 3.
One of these slots is used for the Ul and the other for image processing GPUs. Please see the recommended slots use in the tables later in this guide to avoid causing a slow down in the performance of the Ul and image processing GPU cards. This rackmountable or deskside system can also be provided with substantial storage from DELL suitable for collaboration in the form of Isilon.
Please seek further information from your local DELL office. Note the RAM configurations for optimum memory speed and the best slot configuration later in the guide. When selecting a system for operational ease you should order a laptop with sufficient screen resolution to clearly show the full UI, such as x, and at least 16GB of system RAM.
Power settings DaVinci Resolve is a demanding application and it is important to first ensure your Windows workstation is configured to avoid going in to sleep mode or hibernation. You will need an Administrator password to install the software on your system if you are using a standard User account. We recommend that DaVinci Resolve be installed into the default Program Files folder on your startup hard disk. When the installation has been completed, you will be prompted to restart your workstation.
The installer will add the application to the Program Files folder and will place a shortcut on your Desktop making it easy to launch DaVinci Resolve.
For the full version of DaVinci Resolve, you will need to activate your license online or use a USB dongle which the Resolve for Windows license and must be connected to your computer before launching the Resolve software. Systems with a Blackmagic Design capture and playback card for your client, edit or grading monitor you will need to install the latest Desktop Video drivers that are available from the support page at www.
Hardware Selection and Setup DaVinci Resolve 15 — Certified Configuration Guide 21 Important steps for first use There are three important hardware items to configure when you first start the Resolve application.
The first tab shows the System Overview where you select the application language and you can verify that Resolve has found your GPUs and any Red Rocket cards if installed. This tab also has selections for using a Red Rocket card if. You can also select to use the Display GPU for image compute if you have DaVinci Resolve Studio and also select here if you wish to use the computer system audio output in preference to the capture and playback card. DaVinci Resolve for Linux Overview and system selection We recommend Mac or Windows systems for their ease of configuration and use, their simple files systems and off the shelf components that generally plug and play.
In comparison, Linux systems have a very rudimentary operator desktop, have the most restrictive hardware options, require exacting configuration and also a high performance file system.
The Linux OS does however offer an extremely reliable and powerful platform for facilities that consistently need high performance with high-resolution files from various codecs and is therefore the system of choice for the largest facilities in Hollywood and beyond.
While this guide refers to configs with up to six GPUs, there are now third party systems available with more image processing GPUs and for users interested in those configs please contact the vendor directly.
You will also find below a list of suppliers who can offer turnkey systems of various performance levels and prices. Supermicro Superservers While new Supermicro Superservers are available and many customers have reported positive performance once they are configured Blackmagic Design has not performed any recent testing so is not able to provide specific configuration details for these new systems.
Please contact your local Supermicro reseller for guidance and support. While there are too many variables to list for all motherboards the information provided here for the Supermicro SuperServer may offer the advise you need to configure your system before installing the Linux OS.
If in doubt we recommend that you check with your system vendor. Set the date and time correctly for each server. They all should be disabled with the exception of the UI slot 2. This completes the jumper and bios setup and will reboot the computer.
Storage subsystem connection and file system installation If you now connect your media storage, via direct RAID controller, fibre channel or GigE, the next step is to install the file system. There are now a number of options to supply a file system suitable for Linux. Please refer to the list of vendors at the end of the guide. Quantum offers a complete turnkey file system including the MDC and storage should you desire this one stop solution for installation and support. No matter which you choose, we highly recommend that you consult with your local storage subsystem vendor for installation and configuration guidance.
Final setup checks Once the application installation is complete, please reboot the server. Testing can be performed at this stage, prior to installing the file system if you have not completed that yet. Some of the image processing operations in DaVinci Resolve, temporal noise reduction, optical flow speed changes, motion effects and OpenFX plugins, also need large GPU memory for operation and utilize a single GPU regardless of the number installed.
These processes might not be available or operation could be restricted on GPUs with limited memory so consider this when selecting your GPU from the options below. For some operations 4GB will be sufficient.
While there are a number of expanders available in the market only a few have been tested and certified for use with DaVinci Resolve.
If you use one of the chassis recommended in the Windows or Linux sections you must install the expander HBA in the PCIe slot indicated and then your image processing GPUs in the expander as indicated. Not all offer Gen 3. Please refer to the instructions from the panel vendor and review with the directions below to configure the panel to work with DaVinci Resolve.
Software driver loads upgrades at system start or via updater software. HD Format Support x p50, x p Ultra HD Format Support x p Closed captioning. SDI Video Sampling , and Audio Sampling Television standard sample rate of 48 khz and bit. Component analog video connections are switchable between SD and HD.
Always confirm copyright ownership before capture or distribution of content. Processing Encoding Hardware based real time h. Colorspace Conversion Hardware based real time. SD output selectable between letterbox, anamorphic and center cut Selectable between pillarbox, zoom and zoom. HD Cross Conversion Built in, high quality hardware cross conversion from p to i and i to p on playback.