In the first blog in this series, we covered multi-user collaboration, while the second blog focused on editing and color correction. In this third and final installment on the new features in DaVinci Resolve 18 from Blackmagic Design, we turn our attention to Fusion and Fairlight.



The DaVinci Resolve Fusion page is the home of the application’s visual effects and motion graphics. Built into DaVinci Resolve, Fusion offers a node-based workflow with hundreds of 2D and 3D tools. New to its features are GPU-accelerated paint, as well as faster text and shape too.


GPU Accelerated Paint

GPU acceleration inside DaVinci Resolve 18 enables users to paint brush strokes generated and displayed in real time for a more intuitive approach when performing cover ups or graphic design. With instantaneous visual feedback, you don’t have to wait to assess your work and you’ll have more time on a project to make iterations in any stroke style or shape.


Text and Shape Acceleration

Improved speed and playback performance for text, text+ and shape templates, along with new memory management and data handling, results in Fusion templates being up to 200% faster. This means you can watch accelerated results in the viewer and create motion graphic compositions faster than ever before.



Simple, intuitive and powerful, Fairlight is best known for being the world’s first and only audio post production software completely integrated with picture editing..  Inside DaVinci Resolve 18, the following Fairlight updates should get your attention. 


Convert Legacy Projects to FlexBus

With a single click, you can now easily convert legacy fixed bus Fairlight projects to FlexBus (the Fairlight audio busing and routing system designed for managing multiple tracks, extensive plug-in processing, sync and multiple project deliverables).


Automatic Binaural Rendering

Your Dolby 7.1.4 mix can now be rendered to playback in a pair of headphones while still maintaining the immersive sound experience from only two audio channels. How is this possible? The Dolby Atmos deliverable toolset has expanded to support rendering of a binaural output from a complex Dolby Atmos mix.


Decomposition of Nested Timelines

New options inside the decompose menu have improved collaboration by enabling you to compile your work to one timeline. Nested timelines can now be decomposed with all track data, including FX and automation. Assignments connect using new busses and existing paths (or new tracks can be left unpatched).


Innovative Space View 3D Display

DaVinci Resolve 18 natively supports the latest industry standard audio formats, including immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D, MPEG-H, NHK 22.2, and SMPTE. The space view scope displays a real-time view of every object, as well as that object’s relationship to the setting and other objects in 3D space.

With these new features (and others) inside DaVinci Resolve, the status of this popular post editing software will only continue to rise, so there’s no better time to give it a try and add another post app to your arsenal.

If you’re interested in downloading the free version or purchasing the studio one, visit the DaVinci Resolve website.  But remember, in order to optimize the new features in DaVinci Resolve 18, BOXX recommends a workstation purpose-built for it.  Find yours on our DaVinci Resolve solutions page.