Thursday, January 7, 2021

Install Davinci Resolve 17 Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, and Its Based Distros

Linuxslaves.com - Davinci Resolve is a non-linear professional video editing software which includes tools for editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction, audio post production, and extensively used in the moving-making industry, especially Hollywood.



This cross platform video editor software is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. For your information, Resolve is officially supports CentOS only. But it doesn't mean we can't use it on other Linux distribution.


Thanks to Daniel Tufvesson for creating a script, called MakeResolveDeb, that generates a deb package, so we can use to install or remove DaVinci Resolve like any other deb package, instead of messing with system libraries.


Latest Davinci Resolve 17 Linux

Blackmagic Design has just released Davinci Resolve 17. It's a major new release with over 100 new features and 200 improvements. The color page features new HDR grading tools, redesigned primary controls, AI based magic mask and more.


Install Davinci Resolve in Ubuntu Linux

Please keep in mind, Davinci Resolve 17 is still in beta and may contain bugs. If you’re new to Resolve or rely on it for professional purposes, I don't you to upgrade.


But if you're a hobbyist, using it for fun or educational purposes, feel free to use whichever one you'd like. Ah, for your information, Davinci Resolve 17 Linux now supports mp3 files out of the box.


What's New in Resolve 17

  • Next generation HDR color correction with customizable wheels and tonal zones
  • Mesh and grid based color warper delivers an entirely new way to transform color
  • Magic mask automatic object isolation powered by the Davinci Neural Engine
  • Improved color management with tone mapping and color space aware tools
  • Massive Davinci wide gamut color space for higher quality image processing
  • High speed audio editing with new keyboard and mouse context-sensitive tools
  • Fairlight Audio Core engine with auto load balancing and support for 2,000 tracks
  • Revolutionary FlexBus architecture for audio routing without limitations
  • Automatic transient detection for beats, words, and sound effects
  • Support for massive audio projects with thousands of tracks on a single system
  • Metadata based card view in media pool on cut page
  • Precision audio trimming on the cut page timeline and graphical trimmer
  • Smart reframe powered by the Davinci Neural Engine on cut and edit pages
  • Live effect, title, and transition previews on cut and edit pages
  • Import and edit projects from ATEM Mini Pro ISO
  • Proxy media workflows up to 1/16th resolution in H264, H265, ProRes or DNxHR
  • Timeline based clip syncing to create multicam and compound clips
  • Alpha support for keying and compositing on cut and edit pages
  • Render in place command for effects heavy clips on cut and edit timelines
  • Make source side adjustments before editing clips into the timeline
  • Portable timeline and bin files for easy sharing
  • Native interlace processing and realtime 3:2 pulldown removal
  • Node tree bookmarks, customizable Fusion toolbar, and vertical node layouts
  • Support for growing files in media pool
  • Support for frame based metadata for BRAW, ARRI, RED, Sony and EXR
  • Workflow integration API and third party encoder API

System Requirements

  • 32 GB of system memory
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.4.1 or later
  • Discrete GPU with at least 2GB of VRAM
  • GPU which supports OpenCL 1.2 or CUDA 11
  • NVIDIA/AMD Driver version As required by your GPU
  • A minimum NVIDIA driver version of 450.51.06 is recommended

As stated in the list above, Resolve requires NVIDIA proprietary drivers Linux to work. There are reports that AMD GPU may work now, but I can't try this myself since I don't own AMD graphics card.


Install Davinci Resolve 17 on Ubuntu

You can use this guide to install Davinci Resolve 17 or 16 on any Debian based distributions e.g Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 20.04 LTS, or above as well as its derivatives systems like Linux Mint.



First, we need to install libssl1.0.0, ocl-icd-opencl-dev and fakeroot. Simply run the following command from the Terminal window :


sudo apt install libssl1.1 ocl-icd-opencl-dev fakeroot xorriso

Download the latest version Davinci Resolve and MakeResolveDeb from its official website and extract both and move the makeresolvedeb_x.y.z_multi.sh in the same folder where you extracted Davinci Resolve.


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Right click on empty space > Open in Terminal > and run these commands to create the deb package :


./makeresolvedeb*.sh DaVinci_Resolve_*_Linux.run

This will take a while, depends on your machine specs of course. Well, I assuming you've generated the deb successfully. Now you can simply run the command below to install the Davinci Resolve :


sudo dpkg -i davinci-resolve*_amd64.deb

Once installed, you can open this professional video editing software via launcher just like any normal applications.


A reminder for those who are getting error in Ubuntu that OpenCl or CUDA is not detected. Launch the app by right click and "Launch using Dedicated Graphics Card", the error should be resolved. Thanks to CUN_009.


The software also doesn't have any window decoration. Hold the Alt or Super key and drag the window while holding the left mouse button or using Alt + F7.


Davinci Resolve 17 Linux | MakeResolveDeb

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