Vertical Social Media-Friendly Videos and AI Come to DaVinci Resolve 18.1

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In a world where social media has steadily become one of the major placement endpoints for many videos and photos, photo/video software and hardware makers are increasingly adapting to this.

One of the latest cases is DaVinci Resolve 18.1, which has now released a major update to its software for creators who upload videos to social networks. Editors are able to work in vertical format on their videos for easy posting to social networks like Snapchat, TikTok and others.

The CEO of Blackmagic Design, Grant Perry specified, “This is a major update with new added support for social media vertical resolutions. Now, customers can work quickly and easily to create video posts for sites such as TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook shorts, Instagram TV and more,”

Other aspects of the update add improvements to how multiple users edit a video project by letting both lock their own timelines of it so that one user doesn’t completely lock others out during editing.

DaVinci Resolve 18.1’s new update now also adds AI tools for voice editing. These include a dialogue leveler and voice isolation to let users isolate dialogue and clarify it from other sounds.

Another inclusion is support for Dolby Vision 5.1.0 cinema trims, which lets users fine-tune the HDR quality of their video work.

Essentially, the new update, aside from facilitating social media posting, simplifies editing to make it easier in various ways.

The release text for the DaVinci update explains, “Updates to the internal processing result in up to 10 [times] faster Text+, faster stabilization, face refinement tracking and analysis, [four times] faster spatial noise reduction, better playback performance with large node graphs and improved Blackmagic RAW decoding on Apple Silicon,”

Videographers who work with video that they prioritize for high-quality publication to social media can use the newly updated version of DaVinci Resolve to save themselves time on their editing.

The essential software along with its update also happens to be free, meaning that it’s a useful option for people who don’t want to pay premium software fees. A “Studio” version of DaVinci Resolve is however also available for $295.

There are also other freemium or free software options on the market. These include Canva and Picsart, to name two examples.

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