Resolve on Linux

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“New DaVinci Resolve for Linux Today we also released DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio to Linux!”

-BlackMagic Design


Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve has been available on Linux for many years but what does this new version along with a press release tapped onto BlackMagic’s big news regarding their new URSA cameras. What this new release brings is an easy to use installable package for Red Hat and CentOS 6.8 or 7.2 Linux systems.

“Adding Linux support to DaVinci Resolve gives you more powerful choices in hardware, making it possible to build extremely high performance, low cost workstations for editing and color correction, such as up to 8 PCIe slots, extremely fast processors, massive amounts of RAM and up to 8 GPUs on a single system. This performance is simply not possible on other operating systems.” -BlackMagic Design

Basically, it’s now an installable package, supported on Redhat and CentOS 6.8 and 7.2, which makes it available for a wide variety of hardware configurations. This is a major step away from the previous situation, where a Linux-based Resolve system was essentially a custom build that required a Resolve Advanced panel, now anyone can have a powerful workstation with 8x GPU using GTX 1070, 1080, 1080Ti, Titan X Pascal or Quadro cards for the price of a studio license at £785. A huge cost saving from the days (last week) when you needed to buy a specialist turn key computer with the Davinci Resolve Advance Panel at a whopping cost of £24,095.
Still if you can only stump up to the price of a decent workstation you can always download the Resolve free version which on Linux now supports 2x GPUs. So for example, you could use a lower end Quadro Card like the M4000 for 10bit display output, select to “use for compute” in the preferences dialog and partner it with a GTX 1080Ti for all the heavy lifting. The free Resolve for Linux supports up to two GPUs, Resolve Studio supports up to eight.

But please take note:

  1. If you are using a panel and thinking of using Davinci Resolve for Linux, currently there is no official support to use any panel other than an official BlackMagic Design panel.
  2. There is no way to export ProRes with the Studio license, blame Apple.
  3. The free version does not support H.264 / H.265 decoding, you will have to buy a Studio license
  4. There are issues with audio when a non BlackMagic card is used as audio output.
  5. Ok so there are 4 potential negatives above but wait, being on Linux means that you have the potential of having a stable, crashfree, non invasive, no spyware, no annoying updates, no subscription fees or OS licenses, GUI (Graphical User Interface) exactly how you want it, up to 8x GPU Color Grading Non-Linear Editing monster.

What’s being said on the forums:

Brian McGahuey • 6 hours ago Honestly, we’ve been asking for this for years, and I’m SO happy the delivered. I’ve already tested it on a backup workstation, and it works great. I’ve now ordered a second SSD for a Linux install on my main workstation.

Sam Vargas • 6 hours ago YES!!! Finally!

Steve Oakley • 2 hours ago Finally a linux option that doesn’t need the 29k panel… Think I’m in

Handy Tip:

Now you are on Linux, is there a way to use true a true full screen window without the taskbars or notification panels getting in your way? Yes there is, simply head to

1. Applications -> System Tools -> Settings and select Keyboard followed by Keyboard Shortcuts. 2. Select Windows, you will see that Full-Screen mode is disabled. Click Disabled then pressing the F11 key will now register the F11 key in the window’s dialog. 3. Exit Settings and now enjoy toggling Resolve in and out of Full-Screen mode with the F11 key.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5.5 for Linux is available today for download from the Blackmagic Design website.