The final version of Resolve 15 was released yesterday. There has been a public beta available for some time and I have been using that, so the final version, for me, is just a new version with less bugs. Because it is now the official version is does not mean it is free of bugs, of course, just it has got to the stage where pretty much everything works ok in most set ups.
Resolve 15 has a whole host of improvements over Resolve 14 which include the inclusion of a Fusion page to let you do complex compositing, lots of improvements to the colour and editing pages, and new features for the Fairlight audio page, which include an new ADR section. Other welcome improvements include the ability to make and read Grass Valley HQ/HQX AVI files. This will obviously be useful for EDIUS users, but could also be useful for others as the GV codec is free and Resolve does not load many types of AVI files.
There is a huge amount in Resolve and it does require a fairly beefy system. The system requirements are:
- macOS 10.12.6 Sierra
- Windows 10
- Linux Redhat or CentOS 7.3
- 16 GB of system memory is recommended and 32 GB is recommended minimum when using Fusion
- Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
- A pretty decent graphics card with a reasonable amount of RAM.
It does say Windows 10 and no other Windows versions and I have seen people on the forums complaining about problems with Windows 7, so I would not bother trying it if you are not on Windows 10.
There is still a free and paid for version (called the Studio version) as before with similar differences, although there are not more new filters that don’t work without the Studio version. That does not mean that the free version is not still amazingly powerful for nothing. If you already own the Studio version the update to the latest version is free.
You can read more here: https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=77723
And you can download the new version here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/support/family/davinci-resolve-and-fusion