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AI Accelerated Video Editing with DaVinci Resolve 18.6 & AMD Radeon Graphics

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DaVinci Resolve is one of the leading video editing solutions that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics, and audio post-production all in one software tool. With the DaVinci Resolve 18.5 release in early 2023, the team at Blackmagic Design added several AI tools and capabilities to the application that are focused on enhancing production quality, while saving editors significant time per project. These features include AI accelerated object detection, upscaling, and intelligent masking/color grading.

With the latest update to DaVinci Resolve 18.6, the AMD and Blackmagic Design engineering teams closely collaborated to enable an optimized machine learning pipeline for running AI workloads on AMD hardware, leading to a significant performance boost to several community favorite AI features. This performance boost is the result of migrating select features to the Microsoft DirectML platform API which is then accelerated with AMD User Mode Driver’s ML (Machine Learning) layers. These changes paired with new performance/stability optimizations now allow AMD Radeon™ RX 7900 XTX graphics cards to offer up to 4x faster neural engine performance when using Davinci Resolve 18.6, dramatically improving the content-creation experience on Radeon™ graphics.


Feature Spotlight:

Magic Mask: The magic mask palette uses the DaVinci Neural Engine to detect people and objects, tracking their movement in a shot. This tool is great for users who want to color-grade objects in a frame as quickly as possible. With the DaVinci Resolve 18.6 update, this feature is now over 4x faster on the Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU when using the “better” settings.



Super Scale: This unique upscaling algorithm creates new pixels when increasing the resolution of an image. For editors using the latest ultra-high resolution 8K Displays with DisplayPort™ 2.1 on the latest AMD Radeon™ RX 7000 Series graphics cards, Super Scale upscaled images preserve more details when compared to upscaling with the standard resizing controls. With the DaVinci Resolve 18.6 update, this feature now delivers over 1.5x more performance on Radeon™ RX 7900 XTX graphics cards.



Speed Warp: For high-quality slow-motion, time lapses, and complex motion scenes, Speed Warp generates new frames when you're speeding up or slowing down footage resulting in smoother and more realistic-looking speed changes. With the DaVinci Resolve 18.6 update, Speed Warp now performs 3x better on the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX.



GPU Accelerated AI Features in DaVinci Resolve 18.6

These are some examples of popular AI tools used in DaVinci Resolve 18.6 running on the Radeon™ RX 7000 Series graphics cards. See below for a comprehensive list of features that have been further optimized for Radeon™ RX 7000 Series graphics cards.

  • Auto Balance (Auto Color)
  • Shot Match
  • Smart Reframe
  • DNN-based Deinterlace
  • SuperScale
  • Magic Mask - Person Mask and Object Mask
  • Analyze Clip for People (FaceTagging)
  • Detect Scene Cuts
  • Gyroscopic Stabilization
  • Speed Warp
  • Voice Isolation
  • Dialog Leveler
  • Audio Classification
  • Audio Transcription
  • Create Subtitles from Audio
  • ResolveFX DepthMap
  • ResolveFX FaceRefinement
  • ResolveFX Relight
  • ResolveFX Stylize


You can download the latest update for DaVinci Resolve HERE, and for the best experience we recommend downloading the latest AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition driver HERE.



Testing conducted by AMD as of September 19, 2023, on a test system configured with a Ryzen 9 5900X CPU, 32GB DDR4, Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU, and Windows 11 Pro, with AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition 23.9.1, using the application Black Magic DaVinci Resolve 18.6 vs. Black Magic DaVinci Resolve 18.5. Data was gathered on the HD to 8K UHD 4x (Playback FPS @ 1080p Timeline), Speedwarp 10% (Playback FPS @ 1080p timeline), and Magic Mask Tracking – Better (FPS). Performance may vary. System manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. RX-997

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