The good news: the public beta of DaVinci Resolve 11 has landed, bringing with it over 70 new editing tools. The better news: Apple’s OS X 10.9.4 has also just been released, delivering support for NVIDIA’s top-performing NVIDIA Titan Black and 780 ranges as processing GPUs in Resolve.
However, 10.9.4 does bring a small drawback: OS X is now only stable with two additional GPUs, meaning those of you running with three processing GPUs at the moment should not update to 10.9.4 unless you want to remove a GPU. Running one GUI GPU and two processing GPUs is still supported.
Why should you upgrade?
Well, two GTX Titan Black GPUs would out perform three GTX 680 cards or three Quadro 4000s, as they give you far more CUDA cores and RAM. Moving to a pair of Titan Black GPUs would also leave you space in your expansion chassis for additions like a RED Rocket card, Fusion-io or storage connection cards.
If you don’t want to switch GPUs…
Blackmagic Design have advised that OS X 10.8.5 is the most stable OS if you want to run Resolve on a Mac with multiple processing GPUs, so if you plan to keep your existing GPU configuration we’d recommend getting back to that version. Multiple GPUs are also supported in 10.9.2 and earlier, but Blackmagic’s official advice is to use OS X 10.9.4 with DaVinci Resolve 11 and OS X 10.8.5 for earlier versions where possible.
As for Resolve 11 itself, the test users we’ve spoken to down in Soho have found it very stable for a beta, but we’re standing by our usual beta blanket warning and saying you should back up all your v10 database projects before downloading Resolve 11, and warn against using it for live work.