DaVinci Resolve

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Davinci Resolve is a proprietary video editor, color correction and compositing application.


There is a free version and a paid version (a.k.a. Studio).
For the free version, install davinci-resolveAUR or davinci-resolve-betaAUR.
For the Studio version, install davinci-resolve-studioAUR or davinci-resolve-studio-betaAUR.

To run DaVinci Resolve, it is required to use suitable OpenGL and OpenCL drivers. Open-source OpenCL drivers are currently unsupported. Please notice that incompatible OpenCL drivers should be uninstalled as they may cause Resolve to crash (e.g. uninstall opencl-mesa if you're using a proprietary equivalent).

Standalone Intel GPUs are currently unsupported. If using hybrid AMD + Intel setups, you can use the Intel GPU as the primary graphics card and use an proprietary OpenCL driver for the AMD GPU.

Table of OpenGL drivers
GPU vendor Type Driver OpenGL Documentation Works with DaVinci Resolve
AMD / ATI Open source xf86-video-amdgpu mesa AMDGPU No
xf86-video-ati ATI Not tested
Proprietary xf86-video-amdgpu amdgpu-pro-libglAUR AMDGPU PRO Yes
Intel Open source xf86-video-intel mesa Intel graphics Yes
NVIDIA Open source xf86-video-nouveau mesa Nouveau No
Proprietary nvidia nvidia-utils NVIDIA Yes
Table of tested OpenCL drivers
GPU Vendor OpenCL driver Tested version Works with DaVinci Resolve
Neutral opencl-mesa No
AMD opencl-amdgpu-pro-orcaAUR 19.30_838629-1 Yes
opencl-amdgpu-pro-palAUR 19.30_838629-1 Yes
Intel intel-compute-runtime 19.27.13361-1 Core dumped
beignet 1.3.2+12+gfc5f430c-2 Core dumped
intel-openclAUR 5.0.r63503-2 Core dumped
intel-opencl-runtimeAUR 1: Core dumped
Nvidia opencl-nvidia Suitable, but working on cuda instead?

BlackMagic Design Cards

If using DeckLink, UltraStudio or Intensity cards for video capture and playback, install Desktop Video Software with decklinkAUR package.


Application window misses title bar

It is a problem of a Linux version of D.R. There is a workaround for KDE - a window rule to force enable title bar. See [1]

My .mp4 clips are shown as audio clips and even its sound is not working

This problem only affects a free version of D.R. for Linux. MP4 containers are not supported, also AAC audio is not supported. To workaround, you may convert your video file to another format or purchase a studio version. Transcoding command may look like this:

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -c:v dnxhd -profile:v dnxhr_hq -pix_fmt yuv422p -c:a pcm_s16le -f mov output.mov


To enable compatibility with high-resolution displays, set the following environment variables accordingly:


Source: https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=84614&p=469009&hilit=hidpi#wrapper

Wine version

Some plugins are available for Windows, but not available for Linux, so you may want to use Davinci Resolve via wine. Unfortunately, as of wine 4.13-1, it is not working. Splash screen stucks at "Looking for control surface" and in terminal there is such error message:

 wine: Call from 0x7bc6c52c to unimplemented function OpenCL.dll.clReleaseDevice, aborting

Wrong OpenCL Version

If the Application simply is not starting, even after showing installer and "tour" successfully your OpenCl Version may not match your NVIDIA driver. If you have installed nvidia-440xx make sure to install opencl-nvidia-440xx as well. A possible error message:

OpenCL error -1001: 'Unspecified Error', GPUPropertiesUtilUnix.cpp:338

See also

Post on Davinci Resolve forum with tested configurations.