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How to Update DaVinci Resolve & Safely Backup Data

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Published 3 January 2022

Last updated on 14 May 2022

“New software update available! What a drag… I don’t want to go through all that hassle again.” While this might be what many think about whenever they have to update a piece of software, when it comes to Resolve, you don’t have to worry about the time you have to invest to update DaVinci Resolve.

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Quick Guide: How to Update DaVinci Resolve

To update DaVinci Resolve, you have to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a backup to your database.
Step 2: Click DaVinci Resolve in the top left, and select Check for updates.
Step 3: When finished downloading, Install the updates.
Step 4: If required, upgrade the database.

Note: If you have multiple databases, repeat this procedure for each database.

DaVinci Resolve Software Update

Before you start updating Resolve, take a moment and consider making a backup to your important files. No one wants to lose their work, something might go wrong during the update and you might lose important data. Avoid this by making a backup in advance and taking no risks whatsoever. 

1. Create a Database Backup In DaVinci Resolve

To create a database backup in DaVinci Resolve, go to the File menu and open up the Project Manager

Project manager in davinci resolve

This will open up a new window with all the projects you have on the current machine, go ahead and select the first icon Backup. 

Select a location on your computer where you would like the backup file to be stored and hit Save.

DaVinci Resolve will prompt you a message when the backup is done. If you have multiple databases, no worry, repeat this procedure for each database.

Backup database in davinci resolve

This is it! This is how you backup your database in Resolve!

2. Updating DaVinci Resolve

Now that all of the data is safe, it’s time to update DaVinci Resolve. In this article, I am going to show you how to update DaVinci Resolve from inside of the program, but you can also go to the Blackmagic Design website and download directly any DaVinci Resolve updates available.

Click DaVinci Resolve in the top left > click ‘Check for updates’

Go to the DaVinci Resolve menu at the top left of the screen and select Check for Updates. If any updates are available, you should be able to download the newest version. If available, go ahead and download the new update.

Check for updates

Once the download is complete, if the installation did not automatically start, find the file on your computer. It should be in the download folder or in the location you selected before the file was downloaded. Double click on the downloaded file to begin the installation process and follow the prompted instructions.

Upgrade the database after installation

After the installation, when the project window opens, you might be asked if you want to upgrade the database. Go ahead and select upgrade and wait for it to complete.

This is it! Now you should be up to date and be able to start working again! Never forget to backup your databases and check for new software updates. Why not have all the latest and best features at your fingertips if available?

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After spending 6 years in the post-production studio, Mihai decided to share his insights on video editing and computers.

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