Sunday, August 21, 2011

DaVinci Resolve on Smaller Screens

DaVinci Resolve is designed to work on monitors running at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. For this reason I highly recommend the 24 inch Dell 2407 WFP/2408 WFP series. These are professional quality workhorse monitors. In terms of price versus performance, these monitors are hard to beat.

For those of you who are trying to run Resolve on a smaller monitor, such as a 15-inch MacBook Pro, which has a resolution of 1440x900, you have probably found out that the Resolve interface does not fit on a smaller screen. This causes the interface to become cropped and pretty much makes it impossible to use.

Luckily, there is a workaround, even though it is not officially supported by Black Magic Design.

Go to Applications - Utilities - Terminal

After launching the Terminal, type this:

defaults write -g AppleDisplayScaleFactor 0.75

Hit return.

Then launch Resolve. You will now see that the interface has been resized.

To return your screen back to normal, type this:

defaults write -g AppleDisplayScaleFactor 1

Hit return.

There you go. Now you can run Resolve on any size monitor, just change the amount of the "ScaleFactor" to fit.

Happy Resolving:)