Until recently, Blackmagic exclusively used hardware USB dongles to protect the paid Studio version of its compositing/editing and audio editing program DaVinci Resolve. Users in Blackmagic&s DaVinci Resolve Forum now report that their version of Resolve Studio with dongle no longer works after updating to new version 15.2.1. The program now requires the input of an Activation Key, although the dongle was running fine with Resolve until then.
Blackmagic advises affected users to contact Blackmagic Support with their invoice. Blackmagic generally advises to buy dongles (or Activation Keys) for Resolve Studio only from a legitimate Blackmagic reseller or to have the original invoice shown when selling on Ebay.
Special caution is of course required with sellers who have hundreds of Studio Dongles particularly inexpensive in the offer and sell without the original packaging. Users of fake dongles whose program doesn&t work anymore can also simply upgrade to the previous version 15.2 donwgrade, e.g. if they want to continue working on a project. Users of fake dongles are also excluded from all future Resolve updates.
Real - above - and fake DaVinci Resolve Studio dongle in comparison
This indicates that there are fake dongles in circulation, which are not from Blackmagic, but still have the studio version of DaVnci Resolve running. Now Blackmagic seems to have reacted with the latest update and seems to be able to detect these forgeries to deny users of fake dongles the use of Resolve Studio.
Blackmagic only uses Activation Codes instead of hardware dongles as copy protection for its Studio software, but the dongles used so far will continue to work if they are real and from version 6 of Resolve or later.
The studio version of Blackmagics DaVinci Resolve for Mac, Windows and Linux usually costs about 300 Euro - but is also available at Blackmagics Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and URSA Mini Pro.
The free basic version of DaVinci Resolve is already very powerful - but the paid studio version has additional features for professional work like multi-user collaboration, the use of multiple GPUs for acceleration, additional Resolve effects (like Lens Blur, Lens Distortion, Deflicker, Sharpen and Film Grain), 3D tools, support of formats with a higher resolution than UltraHD in the timeline and for rendering, accelerated H.264 Encoding via Nvidia GPU, HDR support, HEVC decoding and camera tracking. Here a complete list of the differences between the basic and studio versions of DaVinci Resolve 15.
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