Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17 - Amazon Nimble Studio

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17 combines non-linear editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics, and audio post production into a single powerful software package. This tutorial will take you through the process of installing DaVinci Resolve 17 on an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance for use with Amazon Nimble Studio.


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Estimated time: 35 minutes


Before you start this tutorial, do the following:

Log in to a Windows virtual workstation that you launched from the default Windows Amazon Machine Image (AMI). For help, see the Update Windows workstation AMI tutorial.

Step 1: Download the DaVinci Resolve 17 software

In this step you will register with Blackmagic Design and download the software installer zip file.

  1. Open (double-click) Firefox using the shortcut on the desktop.

  2. Navigate to the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve website and download DaVinci Resolve 17 for Windows.

  3. Enter the required information to register with Blackmagic Design.

  4. Choose Register & Download.

  5. Save the file to your Downloads folder.

                  DaVinci Resolve Zip

Step 2: Extract the installation file

To install DaVinci Resolve 17, you will extract the contents of a zip file to your Downloads folder.

  1. Choose the File Explorer icon on the toolbar.

  2. Choose Downloads under Quick Access.

  3. Open the context menu (right-click) on the DaVinci_Resolve_17 file, then choose Extract All…​ to open the Extract window.

  4. Choose Extract to extract files to the specified folder.

                  DaVinci Resolve Extract

Step 3: Install the software

After the files are finished extracting, you will see the DaVinci Resolve installer.

  1. Right-click on the DaVinci_Resolve_17.x.x_Windows installer and choose Run as Administrator.

  2. After the DaVinci Resolve Installer window appears, choose the appropriate options and then choose Install.

                  DaVinci Resolve Installer

    The install process will begin. Let it continue until the DaVinci Resolve Setup Wizard appears.

  3. Choose Next to begin the Setup Wizard.

  4. Select I accept the terms in the License Agreement, then choose Next.

  5. Choose your install location, then choose Next.

  6. Choose Install to begin installing.

  7. After the install is complete, choose Finish to exit the Setup Wizard.

    1. The install process will continue with the rest of the items.

    2. To ensure that icons are available, open up PowerShell as an administrator, then copy and paste the following:

      Copy-Item -Path "$env:APPDATA\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve." -Destination "$env:ALLUSERSPROFILE\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve"
    3. Copy the DaVinci Resolve shortcut on the desktop to C:\Users\Public\Public Desktop so it will have an icon on the desktop.

    4. To ensure that the shortcut can be copied, the "Public Desktop" folder must be visible. To do this, navigate to Explorer++, choose View, then make sure the Hidden Items box is checked.

                        DaVinci Hidden Folders
  8. After the install is finished, choose Yes to complete the install and restart your instance.

    1. The connection to your instance through NICE DCV will shut down. You may close NICE DCV.

  9. If you would like to continue installing software, update your NICE DCV settings, or if you’re ready to complete the AMI creation process, you must re-connect to the instance using the same process from the beginning of the tutorial. Wait a few minutes for the instance to reboot before you try. If you are having trouble reconnecting, consult the Troubleshoot section of the Update Windows workstation AMI tutorial.

Step 4: Update NICE DCV settings

You might want to adjust some server settings to customize your interaction with DaVinci Resolve. A few common setting adjustments are highlighted below, however you may consult the NICE DCV documentation on Managing The NICE DCV Server for more detailed instructions.

  • Enable USB Remotization - NICE DCV enables clients to use some specialized USB devices, such as 3D pointing devices or graphic tablets. The devices are physically connected to their computer to interact with an application running on a NICE DCV server.

  • Configure Multi-Channel Audio - NICE DCV supports up to 7.1 audio channels when using the NICE DCV native clients. The web browser clients support stereo 2.0 audio channels only.

Step 5: Complete the AMI creation process

Now that you have Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve installed, return to Step 5: Prepare your instance for AMI creation in the Update Windows workstation AMI tutorial. This will help you finish preparing your virtual workstation for AMI creation.


I cannot connect to my instance after installing DaVinci Resolve. Your computer might still be in the process of restarting.

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console.

  2. Go to Services→EC2 .

  3. Look for the instance that you launched in the Prerequisites section of this tutorial.

    1. Review the Status check column for your instance. If it’s not 2/2 checks passed, wait a few minutes for the status check to complete.

    2. After the Status check column for your instance is 2/2 checks passed, reconnect using the process from the beginning of this tutorial.