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  • Does Resolve still use the Dongle for the full version?

     Medicfl1 updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago 8 Members · 11 Posts
  • Chris Jones

    September 19, 2021 at 5:23 am

    The last time I used Resolve it was on version 12… so it’s been awhile.

    I just bought a new Mac and am now going to download and install Resolve 17. But I’m not sure what has changed or if the dongle I have will still work. I have two Dongle I bought with cameras 6+ years ago. One is still on an imac that is actually still running Mountain Lion and another is unused. Do I need to just download the latest version of Resolve and plug in the dongle for the full version? Is there a full version still? Or is is the free version the only version there is now? Do you think the 6 year old unused Dongle will work if it is needed for the full version?

    I was about to download the free version, but wasn’t sure if there was a full version I was supposed to download somewhere else.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

  • Tom Watson

    September 19, 2021 at 5:35 am

    I have a license and a Dongle. The Dongle still works, in fact you can still buy the Dongle.

  • Chris Jones

    September 19, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I took a closer look at the downloads and now see they sell a “Studio” version for $295. The unused Dongle I have is in a DVD case with DVD that says “DaVinci Resolve” Mac OS X. It does have a serial number on it. Before I stick that serial number in I thought I’d ask here. Do new purchases of Resolve no longer have dongles? I liked the Dongle so I could transfer it to different workstations. Can you still do that with the license download?

    The Studio Version seems to want a serial number before I can download it.

    Does Blackmagic have a way you can look up my licensing information? I’m curious if I ever licensed my other Dongle (or if they ever required that before, I can’t remember).

    Does Blackmagic have customer/tech support now? I remember when I bought my first version of Resolve that at that time when you called BMD you always got to talk to the same guy, I forgot his name. Then they came out with the BMCC and gave away a free version and Dongle for Resolve and with that Resolve had a huge number of new users of Resolve so that when you called BM they were overwhelmed and told you, “If you have any questions about Resolve direct them now to Creative Cow”

    I’m not sure what their situation is now… I’m kind of playing catch up.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    September 19, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    The old dongles work with the latest versions. They’ve now added a serial number version that doesn’t need a dongle and it can be activated over the internet on two different computers.

    You don’t need to put in any registration information when downloading the studio version if you don’t want to. There’s a “download only” link on the bottom of the form.

  • Glenn Sakatch

    September 19, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    You are overthinking it. Download the studio version, plug in your dongle, and launch the program. Find out if it works. (yes it does)

  • Michael Gissing

    September 20, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    The first dongle I got is still working with the 17.3.1 Studio version. So that’s about 8 or 9 years and from Resolve version 8 onwards.

  • Eric Santiago

    September 20, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Yep, it’s the last dongle for me.
    And I go back as far as HASP and SCSI ones 🙂

    Has anyone ever traded their Resolve dongle for a license key?

    Is it possible I mean?

  • Oliver Peters

    September 20, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    You can go through support and convert your dongle to a software license key. You will need to have the actual dongle’s serial number handy. This is listed in the paperwork or on the DVD case sticker. Once converted, both *should* be active from then on. So don’t give away or sell your dongle, since it’s still licensed to you.

  • Tero Ahlfors

    September 20, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    This exchange was only possible for some time back in the day when they rolled out the digital license. It is not possible anymore.

  • Eric Santiago

    September 21, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Oh that sucks.

    A few years ago, we misplaced our dongle and it was a PITA looking for our license to it.

    Eventually found it and never bothered to look into replacing it with a digital license.

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