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  • Upgrade from BETA to STUDIO

    Posted by Bronson Hoover on June 1, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    I’m new to Resolve and I’ve spent the past week or so working on two projects. I liked it so much that I upgraded to Studio. But since I’m still new at Resolve, I did not (until now) understand the filing system so I did NOT backup my project files first. So guess what – I can’t find my projects. Anywhere. I’ve searched the forums and see nothing. I’ve called Blackmagic and I was told that since I was using the BETA version, they literally don’t know what to tell me. The tech guy told me to search the forums. I’m on the phone with a friend who uses Resolve and he’s having a hard time figuring out the best way forward. Any advice oh Creative Cow gods!? Can someone please save me?

    Michael Gissing
    replied 3 months, 3 weeks ago
    2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Bronson Hoover

    June 1, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Problem solved – but let me warn you what I did wrong.

    First thing I did wrong was (accidentally) try to upgrade from 18.5 (the Beta) to the regular Studio version. I didn’t even realize there was a Beta Studio version.

    The main thing I did wrong was not understand the Resolve filing system. They hide the project files (which I think is stupid) so you have to use their project window to deal with project files. Make sure you do a backup before you do anything! I was told this morning that it’s a good idea to right-click on a project in the project window and choose to save the PBD file to another place on your hard drive where you can find it.

    So don’t be like me – back up everything in Resolve before you do anything and make sure you stay Beta if you started in Beta.

  • Michael Gissing

    June 4, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Resolve has always used a database system to store project files. Individual projects and timelines can be exported which appear as .drp and .drt files. This is how I backup work in progress. You can also backup databases which is a good idea to do before going to a new software release as you will find a new software version will update your database which means you cannot go back to an older version of software with that database. This is nothing to do with beta versions as that is just how BM release new versions of their software. What you must have done is try to use an older version of Studio software with the updated database. It is always a forward progression with limits on backwards compatibility regardless of software. Pr, FCPX and others work the same way.

    There is both advantages and disadvantages with the database approach that BM take. One big advantage is being able to group projects into a single database so that they all can be backed up at once. No searching through folders and files on multiple drives looking for projects to backup.

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