Troubleshooting: Simon Says extension in Resolve

Jan 23, 2022

We were excited to build an AI transcription/translation extension for Blackmagic DaVinci's Resolve, in part because DR's developer docs aren't great and it took a lot of creativity to make this work. And it does but it needs a very specific installation with no room for error.

Are you having trouble getting the Simon Says extension to work for DaVinci Resolve?

So you've read the instructions (Mac instructions | PC instructions) but it is still not working. Here's a handy checklist:

✓ You have installed:

Windows users: DaVinci Resolve Studio (the paid version only is supported)

Mac users: DaVinci Resolve (free and paid versions are supported)

✓ You downloaded Resolve from the Blackmagic website (not the Mac App Store if you're a Mac user)

✓ installed the Simon Says scripts to the correct folder.

For Mac that means: these scripts installed here: /Library/Application Support/Blackmagic Design/DaVinci Resolve/Fusion/Scripts/Comp/Simon Says

For PC that means: these scripts installed here: C:\ProgramData\Blackmagic Design\DaVinci Resolve\Support\Workflow Integration Plugins

You need to have root permissions and you ideally install the scripts to the root and user levels.

Installed Python 2.7 if you're using a newer macOS. Newer macOSes do not have Python installed by default so you need to install it.

If you can see the scripts in the Resolve menu but nothing happens when you click it:

Select a simple clip (like an mp4) in the bin and choose Script 1a. This is a test to allow you to see whether the scripts are working. If you are on Mac, make sure the Simon Says Mac App is open. You can find the app in the Applications folder.