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Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Update 16.2

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DaVinci Resolve 16.2

This software update adds new Fairlight editing tools including a new edit selection mode, new context sensitive editing tools and commands and much more. DaVinci Resolve 16.2 also adds scalable waveforms in the Fairlight timeline, new Fairlight FX and metering plug-ins, the Blackmagic Fairlight Sound Library, support for immersive 3D audio formats, and a new bounce to file command. Technical support for the free version of DaVinci Resolve 16 is only available via the Blackmagic Design community forums.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 16.2
  • Improved usability in Fairlight timeline editing.
  • Improved Blackmagic Fairlight sound library.
  • New automatic sorting of effects and plug-ins.
  • Improved immersive 3D surround sound bussing and monitoring.
  • Fairlight audio editing track index improvements.
  • Improved AAF import and export.
  • Improved import of older legacy Fairlight projects.
  • Multiple improvements in audio mixing and FairlightFX filters.
  • Major improvements in the Fairlight console audio editor. 
  • Improved transport control on the Fairlight console audio editor. 
  • New editing features including loading and switching timelines. 
  • Improved media pool with faster copy and paste of clips. 
  • New colour grading features including smart filters and more.
  • Improved file format support for new cameras and standards

This new version has major new updates for editing in the Fairlight audio timeline. The new edit selection mode unlocks functionality previously only available via the audio editor on the full Fairlight console, so editing is much faster than before. In addition, the edit selection mode makes adding fades, cuts and even moving clips only a mouse click away.

New scalable waveforms let users zoom in without adjusting the volume. Bouncing lets customers render a clip with custom sound effects directly from the Fairlight timeline. Adding multiple clips is easier as they can now be added vertically to the timeline, not just horizontally, making it easier to add multiple tracks of audio at once.

Multichannel tracks can now be converted into linked groups directly in the timeline so users no longer have to change clips manually and reimport. There’s added support for frame boundary editing which improves file export compatibility for film and broadcast deliveries. Frame boundary editing now adds precision so users can easily trim to frame boundaries without having to zoom all the way in the timeline. Modifier keys are now supported so clips can be duplicated directly in the timeline using the keyboard and mouse. Users can also copy clips across multiple timelines with ease.

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 also includes support for the Blackmagic Fairlight Sound Library with metadata based searches. Search results also display both the filename and description so finding the perfect sound effect is faster and easier than before.

AAF support has been refined so AAF sequences can be imported directly to the timeline in use. Additionally, if the project features a different time scale the AAF data can also be imported with an offset value to match. AAF files that contain multi channels will also be recognized as linked groups automatically. AAF export  now supports industry standard broadcast wave files. Audio cross fades and fade handles are now added to the AAF files exported from Fairlight and will be recognized in other applications.

Editing is also improved. Loading and switching timelines on the edit page is now faster, with improved performance when working with a large number of audio tracks. Compound clips can now be made from in and out points so editors can be more selective with what media they want directly in the edit page. There is also support for previewing timeline audio when performing live overwrites of video only edits. Now when trimming, the duration will reflect the clip duration as customers actively trim so customers can set a specific clip length. Using the change duration shortcut, editors can now quickly enter precise transition durations directly on the timeline.

The media pool now includes metadata support for audio files with up to 24 embedded channels. Users can also duplicate clips and timelines into the same bin using copy and paste commands. Smart filters now let users sort media based on metadata fields, including keywords and people tag so users can find the clips they need faster.

This version also includes the latest 1.7 version of Blackmagic RAW, which adds support for Blackmagic RAW recording from Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II cameras on the new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models.

Fairlight sound library.
  • Release of the Fairlight sound library installer for foley effects.
  • Support for searching and displaying sound library description metadata.
Effects and plugin management improvements.
  • Automatic sorting of AU and VST audio effects into types and categories.
  • Favorite audio plugins are now displayed at the top of the mixer plugin list.
Additional immersive audio support.
  • Support for MPEG-H bussing and monitoring in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • Improved pan and balance including the ability to constrain panning.
Track Index improvements.
  • Support for the edit index in the Fairlight page.
  • Drag selection of tracks, mute, solo and record controls in the track index.
  • Drag and drop reordering of audio tracks in the track index.
AAF import/export improvements.
  • Support for importing AAF sequences as new tracks in an existing timeline.
  • Support for importing AAF sequences with an offset to an existing timeline.
  • Support for importing multichannel tracks from an AAF as linked groups.
  • Support for broadcast wave files when exporting an embedded AAF.
  • Support for exporting audio cross fades and fade handles in AAF files.
Audio mixing improvements.
  • Support for additional notch filters in clip EQ.
  • Support for new FairlightFX Meters.
  • Support for new FairlightFX LFE Filter.
Fairlight Audio Editor improvements.
  • Support for dedicated controls for panning up and down.
  • Support for editing clip EQ.
  • Support for copying and pasting clip EQ.
  • Support for creating and applying presets for clip EQ.
  • Support for adding, managing and custom mapping of plugin parameters.
  • Support for changing relative clip levels.
  • Support for resetting clip levels to unity.
  • Support for editing fade shapes and deleting fades.
  • Support for saving and recalling user defined track view presets.
  • Support for enabling layered audio editing from the desktop audio editor.
  • Support for choosing automation curves from the editor panel or console.
  • Improved behavior when moving track selection with no tracks selected.
  • Support for improved timecode entry and high frame rate timecode.
  • Support for entering relative timecode values.
  • Support for inserting 00 in timecode entry by using the colon key.
  • Support for master spill on console faders.
  • Support for finer adjustment of controls using the mouse or audio editor.
  • Support for media left and media right selection keys.
  • Support for a text-only labels mode.
  • Support for a traditional Fairlight keyboard layout.
Improved support for legacy Fairlight project import.
  • Improved import of EQ, automation and fade from legacy Fairlight projects.
  • Improved speed when importing large legacy Fairlight projects.
Editing improvements.
  • Improved performance when switching to large timelines with many tracks.
  • Support for creating a compound clip from an in-out range in the timeline.
  • Support for previewing timeline audio during live overwrites of video edits.
  • Support for editing individual angles to the timeline from a multi-cam viewer.
  • Support for updating clip duration display while editing in the cut page.
  • Support for a change transition duration dialog.
  • Support for viewing duration in frames or timecode format in the viewers.
  • Support for Fusion transition templates in the edit page.
  • Support for Fusion generator templates in the edit page.
  • Support for timeline view options per system in collaborative projects.
Media Pool improvements.
  • Improved audio track metadata support with support for up to 24 tracks.
  • Support for duplicated clips and timelines being placed in the source bin.
  • Support for sorting media pool clips by date added.
  • Support for showing synced audio filenames in the media pool list view.
  • Support for revealing the media pool location of a clip from a smart bin.
  • Support for a media pool context menu to duplicate clips and timelines.
  • Support for only additional files when repeating media management copies.
Colour grading improvements.
  • Multiple stability and usability improvements for collaborative projects.
  • Support for smart filters based on keywords and people metadata tags.
  • Support for modifying primary grade values using numerical values.
  • Support for retaining out of range data when monitoring at video levels.
  • Support for Fusion MediaOut name tooltips on the node graph inputs.
  • Support for feet and frames data burn-in options.
  • Support for disabling output sizing and blanking for individual clip renders.
Scopes improvements.
  • Support option for showing scopes at video level and data level.
  • Support for HLG gamma when using HDR scopes.
  • Support for highlighting the color viewer qualifier position in the scopes.
Codec improvements.
  • Support for Blackmagic RAW SDK 1.7.
  • Support for rendering audio only timelines.
  • Support for decoding 32 bit floating point audio.
  • Improved support for color space and gamma when decoding H.265 clips.
  • Support for displaying EXR codec name based on compression method.
  • Support for overriding the color space and gamma tags in render settings.
  • Support for RED SDK 7.2.1 and decoding clips from the Komodo camera.
  • Support for two new parameters in the RED camera raw settings.
  • Support for REDWideGamut Log3G10 IDT for ACES projects.
  • Support for the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III camera.
  • Support for decoding u-Law Audio in QuickTime clips.
  • Support for alpha channel clips with the bypass re-encode option.
Scripting, API and general improvements.
  • Support for running the primary screen as a window in dual screen mode.
  • Improved scripting API with the ability to close an open project.
  • Improved scripting API to set frame rate for media pool clips.
  • Support for new scripting functions to return ordered lists.
  • Support for video monitoring advance and delay on the Fairlight page.
  • Support for GPI/GPO control on the Fairlight Audio Interface.
  • Multiple performance and stability improvements.
Minimum system requirements for macOS
  • macOS 10.14.6 Mojave
  • 16 GB of system memory. 32 GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later
Minimum system requirements for Windows
  • Windows 10 Update
  • 16 GB of system memory. 32 GB when using Fusion
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later
Minimum system requirements for Linux
  • CentOS 7.3
  • 32 GB of system memory
  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video version 10.4.1 or later
  • NVIDIA/AMD Driver version – As required by your GPU
  • RED Rocket-X Driver 2.1.34.0 and Firmware 1.4.22.18 or later
  • RED Rocket Driver 2.1.23.0 and Firmware 1.1.18.0 or later

Download Information

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Additional Information

Please refer to the latest DaVinci Resolve Configuration Guide for your platform detailing support, including certified driver versions for third party hardware. It is available from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.

You will also need to download and install the latest Blackmagic Design Desktop Video software for monitoring with your Blackmagic Design video hardware. Desktop Video is available from www.blackmagicdesign.com/support.

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