Tech Bulletin – DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Release

DaVinci Resolve 16.2

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site.

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 color 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.

Download Information

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 is available for the following operating systems.



Visit the support pages of the Blackmagic Design website for more information. You will also find details of the minimum system requirements for these downloads and further information on how to perform an update.