Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 16.2

Today, Blackmagic Design announces the new update to its post production software DaVinci Resolve. The new and improved DaVinci Resolve 16.2 updates many important tools.

This new version of DaVinci Resolve is a huge update with new Fairlight audio features. You are also getting big improvements to color correction and editing. Let’s dive into all the big updates that DaVinci Resolve 16.2 has to offer.

Fairlight update

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 update really does focus on improving the sound design capabilities of Fairlight. Here is everything you can look forward to:

Improved usability in Fairlight timeline editing

According to Blackmagic, “the edit selection mode makes adding fades, cuts and even moving clips only a mouse click away.” You also get new scalable waveforms that let you zoom in without adjusting the volume. Additionally, bouncing allows you to render a clip with a custom sound effect in the Fairlight timeline.

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 timeline
DaVinci Resolve 16.2 should imporove usability in Fairlight timeline editing

Improved Blackmagic Fairlight sound library

In DaVinci Resolve 16.2, you will get support for the Blackmagic Fairlight Sound Library with new support for metadata-based searches. So, you can find a sound effect without even knowing the file name. Search results also display both the filename and description. This should make finding sound effects much easier and faster.

Automatic sorting of effects and plug-ins

There’s now automatic sorting in DaVinci Resolve. The software will automatically separate audio by category and then by native or third-party plug-ins.

Audio editing track index improvements

The edit index is now available in the Fairlight page and works as it does in the other pages. It will display all media used by clicking on a clip to navigate directly to its location in the timeline. Additionally, track index now supports drag selections for mute, solo, record enable and lock as well as visibility controls.

Improved AAF import and export

AAF support has been refined so AAF sequences can be imported directly to the timeline in use. Also, 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.

Exporting AAF has been improved as well and supports the standard broadcast wave files. Additionally, Audio crossfades and fade handles are now added to the AAF files exported from Fairlight and will be recognized in other applications.

Improves audio mixing

A new EQ curve preset for clip EQ in the inspector allows removal of troublesome frequencies. There are also new FairlightFX filters, which includes a new meter plug-in that adds a floating meter for any track or bus.


That is just some of the improvements. Here’s a rundown of everything offered in DaVinci Resolve 16.2 according to Blackmagic Design:

  • 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


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

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
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