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Black Magic releases DaVinci Resolve 16.2


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Feb 14, 2020
Salem, Oregon, USA
I see that Black Magic just released DaVinci Resolve 16.2.

In the read me file that arrived with the update, it says:

"The free DaVinci Resolve 16.2 includes all of the same high quality processing as DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Studio
and can handle unlimited resolution media files. However it does limit project mastering and output to Ultra HD
resolutions or lower".

Further on it says:

"If you need features such as support for multiple GPUs, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial noise reduction,
please upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Studio".

I thought Ultra HD was 4K. I bought a 4K Ultra Blu-ray burner for my desktop PC and it can burn in 4K. My 4K Ultra Blu-ray
player that is connected to my 4K TV will play the new 4K Ultra Blu-ray DVDs.

What resolution is Blackmagic talking about when it says "Ultra HD resolutions" ??

Here is the entire text of the read me file that came with the upgrade to 16.2:

About DaVinci Resolve 16.2

The free DaVinci Resolve 16.2 includes all of the same high quality processing as DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Studio and can handle unlimited resolution media files. However it does limit project mastering and output to Ultra HD resolutions or lower. DaVinci Resolve 16.2 only supports a single processing GPU on Windows and Linux and 2 GPUs on the latest Mac Pro.

If you need features such as support for multiple GPUs, 4K output, motion blur effects, temporal and spatial noise reduction, de-interlacing, HDR tools, camera tracker, multiple Resolve FX, 3D stereoscopic tools, remote rendering, an external database server and collaboration tools that let multiple users work on the same project at the same time, please upgrade to DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Studio.

We hope you do decide to upgrade as your facility grows and you do more advanced work!

What's new in DaVinci Resolve 16.2

Fairlight timeline editing toolset improvements.
• New mouse and keyboard based editing toolset.
• User adjustable per track scalable waveform display.
• Keyboard shortcut editing actions now include fade, cut, select and move.
• Support for alt/option dragging clips to create a clip copy.
• Support for pasting clips across timelines.
• Support for bouncing individual audio clips to files.
• Support for dragging audio clips to separate tracks using modifiers.
• Support for dragging audio clips to specific positions using modifiers.
• Support for converting multichannel tracks into linked groups.
• Support for a user preference to align audio edits to frame boundaries.
• Support for an action to trim all audio edits to frame boundaries.

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.

Color 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

• Windows 10 Update.
• 16 GB of system memory. 32 GB when using Fusion.
• Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.4.1 or later.
• NVIDIA/AMD/Intel GPU Driver version – as required by your GPU.
• RED Rocket-X Driver and Firmware or later.
• RED Rocket Driver and Firmware or later.

Installing DaVinci Resolve Software

Double-click the DaVinci Resolve Installer icon and follow the onscreen instructions. To remove DaVinci Resolve from your system, go to the Programs and Features control panel, select DaVinci Resolve, click on Uninstall and follow the onscreen prompts.

Migrating Legacy Fairlight projects to DaVinci Resolve

In order to import legacy Fairlight DR2 projects into DaVinci Resolve, download and install the following utility on your Windows system:

After installing the utility, you should see an option to "Import Fairlight Project" in the Fairlight menu in DaVinci Resolve.

Additional Information

Please refer to the latest DaVinci Resolve configuration guide for details on Windows support, including certified driver versions for third party hardware. It is available from

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

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Updated March 3, 2020.
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I’m still using version 15. I output to uhd on all my videos. I’m not sure what they mean when it says output to 4k
Either they copy-pasted an outdated text, or they talk of "cinema 4K" (4096x2160) instead of the 3840x2160 "consumer UHD/4K".
What Blu-ray player do you have that will actually WRITE 4 k Blu-ray’s? All the 4K PC burners that I have seen play 4K, but only write HD.
maybe next time put just a link

My bad. I should have. Here it is. Scroll down to the bottom of the link below for down load options. It is available for the Mac, PC and linux boxes:

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What Blu-ray player do you have that will actually WRITE 4 k Blu-ray’s? All the 4K PC burners that I have seen play 4K, but only write HD.

I have a 4K Ultra player/burner in my PC and I have a 4K player hooked up to my 4K TV.

This is the 4K Ultra burner/player I have in my PC:

I am very happy with it.


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