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DaVinci Resolve 16.2.2 update is now available

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve has been updated with some useful new features.

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Blackmagic Design has continued to improve its DaVinci Resolve editing software with a number of bug fixes, and some handy new features. Read on to find out what’s new.

It was predicted that we would see a beta for Resolve 17 right about now. While we wait to see if that becomes a reality, however, Blackmagic Design continues to expand upon and improve the existing version regularly.

It’s probably worth reflecting on how far the software has come. Initially Resolve was only for colour grading. Importantly, as the company developed its cameras it was turned into a fully fledged NLE. The company effectively created an entire eco system that could take best advantage of the hardware that it manufactured.

DaVinci Resolve has won many converts. Although it has yet to reach the sheer volume of take-up that, for instance, Premiere has achieved. This is somewhat puzzling, primarily because the software is now a very mature editing system. For example, some capabilities, such as Fairlight, far outstrip many of its competitors in terms of all-in-one software.

DaVinci Resolve 16.2 Color page
DaVinci Resolve has matured from grading software to a fully fledged, and mature NLE system. Image: Blackmagic Design

ProRes RAW is not yet supported currently. Atomos recorders like the Ninja V are incredibly popular. By shutting ProRes RAW out, the software is losing out on a substantial number of potential users.

What’s new in DaVinci Resolve 16.2.2?

While we would like this to be resolved soon, below are the new features in the update.

  • Hardware accelerated H.265 Main10 renders on supported Macs.
  • Blackmagic RAW clip LUT name can now be viewed in clip metadata.
  • Ability to assign frame rate in YouTube, Vimeo and Frame.io renders.
  • Support for marking Frame.io comments in markers as complete.
  • Nudge keyboard actions can be used in the sync clip dialog.
  • Support for exporting .srt files without formatting.
  • Support for RED 7.3.1 SDK.
  • Support for Rec.709-A gamma option for QuickTime player compatibility.
  • Preference to automatically tag Rec.709 clips as Rec.709-A.
  • Addressed level shifts playing some short H.264 clips on Mac systems.
  • Addressed loss of audio transition when trimming clips in the timeline.
  • Addressed issues with stabilization not being available in the inspector.
  • Addressed issues with incorrect channel order for audio waveform display.
  • Addressed an issue with previewing in Fusion when in proxies mode.
  • Addressed an issue with using reference sizing with timeline wipe.
  • Addressed an issue with aspect ratio metadata in some MXF renders.
  • Multiple performance and stability improvements.

Download the update from the Blackmagic Design support pages.

Are you a Premiere or FCP X user? Have you considered moving to Resolve? If not, what are your reasons? Let us know in the comments.

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