Blackmagic Design releases DaVinci Resolve 16.2.1

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DaVinci Resolve 16.2.1 is the latest version of the popular Blackmagic video editing software, offering a bunch of improvements and fixes as well as new decoding and encoding support options.

DaVinci_Resolve_LogoWhat’s new in the free version: Adds new support for encoding of 32-bit float audio in QuickTime clips, supports trimming QuickTime audio clips when managing media, along with support for double clicking to open DRP files on Windows and Linux.

DaVinci Resolve 16.2.1 update also improves performance with ProRes, DNxHR, and OpenEXR on high end CPUs. Systems with Intel graphics are now more reliable, and general improvements have been made for decoding camera clips with AAC audio, transition performance and more.

What’s new in the studio version*: Adds new support for H.265 4:4:4 12-bit files when using NVIDIA GPUs, allows for encoding of 32-bit float audio in QuickTime clips, supports trimming QuickTime audio clips when managing media, and adds support for double clicking to open DRP files on Windows and Linux.

DaVinci Resolve Studio 16.2.1 update also improves decode support for 10-bit H.265 4:4:4 as well as performance with ProRes, DNxHR, and OpenEXR on high end CPUs.

DolbyVision analysis has been improved, systems with Intel graphics are now more reliable, and general improvements have been made for decoding camera clips with AAC audio, HDR tone mapping, transition performance and more.

*Note: This version requires a DaVinci Resolve Studio license dongle or software activation code.

You can download the latest version from the Blackmagic Design support page

Everything new and improved in DaVinci Resolve 16.2.1 (free and studio versions)

  • Support for decoding H.265 4:4:4 12-bit on supported NVIDIA GPUs.
  • Support for encoding H.265 4:4:4 10-bit on supported NVIDIA GPUs.
  • Support for encoding 32 bit float audio in QuickTime clips.
  • Support for trimming QuickTime audio clips during media management.
  • Support for Metal based R3D decode with the RED 7.3 RC SDK.
  • Support for double clicking drp files in Windows and Linux.
  • Support for performing open with on FCP7 XML files on Windows.
  • Improved decode support of H.265 4:4:4 clips up to 10-bit.
  • Improved performance with ProRes clips on high end CPUs.
  • Improved performance with DNxHR clips on high end CPUs.
  • Improved playback performance with compressed OpenEXR clips.
  • Improved performance for Dolby Vision analysis.
  • Improved stability on Windows systems with Intel graphics.
  • Addressed an issue with clean feed previews in Mac 10.15.4.
  • Addressed an issue with decoding phone camera clips with AAC audio.
  • Addressed an issue with truncated node labels on some displays.
  • Addressed issues with HDR tone mapping when using adjustment layers.
  • Addressed an issue with the sync bin work working with an empty timeline.
  • Addressed an issue with transitions when dragging clips across timelines.
  • Multiple performance and stability improvements.

Davinci Resolve Support Products Available through Vistek

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel – Vistek Canada

The DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is a high quality, portable low profile panel that features three high resolution trackballs and 12 precision machined control knobs for accessing all essential primary color correction tools. Above the center trackball are keys for switching between log and offset color correction, as well as a key to display DaVinci Resolve’s full screen viewer, which is great for use with laptops. Eighteen dedicated keys on the right side also give you access to the most commonly used grading features and playback controls. DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel is perfect for independent editors and colorists that need a truly portable solution, great on set to create looks and evaluate color and lighting, ideal for quickly grading video in broadcast trucks, great for education and much more.


Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel – Vistek Canada

The DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel is a compact panel that’s packed with a massive combination of features and controls. Like the micro panel, you get three professional trackballs along with a variety of buttons for switching tools, adding colour correctors and navigating your node tree. It also features two colour LCD screens that display menus, controls and parameter settings for the selected tool, along with direct access buttons that let you go direct to the menus for specific DaVinci features. The DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel is ideal for editors and colourists that need to regularly switch between editing and colour grading, or for freelance colourists that need to take their panel with them when moving between facilities. The mini panel is also great for colourists working on location shoots, for corporate and event videographers, houses of worship and more.


Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard – Vistek Canada

The DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard is designed for professional editors who need to work faster and turn around work quickly. More than just a simple keyboard, the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard has been designed as an alternative way to edit that’s much faster than a mouse because you can simultaneously use both hands at the same time. You also get an integrated search dial built right into the keyboard. Simply plug the keyboard into any USB‑C computer and you are ready to go. While most keys will work as a standard USB keyboard, the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard has been designed for DaVinci Resolve 16 to enable an editing experience that’s dramatically faster than previously possible.

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