Blackmagic Design has just released DaVinci Resolve 15.2, a major update with many new features for DaVinci Resolve. Some of the main features are: A more powerful timeline, new keyboard shortcut tool including context selection per module, support for ResolveFX ACES Transform, ResolveFX Beauty in DaVinci Resolve Studio, new media and active window display, support for FairlightFX Multiband Compressor, automatic fill tool for videos in portrait mode, support for Panasonic 8K SHV clips and much more.
Here is the official Blackmagic video:
It is always impressive how much Power Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve continues to expand with. Hats off to this performance.
Here is the (long!) list of new features and bugfixes in detail:
What's new in DaVinci Resolve 15.2
Key new features
Improved Edit timeline performance and responsiveness Support for improved visual animations when editing the timeline on the Edit page Support for a visual keyboard customization utility to find, add and modify shortcuts Support for per-module customizable shortcuts, including module specific actions and context menus Support for showing the currently focused module in the user interface Support for displaying duplicate frame ranges for clips on the timeline on the Edit page Support for cleaning up and flattening video tracks on the Edit timeline Support for adding, editing and exporting custom keyword sets from the keyword dictionary in the Workspace menu Support for option to export gallery stills using the still label name Support for ResolveFX Beauty in DaVinci Resolve Studio Support for ResolveFX Blanking Fill for portrait videos Support for VCA groups Support for FairlightFX Multiband Compressor Support for FairlightFX Stereo Fixer Support for decoding Panasonic 8K SHV clips in DaVinci Resolve Studio
Improved Edit timeline performance and responsiveness Support for improved visual animations when editing the timeline on the Edit page Support for displaying duplicate frame ranges for clips on the timeline on the Edit page Support for viewing inspector properties for the highest visible clip under the playhead in the Edit timeline when there is no active selection Support for viewer overlay controls for the highest visible clip under the playhead in the Edit timeline when there is no active selection Support for marking a clip within a compound clip or a timeline in the source viewer Support for cleaning up and flattening video tracks on the Edit timeline Support for resizing audio transitions to sub-frame boundaries Support for setting ease-in and ease-out on keyframes from the keyframe context menu in the Edit and Fairlight page inspectors Support for setting ease-in and ease-out on keyframes from the keyframe context menu in the Edit timeline Support for temporarily toggling snapping while scrubbing the playhead by invoking the snapping shortcut in the Edit timeline Support for defining characters per second thresholds to highlight non-conforming subtitle captions in the inspector Support for automatically enabling dynamic zoom when on-screen controls are modified on the Edit page Support for timeline indicators for clips with updated grades or compositions in collaborative projects Support for toggling the visibility of retime controls and retime curves by invoking the context menu or the shortcut in the Edit timeline Support for fast timecode entry in clip attributes, marker dialog, new timeline, render settings and other timecode widgets Support for quickly accessing recent undo/redo actions from the Edit menu Improved results when performing transitions on clips being composited with other layers Improved behavior when using the Push video transition on a title clip
Improved scripting API support with ability to import and export Fusion compositions Support for GPU acceleration for the Trails tool in the Fusion page
Support for ResolveFX Beauty in DaVinci Resolve Studio Support for ResolveFX Blanking Fill for portrait videos Support for ResolveFX ACES Transform Support for ResolveFX Gamut Limiter Support for bypassing a mixer node input by disabling the node connected to that input Support for option to export gallery stills using the still label name Support for Camera RAW controls for Canon and Panasonic clips from the DaVinci Resolve Advanced and Mini panels Support for clipping output gamut to a different display gamut Support for an ST.2084 3000 nits gamma option in Resolve Color Management Support for improved color matching using color charts Support for OpenFX extension for a plugin to describe itself as not spatially aware Check Developer Documentation in the Help menu for more details Support for including non-spatially aware OpenFX plugins when generating LUTs on the Color page Support for including the ResolveFX Color Transform plugin when generating LUTs on the Color page Support for importing Dolby Vision metadata for clips in the Color page Dolby Vision option menu Support for previewing tone mapping using embedded, imported or custom metadata for Dolby Vision IMF clips Support for for up to 64 controls when creating DCTLs Updated OpenFX developer documentation with OpenFX 1.4 samples Updated OpenFX developer documentation with temporal frame access samples Updated OpenFX developer documentation with transition sample Improved support for handling aspect ratios for various ResolveFX plugins Improved support for handling UI overlays for projects with output scaling applied Improved behavior when closing Power Curve Windows drawn on the Color page
Support for VCA groups Support for FairlightFX Multiband Compressor Support for FairlightFX Stereo Fixer Support for customizable test tones and noise generation from the Fairlight menu Support for selecting and modifying audio transitions Support for navigating the Fairlight timeline using timecode entry Support for setting audio monitoring output delay in system preferences Support for indicating clips with changed inspector properties on the Fairlight timeline Support for applying a FairlightFX plugin to multiple selected audio clips Support for additional Fairlight Audio Accelerator IO settings on Windows Support for Fairlight Audio Interface RS-422 9-Pin serial control on Windows Support for Talkback using the Fairlight Audio Accelerator on Windows Support for Fairlight MADI expander for the Fairlight Audio Accelerator on Windows Support for additional Fairlight edit operations including cut or copy the head or tail of the current clip from the Edit menu Improved playback performance when performing audio automation Improved handling of custom multi-channel format mappings for Audio FX
Media and Deliver
Support for decoding Panasonic 8K SHV clips in DaVinci Resolve Studio Support for hardware accelerated encoding of H.264 and H.265 using specific NVIDIA GPUs on DaVinci Resolve Studio; Windows and Linux only Support for hardware accelerated encoding of H.264 and H.265 using Intel Quick Sync on supported hardware on DaVinci Resolve Studio; Windows only Support for decoding Canon RMF clips using the Canon SDK Support for encoding Dolby Vision version 4 metadata in IMF renders Support for creating a subclip from a Media Pool clip marker Support for clip usage indicators in the Media Pool clip thumbnail for the active timeline Support for a clip usage listing in the Media Pool clip context menu for the active timeline Support for showing usage indicators for clips inside a compound clip on the active timeline Support for adding flags to clips when focused on the source viewer Support for duplicating media pool clips and current timelines from the Edit menu Support for a toggle control for switching between single and dual pane mode in Media Pool on the Edit page Support for storing the alpha channel in optimized media for clips with an embedded alpha channel Support for an option to render alpha channel either as straight or premultiplied when rendering individual clips Support for Sony XAVC Long GOP encoding on DaVinci Resolve Studio Support for Episode and Chapter in content metadata options for IMF exports
Improved sub-pixel stabilization Support for storing Cintel settings with each DaVinci Resolve project Support for single frame captures Addressed an issue with debayering artefacts that would sometimes affect pixel highlights Addressed an issue with incorrect audio sync offsets when using Capture Now
Support for a visual keyboard shortcut mapping utility to find, add and modify shortcuts Support for per-module customizable shortcuts, including module specific actions and context menus Support for showing the currently focused module in the user interface Support for adding, editing and exporting custom keyword sets from the keyword dictionary in the Workspace menu Support for live save and backups for unsaved projects Support for remembering the last used locations in the file browser for various import and export operations Support for collaborating on projects in a PostgreSQL database with machines across multiple subnets Support for toggling Mute and Dim in all pages from the Fairlight application menu Support for configuring the gallery path during project import by Alt/Option-clicking Import Project Improved organization of System Preferences with a new section for decode options Support for easyDCP on Linux Issues Addressed Addressed an issue where reading file and folder paths of more than 200 characters on Windows systems would not work correctly Addressed an issue where project thumbnails would sometimes not be correctly saved Addressed an issue where deleting gallery stills would be slow when Live Save was enabled Addressed an issue where dragging media into a new project to create a timeline would not prompt for setting the project frame rate Addressed an issue where importing older DaVinci Resolve projects would sometimes ignore static keyframes from OpenFX plugins Addressed an issue where opening an older DaVinci Resolve project with a lens flare plugin would cause a crash Addressed an issue where older projects would sometimes show incorrect node cache previews Addressed an issue where importing a Final Cut Pro XML would not preserve audio transitions Addressed an issue where copying a project in collaboration mode would sometimes not work correctly Addressed an issue where clips in locked bins could be replaced in a collaboration project Addressed an issue where in and out points could be modified for clips in locked bins in a collaboration project Addressed an issue where dragging a folder to the media pool would not add any subtitle elements inside the folders Addressed an issue where adding a flag to a media pool clip and undoing would not refresh correctly Addressed an issue when adding clip and marker keywords on Linux Addressed an issue where keyword suggestions would not work correctly in the marker dialog Addressed an issue where the subtitle characters per second count in inspector would not be calculated correctly Addressed an issue where track destination hotkeys would not allow setting the destination to the last track Addressed an issue where disabling freeze frame on an edited clip would restore the clip to a wrong media offset Addressed an issue where selecting clips forward or backward would not work correctly when audio layers are present Addressed an issue where keyframe controls would be shown for ResolveFX and OpenFX controls that did not support keyframes Addressed an issue where holding down the Alt/Option key during playback or trimming would affect performance Addressed an issue where adding markers to adjacent timeline frames would behave incorrectly on the Edit timeline Addressed an issue where adding or removing audio track layers would sometimes not correctly update the track heights Addressed an issue where enabling selection follows playhead and dragging a sound library clip to the timeline would cause a crash Addressed an issue where Text+ titles would not show all typeface options for some fonts Addressed an issue where duration markers created from in/out durations would not align correctly Addressed an issue where decomposing compound clips would not work correctly when the Edit timeline would have in and out marks Addressed an issue where transitions between Fusion clips with an alpha channel would not work correctly Addressed an issue where setting fade in or fade out handles for a clip with an alpha channel would not work correctly Addressed an issue where adding MediaIn nodes to a Fusion composition and deleting the underlying media pool clip would not invalidate the MediaIn node correctly Addressed an issue where previewing Fusion compositions with BSpline nodes would sometimes cause a crash Addressed an issue where some Fusion settings changes would not be reflected correctly on Fusion generators Addressed an issue where some Fusion UI settings changes would not be persisted correctly across application restarts Addressed an issue where playing back PSD files would sometimes cause the application to hang Addressed an issue where adding a mask to a Fusion composition with a background node would show incorrect background colors Addressed an issue where canceling a Saver node render would repeatedly display a confirmation dialog Addressed an issue with monitoring dual HDR/SDR outputs where both outputs would sometimes show the HDR image Addressed an issue where trying to grade a locked node would incorrectly reset node cache Addressed an issue where clip filter controls would sometimes be shown on the clip thumbnails area in the Color page in dual screen mode Addressed an issue where resetting primary controls in Log mode would not correctly refresh some controls Addressed an issue where switching between nodes in the Color page would not correctly refresh the node sizing controls Addressed an issue where applying ResolveFX Color Stabilizer would sometimes result in darkened image frames Addressed an issue where a warp point could not be created when applying ResolveFX Warper on a Fusion composition Addressed an issue where the Camera RAW ISO control for CinemaDNG clips would not reflect the correct value on the DaVinci Resolve Mini panel Addressed an issue where the Camera RAW temperature and tint controls could not be changed from the DaVinci Resolve Mini panel Addressed an issue where older GoPro CineForm clips would sometimes be decoded incorrectly Addressed an issue where ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins used on the timeline node graph would sometimes not be applied Addressed an issue where the Color page thumbnail indicator for clip color would sometimes be inconsistent with the clip color as shown in the Edit timeline Addressed an issue where grades could be reset on a locked node in the Color page Addressed an issue where default trims were incorrectly being applied instead of interpolated trims when using Dolby Vision external CMUs Addressed an issue where copying grades with preserved nodes would incorrectly reset ResolveFX or OpenFX on the preserved nodes Addressed an issue where copying grades with preserved nodes would invalidate the cache for those nodes Addressed an issue where stills captured in proxy mode with center crop would be captured with blanking Addressed an issue where moving a clip with and echo or reverb applied would sometimes result in glitches during playback through its original position Addressed an issue where opening a project with FairlightFX applied to clips would sometimes preview the effect only on the left channel Addressed an issue where the control room monitor gain would not correctly reflect the output Addressed an issue where it was possible to add effects or modify mixer properties for locked audio tracks Addressed an issue where an audio track listening for sidechain changes would behave incorrectly if subsequently included in a linked group Addressed an issue where the effects library would be filtered by transitions and appear blank on the Fairlight page Addressed an issue where recording to multi-channel tracks would produce an audio clip with an incorrect number of channels Addressed an issue where rendering a marked timeline section using the Pro Tools preset would sometimes result in files without audio Addressed an issue where hiding tracks from the Fairlight page track index would sometimes hide the incorrect track Addressed an issue with drawing automation curves when the mouse cursor would go outside the bounds of the clip Addressed an issue where clips with unicode character names would not display correctly on the Fairlight timeline Addressed an issue where changing the video track color in the Fairlight timeline would not change the color of generators and titles on the track Addressed an issue with selecting clips after switching pages in the sound library Addressed an issue where rendering compound clips in audio only mode as individual clips would not work correctly Addressed an issue where setting an in-out range in the Deliver page and switching pages would not correctly honor the range for subsequent render jobs Addressed an issue where linked audio track formats would be shown incorrectly in the render settings Addressed an issue where rendered MXF XAVC clips would not have color space and gamma tagged correctly Addressed an issue where embedded CEA-608 subtitles in H.264 clips would be rendered with incorrect durations Addressed an issue where rendering embedded CEA-608 subtitles would incorrectly show errors for some multiline captions Addressed an issue where switching IMF profile levels on the Deliver page would not always update the bitrate to match General performance and stability improvements