What’s New In Davinci Resolve 15.2

Davinci Resolve 15.2 has been released and it is one MAJOR improvement from the previous version. Since the release of v15, Davinci Resolve has seen a huge number of new features and enhancements, and now 15.2 boasts over 30 new, and highly requested new features.

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

Edit

  • 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

Fusion

  • Improved scripting API support with ability to import and export Fusion compositions
  • Support for GPU acceleration for the Trails tool in the Fusion page

Color

  • 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

Fairlight

  • 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

Cintel

  • 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

General

  • 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

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