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Blackmagic Update Offers Audio Enhancements

Blackmagic Design has released an update to the company’s edit, color, visual effects and audio post production software, DaVinci Resolve 16.2, that includes major Fairlight updates.

DaVinci Resolve 16.2
DaVinci Resolve 16.2

Fremont, CA (March 27, 2020)—Blackmagic Design has released an update to the company’s edit, color, visual effects and audio post production software, DaVinci Resolve 16.2, that includes major Fairlight updates.

The release includes major new updates for editing in the Fairlight audio timeline when using a mouse and keyboard, according to the company. The new edit selection mode unlocks functionality previously only available via the audio editor on the full Fairlight console, so editing is reportedly much faster than before.

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In addition, the edit selection mode makes adding fades, cuts and moving clips “only a mouse click away.” New scalable waveforms let users zoom in without adjusting the volume. Bouncing lets customers render a clip with custom sound effects directly from the Fairlight timeline.

“We are excited about this update as it has more new features for audio post production,” says Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “These new features allow complex audio post production work in the Fairlight page using a simple mouse and keyboard. That allows many more people to add professional audio quality to their work because DaVinci Resolve is a free download.”

Adding multiple clips is also reportedly easier as they can now be added vertically to the timeline, not just horizontally, making it easier to add multiple tracks of audio at once. Added support for frame boundary editing improves file export compatibility for film and broadcast deliveries, says Blackmagic Design. DaVinci Resolve 16.2 also offers improved search capabilities and includes support for the Blackmagic Fairlight Sound Library and new metadata-based searches.

MPEG-H 3D immersive surround sound audio bussing and monitoring workflows are now supported. Additionally, improved pan and balance behavior includes the ability to constrain panning.

Improved audio mixing features include a new EQ curve preset for clip EQ in the inspector allows removal of troublesome frequencies. New FairlightFX filters include a new meter plug-in that adds a floating meter for any track or bus to keep an eye on levels even if the monitoring panel or mixer are closed. There’s also a new LFE filter designed to smoothly roll off the higher frequencies when mixing low frequency effects in surround.

Blackmagic Design • www.blackmagicdesign.com

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