You Can Now Download the Massive (and Free) DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Update

The final version of DaVinci Resolve 16.1 Studio, as well as Fusion 16.1 Studio, is now available with a plethora of exciting upgrades.

After several months of public beta testing, Blackmagic Design has officially announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 16.1 and Fusion 16.1.

As you might already know from Blackmagic's livestream event back in August, the updated version of DaVinci Resolve 16 not only adds upgrades under-the-hood but also some very exciting new features for video editors, including "Boring Detector", "Smart Indicators", "Jump Cut Detector", new Sync-Bins, and much, much more.

With all of these new improvements to Blackmagic's flagship video editor/color correction software, especially the added RAW support, DaVinci Resolve 16.1 seems to really be taking longer strides as a professional-grade NLE...and we're here for it.

Here's a full list of everything that's new in the final version of DaVinci Resolve 16.1.


  • Sync Bin view which shows synced clip cutaways for the current shot on the timeline in a live multi-view for up to 9 cameras
  • Sync Clip window to perform timecode based, audio waveform based and in or out point based syncing for clips
  • Live overwrite from the Sync Bin multi-view where the desired camera number can be pressed on the keyboard and the cut away length can be adjusted live with the scroll dial
  • Support for automatically grouping shots from one camera by analyzing timecode and camera number metadata
  • Close Up is now powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine to automatically identify multiple faces in the clip and reframe and zoom in on the subjects
  • Ability to extend the timeline from the Sync Bin view to easily find the next edit for your timeline
  • Smart Indicators on the timeline which show where the closest edit points are based on the playhead position
  • Boring detector with timeline indicators to detect edits which are running too long
  • Jump cut detector with timeline indicators for flash frames and jump cuts
  • Support for a new transition dialog to quickly find and apply the desired transition to the closest edit point using the scroll dial on the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Support for a new picture in picture mode to quickly apply a picture in picture edit by easily selecting the image quadrant using the scroll dial in the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
  • Support for a new blended scroll mode in the DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard that dynamically toggles between scroll and jog transport
  • Support for a split clip action in the toolbar
  • Support for performing a slide edit by Alt/Option + dragging the timeline clip overlay
  • Support for adding bins and moving clips between bins in the media pool
  • Improved representation of small cuts on the top timeline
  • Improved thumbnail clip hover behavior when selecting and previewing source media in the viewer
  • Improved responsiveness when scrubbing the in and out points for long clips in range editor


  • Support for using embedded timecode for clip based formats when the project setting is set to use frame count timecode
  • Ability to copy and paste transitions across multiple edit points in the timeline
  • Support for switching between clip and edit point selections on the timeline
  • Support for temporarily toggling between selection and trim edit mode during an edit action
  • Support for track name and track number burn-in and render tags
  • Support for previewing audio when dynamic trimming at greater than 1x speeds
  • Support for dragging adjustment clips to the media pool
  • Support for renaming adjustment clips in the inspector
  • Support for showing or hiding individual panels using keyboard shortcuts
  • Improved default multicam naming behavior
  • Ability to name angles after clip names or file names when creating a multi-cam clip
  • Support for matching a multicam edit frame to the underlying source clip
  • Support for switching to the correct multicam angle when performing a multicam match frame
  • Improved graticule and timecode display on timeline rulers
  • Support for opening Final Cut Pro 7 XML files from Finder to import media or timelines on macOS systems
  • Alt/Option-clicking on a track destination selector on the edit timeline will now exclusively select that track
  • Support for tooltips to show track names in the mini track view
  • Support for automatically selecting the newly added take in the take selector
  • Improved dual screen behavior for the edit page with support for single viewer and full height metadata and effects library
  • Improved performance when analyzing clips for detecting and classifying people
  • Improved easing behavior when applying smoothness to position keyframes
  • Improved blade behavior when there is a clip selection
  • Improved behavior when navigating between clips and edit points on the edit timeline when subtitles are present


  • Support for reading media with super scale applied in the media pool
  • Support for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera presets in the Camera3D and CameraTracker tools
  • Improved memory management on compositions with multiple input layers
  • Improved memory management on multi-GPU systems
  • Improved viewer interactivity and playback performance on single GPU systems
  • Improved render all savers status display
  • Support for ACEScg as a gamut option


  • ResolveFX Stop Motion
  • ResolveFX and OpenFX plugins can now process and modify the alpha channel
  • Support for additive compositing for ResolveFX Light Rays and ResolveFX Glow
  • Support for automatically enabling usage of OFX alpha for ResolveFX Match Move and ResolveFX Drop Shadow


  • Support for viewing flags applied on the current clip on the video monitoring output
  • Support for limiting viewer overlays in HDR mode to 100 nits
  • Support for an option to update the shared node grade from a version stored in a gallery still
  • Support for stereoscopic controls in the Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Mini panel
  • Support for OpenFX controls in the Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Mini panel
  • Support for generating high resolution 65-point cube LUTs from color page thumbnails
  • Ability to paste a power window by appending to the existing windows from the Power Windows option menu
  • Support for a user preference under color to restrict node navigation to color corrector nodes and avoid mixer nodes and splitter and combiner nodes
  • Improved CIE scopes with a 1976 u’v’ view and the ability to show an additional reference gamut
  • Improved color match processing powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine
  • Ability to step the timeline wipe frame forward and back from the view menu and using the relevant shortcuts
  • Support for previewing timeline clip grades from the gallery when live preview is enabled
  • Support for a 2.0:1 output blanking preset in the timeline menu
  • Support for Fujifilm F-Log colorspace
  • Restored menu entries for half step printer lights in the color application menu


  • Support for 96 KHz and 192 KHz sample rates at a project level for DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for clipping indicator for main buses on the Fairlight mixer
  • Improved sound library search with support for binary and wildcard searches
  • Support for enabling extended bounce tail durations from the option menu for audio clips with reverb and other tail effects
  • Support for customizing the tail duration threshold for reverb and other tail effects
  • Support for automatically enabling Insert In for an audio track when manually patching track inputs
  • Improved performance when loading and switching timelines
  • Improved performance when generating waveform profiles for nested timelines
  • Improved peak hold and decay behavior for meters in FairlightFX plugins
  • Support for displaying and persisting individual audio effect windows on top of other windows

Media and Delivery

  • Ability to preserve video essence for faster rendering of uncompressed clips without content changes
  • Support for decoding and encoding ProRes IMFs
  • Support for decoding and encoding DNxUncompressed half float formats
  • Support for decoding IMA4 format audio in QuickTime clips
  • Support for decoding floating point audio in QuickTime clips
  • Support for a preference to stop renders when a frame or clip cannot be processed
  • Support for decoding floating point TIFF images
  • Support for decoding DPX 10-bit RGBA files
  • Support for encoding AVC Intra 50, 100 and 200 on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Support for user selectable audio sample rates for timeline renders
  • Improved performance when decoding H.264 and H.265 clips using GPU acceleration on AMD graphics cards
  • Improved encoding to Panasonic SHV 8K with support for 50fps in DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Improved support for reading QuickTime container metadata
  • Ability to disable video on Pro Tools and audio only exports
  • Support for exporting EDLs with multiple audio tracks
  • Ability to render adaptive audio tracks as discrete mono channels
  • Ability to export subtitles when exporting a timeline to Pro Tools using the deliver page preset
  • Support for rendering embedded audio timecode for synced audio clips when using the Pro Tools export preset
  • Support for GPU accelerated debayering on CUDA systems when decoding ARRIRAW clips using the ARRI SDK Full Res debayer
  • Improved Vimeo render settings with options for setting description, visibility and password for the uploaded video
  • Support for a warning when exporting an IMF or DCP package with an incorrect audio track setup
  • Support for decoding spanned AVCHD MTS clips
  • Improved playback speed when decoding JPEG 2000 clips
  • Improved performance when media managing long wav files
  • Improved performance when rendering QuickTime clips to network mounted drives
  • Improved performance when switching to bins that contain a large number of clips
  • Improved performance when deleting a large number of media pool clips
  • Improved behavior when rendering a single multi-channel audio track as individual wav files
  • Improved ProRes 4444 playback performance
  • Support for identifying and importing multiple Panasonic P2 shots in a single folder as separate clips


  • Support for a Clean Feed viewer mode on an additional display on DaVinci Resolve Studio
  • Ability to halve the current playback speed as well as playback at half, quarter and 1/8th speed using the Play Slow command
  • Support for additional flag and marker colors
  • Support for resolving the good take tag to # instead of 1
  • Ability to repeat alternate frames for 48fps clips in Clip Attributes to emulate 24fps capture and playback
  • Support for retaining the original creation date metadata when restoring or importing projects
  • Improved behavior when editing parameter values using Wacom tablets
  • Improved playback performance in the media, edit and cut pages
  • Improved performance when live saving projects
  • Improved performance when saving projects in collaboration workflows
  • Improved playback quality for variable frame rate QuickTime files
  • Improved scripting API with support for deleting a project
  • Improved scripting API when getting and setting frame rate and super scale properties from project settings and clip attributes
  • Support for disabling unbuffered I/O for any media storage location on macOS systems
  • Support for decoding ALAC files on Windows and Linux systems
  • Support for an option to optimize projects in disk databases by Option/Alt right clicking a project in the project manager
  • Support for accessing and editing project notes from the File menu
  • Support for choosing the preferred network interface from the project server application when sharing databases and generating access keys
  • General performance and stability improvements

The DaVinci Resolve 16.1 and Fusion 16.1 update are completely free not only for existing customers who have a Studio serial or USB dongle, but also for customers using the free version of each software.

Head on over to Blackmagic Design to get the free update.     

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Meh. A couple good features here and there. Wake me up when they introduce auto waveform syncing on the timeline or when they fix half the bugs I've reported. Great software but I'm not so bad an editor that I need my nle to tell me my shit is boring. Let's fix the problems instead of doing what marketing wants.

October 23, 2019 at 9:27AM

Galin McMahon

Very good update, especially pleased fusion features

June 10, 2020 at 11:47AM