Blackmagic have released Resolve 18.1 which adds a lot of new features and streamlines some of the menus. The biggest features have got to be two new additions to the sound – which work in both the Edit and Fairlight pages, and for Studio users only. The first is an AI filter “voice isolation” filter to extract dialogue from a sound track and another for “dialogue levelling” – a bit like a compressor but meant to be cleverer.
I have been using an AI voice isolation filter in EDIUS for some time (this is an add-on from Acon who provide the free audio plug-ins on my website) and using one of these is definitely superior to simple noise reduction. On first looks the Blackmagic version works very well.
I had trouble finding it as it is not a filter in the same way as all the other filters. Instead you have to go to the inspector in the Fairlight page to enable it. You can do the same in the edit page but you have to click on the audio track header first.
I am just completing a series of videos which are an introduction on how to edit in Resolve. I will now have to revisit them an apply these filters all the way through to see if it improves my commentary.
Other new features include a “Sky replacement” filter which can even generate its own skies.
You can see a video on the new features here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB_c2ugLWa0
And download the update from the Blackmagic website