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Blackmagic releases DaVinci Resolve 17.3

Blackmagic Design has announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 17.3, which comes with a speed increase that CEO Grant Petty hails "hard to believe"

Blackmagic Design has announced the launch of DaVinci Resolve 17.3 which it says adds support for a new processing engine that allows Resolve to work up to three times faster on Apple Mac models with the M1 chip.

The new processing engine uses tile-based rendering, which also gives users up to 30 per cent longer battery life on laptop computers when working in DaVinci Resolve.

The new 17.3 release also supports a new option on Mac computers with M1 for H.265 hardware encoding, allowing users the ability to prioritise speed vs quality when rendering, improving render times up to 65 per cent, according to the company.

DaVinci Resolve 17 has more than 300 new features and improvements including HDR grading tools, redesigned primary colour controls, Fairlight audio engine including Fairlight audio core and support for 2,000 real-time audio tracks, a redesigned inspector, new bin sorting, and metadata clip views.

“This is truly an amazing update that gives customers huge performance and power efficiency gains on Mac models with M1, and it totally transforms your computer, simply by downloading this free of charge DaVinci Resolve software update” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“This speed increase is stunning and it’s hard to believe. I have not seen a speed improvement this large since the original 68000 to Power PC transition back in the 1990s and it is just amazing. Who would have thought just a year ago that multiple 4K streams could be played back and edited natively on a MacBook Air, but it’s easy now on DaVinci Resolve with M1. The engineering team has worked so hard on this new image processing engine for DaVinci Resolve, and it is an incredibly exciting time to be developing software for the Mac!”