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Blackmagic updates DaVinci Resolve for Apple’s M1 chips

DaVinci Resolve can work with up to 12 streams of 8K footage

Blackmagic Design is releasing a new version of DaVince Resolve which it says will work up to five times faster on the new Apple Mac models with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

According to the company, the faster speed means Resolve can play back, edit and grade 8K projects even faster, and can work with up to 12 streams of 8K footage.

DaVinci Resolve 17.4 also increases the decoding speed of 12K Blackmagic RAW files, making it over three times faster and H.265 rendering is also 1.5 times faster, said Blackmagic.

The DaVinci Neural Engine performance is up to four times faster, for real time facial recognition, object detection and smart reframing.

DaVinci Resolve 17.4 also adds Dropbox Replay integration for easy video review and approval. Frame accurate coloured markers, comments and annotations made in Dropbox Replay are “almost instantaneously” synced to the DaVinci Resolve timeline, added the company.

“This amazing update gives customers massive performance gains on the new Apple MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro and Max processors. It completely transforms workflows and unlocks some incredible creative potential. What’s exciting is simply by downloading this free DaVinci Resolve update customers will get all these features for free,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO.

“To have the capability now to easily edit and colour grade Blackmagic RAW 8K footage in HDR and all on a laptop while you’re miles away from the studio is incredible. Plus the ability to easily collaborate on projects with Dropbox Replay makes it such an exciting time for our customers to be out there creating content. We’re very excited to see what our customers can do with this amazing update to DaVinci Resolve.”