Content creators eagerly anticipating the release of DaVinci Resolve on iPad Pro can finally breath a sigh of relief. The popular video editing and colour correction software has made its way onto the App Store.
Developer Blackmagic Design announced the official release via Twitter and the app seeks to offer iPad users zero compromises in terms of functionality and tools when compared with its desktop counterpart, albeit with a few tweaks and tricks that make it better suited for Apple’s cold metal slab. An enticing proposition for creators away from their full editing setup.
On to specifics, the new iPad version has been optimised to work swimmingly on both M1 and M2 chipsets, not forgetting to mention Apple’s most recent iOS 16.2 update. Blackmagic claims up to four times faster UltraHD ProRes speeds on the latest generation 12.9in, M2 iPad Pro, while both M1 and M2 Pro also receive coveted HDR support. Neat.
iPad users can also access Blackmagic cloud for multi-user collaboration projects. A perfect example would be editing a project file on desktop then seamlessly transitioning to the iPad version of the software when out and about, adding those much needed finishing touches. Clips can also be exported from the iPad Pro’s internal storage, Photos library, iCloud, or USB Type-C storage drives.
Other noteworthy features include support for the Apple Pencil 2, as well as AI processing powered by the DaVinci Neural Engine, which in turn drives tools like magic mask, smart reframe, voice isolation and dialog lever.
Not all is sunshine and roses, however. The makers warn that earlier iPad models may experience some performance issues and will be restricted to HD content and reduced overall features due to compute and memory limitations. ProRes editing and external display support, sadly, is exclusive to M1 and M2 iPads only.
DaVinci Resolve is currently available for free, though power users will look toward DaVinci Resolve Studio for an additional £84.99 in-app purchase.
The upgrade brings additional DaVinci Neural Engine features such as spatial noise reduction support, stereoscopic 3D, loads more custom effects, and also supports 10-bit video encoding with up to 4K resolution at 120 frames per second. For those interested, be sure to checkout the App Store for more information.