DaVinci Resolve for iPad will be free to download and use, Blackmagic Design has confirmed.
The video editing app will support "H.264, H.265, Apple ProRes and Blackmagic RAW, with clips able to be imported from the iPad Pro internal storage and Photos library, or externally connected iCloud and USB-C media disks,” the Resolve developer stated.
To deliver faster workflows, the iPad version is also able to open and create DaVinci Resolve project files that are fully compatible with DaVinci Resolve 18 on desktop.
All told, the release is likely to give LumaFusion and Adobe Premiere Rush a run for their money. And, given Resolve's Hollywood-level features, it may even prove a decent portable alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro.
DaVinci Resolve on iPad Pro will be available from Q4 2022 - and includes an in-app purchase for those upgrading to the more advanced DaVinci Resolve Studio.
And it’s not the only creative app readying to launch on Apple’s new M2-powered iPad Pro, with 3D modeling and rendering software tool Octane X also set for release.
Apple M2 power
Resolve’s release, which will put it in direct competition with popular video editing app LumaFusion, comes courtesy of the new iPad Pro’s impressive M2 processor. According to Apple, the chip’s performance supercharges photo editing software and 3D object manipulation.
The company has also stated that the M2 “extends to the new media engine and the image signal processor, which combined with the advanced cameras, enable users to capture ProRes video for the first time and transcode ProRes footage up to 3x faster.”
And the tablet’s Reference Mode helps photographers, videographers, and cinematographers match and maintain color requirements across projects.
“Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro features incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Blackmagic Design’s video editing software has long been favored by many parts of the film & TV industry thanks to its professional-level features, built-in VFX software Fusion, and Hollywood-grade outputs.
The desktop version is available free and without restrictions. However, pro video editors can upgrade for more advanced tools. And while there’s no word on the iPad app pricing, we’d expect a similar (if not identical) arrangement.
Alongside DaVinci Resolve, 3D rendering tool Octane X is also set to hit the App Store - although no release dates have been given, Apple suggested that the software will be available later this year.
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