Apple announced the new 2022 iPad Pro with M2 a few days back and at the same time, we also got a sneak peek at DaVinci Resolve for iPad. Although we didn’t have any availability timeline for the same, Blackmagic Design has just confirmed that their popular software for video editing and color grading, will be making its way to the Apple App Store in Q4 of 2022.
DaVinci Resolve for iPad – How It’s Different!
The iPad version of Resolve is going to be quite different than what we’re used to on the macOS and Windows versions of the app. While the UI is going to remain quite similar, the software will only come with two pages (on release) including the Cut and Color pages.
That means the app is not getting the Fusion page for graphics and the Fairlight page for audio. Even the beloved Edit page won’t be included as it was designed for larger displays and was intended to be used with a keyboard and mouse. While the Edit page should remain a PC/Mac-only feature, the Cut page should receive most of its features to make the software work properly.
The Media and Deliver pages aren’t available in the bottom row either, but you can access their functionality using the “Media” and “Export” options on the top. The Fusion and Fairlight pages should be added later with a future version of the software.
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While the app is being adjusted to scale and work with the iPad, according to Blackmagic Design, the editing experience should remain similar to its full-fledged counterpart. As mentioned earlier, the Cut page should get most of the functionality of the Edit page, so the video editing experience should be excellent.
On the other hand, the software will also bring the complete Color Grading system to the iPad. DaVinci Resolve is being used in Hollywood for professional color grading for a long time and by utilizing the power of Apple Silicon, Blackmagic Design will try to enable this on the iPad as well.
Here’s what’s coming to DaVinci Resolve for iPad,
- Support for H.264, H.265, ProRes, and Blackmagic RAW media files.
- Cut and Color pages (for editing and color grading, optimized for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro display).
- Up to 4x boost in 4K ProRes render performance (with the Apple M2).
- Apple Neural Engine features support in DaVinci Resolve Studio for iPad.
- Multi-user collaboration support via Blackmagic Cloud.
- Access to clips from iPad storage, Photos library, and iCloud.
- Multi-clip import from external USB-C drives.
- Compatible with Apple Pencil, Magic Trackpad, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio.
- HDR display support on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1.
- DaVinci Resolve 18 project files compatibility.
- External monitoring is supported using Apple’s Pro Display XDR, Studio Display, or any AirPlay-compatible display.
The initial version will release as DaVinci Resolve 18 and it will be compatible with iPadOS 16 or newer versions. As a lot of the major features are listed for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I still don’t have a clear idea on what that means for the 11-inch iPad Pro. Those remaining questions can be answered once the software becomes available for the iPad, later this year.
DaVinci Resolve will be offered as a free software on the App Store. You can also get DaVinci Resolve Studio as an in-app purchase and unlock the top-end professional features just like the Studio version on macOS and Windows. The pricing for the Studio upgrade hasn’t been announced yet.
Source: Blackmagic Design (Press Release | Facebook)