Blackmagic Design just made two rather significant announcements. First off, the release of DaVinci Resolve 17.3 which will now work up to 3 times faster on Apple Mac models with the M1 chip. This speed increase will allow users to more easily play back, edit and grade 4K, 8K, and 12K, even on an Apple M1 notebook. The new processing engine uses tile based rendering, which also gives up to 30% longer battery life on laptop computers when working in DaVinci Resolve.
DaVinci Resolve 17.3 also supports a new option on Mac computers with M1 for H.265 hardware encoding. Users can choose to prioritize speed vs quality when rendering, further improving render times up to 65%. Plus, among many other operational improvements when working with Fairlight, Color, and Fusion, DaVinci Resolve will now decode AVC Intra files using the media engine built into the Apple M1 chip, making decoding and playback faster when working with these file formats. For more details visit: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/release/20210819-02
Also allowing easier access to working in higher resolutions, Blackmagic simultaneously announced a major price drop on their URSA Mini Pro 12K camera. This price reduction is said to have been made possible by efficiencies in manufacturing combined with an improved supply of 12K sensors. Together these post production efficiencies and lower priced cameras will make high resolution workflows more accessible to wider range filmmakers. To see the DCS Road Test evaluation of the URSA Mini Pro 12K camera visit: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/553789436