Video app DaVinci Resolve now natively supports Apple silicon

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DaVinci Resolve 16 (Image credit: Blackmagic Design)

What you need to know

  • Video editing app DaVinci Resolve has been updated to support Apple silicon.
  • The new update includes various other improvements as well.

Video editing app DaVinci Resolve has been updated to run natively on Apple silicon for the first time. Now, users of M1 Macs can look forward to the best possible performance without the need for Rosetta 2 emulation.

First spotted by The 8-Bit, the update also includes plenty other improvements as well, all available to everyone regardless of whether they are running Resolve on an M1 Mac or not.

  • Support for Apple Silicon based Mac OS systems.
  • H.265 4:2:2 hardware decode support on Apple Silicon.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel decode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • H.265 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 Intel encode support in DaVinci Resolve Studio.
  • Support for GPU decoding of RED clips in OpenCL processing mode.
  • Option to always perform copy and paste actions on selected color nodes.
  • General performance and stability improvements.

Blackmagic alerts that "DaVinci Resolve 17.1 requires a database upgrade from DaVinci Resolve 16.2.8 and previous versions. We strongly recommend that you backup your existing database (both DiskDB and PostgreSQL) before performing an upgrade."

Suited to high-end video editing, Resolve is popular and will continue to be after this update. Anyone looking to take advantage of this new update could do worse than picking up one of the best mirrorless cameras around. Failing that, there's always the ability to record video with your iPhone or iPad, too.

Video editors can download DaVinci Resolve 17.1 right now.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.