Blackmagic Design has launched DaVinci Resolve 17.1 and Fusion 17.1. The update adds native support for Apple’s M1 Macs. The public release follows months of public beta testing. The announcement also comes just a day after Adobe announced that Photoshop for M1 Macs is now available. The software choices for creatives hoping to get the most out of their new Apple silicon computers are readily expanding.
DaVinci Resolve 17 was first announced as a public beta last November and added more than 300 new features and improvements. The full public launch of Resolve 17 occurred just last month, not long before this first significant update to the software.
In addition to M1 support, Resolve 17.1 adds H.265 4:2:2 hardware decoding for Apple Silicon. Intel computers receive H.264 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 hardware decoding in the latest version of Resolve. DaVinci Resolve 17.1 also adds support for GPU decoding of RED clips in OpenCL processing mode, the option always to perform copy and paste actions on selected color nodes, and general performance and stability improvements.
Blackmagic Fusion 17.1 has a much smaller list of updates although no less significant for M1 Mac users. The update adds Apple Silicon support and offers general performance and stability improvements.
If you missed DaVinci Resolve 17’s announcement in November, you can catch up on all the details in our coverage. The key takeaways are new HDR grading tools, redesigned primary color controls, an AI-based magic mask and a next-generation Fairlight audio engine.
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At the time of DaVinci Resolve 17’s announcement, Blackmagic Design CEO, Grant Perry, said, ‘This is a massive update and it has amazing new technology and features for colorists, audio engineers, editors and visual effects artists. While the new color science, HDR grading and improvements and Fairlight usability are the most noticeable features, what I am most proud of are the thousands of small improvements that customers will notice every day!’
DaVinci Resolve 17.1 and DaVinci 17.1 are available in the free version of DaVinci Resolve. There are quite a few features in the free version. Still, for users needing more, a lifetime license of DaVinci Resolve Studio and DaVinci Fusion Studio each cost $299 for lifetime licenses. For more information and to download free versions of Resolve and Fusion, visit Blackmagic Design.