Blackmagic Design is bringing its powerful DaVinci Resolve to iPad, promising RAW support, cloud collaboration, and more, according to a press release. It will not be a full version of the PC/Mac app, as it will only include the Cut and Color pages at first. Otherwise, “it will be similar to the desktop version,” according to Blackmagic.
The iPad app will support file formats such as H.264, H.265, Apple ProRes, and Blackmagic RAW, with clips available via “iPad Pro internal storage and Photos library, externally connected iCloud or USB-C media disks,” the company said.
In addition, the iPad version will support desktop projects, including shared collaborative projects via Blackmagic Cloud. “This means DaVinci Resolve for iPad is the same professional tool and codebase used on major Hollywood feature films,” stated Blackmagic.
Because of the screen size, some UI changes will be made, such as the removal of the menu bar. Besides that, there are no plans to bring the Edit page to the iPad version, as it is primarily intended for use with a keyboard and mouse. “This makes it very difficult to transition to the iPad without causing problems for professional editors who rely on the edit page for their work,” the company said. As a result, the Cut page will receive new features such as “enhanced audio support, keyframing, split edits, and more.”
The Fusion effects and Fairlight audio tools are also not yet available, as a result of “their software code has not yet been redesigned for the iPad.” However, the company plans to enhance those pages and integrate them into a future release.
DaVinci Resolve is a popular app among professional editors, thanks in part to its powerful color correction tools, and I personally loved it over Adobe Premiere Pro.