2/1/2022

Davinci Resolve Studio M1

Expand Your Project Rendering Capabilities for DaVinci Resolve Studio on Linux and macOS

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R/davinciresolve Davinci Resolve is a tool for editing including the revolutionary new cut page, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction and audio post production, all in a single application! With a both paid and free version it appeals to a wide range of people from hobbyist to professionals. Nov 13, 2020 This beta version of DaVinci Resolve means that the software is now a universal app that runs natively on Macs powered by Apple Silicon and Intel. “This software update adds universal app support. Black Magic Design has announced the release of a new update for its DaVinci Resolve application with the rollout of version 17.1 bringing with it native support for Apple M1 Silicon powered systems. Mar 10, 2021 Previously, DaVinci Resolve had only run on M1 Macs using Rosetta 2 translation. Native M1 support allows the software to take full advantage of Apple Silicon's performance. Apple's chip has up to.

By Frank Schönberger

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio is a unique NLE (Non-Linear Editing) solution available for all major platforms (Windows, Linux and macOS), including a version that is running on the new Apple M1 chipset. The number of project rendering profiles that are already included in DaVinci Resolve Studio is quite impressive. However, especially on Linux (but also on macOS), there are some limitations. The MainConcept® Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio was designed to bridge this gap and enable software codecs with encoding profiles that are not natively available.

The platform defines the available codecs

Video-editing software needs to deal with many different formats both for ingesting streams and exporting projects. This is also true for Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio where the platform determines which codecs are present. Depending on the operating system you use, the available codecs may have some limitations.

Capabilities of DaVinci Resolve Studio on various platforms

CodecSoftwareIQSVNVENC
AVC WindowsYesYesYes
AVC LinuxNoYesYes
AVC macOS (Intel or M1)YesNo*No*
HEVC WindowsNoYesYes
HEVC LinuxNoYesYes
HEVC macOS (Intel or M1)YesNo*No*

* On macOS (Intel) and macOS (M1), GPU encoding is available via the Metal framework if it is supported by the hardware.

For example, under Windows, there are AVC/H.264 software as well as hardware encoding options for both Intel Quick Sync Video (IQSV) and NVIDIA NVENC, whereas on Linux there is no H.264 software codec but only NVENC hardware encoding for NVIDA GPUs. For Apple systems, the native GPU acceleration is used for H.264 rendering that is an essential part of the macOS platform.
For the emerging H.265 standard, there are only hardware encoding options selectable in DaVinci Resolve Studio on all platforms; i.e., HEVC software video encoding for exporting a project from the timeline is not available. And on Linux, DaVinci Resolve Studio users are faced with one more challenge: There is no native AAC rendering available under the Linux platform. To overcome some of these obstacles, the engineering team at MainConcept has developed the first-ever plug-in for DaVinci Resolve Studio that offers the same features on all platforms, including Linux, Windows and macOS on Intel x86 as well as Apple Silicon.

MainConcept enables HEVC Software Video & AAC encoding on Linux

The focus is often on hardware encoding when speed is a key requirement. Admittedly, there is no alternative software solution that compares to GPU-accelerated encoding when performance is your number one requirement. However, hardware encoders do not offer the same encoding quality as commercial software encoders. When quality is more important than or just as important as speed, MainConcept provides a ready-made solution.
Powered by the industry-leading MainConcept AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 software video encoders, the Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio combines high-quality timeline rendering with exciting performance so you can deliver amazing studio productions. It includes presets for the AVC software encoder for Sony XAVC, Panasonic P2 AVC Ultra, and other broadcast outputs.

When quality counts, you need MainConcept

For H.265, the Codec Plugin allows you to select from several 8-bit and 10-bit rendering profiles up to 8K resolution—all powered by the award-winning MainConcept HEVC software encoder. This is the same software encoder that topped the 2020 Moscow State University (MSU) Video Codecs Comparisons. The renowned codec benchmarking Graphics & Media Lab (GML) from MSU shows the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 video encoder as the industry leader. To access this encoding technology, you simply select one of the MainConcept MP4 (HEVC) presets that come with our Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Not just for Windows! MacOS and Linux capabilities are now available

Using the MainConcept HEVC/H.265 software video encoder is not restricted only to Windows. The MainConcept Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve and its various ready-to-use HEVC render profiles are also available for macOS platforms, regardless of whether you run an Intel CPU or the latest Apple M1 chipset. Of course, these profiles are also included in the MainConcept Codec Plugin running on Linux, where it provides yet another feature—the AAC format.

Available software AVC & HEVC video encoders for DaVinci Resolve Studio with and without MainConcept Plugin

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CodecDaVinci Resolve StudioMainConcept Codec Plugin
AVC WindowsYesYes
AVC LinuxNoYes
AVC macOS (x86 or M1)YesYes
HEVC Windows or LinuxNoYes
HEVC macOS (x86 or M1)YesYes
AAC LinuxNoYes

AAC format availability

Currently, the AAC format is not available in DaVinci Resolve Studio on Linux. But, with the MainConcept Codec Plugin, this audio limitation is removed because you can now render your timeline to HEVC video accompanied by AAC in the widespread MP4 container on this platform as well.

Why use the MainConcept Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio?

The MainConcept Codec Plugin for DaVinci Resolve Studio not only enables most professional camcorder presets and broadcast formats, such as AS-11 UK DPP, it also enables more software codecs on all operating systems for project rendering. And, when you choose a MainConcept product, you know that it was designed by our exceptionally experienced engineering team with the built-in quality, performance and reliability you know you can count on every day. Take it out for a test drive today and you will also be eligible for 60 days of access to our product documentation and exceptional support services!

About the Author:

Frank Schönberger, MainConcept Sr. Product Manager

Frank Schönberger has been with MainConcept for two decades focused primarily on product management. With deep knowledge of customer requirements and engineering methodology, he is dedicated to collaborating effectively across Sales, Marketing, Product Management and Engineering to ensure MainConcept brings users the technology they need to achieve their vision. A graduate of RWTH Aachen University, Frank studied languages, teaching, history and politics.

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If someone running Davince Resolve *Studio* on their M1-powered Mac could download this small sample project and render it?
I run Davince Resolve Studio (paid version) 17.1 on a Windows 10 machine, Intel i7-8600 + SSD + GeForce 1070.
Rendering speeds on my Win10 machine are:
1:07 [mm:ss] using the NVIDIA-Encoder
3:47 using the generic CPU Encoder (note that Intel encoding capabilities are disabled on my machine)
How does your M1 powered Mac fare?
Cheers,

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