The most important and, perhaps, the most wanted change of this update is the native support for new Apple Silicon Macs added now in two of the Neat Video plug-ins. Also, we have improved support for macOS Big Sur and brought optimizations and compatibility with new versions of several host applications. The list of GPUs that Neat Video can utilize has been extended with several new AMD models.
Support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs (in some plug-ins)
First things first: from now on some of the Neat Video 5.4 plug-ins can work on Apple Silicon M1 Macs natively. The pioneer plug-ins with native support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs are:
- Neat Video v5.4 plug-in for Resolve
- Neat Video v5.4 plug-in for OFX hosts
Each of these two plug-ins is now available as a Universal Binary that can work on both Intel Macs and Apple Silicon M1 Macs. Their native M1 versions work about 30% faster than the Intel versions running via Rosetta 2 on the same M1 computers.
We continue working to add the same support for Apple Silicon M1 Macs in more of Neat Video 5.4 plug-ins in the coming weeks and months (depending on the availability of the native M1 versions of the corresponding host applications and development tools for those applications).
Currently, we are working on a new version of the plug-in for Final Cut with Intel and M1 support. This plug-in requires more changes than others to support the new Macs. We will make a separate announcement once that plug-in is ready.
Support for macOS Big Sur
All Neat Video 5.4 plug-ins for Mac can work on the new macOS Big Sur. The installers of Neat Video 5.4 plug-ins have been improved to make the installation process smoother in Catalina and Big Sur.
Note: several older versions of macOS (10.9.5–10.12.x) are no longer supported by Neat Video 5.4 for technical reasons. If you need to use Neat Video in one of those macOS versions, you can do that using Neat Video 5.3 (available in your account).
New versions of host applications and GPUs
The newest Resolve 17 hosts are now supported by Neat Video. In addition, the plug-in's code has been optimized to work faster in these new versions of Resolve including:
- Resolve 17 (Windows, macOS Intel / M1, Linux)
- Resolve Studio 17 (Windows, macOS Intel / M1, Linux)
Neat Video 5.4 adds support for the new versions of three OpenFX applications:
- Fusion Studio 17 (Windows, macOS Intel / M1, Linux)
- HitFilm Pro 16 (Windows, macOS Intel)
- DustBuster+ 13 (macOS Intel)
Neat Video 5.4 also supports the new versions of more hosts:
- Media Composer 2021 (Windows, macOS Intel)
- Premiere Elements 2021 (Windows, macOS Intel)
- Magix Movie Edit Pro 2021 (Windows)
- Magix Video Deluxe 2021 (Windows)
Several new AMD GPU models have been added to the list of compatible graphic cards:
- Radeon RX 6800 / 6800 XT / 6900 XT (Windows)
- Radeon Pro W5700 / W5500 / W5500X (macOS)
For more details please refer to the history of changes: