DaVinci Resolve Now Available for the iPad in Australia from Today.

The long-awaited DaVinci Resolve video editing program is now available from the Apple app store in Australia.

DaVinci Resolve for the iPad allows creators to extend video workflows in new ways and new places. Optimized for MultiTouch technology and Apple Pencil, DaVinci Resolve for iPad features support for cut and color pages providing access to DaVinci’s award winning image technology, colour finishing tools and latest HDR workflows.

You can read more on the actual app here.


New iPad Pro supports ProRes capture

Apple today announced the new iPad Pro with the M2 chip, delivering the ultimate combination of portability, versatility, and unbelievable performance. The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience and superfast wireless connectivity, along with the world’s most advanced mobile display, pro cameras, Face ID, Thunderbolt, and a four-speaker audio system. New features in iPadOS 16 — including Stage Manager, full external display support,1 desktop-class apps, and Reference Mode — take pro workflows on iPad even further. Enabled by its advanced hardware and iPadOS 16, iPad Pro has an incredible ecosystem of powerful pro apps unlike any other device of its kind. The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today, and available in stores beginning Thursday, 27 October.

“The next-generation iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on iPad, bringing even more versatility, power, and portability to the ultimate iPad experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro features incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing else like it.”

Breakthrough Performance from the M2 Chip

M2, the start of Apple’s next generation of M-series chips, brings even more breakthrough performance and capabilities to iPad Pro, with industry-leading power efficiency, a unified memory architecture, and custom technologies.

M2 features an 8-core CPU — up to 15 percent faster than M1 — with advancements in both performance and efficiency cores, and a 10-core GPU, delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding users. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the 16-core Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second — 40 percent more than M1 — making iPad Pro even more powerful when handling machine learning tasks. The M2 chip also features 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth — 50 percent more than M1 — and supports up to 16GB of fast unified memory, making multitasking and working with large assets even more fluid.2

The performance of M2 turbocharges even the most demanding workflows, from photographers editing massive photo libraries and designers manipulating complex 3D objects, to healthcare professionals taking advanced imaging and analysis, to gamers enjoying graphics-intensive games. The power of M2 also extends to the new media engine and the image signal processor, which combined with the advanced cameras, enable users to capture ProRes video for the first time and transcode ProRes footage up to 3x faster. This means content creators can capture, edit, and publish cinema-grade video from a single device out in the field.

A Next-Level Apple Pencil Hover Experience

Powered by the new iPad Pro and iPadOS 16, hover with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) provides a completely new dimension for users to interact with their screen. Apple Pencil is now detected up to 12 mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it. This also allows users to sketch and illustrate with even greater precision, and makes everything users do with Apple Pencil even more effortless. For example, with Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster. Third-party apps can also take advantage of this new feature to enable entirely new marking and drawing experiences.

Superfast Wireless Connectivity 

The new iPad Pro supports the fastest Wi-Fi connections with support for Wi-Fi 6E, so users who need fast connections can take their demanding workflows with them everywhere. Downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave3) now support more 5G networks around the world, so users can access their files, communicate with colleagues, and back up their data in a snap while on the go.4

Unmatched Pro Features Enabled by iPadOS 16

In addition to big updates to Messages, new tools in Mail and Safari, the new Weather app, and more ways to interact with photos and video with Live Text and Visual Look Up, iPadOS 16 also introduces powerful productivity features that elevate the iPad Pro experience:

  • Stage Manager is an entirely new multitasking experience that automatically organises apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. Later this year, Stage Manager will unlock full external display support with resolutions of up to 6K, so users will be able to arrange the ideal workspace, and work with up to four apps on iPad and up to four apps on the external display.
  • Desktop-class apps enable new capabilities optimised for the display on iPad Pro — making apps more capable with new elements and interactions, including a consistent undo and redo, a redesigned inline find-and-replace experience, a new document menu, customisable toolbars, and the ability to change file extensions, view folder size in Files, and more.
  • Reference Mode enables the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display to match the colour requirements in workflows like review and approve, colour grading, and compositing, where accurate colours and consistent image quality are critical. That means pro users, including photographers and videographers, can edit HDR images and videos with every true-to-life detail right in their hands, and cinematographers on set can preview content in a colour profile that represents the final capture.

iPad and the Environment

The new iPad models are designed to minimise their impact on the environment and include 100 percent recycled gold — a first for iPad — in the plating of multiple printed circuit boards, as well as recycled aluminum, tin, and rare earth elements. All iPad models meet Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency and are mercury-, BFR-, PVC-, and beryllium-free. Redesigned packaging in the new iPad Pro eliminates the outer plastic wrap, and 99 percent of the packaging is fiber based, bringing Apple closer to its goal of completely removing plastic from all packaging by 2025.

Today, Apple is carbon neutral for global corporate operations, and by 2030, plans to be 100 percent carbon neutral across the entire manufacturing supply chain and all product life cycles. This means that every Apple device sold, from component manufacturing, assembly, transport, customer use, charging, all the way through recycling and material recovery, will have net-zero climate impact.

Pricing and Availability

  • The new iPad Pro is available to order beginning today, 19 October, at apple.com/au/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including Australia, with availability in stores beginning Thursday, 27 October.
  • The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.
  • The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,399 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model and RRP A$1,649 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,899 for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,149 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
  • Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with the new iPad Pro for RRP A$219 incl. GST.
  • Magic Keyboard is available in black and white for RRP A$489 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$579 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with layouts for over 30 languages.
  • The Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available for RRP A$299 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$329 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • The Smart Folio is available in black, white, and marine blue for RRP A$129 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$159 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • Education pricing is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and home-school teachers of all grade levels. The new 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,309 incl. GST, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,729 incl. GST. The second-generation Apple Pencil is available for RRP A$199 inc. GST, and the Smart Keyboard Folio is available for RRP A$259 inc. GST for the 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$289 inc. GST for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The Magic Keyboard will be available at RRP A$449 inc. GST for the 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$539 inc. GST for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. For more information visit apple.com/au-hed/shop.
  • iPadOS 16, the powerful operating system designed specifically for iPad, will be available beginning Tuesday, 25 October, and ships for free with the new iPad Pro. iPadOS 16 will be available as a free software update for iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.
  • Customers can trade in their current iPad and get credit toward a new one. When their device has been received and verified, Apple will credit the value to their payment method.5
  • Engrave iPad with a meaningful mix of emoji, names, initials, and numbers, all for free, available only at apple.com/au/store or in the Apple Store app.
  • Apple provides customers with a number of services online. From personalised support and advice from Apple Specialists to convenient delivery options, Apple ensures the best way to buy Apple products is from apple.com/au/store.


  1. Full external display support for Stage Manager on M1 and M2 iPad models will be available in a software update later this year.
  2. Performance is compared with previous-generation iPad Pro.
  3. mmWave is only available in the US and Puerto Rico.
  4. 5G wireless plan and coverage required. Speeds will vary. Check with carriers for details.
  5. Trade‑in values will vary based on the condition, year and configuration of your eligible trade‑in device. Not all devices are eligible for credit. You must be at least 18 years old to be eligible to trade in for credit or for an Apple Gift Card. Trade‑in value may be applied towards qualifying new device purchase, or added to an Apple Gift Card. Actual value awarded is based on receipt of a qualifying device matching the description provided when estimate was made. GST may be assessed on full value of a new device purchase. In‑store trade‑in requires presentation of a valid photo ID (local law may require saving this information). Offer may not be available in all stores, and may vary between in‑store and online trade‑in. Some stores may have additional requirements. Apple or its trade‑in partners reserve the right to refuse or limit quantity of any trade‑in transaction for any reason. More details are available from Apple’s trade‑in partner for trade‑in and recycling of eligible devices. Restrictions and limitations may apply. Additional terms at apple.com/au/trade‑in.

Image: The image at the top shows the new iPad Pro running Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve which is pretty impressive.

Interview: Steve Starling

Anyone who has ever thrown a fishing line into the briny more than once will have heard of Steve Starling.

Starting out in the 80s with a program called “Go Fish Australia” on the ABC, Steve later leapt to prominence on the hugely popular Rex Hunt Fishing Show, and has been a regular on many fishing oriented TV programs ever since.

Recently he started his own project, “Fishtopia” that as well as a comprehensive website, has its very own YouTube channel, “Starlo Gets Reel“.

I caught up with Starlo for a chat about how he started, how the show is put together, what gear he uses and other behind the scenes info. Starlo was generous with his answers and also offered some tips for budding fishing videographers.

AV: At what point did you decide to go video as against simply writing stories with photography?

Starlo: I’ve dabbled with some YouTube content for around seven years now, but have become much more serious about it in the last year or two. With the ongoing demise of print media, I see YouTube and vlogs as the way of the future, and a means for me to continue my 45-year career as a recreational fishing communicator, presenter and educator.

AV: You have appeared on many successful TV shows, starting as I recall with the original TV fishing program hosted by Rex Hunt. Did you get any training or experience in that process that assisted you in the transition to what you are doing now?

Starlo: No formal training, but I got to watch a lot of very good camera operators and editors at work over the years, and I learnt quite a bit in the process. I’ve always been very interested in that side of the process. In particular, sitting in edit suites with editors for hours on end as a fishing advisor and story researcher has given me a feel for the shots that are required to adequately tell a story. This actually began even before the Rex Hunt show: way back in the days of the ABC series “Go Fish Australia”, during the 1980s!

AV: What camera(s) are you using to shoot your videos?

Starlo: I’m currently running three cameras: a Sony AX33 4K Handycam, a GoPro 7 Black and a GoPro 9 Black with a Media Mod. I also have a DJI Mavic Mini drone, but don’t get to use it as much as I’d like, being a “one man show”.

AV: Any add-ons to the camera used (eg ND filters)

Starlo: As mentioned, the GoPro 9 Black has a Media Mod and I also have an underwater dome housing for the GoPro 7 Black. I’ve recently taken to running polarising filters on both GoPros most of the time and fit them with custom lens hoods that my son Tom made for me on his 3D printer. The hoods are designed to fit over the polarising filters without causing any vignetting of the images.

AV: How is audio obtained? If external mic(s) which ones?

Starlo: I run a Rode Video Mic on my Sony AX33. However, I’m more and more coming to rely on the audio from the Media Mod on the GoPro 9 Black, as it tends to be quite good, even in a bit of breeze, whereas the Rode is rather susceptible to wind, even with the dead cat fitted.

AV: Is voice audio obtained different to ambient? Eg on camera mic v a radio lav?

Starlo: I rely on the Rode or the GoPro Media Mod for both ambient and voice recording in the field, then use a Zoom H5 Handy Recorder for my voice over recording back in the home “studio”.

AV: Do you use any external stabilisation (eg DJI Ronin gimbals) or is it all basically handheld and tripod based?

Starlo: Because I’m typically working alone, I rely a lot on tripods and various mounts. The Sony AX33 is almost always either on a tripod or a Camzilla clamp mount (often in the boat). I tend to wear one GoPro in a chest mount and vary the other GoPro between a selfie stick and a mount in the boat or on the kayak. I have no gimbals or other stabilisation. I shoot everything in 4K so that I can crop images if necessary.

AV: Do you have any specific workflow process from start to finish?

Starlo: I’m very much self-taught in all of this, and I’m sure my work flow could be a lot better and more professional! As soon as possible after I return from a shoot I try to review all of my footage and, while doing so, I select and trim the clips I know I’ll need to put a story together (using QuickTime). I’ll name and number these clips in a way that makes sense to me (eg: 4_Cast before first hook-up, or 6_ Good ambient audio with birds, etc) and save them to an external Seagate Drive.

AV: Which editing package is used (eg Premiere, Resolve, Vegas, FCP etc)

Starlo: Believe it or not, I still do all my editing, after trimming those initial clips in QuickTime, in the free iMovie program that came with my Mac notebook! iMovie has its limitations, but I find it very intuitive and easy to use, and I’ve become quite adept at milking the most from it! My biggest struggle is the limited memory and RAM of my ageing computer. Things can become very clunky and glitchy if I have too much 4K footage imported into the timeline. I’ve overcome this by editing my videos in relatively short “chapters” of just a few minutes each, before saving these to the external hard drive (still in 4K) and then deleting the working files from iMovie. Once all my chapters are cut, I pull them all together again on iMovie. It works for me! I’d love to switch to Resolve (after researching it a little), but haven’t yet found the time to make the change and learn a whole new system… I’m a creature of habit! If it ain’t broke…

AV: Any effects software or plug ins used

Starlo: No.

AV: Is audio sweetened outside the video editor (eg with Sound Forge, Audition, Audacity etc)

Starlo: No. Audio remains my greatest weakness and I really need to address this.

AV: Do you have assistance or is it essentially a “one man” process to make the show and you script, shoot, edit, narrate/present and produce the whole shebang?

Starlo: In the early days, my wife Jo (who’s much more tech savvy than me) helped me a lot and did most of my editing (she’s mastered at least the basics of Premiere). But these days I’ve taken it all on myself and I’m a total one-man show: from shooting and scripting to editing and voice overs.

AV: Where can it be viewed?

Starlo: My YouTube channel is called “Starlo Gets Reel”.

AV: Do you charge a subscription?

Starlo: It’s all free at this point.

AV: Any plans for expansion say to subscription TV or even free-to-air?

Starlo: I had quite lengthy discussions with Uscreen in the US and was seriously considering the subscription path at one point, but it was all too hard and too expensive in the end. I’ve decided at this point to stick with free access to my work via YouTube, and to attempt leverage and monetise that through sponsorships, partnerships and the very meagre earnings generated by Google ads. I’m also on Buy Me A Coffee (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/starlo), so fans can support me in that way, too! But at the moment, it’s a break-even exercise, at best.

AV: Any really memorable moments you have captured while shooting?

Starlo: Capturing on video my good fishing mate and much-loved Aussie screen icon, Garry McDonald, (aka Norman Gunston and Arthur Beare) falling into the icy Tumut River while trying to net a trout for me was pretty memorable, and very funny! I’ve also had the odd magic session on the water where everything just comes together seamlessly, and the weather, fish and cameras all do what it said they would in the script I had in my head! Those times are rare, but they seem to make it all worthwhile.

AV: Any major mishaps that made you approach things in the future differently when shooting (or editing)?

Starlo: So far (touch wood) I’ve been fairly lucky. My worst stuff ups have been arriving on location to find that I’ve forgotten to put SD cards back into my cameras or drone, and that they’re still sitting on the desk at home! You tend to only do that once.

AV: Any suggestions for budding fishing videographers?

Starlo: Have a system and a plan and try to be organised. Do your best to make things as easy for yourself as you possibly can, otherwise you’ll constantly find excuses NOT to take the camera gear or NOT to set it up… and that’s sure to be the day when the fish bite like crazy! Oh, and carry more spare batteries and SD cards than you think you’ll need.

AV: Any other thing worth talking about?

Starlo: Keep it real and be yourself. A video camera has a way of cutting through any “masks” and showing the real you, anyway. If you try to be something you aren’t, viewers will immediately spot the deception. Embrace your stuff-ups and be honest.

And when it comes to voice overs (which are important in many of my vids), the BIG trick is to make it sound like you’re NOT reading them! Stand up rather than sit to record them. Read a line or two in your head, memorise it, then look up from the script and deliver it to the recording device as if you’re actually talking to someone standing there: complete with facial expressions and hand gestures… It makes a huge difference to the finished product.

You can also follow Steve Starling on his Facebook page Starlos Fishtopia


It’s All Apple’s Fault. Of course.

Over the years Apple has forged many new innovations that others have reluctantly and grumbly followed in order to keep pace. Of course the probable most important was the iPhone concept.

But there is another beautiful Apple innovation (I bet my friends never thought they would hear me say THOSE two words in the same sentence) that I also applaud.

Its packaging.

All of a sudden packaging became almost a Work of Art, and major companies leapt on the bandwagon.

I can think of DJI in particular (its packaging of the Robomaster was exquisite AND functional), but recently Zhiyun also have brilliant packaging. Today, I received a SmallRig Cage for my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and it too looks like something you never want to pull apart, but instead put in a glass cage, illuminated by soft light and simply admired lovingly for its beauty.

But Bah Humbug I say!

Once unpacked, have you EVER managed to get everything back in the box the way it came out? No nor have I.

Worse, with the penchant these days to put all the small bits into those soft, translucent plastic bags, you need to rip these apart at the start to get the stuff out in the first place. So that’s the end of them.

And then there are the companies that seal everything, so you have completely obliterate the outside wrapping to be able to attack the INSIDE wrapping (looking at you GoPro).

And don’t get me started on bloody blister packs!

Can we please go back to good old, simplified packaging where you open the box and there it is.

And don’t need a degree in project management and origami to get to it.

Then there is operating manuals with text so small you can’t even read ‘em!

I’ll stop now.

Breaking News (Always wanted to say that!)

The EU has just decreed that in effect, after 2024, USB-C will be the only standard acceptable for chargers for mobile phones, laptops, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, computer mice, and portable navigation devices.

No doubt this will REALLY piss Apple off, but hey, it means at last we have a unified policy that allows innovation to hopefully flourish in such areas as wireless charging.

And manufactuters only have to include a single cable for devices like gimbals, drones and so on, thus cutting costs.

Yay says I!


Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro Updated to take advantage of M1 chip

Apple today updated Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro with new features and optimisations that are said to take full advantage of the power and performance of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips in the all-new MacBook Pro. Apple say professional video editors using Final Cut Pro on the new MacBook Pro can perform tasks never before possible on a Mac, like the ability to play seven streams of 8K ProRes or colour-grade 8K HDR video with the new Liquid Retina XDR display — a first for any notebook. Final Cut Pro also introduces a new Object Tracker that uses machine learning to automatically detect faces and objects, and match their movement to create beautiful, cinema-quality titles and effects on any Mac. Logic Pro, Apple’s pro music creation software, now comes with a complete set of tools for authoring spatial audio music — allowing anyone to mix and export their songs in Dolby Atmos for Apple Music. And musicians can use up to 3x as many plug-ins for recording on the all-new MacBook Pro with M1 Max. Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro are Universal apps that build upon the breakthrough performance and pro capabilities of macOS Monterey, and both are available today on the Mac App Store.

The world’s most creative people use Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro and the Mac to make the memorable movies, TV shows, online videos, songs and soundtracks that we all enjoy,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the combination of powerful new features in Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro, and the unprecedented performance from the MacBook Pro powered by the all-new M1 Pro and M1 Max, pros will be able to push the limits of their creativity like never before.”

Final Cut Pro 10.6

Final Cut Pro comes with innovative new features that allow editors to create beautifully tracked motion graphics and edit Cinematic mode videos recorded on iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. The app also takes full advantage of the major performance gains enabled by M1 Pro and M1 Max in the all-new MacBook Pro. Video editors can now play seven streams of 8K ProRes at full resolution — over 230 million pixels — and export ProRes video over 5x faster than before. Today’s update also introduces a new Object Tracker that lets video editors quickly and easily create eye-catching animated graphics that follow the movement of faces or objects in a video. Object tracking analysis is up to 5x faster on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, and takes advantage of the machine learning capabilities of the Neural Engine in Apple silicon to accelerate the detection of faces and objects in video.

Videos recorded in Cinematic mode on the new iPhone 13 line-up can be edited easily with Final Cut Pro and Motion, giving editors the ability to adjust the depth effect of any shot and use keyframes to change it over time. By simply clicking on a face or object in the viewer, editors can add or delete focus points, all without having to reshoot.

Final Cut Pro companion apps Motion and Compressor also received updates today. With Motion on the new MacBook Pro, a complex project renders up to 2x as fast and can play two streams of 8K video at 5x the frame rate. Graphic artists can now combine object tracking with masks, shapes, 3D objects, behaviours and filters for stunning visual effects. And a new Neon filter adds an eye-catching glow to images, shapes, text and more.

On the new MacBook Pro, Compressor can transcode HEVC video up to 2x as fast and transcode ProRes video up to 10x faster. Compressor can also transcode Canon Cinema RAW Light video files to other professional formats like ProRes and H.264 for the first time, and Watch Folders make it simple to automatically encode content placed in a selected folder in the file system.

Logic Pro 10.7

Spatial audio represents the next generation of sound with its revolutionary audio experience and true multidimensional sound and clarity. Now with a complete set of mixing and rendering tools, Logic Pro allows anyone to author their songs as Dolby Atmos music files compatible with Apple Music. Musicians, producers and mix engineers can expand their stereo projects to the surround channels supported by Dolby Atmos, using new mixer and panner controls. In addition, 13 plug-ins within Logic Pro — including Space Designer, Limiter, Loudness Meter and Tremolo — have also been updated to take advantage of this new creative capability. Once the songs are published to Apple Music, listeners will be able to enjoy the immersive audio experience on their devices with spatial audio support. With the new MacBook Pro, musicians get workstation-class performance for creating massive spatial audio mixes, can quickly load large sample libraries, and can use up to 3x more plug-ins for recording.

Logic Pro now comes with all the new Producer Packs1 introduced in GarageBand this winter. Musicians can use beats, loops and samples created by today’s biggest hitmakers, including Boys Noize, Mark Lettieri, Mark Ronson, Oak Felder, Soulection, Take A Daytrip, Tom Misch and TRAKGIRL. Logic users now have access to 2,800 new loops, 50 new kits and 120 new patches they can use in their own songs — all royalty-free. The update also features the original multitrack project of the hit song “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” by Lil Nas X — including a Dolby Atmos spatial audio mix of the track.

Pricing and Availability

  • Final Cut Pro 10.6 is available today as a free update for existing users, and for A$499.99 inc. GST for new users on the Mac App Store.
  • Motion 5.6 and Compressor 4.6 are also available today as free updates for existing users, and for A$79.99 inc. GST each for new users on the Mac App Store.
  • Logic Pro 10.7 is also available today as a free update for all existing users, and for A$319.99 inc. GST for new users on the Mac App Store.
  • Mac users can sign up for a free trial of Final Cut Pro as well as a free trial of Logic Pro. For more information, visit apple.com/au/final-cut-pro and apple.com/au/logic-pro. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for A$299.99 inc. GST.


  1. “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” and Apple TV+ may not be available in all regions.


Obligatory Apple Press Release on New iMac

The following is the unedited press release received overnight. Forgive my cynicism, but I thought the over usage of “stunning” and “gorgeous” as well as describing an item almost as if it was a person (omitting “the” in front of product names for example) had died just after the original iMac was described as “cute and cuddly”.

But that’s just me.

The Press Release

Apple today introduced an all-new iMac featuring a much more compact and remarkably thin design, enabled by the M1 chip. The new iMac offers powerful performance in a design that’s just 11.5 millimetres thin, with a striking side profile that practically disappears. Available in an array of vibrant colours to match a user’s personal style and brighten any space, iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colours, delivering a brilliant and vivid viewing experience.

The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac. Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier than ever to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger. Combining the power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur, apps launch with blazing speed, everyday tasks feel incredibly fast and fluid, and demanding workloads like editing 4K video and working with huge images are faster than ever. The new iMac joins the incredible family of Mac models powered by M1, including MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini, marking another step forward in Apple’s transition to Apple silicon. iMac is the most personal, powerful, capable, and fun it has ever been, and customers can order it beginning Friday, 30 April. iMac will be available in the second half of May.

M1 is a gigantic leap forward for the Mac, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new iMac, the first Mac designed around the breakthrough M1 chip,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With its striking design in seven stunning colours, its immersive 4.5K Retina display, the best camera, mics, and speakers ever in a Mac, and Touch ID, combined with the amazing performance of M1 and the power of macOS Big Sur, the new iMac takes everything people love about iMac to an entirely new level.”

All-New Design Enabled by M1

Completely reinventing one of the world’s most iconic computers, the new iMac features a thinner and more compact design that is remarkable from every angle. Enabled by the system-on-chip architecture and amazing power efficiency of M1, the logic board and thermals are dramatically consolidated and reduced in size compared to the previous generation’s, allowing the side profile of iMac to practically disappear. The much more compact design reduces the volume of iMac by 50 per cent,1 allowing it to take up less space and fit easily in even more places.

With an array of colours — green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver — the new iMac design personalises and elevates any space unlike any other computer. iMac features softer colours and thinner borders on the front to allow users to focus on their content, while the back pops in bold, saturated colour. To complete the simplified design, iMac comes with a new power connector that attaches magnetically and a beautifully woven 2-meter-long colour-matched cable.

Gorgeous 24-Inch 4.5K Retina Display

iMac has always been about its best-in-class display. The new iMac features an expansive 24-inch 4.5K Retina display2 with narrower borders and 11.3 million pixels. With a P3 wide colour gamut and over a billion colours, plus 500 nits of brightness, images are vivid and more brilliant. This new display also features True Tone technology, which automatically adjusts the colour temperature as the environment changes for a more natural viewing experience. In addition, the 4.5K Retina display on the new iMac has an industry-leading anti-reflective coating for greater comfort and readability.

Breakthrough Performance of M1 Comes to iMac

With the power and performance of M1 and macOS Big Sur, the new iMac instantly wakes from sleep, everyday tasks feel faster and more fluid, and apps launch with amazing speed. In Safari, users can browse even faster and run hundreds of tabs at once, and in Photos, users can fly through edits to their images. With Apple Arcade, they can enjoy exclusive games while on the large iMac display, and users can also run a variety of iPhone and iPad apps right on their iMac without breaking their workflow. macOS also delivers powerful iCloud and Continuity features that enable users to work seamlessly across their iMac, iPhone, and other Apple devices.

The new iMac offers the ultimate macOS Big Sur experience. Its refined design brings a new level of power and beauty to the Mac, and allows users to experience the spacious 24-inch 4.5K Retina display to the fullest. macOS Big Sur puts more controls at users’ fingertips and is packed with enhancements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps.

The powerful 8-core CPU in M1 features the fastest CPU core in low-power silicon.3 And the 8-core GPU features the fastest integrated graphics in a personal computer.4 When combined with its high efficiency, unified memory architecture, and the 16-core Apple Neural Engine, the new iMac delivers powerful performance when compared to standard models of the 21.5-inch iMac, including:

  • Up to 85 per cent faster CPU performance, so users can export their favourite video project in iMovie faster than ever, easily work with massive 100-megapixel photos in Lightroom, and compile new apps in Xcode in a fraction of the time.
  • Up to 2x faster GPU performance for certain apps like Affinity Photo and Photoshop, and up to 50 per cent faster than the most powerful discrete graphics in the fastest 21.5-inch iMac, allowing users to render edits in real time or add complex filters to their photos in a snap.
  • The ability to edit up to five streams of 4K footage, or one stream of 8K footage,5 without dropping a frame in Final Cut Pro.
  • Up to 3x faster machine learning in apps that leverage the 16-core Neural Engine in M1.6

Best Camera, Mics, and Speakers Ever in a Mac

iMac features a 1080p FaceTime HD camera — the best ever in a Mac — which delivers high-quality video and great performance in low light. iMac also takes advantage of the image signal processor in the M1 chip and the Neural Engine, enhancing camera image quality with better noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto exposure and white balance. So whether connecting with family or on a video call while working from home, users will always look their best.

To complement the camera, the new iMac features a studio-quality three-microphone array for clearer calls and voice recordings, the best ever in a Mac. The mics are positioned to reduce feedback from the rest of the system, while directional beamforming allows them to better ignore background noise and focus on a user’s voice. As a result, conversations are more natural and recordings are crystal clear.

The new iMac also features the best sound system ever in a Mac. It has two pairs of force-cancelling woofers placed side by side for an impressive bass response, while reducing unintended vibrations. Each pair is balanced with a high-performance tweeter. The result is a six-speaker sound system that produces amassive sound stage with strong, articulate bass and crystal-clear mids and highs. All of these speaker innovations, coupled with advanced algorithms, enable iMac to support spatial audio when video with Dolby Atmos. Together with its beautiful 4.5K Retina display, iMac transforms any space into an incredible movie-watching experience.

New Colour Grader for Adobe, Apple.

ColorSynth is apparently the outcome of a two-year-long collaboration between Codex and superstar Hollywood colorist Yvan Lucas, whose IMDb credits represent visual masterpieces of over 190 films such as Amelie, Seven, The Revenant, Shutter Island, War Horse, The Hateful Eight, and The Irishman.

Lucas aided the Codex team to co-produce a simple yet innovative color grading solution that would incorporate over 35 years of image processing and color grading experience – for all levels of users – and would be compatible with their preferred work environment.

Innovative Colour Grading
Simple at first glance, ColorSynth is an elaborate pre-wired network of color processing nodes totaling more than sixty items arranged in an six-layer stack with several sub-layers.

Floating Point Precision
No matter how complex the grade, ColorSynth renders the results in floating point precision, at a constant speed.  From a simple One Light pass to the most complex needs, ColorSynth is easy to learn quickly

Innovative Color Remapping

Core to ColorSynth’s toolset is an elegantly designed collection of innovative colour remapping tools called Colour EQ. Colour remapping tools have been around for decades; however, the mathematics usually result in unwanted colour distortion artifacts that impede their usefulness and usability. ColorSynth’s Colour EQ nodes have been carefully engineered to address these issues and to deliver enhanced possibilities to all users.

Color EQ nodes
The Main EQ provides Hue, Lightness, and Saturation curves that deliver stunning results. The Shading EQ is a specialized tool designed to modify the Hue, Lightness and Saturation of complex conditional colour qualities. The Colour Mixer allows super clean RGB-based remapping of nine colour bands.

ColourSynth is available for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Motion.



MacBook Pro

New MacBook Pro: “the world’s best pro notebook ” (says Apple)

Apple today unveiled an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro — the world’s best pro notebook they say — designed for developers, photographers, filmmakers, scientists, music producers and anyone who relies on a Mac to create their best work. The all-new MacBook Pro features a 16-inch Retina Display, the latest 8-core processors, up to 64GB of memory, next-generation graphics with up to 8GB of VRAM and a new advanced thermal design, making it the most powerful MacBook Pro ever. 

Featuring a new Magic Keyboard with a redesigned scissor mechanism and 1mm travel for a more satisfying key feel, the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers the best typing experience ever in a Mac notebook. The 16-inch MacBook Pro also includes a six-speaker sound system, longer battery life, Touch Bar, Touch ID, the Force Touch trackpad and the Apple T2 Security Chip.

Our pro customers tell us they want their next MacBook Pro to have a larger display, blazing-fast performance, the biggest battery possible, the best notebook keyboard ever, awesome speakers and massive amounts of storage, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers all of that and more,” said Tom Boger, Apple’s senior director of Mac and iPad Product Marketing. “With its brilliant 16-inch Retina display, 8-core processors, next-gen pro graphics, even better thermal design, new Magic Keyboard, six-speaker sound system, 100Wh battery, up to 8TB of storage and 64GB of fast memory, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is the world’s best pro notebook.” 

Largest Retina Notebook Display Ever

Pros love the brilliant 500 nit, P3 wide colour gamut Retina display on MacBook Pro, and at 16 inches, it’s the largest Retina notebook display ever. Featuring a resolution of 3072×1920 and a higher pixel density of 226 ppi, the 16-inch Retina display delivers nearly 6 million pixels and an even more immersive front-of-screen experience. Each display is individually calibrated in the factory for accurate gamma, white point and primary colours.

New Magic Keyboard 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro features a new Magic Keyboard with a refined scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel and a stable key feel, as well as an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press. Incorporating extensive research and user studies focused on human factors and key design, the 16-inch MacBook Pro delivers a keyboard with a comfortable, satisfying and quiet typing experience. The new Magic Keyboard also features a physical Escape key and an inverted-“T” arrangement for the arrow keys, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID, for a keyboard that delivers the best typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.

More Advanced Thermal Design 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro uses the most advanced thermal architecture ever in a Mac notebook to enable the system to run at higher power for sustained periods of time. The sophisticated fan design features a larger impeller with extended blades along with bigger vents, resulting in a 28 percent increase in airflow, while the heat sink is 35 percent larger, enabling significantly more heat dissipation than before. Together, these advancements in cooling capacity allow the 16-inch MacBook Pro to sustain up to 12 more watts during intensive workloads than the previous design.

Powerful Processors and Faster Memory

Whether compiling code, editing multi-cam video or doing 3D animation, MacBook Pro customers need pro-level compute power they can take on the go. To deliver blazing fast performance, the 16-inch MacBook Pro features the latest 6- and 8-core 9th-generation processors with Turbo Boost speeds up to 5.0 GHz, which deliver up to 2.1 times faster performance than the quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro.1 Its powerful CPUs, combined with faster memory up to 64GB for the first time, and its more advanced thermal design, will enable pro workflows never before possible on a MacBook Pro. 

When compared to the fastest quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro: 

  • Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects with up to 2.1 times more Amp Designer plug-ins in Logic Pro X.
  • Scientists and researchers will benefit from 2.1 times faster simulation of dynamical systems in MATLAB.
  • Developers using Xcode can compile code up to 1.8 times faster. 
  • Photographers can apply complex edits to photographs 1.7 times faster in Photoshop. 

Next-Generation Graphics

Graphics performance is critical to pros, whether they’re creating the next big game title, rendering a complex 3D scene or colour grading a blockbuster film. The 16-inch MacBook Pro features new AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics — the first 7nm mobile discrete GPUs for pro users. Paired with GDDR6 video memory and with an 8GB VRAM option for the first time, pro users will be able to tackle GPU-intensive tasks faster than ever. Customers who choose the standard configuration will see 2.1 times faster graphics performance than the previous standard configuration. Those who opt for the highest-end graphics options will see up to 80 percent faster performance than the previous high-end configuration.1

When compared to the previous-generation 8-core 15-inch MacBook Pro with the highest graphics options:  

  • Video editors using DaVinci Resolve will see up to 1.8 times faster effects rendering when colour grading.
  • Gamers will enjoy smoother gameplay with up to 1.6 times faster performance in games like Fortnite.
  • In Unity, developers will experience 1.4 times faster fly-through performance during game development.

To power all this performance, MacBook Pro features a 100Wh battery — the largest ever in a Mac notebook — for an additional hour of battery life of up to 11 hours of wireless web browsing or Apple TV app video playback.

First 8TB Notebook

For pros with massive asset libraries and large projects that need even more storage in a notebook, the new MacBook Pro doubles the SSD storage to 512GB and 1TB on standard configurations. And for the first time, MacBook Pro can be configured with a staggering 8TB of storage — the largest SSD ever in a notebook.

Higher Fidelity Audio Experience 

The 16-inch MacBook Pro introduces a completely redesigned six-speaker, high-fidelity sound system designed to bring musicians, podcasters and video editors the most advanced audio experience ever in a notebook. New Apple-patented force-canceling woofers use dual opposed speaker drivers to reduce unwanted vibrations that distort sound. As a result, music sounds more clear and natural than ever before, and the bass can go half an octave deeper. An upgraded high-performance mic array delivers a 40 percent reduction in hiss and an improved signal-to-noise ratio that rivals that of popular professional-grade digital microphones, delivering super-clean recordings that capture even the quietest details.

macOS, Designed for Pros

Pro users love the power, reliability and productivity built into macOS — designed to take full advantage of Mac hardware, deliver robust features with the highest possible performance and work seamlessly with other Apple devices. Dark Mode highlights pro content while controls recede into the background on the Mac’s stunning Retina display. Sidecar, a new feature in macOS Catalina, lets users leverage iPad as a second display or as a high-precision tablet input device using Apple Pencil. Files on macOS can be quickly browsed with visuals and easy access to metadata with Gallery View in Finder. Along with a robust ecosystem of third-party apps and devices, macOS includes Apple apps like Safari, Mail, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, and supports high-performance apps like Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and Xcode.

Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR 

Today, Apple also announced that the all-new Mac Pro, the world’s best pro desktop, and Apple Pro Display XDR, the world’s best pro display, will be available in December. Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card. Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit colour, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle, all at a breakthrough price point.

Pricing and Availability

  • Starting at RRP A$3,799 inc GST, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is available today through apple.com and the Apple Store app. It will be in Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Resellers in the US later this week and coming soon to stores around the world.. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at apple.com/au/mac.
  • Mac Pro starts at US$5,999 and Pro Display XDR starts at US$4,999 — local pricing to be confirmed. Both will be available to order in December through apple.com. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available at apple.com/au/mac-pro and apple.com/au/pro-display-xdr.


1 Performance claims are as compared to previous-generation MacBook Pro notebooks. See apple.com/au/macbook-pro for more information.

New Mac OS and FCP-X Updates

If you are a Mac user, then you *should* be aware that Apple has just recently released an update to the OS, but some major revamps to FCP X.

The biggest change to the OS – dubbed Catalina – is the complete disdain now for anything 32 bit (which Windows got shot of years ago) so you’ll have to update any apps that are strictly 32bit to a hopefully newly available version.

And according to RedShark, that includes Quicktime 7 player so any 32 bit codec footage won’t work. You’ll need to recompress any you have.

It’s also to be noted that Avid has as yet to give Catalina the thumbs up.

For all the other (non-video editing) goodies, go to https://www.apple.com/macos/catalina/


The main target here is the new Apple hardware its seems, and to quote RedShark, “The multiple GPU support and support for up to 28 CPU-core processors, accelerated ProRes RAW playback with the Afterburner card for MacPro, internal/external GPU processing selections are clearly new MacPro centric. Single Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to the Pro Display XDR as well as simultaneous connections of up to 3 ProDisplay XDR monitors positions this upcoming new monitor as an integral part of a high end new MacPro workstation ecosystem. Improved HDR tools keep current with the trend to HDR video production.”

The complete feature set (as described by Apple) is as follows:

  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, real-time effects, exporting, and more
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View, edit, grade, and deliver stunning High Dynamic Range video on Pro Display XDR
  • Connect Pro Display XDR with a single Thunderbolt cable to use as a display or reference monitor
  • Simultaneously use up to three Pro Display XDR units connected to Mac Pro — two for the Final Cut Pro interface and one for dedicated monitoring
  • Grade High Dynamic Range video with enhanced color mask and range isolation tools
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Final Cut Pro on macOS Catalina
  • Select which internal or external GPU is used to accelerate graphics processing

Three Pro Display XDRs linked together via Thunderbolt 3. Image: Apple


  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, real-time effects, exporting, and more
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View, composite, grade, and deliver stunning HDR video on Pro Display XDR
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Motion on macOS Catalina
  • Improved load balancing of graphics processing across multiple GPUs


  • New Metal-based processing engine improves playback and accelerates graphics tasks including rendering, compositing, and exporting
  • Enhances graphics performance with support for multiple GPUs including Radeon Pro Vega II and Radeon Pro Vega II Duo on Mac Pro
  • Optimizes CPU performance with support for up to 28 CPU cores on Mac Pro
  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW playback when using the Afterburner card on Mac Pro
  • View and deliver stunning High Dynamic Range video on Pro Display XDR
  • View High Dynamic Range video tone-mapped to compatible Standard Dynamic Range displays when using Compressor on macOS Catalina
  • Improved load balancing of graphics processing across multiple GPUs

Apple also slipped in a new ProVideo Formats update, which usually means new codecs or improvements to earlier codecs.