Update: Neat Video 5.2 Adds Apple Metal, New GPU & Host Support

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Neat Video 5.2 embraces Metal support in macOS plug-ins, which may noticeably improve render times. But that’s not all, they have other improvements up their sleeves, so keep on reading.

Support for Metal in macOS

Neat Video 5.2 can now use the new Metal technology (in MacOS 10.15 and newer), in addition to OpenCL.

Using Metal instead of OpenCL may increase the speed of Neat Video’s GPU-based processing for up to 40% depending on hardware, frame size, and filter settings.

The speedup is especially noticeable with large frames (like 4K) and a high temporal radius.

If you run macOS 10.15, try switching Neat Video from OpenCL to Metal
(Neat Video Preferences > Performance > GPU > Advanced Settings).


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Added GPU Support

  • Added support for GPU models used in new Mac Pro machines:
    • AMD Radeon Pro Vega II
    • AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo
  • Also supported now (MacOS):
    • AMD Radeon RX 5700 / 5700 XT
    • AMD Radeon Pro 555X / 560X / 570X / 575X / 580X
  • Additional optimizations in GPU code:
    • Better performance with a single GPU on 8 and 16-bit clips:
      up to 4%-8% depending on hardware and filter settings
    • Better performance with two GPUs working simultaneously
  • Improved receiving frames from Premiere Pro to Neat Video making the process more reliable and visually indicative (in Premiere SR plug-in)

Added Host Support

  • Added support for the new version of HitFilm in OpenFX plug-in:
    HitFilm Pro 14 (Windows, macOS)

Other updates

  • Several changes and improvements in GUI

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Posted by Michele Yamazaki