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Score 9.2 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

DaVinci Resolve

Resolve is great and offers so many neat features, like camera tracking, expansive control over your image's color, and an amazing noise reduction plugin. This is a great option for coloring, and I'd recommend most production teams looking for a robust coloring software to look into Resolve and give it a go. It's worth it, even though you'll have to break away from working in Premiere Pro, etc.If you don't have the money to pay for the full version, it might be better to just use the free version (which is still great. It's a steal honestly) and perhaps down the road pay for the full thing.
Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

If you or your organization need to perform some simple video editing tasks but don't need the feature set of a pro-editor - the free with a Mac iMovie is the way to go. It's a true gateway into the FCPX universe but not necessarily something you have to invest a ton of time to learn and put to use.
Joel McAfee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

DaVinci Resolve

  • DaVinci Resolve does color correction via masking really well. The mask tracking feature is much faster and accurate than similar software applications. These are strengths for DaVinci Resolve, as they appeal to both the professional and amateur editor.
  • DaVinci Resolve's free version is extremely robust. This means that anyone who is unsure about the software can really do an in-depth test run with the majority of features, and evaluate if it is for them before making a purchase.
  • DaVinci Resolve is user-friendly. It's extremely easy to adjust default settings and customize your fades, transitions, etc. exactly how you want them, rather than having to adjust each time you add them to the timeline. This is a strength for Resolve, as it leaves users feeling more empowered and saves time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

  • Easy to use. It doesn’t get any easier than iMovie IMHO. The drop and drag interface is fairly intuitive. No need for a giant manual to get started.
  • Just enough tools. For the layman you need to know where to drop in audio, title screens, transitions, etc. no more, no less. It’s not the most sophisticated but it can get the job done quickly.
  • You can use it on multiple interfaces. For example, I use iMovie on my iPhone, iPad, AND my Mac and it’s all rather seamless. You can start a project in one place and pick it up somewhere else. Now that’s flexible.
Catheline Shin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

DaVinci Resolve

  • The interface can be confusing.
  • Not as well integrated with outside software as some competitors.
  • Noise reduction only available in the paid version.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

  • It takes a long time to export videos from iMovie. Depending on the length of the project you're working on, it could take a few hours.
  • There are a decent amount of effects and transitions to use, but the customization of them is lacking.
  • iMovie is only available for Apple devices. Windows has other options, but if you're used to iMovie and have to switch to a Windows computer, you might miss the user-friendliness that came from iMovie.
Dave Becker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Da Vinci Resolve is up there amongst the big, professional video editing packages like Apple's FinalCutPro and Adobe Premier Pro. To just be included in this league, the package needs to have a plethora of features that the common man does not need. In essence, this overwhelming amount of features makes the product tricky to learn, but once you have the hang of it, it is a dream.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

iMovie 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I'd give it a higher rating but there seems to be some things that are so over-simplified that it's tough for an experienced user to work backwards when needed. That said, it certainly is easy enough for a 7 year old to pick up and use without much instruction or training.
Joel McAfee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 8.8
Based on 4 answers
Not only do they have classes available in Los Angeles, but they'll also allow you to work from home with the manual and demo materials, and then let you test out to get a certification. They get back to you quickly when you email, and they've got a "family" approach to customer service, they make you feel like you're important to them.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

iMovie 8.0
Based on 6 answers
Apple does a great job supporting its products. I have never encountered trouble that could not be solved through chat or email. The knowledgebase section of the website, video tutorials online and various user forums also help with most issues. If after using all of these avenues you still have an issue, it may be time for you to outsource your project to a professional!
Cedric Haynes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

DaVinci Resolve

For a small business, DaVinci's price point (free / $300) makes it a strong competitor to Adobe Premiere. FCP costs roughly the same, but then DaVinci's color correction is better. If you do not need all the color correction options, then even the free version could be an option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

iMovie has all the capability most video producers need. Great videos are made in the editing because the right content is already there. Adobe has a great product but their editing software doesn't have to be that intense, as when it is, it takes away from the great creative intelligence that's already in there. We have several Adobe products but their film editing options are unnecessarily complex (and far too expensive.) Using Adobe we were corrupting original video more than we were editing. Final Cut is great product too, but it's overkill for us.In a world where entire Sundance Film Festival winning films can be made entirely on an iPhone 5, the video-editing software needs to be just what we've found iMovie to be: Simple to use, brilliantly capable, and affordable.
Jackie Bassett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

DaVinci Resolve

  • The ROI was well worth it. Our videos have never looked better.
  • Color Correction has also taken us less time than before. It's been fantastic.
  • Making videos faster and better looking is a definite win-win!
Matt Graf | TrustRadius Reviewer

iMovie

  • iMovie is free along with any Mac hardware. So as long as you can afford a MacBook, you are sorted on the software cost. We had Macs, so we were sorted.
  • iMovie is a top-notch native software made by Apple. So overall stability and performance is great. We never lost data.
  • We were able to fully edit and churn out 20 to 40 mins of video every day with even an intern working on iMovie.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

DaVinci Resolve

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

iMovie

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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