DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve

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DaVinci Resolve

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pure and simple

9 out of 10
November 04, 2021
the ability to quickly create "How To" videos for new equipment that arrives on campus.
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DaVinci Resolve 17

$0.00

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Free

DaVinci Resolve Studio 17

$295.00

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perpetual license

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  • No setup fee

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  • Free/Freemium Version
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What is DaVinci Resolve?

Australian company Blackmagic Design offers their video editing application DaVinci Resolve for a wide range of high quality ultra HD effects, render queue, and video uploading options among other features.

DaVinci Resolve Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Australian company Blackmagic Design offers their video editing application DaVinci Resolve for a wide range of high quality ultra HD effects, render queue, and video uploading options among other features.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 8.5.

The most common users of DaVinci Resolve are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.

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Score 9 out of 10
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DaVinci Resolve is a feature-rich, high-end video editing/post-production software program. It offers the features and capabilities of competitors but it does so for free! It also has the industries best color grading. DaVinci Resolve will work with pretty much any medium or format that is out there. Did I mention it is free!?
  • Multiple formats and resolutions.
  • Industries best color grading.
  • Fast processing.
  • Fairly low system requirements.
  • The interface can be confusing.
  • Not as well integrated with outside software as some competitors.
  • Noise reduction only available in the paid version.
DaVinci Resolve will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. The learning curve is a little steep so it is probably not well suited for a beginner.
Support seems to be knowledgeable and responsive.
Anthony K. Bryan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I learned so much from this instructional exercise, and I appreciated how the educator is an expert all-day colorist. The section on sound reduction was particularly instructive. I noticed a few inconsistencies between certain methodologies in this instructional exercise and approaches suggested in the Advanced Color Grading in Resolve 15 instructional exercise (e.g., where to place sound reduction in the hub tree), but this is to be expected given that there is no one right way to do any of this. I also learned a lot about Resolve's "Restoration" modules for working with authentic film. This instructional exercise will come up again and again in my work.
  • DaVinci Resolve gives clients broad assets to make figuring out how to involve the product as simple as conceivable skillfully. It likewise has an extremely energetic client local area for ideal internet-based commitment.
  • Sound handling with Fairlight is additionally non-similar to whatever else out there. It offers exceptionally progressed highlights for the greatest sound on video projects.
  • Working with various sound modules can get a piece bunched with new windows for each. Less difficult and more coordinated usefulness may be better.
  • A portion of the console's easy routes for executing ordinarily utilized capacities can be confounding and carves out the opportunity to become accustomed.
  • Perhaps they could investigate making a more essential variant that doesn't need such a lot of CPU ability to work.
I learned so much from this instructional exercise, and I appreciated how the educator is an expert all-day colorist. The section on sound reduction was particularly instructive. I noticed a few inconsistencies between certain methodologies in this instructional exercise and approaches suggested in the Advanced Color Grading in Resolve 15 instructional exercise (e.g., where to place sound reduction in the hub tree), but this is to be expected given that there is no one right way to do any of this. I also learned a lot about Resolve's "Restoration" modules for working with authentic film. This instructional exercise will come up again and again in my work.
Fred Xorla Adzoyi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We rely on DaVinci Resolve for most of our major video production needs. In 2018, while running low on funding and could no longer afford to outsource development of our extension videos and other project educational materials, I took on the challenge to brush up my skills and train other staff as well. Currently, DaVinci Resolve is one of 8 software products all new mid-level staff have to learn within the first 3 months of joining. Over the last few years, as our scope of work has increased, so have our uses of DaVinci Resolve. Our Outreach Team now use it to create stunning video documentaries of our projects, as well as for promotional content for upcoming events.
  • Color correction in DaVinci Resolve is extremely advanced, but also relatively easy to execute when compared to other alternatives.
  • DaVinci Resolve provides users with extensive resources to make learning how to competently use the software as easy as possible. It also has a very vibrant user community for optimal online engagements.
  • Audio processing with Fairlight us also non-comparable to anything else out there. It offers very advanced features for the highest quality audio on video projects.
  • Working with multiple audio plugins can get a bit clustered with new windows for each. A simpler and more integrated functionality might be better.
  • Some of the keyboard shortcuts for executing commonly used functions can be confusing and takes time to get used to.
  • Maybe they could look into creating a more basic version that does not require so much CPU capacity to operate.
DaVinci Resolve is great for working on projects where the source or original audio is not great. With Fairlight, you would be able to do so much work to improve the quality of the audio from right within DaVinci without the need to switch to audio enhancing software. Final output rendering in DaVinci is also very stress free. It does not take as long, and rarely ever produces glitchy content.
On the other hand, there are bugs that make the software crash unexpectedly and might cause loss of hours of work if not being consistently saved.
Score 1 out of 10
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Nope. Continually getting errors and snafus on output. This is intolerable especially after we switched to [editing] from others. There is a reason why professionals use AVID to edit and Resolve ONLY for color [correction]. The rest is garbage. We are so let down by the entire environment. Enough. Enough. Avid for cuts your color house et Al will handle the rest. If you’re on your own, chances are you’ll lose money and time with this platform. We are delivering currently. Today. And it’s failing us. Done with this crap.
  • Output
  • Media offline
  • Hiccups everywhere
  • Glitchy
  • Don’t put updates out
  • Be wary if you’re on M1 macs.
  • Be wary anyway
There is a reason why edits are done in AVID and color corrected perhaps with the color correction on resolve these days. Other than that edit, fusion, Fairlight and deliver are worthless in our 25-year experience. We have cut in film, tape and seen the technology change. We are sticking to what works and won’t kill our business when we attempt to deliver projects using anything Balckmagic except for Color.
Michael Romano | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I am using DaVinci Resolve to edit some marketing videos, and I am not a professional video editor.
  • Trimming
  • Clipping
  • Color Correcting
  • Slow Motion
  • Ease Of Use
  • Insane Value
  • A bit overwhelming.
Frankly, I think DaVinci Resolve is absolutely amazing and I'm shocked that it's free. The people at Blackmagic Design are very generous to give away a free version-- especially in light of how powerful the free version is. I used to use Sony Vegas, CyberLink PowerDirector, and Adobe Premier Elements, but I may go full-time to just using DaVinci Resolve. In using it for only a few hours, I felt it was already more intuitive and powerful than any of those other programs.
November 04, 2021

pure and simple

Score 9 out of 10
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the ability to quickly create "How To" videos for new equipment that arrives on campus.
  • exporting footage
  • updating older files
  • simplicity to audio edit
  • integrated chapter creating for videos
Extremely quick turn around on videos, fast rendering while editing. Color coding is quick and easy.
Score 9 out of 10
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Currently I am the only one in the organization who uses the platform. DaVinci Resolve allows me to create a wide variety of videos for promotional and education content for our clients. The fact that it does not require a subscription and still has all of those features is why we chose it for our organization.
  • Editing Ease
  • No Cost
  • Export Options
  • Fusion Editing Makes Exports Not Always Work
This is a great program if you're looking for a free platform that can get the job done. It IS difficult to know where your files are stored though, so I'm not sure how to make a backup of my projects. All in all, I would recommend this software to any video editor just starting out.
Shubham Verma | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I am using this software specifically for color grading. Their auto color correction is fabulous. You can edit the video with a good transition effect. I have been using this software for more than 2 years. I am using the free software of DaVinci Resolve, and I don't think I have to buy paid service from this software because I can edit my final with this free version.
  • Colour Grading
  • Fast Editing
  • Special Effect
  • Sequence Making
  • Rendering
  • Playback
When my colleagues use premiere pro and then I have to convert that project into final cut pro, DaVinci Resolve helps me to convert my project to Final Cut Pro. Their noise cancellation tools are the best, and I got my voice very clear with the help of this software.
Score 8 out of 10
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This software provides me a great solution for making and edit videos for my project. Every slide or screen can be customized with animated text on each picture I use for the video.
  • Time line clearly shows what is going on with in the project screen.
  • It is super to control the background volume. No matter how many audio files we add.
  • It could be better if it has templates for the quick formation of video. In a manner like just adding audio and video files, it gives us the results with default settings.
It is best suited for editing videos. It is a complete solution for editing a professional video for a unique project. It can be used for making outro of any product.
Score 9 out of 10
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DaVinci Resolve is being used by two departments of the company, communications, and digital modeling, where I belong. It is helping us deliver clear messages to our customers using animations, simulations, and video clips that merge together the way we need, even allowing us to use our corporate identity correctly throughout our deliverables.
  • Combine several videos into one view
  • Controlling the video timeline accurately
  • Providing excellent video editing tools
  • Allowing to control visualization with data on the control panels
  • It's not the most intuitive program
  • It has many buttons whose use is not clear
  • Some work views are very similar to others and can be confusing
  • It takes a while to load
DaVinci Resolve is perfect for any video editing needs. It provides a lot of tools to control images, logos, text, transitions, as well as any other imported media that has been dragged to the timeline. It lets you create deliverables of very good quality and control every single detail from setup to final video export. It might not be the best option for a quick, simple video edit if the user does not how to use it because it will take a while to get on board on how to use it, even for simple edits.
May 21, 2021

Great Software

Camille Chevalier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I use [DaVinci Resolve] to make short movies or videos. It is mainly for my studies as it's a part of it. It's used by most of my co-workers, the others are often on Premiere Pro.
  • Sound adjustments
  • Easy to use
  • Really intuitive
  • Too many [different] files when you're installing it, so I used to get lost on where to go
[DaVinci Resolve] is the best free software that I used in this [department], so I would clearly recommend it for anyone who doesn't want to spend too much money and still have a great software.
Jason Burke | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use it for editing internal and external video projects. The marketing department uses it for quick edits, trimming and improving webinars, and some short external videos. Larger video projects are usually handled by agencies. It allows us to create and post videos quickly, and to save money by doing this work internally.
  • Comprehensive - It has video editing, motion graphics, audio, and export tools in one package. It's probably more than most people need, but you don't have to use all of the tools.
  • Platform and format agnostic - I like that I can work on projects on Mac or PC, and there are regular updates for new codecs and cameras. You can edit pretty much any format with no compatibility worries.
  • Price - They offer a free version which has most of the functionality. It's a great way to try before you buy and learn the tools. The final price is only $300 per license for the full product. It's a bargain for everything you get, and you don't feel like you're not getting your money's worth, even if you don't use all of the tools.
  • Steep learning curve - You can get the basics of editing quickly if you've worked with other non-linear video editors, but the interface has significant differences from its competitors. Additionally, there is a very challenging curve to learning advanced features, especially in the motion graphics and compositing software. There are lots of resources online including plenty of free tutorial videos, but be prepared to spend some time learning the tools.
  • No integration with external software - While this software package is comprehensive for video post-production, it doesn't have built-in integration with image editing, 3D modeling, or music creation software. It can accept all of the formats that other software providers create, but other suites may offer this software and tie it all together well.
It's a really full-featured software suite, but based on the learning curve it may be best suited for quick edits and audio touch-up for organizations that don't have a dedicated video specialist. For organizations that do have someone with a video background, the price for this suite is amazing, but you'll need to give that person time and online training to make the most of all of the tools.
Score 2 out of 10
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A number of different media editing tools are used across our company depending on the department you work in, and how regularly you need to use the tool. I have been using DaVinci Resolve to put together short-form videos for our knowledge base, and external stakeholders.
  • The user interface is modern & sleek.
  • There are a lot of features to make use of.
  • The product is free.
  • Continually crashes to desktop.
  • Extremely resource intensive.
  • Inconsistent functionality that isn't clearly explained.
  • Not at all smooth to use.
  • Simple features are hidden behind unnecessary menus or easily missed icons.
  • Allows you to export .MKV files but doesn't let you import .MKV files.
DaVinci Resolve would be great for someone with a lot of patience, or someone needing to benchmark their SLI 2080Ti setup.
The product's tendency to crash after anything you do has not been addressed in the 18 months I have been using the software.
Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Last year, I wrote and directed a fiction podcast called "Donovan King: Dinosaur Hunter," and I used DaVinci Resolve (utilizing Fairlight) to record all the actors, and I'm currently using it for all of the post-production. I had been to a Resolve class at their office, so I felt comfortable jumping into it with zero experience.
  • Recording audio.
  • Multiple takes.
  • Editing audio.
  • 3D sound effects.
  • Database saving.
  • The screen is a bit cluttered.
  • Shortcuts can be clunky.
I've been using DaVinci Resolve for audio production, specifically the Fairlight part of the program. It was easy for me to just jump in and record audio with the actors. Track setup, as well as recording multiple takes, is very intuitive, and the autosave feature is handy. I experienced very few crashes, and the database makes it easy to find where you left off when you come back to the program.
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.
Score 10 out of 10
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DaVinci Resolve is being used in our studio location by our editors. It addresses the problem of poorly colored footage as well as requests for more stylized videos.
  • 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.
  • Although I see the practicality of having a somewhat fixed workspace, being used to other similar software with the flexibility of rearranging and resizing windows to my preference leaves me wanting that same option here.
DaVinci Resolve is well suited for applications where you would like to tweak and finalize the visual style of your project. Color correction is certainly its strong suit, and seems to use up less processing power than its competition. It is especially useful for anyone new to the industry, like an independent creator who doesn't perhaps have the beefed-up computers of larger productions. It may be less well suited for applications where heavy audio correction needs to be done.
Luckily in my time using the software I have not had a need to reach out to support! I am, however, giving a rating of 8 because tutorials and forums of the like are quite easy to find.
Score 8 out of 10
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DaVinci Resolve is used by a few select individuals throughout the organisation who use the product to produce mainly promotional media for their departments. The business problem being address is mainly the combination of a previously fragmented system into a combined production ready media platform. Previously users used to use many different software packages, doing exactly the same thing, but with varying output results. Choosing DaVinci Resolve as the key software for our promotional media has meant that output results are of the same standard.
  • Well structured workflow, from adding media, to editing it, to adding and modifying Fusion effects, Colorising, perfecting audio output and then the actual rendering and delivery of the media file.
  • Facilitates the use of OpenFX plugins for extended functionality
  • Highly configurable workspace that alows users migrating from other platforms like FinalCutPro, or Premier Pro, to choose a layout that they are used to working with.
  • Adapts efficiently to the memory and processing resources available on the installed platform.
  • Da Vinci Resolve has crashed on numerous occasions where the resource requirement has outstripped the availability. Limited logs are available to detail the failure.
  • The fragmented experience with regards to configuring Fusion effects and titles by navigating to a different tab, should be rethought and modified.
  • Having to add all media into a media pool before being able to use it does not suit the way that I produce video. I prefer an associated folder in which all project related videos are stored and would rather be able to pick anything from that folder than have to add files into a media pool before use.
Well Suited:
  • Video editing for promotional videos and advertising,
  • High-impact training videos with lots of demonstrated content and little text,
  • Immersive media experiences,
  • Kiosk advertising design,
Not well suited:
  • Animation design and production,
  • Text-heavy media, for instance corporate presentations.
  • Home videos (The software is not for beginners and requires an in-depth understanding of certain concepts before it can be used.)
I cannot honestly rate the support for Da Vinci Resolve because I have never used the support channels, but my rating is based on the quality of their support material and the tutorials they have provided. All of the information that I find, or questions that I have to ask, are found via tutorials and through online forums.
Score 10 out of 10
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I use DaVinci Resolve to edit promotional videos for my own artwork, to edit other artists' videos, and videos for submissions to grant applications. Most of these videos use multiple camera sources, sometimes up to 10. They are regularly from a variety of cameras (GoPros and similar cameras are cheap), and the software has to sync all the angles up and allow for color correction to make the clips look similar. I have used Final Cut Pro for about 15 years but switched to DaVinci primarily for its color correction capabilities. It also does an excellent job syncing a variety of sources up.
  • The color correction is excellent. It provides a variety of tools for correcting color, way more than I need. In general, videos edited/corrected with DaVinci look better. There are a couple of filters available depending on the cameras used.
  • Syncing a variety of sources is a breeze. I ran several tests with up to 10 different sources when I switched from FCP to DaVinci, and DaVinci did a better job in a few cases.
  • Another reason to switch was the amount of render data FCP is writing (and saving) to the disk, which filled up hard drives. DaVinci does not have that problem, as it deletes the render files when done. FCP may have a setting for this, which I never found.
  • It also seems generally be less taxing on the CPU than other video software I have used.
  • The interface is slightly confusing for beginners, but that is often a problem when it comes to software that offers a lot of functionality.
The price point (free for the basic version, ≈ $300 for the pro version) makes it interesting for anybody to work with video, but it is a software for professionals so it's not good for editing your wedding videos. Online training material is excellent, so it's not hard to find answers, but not recommended to learn it just to edit a single project.
Matt Graf | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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DaVinci Resolve has been our software of choice for color correcting our video footage for quite some time. It is robust and delivers high-quality color palettes, which is exactly what we were looking for. It has really helped us to take our videos to the next level and move closer to achieving the truly cinematic look we aim to achieve.
  • It is robust in its options and the ways you can adjust your footage.
  • It is great for creating "looks" for a shoot, which can be copied and pasted to other clips.
  • The output quality is fantastic.
  • The only thing I would say is it is not for a complete novice. You really need to dedicate the time to learn this software before expecting great results! Practice!!
DaVinci Resolve is great for anyone who is seeking to take their video production quality to the next level. With its robust toolset, it is a fantastic thing to have at your disposal. It will elevate everything you create and help set your videos apart from others! Definitely something for the serious videographer!
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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As part of a multi-campus church facility that heavily relies on video media, my Audio / Visual team utilizes DaVinci Resolve as one of the video editing applications in our toolbox for assembling weekly promotional videos for upcoming sermon series and event, Facebook promotional videos, and rendering and editing of sermon videos for YouTube.
  • Free Version Available
  • Wide Support of Common Formats When Importing Video Material
  • Impressive Amount of Transitions and other Video Effects Included in Free Version & Paid Versions
  • Some features and functionality locked behind paid version
  • Unreliable Performance (Windows Version)
  • Different workflow compared to other popular video editing software
DaVinci Resolve, at first glance, is a fantastic video editing application, especially for a free software. Blackmagic has included a great number of features and functionality to assist users in creating basic video productions to more advanced creations. Users looking to create basic advertising video materials will be happy with what DaVinci Resolve has to offer.
Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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I have used Davinci Resolve for color grading purposes for clients. I used it pretty consistently but was the only person in the office who could use it. Resolve allows for exceptional color matching and grading opportunities, in a reasonably easy to use interface.
  • Resolve isn't extremely difficult to learn, at least from a UI perspective. I've found learning the node system isn't a steep learning curve. Users who can visualize how they want a grade or match to look can find their way around the software and use simple tools to get close to their result. People can do this without a lot of experience with the software.
  • Resolve provides extremely complex color grading opportunities, depending on how deeply you wish to use the software. One can fine tune an image, or use a plethora of masks, camera tracking, effects, and small tweaks to get images precisely where they want. It's a versatile software with so many options for every color grading scenario.
  • Resolve is free to use. I'm not too familiar with the NLE function of the program, but as a free software, one can accomplish a lot of work without needing to pay. Noise reduction can be a critical element of Resolve, so in that case, you'll need to purchase the full version to utilize the software to its fullest.
  • Resolve is popular enough that the internet provides many resources, forums, and tutorial videos to better learn the software. This is a big deal for helping to navigate Resolve's capabilities.
  • Some areas of Resolve can leave inexperienced users feeling a bit handicapped. Multiple user sign-ins can be confusing, and determining where to place the database of users might need troubleshooting. The exporting workflow is a bit finicky and will need to be learned to use for even simple capabilities.
  • Resolve is not friendly on a single screen editing workflow, and even worse on a laptop. Ideally, an editor has multiple screens in the first place, but because a colorist needs to see scopes and monitor, handling both on the same screen, along with all tools is a challenge. This software is best with more screens.
  • While the NLE capability of Resolve makes for a quick editing workspace, my little experience with it leads me to the conclusion that unless someone desires a completely free alternative to other NLE software, Resolve is not your best friend. Other programs are better.
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.