DaVinci Resolve Reviews

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Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 20, 2019

DaVinci "Resolves" All Your Post-Production Needs

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 20, 2019

Incredibly Capable, Free Editing Software

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 07, 2019

A sturdy application that can Resolve many of your editing woes!

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 12, 2019

Video Production Wizardry on demand

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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.)
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Matt Graf | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2019

DaVinci Resolve will help you take your videos to the next level!

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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!
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Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 03, 2019

Fantastic Free Video Editing Software

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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.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 06, 2019

DaVinci Resolve's color correction makes videos look better

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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.
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Chris Hecox | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 03, 2018

DaVinci Resolve Review

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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.
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About 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.
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