DaVinci Resolve's color correction makes videos look better
April 06, 2019

DaVinci Resolve's color correction makes videos look better

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DaVinci Resolve

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.
  • I'm working much faster than before. Syncing different sources is a breeze, color correction is fast.
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.
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.