The most complete video editing software. And it's affordable too.
January 26, 2022

The most complete video editing software. And it's affordable too.

Fred Xorla Adzoyi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with DaVinci Resolve

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.
  • Fairlight for amazing work on audio components.
  • Perfect color correction tools that are very user friendly.
  • A very user friendly and highly intuitive project timeline.
  • Bringing all our video development inhouse has helped us save over $9,000 annually. And a huge part of doing it successfully has been because of DaVinci Resolve.
  • In our first year, we pivoted between DaVinci and Adobe for which would be our primary video production software. The results of both test runs showed that DaVinci needed half the total time investment needed to take a novice through training to completing their first major project when compared to Premiere.
  • DaVinci's hardware requirements were higher than what we mostly had, so we have had to invest more in better equipment to be able to execute. But overall, it's still a significant positive net return when we consider how much we have saved and earned directly as a result.

DaVinci has been our preferred tool versus Adobe Premiere. One reason is that its cleaner interface helps make learning easier. Secondly, it handles work on audio components absolutely way better than Adobe does. Thirdly, the features that come with the free version of DaVinci is comparable to the much more expensive Adobe Premiere, and even better in several areas as well.

Do you think DaVinci Resolve delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with DaVinci Resolve's feature set?

Yes

Did DaVinci Resolve live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of DaVinci Resolve go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy DaVinci Resolve again?

Yes

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.