DaVinci Resolve by Blackmagic Design is an app initially created for professional filmmakers, but several upgrades have made it accessible to everyone. The app features a simplified layout, appealing to users who don't edit videos very often.
For editing purposes, DaVinci Resolve includes CPU optimization that allows for a smooth editing process and quick rendering times without bogging down your device. The app has several buttons at the bottom, allowing you to move between different tasks. These include cutting, color correction, and rendering. There are also separate areas for visual and sound effects.
DaVinci Resolve comes with Fusion and Fairlight functions, which were distinct applications in previous versions of the app. Now, they are two subfeatures, but figuring out how to use them will take time. The Fusion function is full of special effects; each one is customizable and can be combined with others.
DaVinci Resolve's color correction capabilities can be compared to those of Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X. You can pick different colors and hues and attach them with upmost precision. The program has a "Live Safe" option to prevent losing edits. You can specify backup frequency: every minute, hour, day, and so on.
Colorists will love the built-in LUT browser for previewing and applying LUTs to streamline changes across all projects. Users can also use "nodes" to layer changes to files while disabling certain functions. There are also many ways to correct the file as precisely as possible.
Davinci Resolve was developed by Blackmagic Design, a respected Australian company that hasn't been involved in any data privacy scandals. They have a great forum full of professionals who are ready to help you. If you have a question, you'll find someone to answer it. However, you have to use your real name on the forum, which is odd. You can also contact the company directly by email or phone.
Blackmagic Design produces products for the filmmaking industry, including video monitors, cinema cameras, and software. Davinci Resolve is intended for professionals, but there is a free version for everyone to try out. At times the program resembles a laboratory, with dozens of graphs and buttons on display. It looks complicated, but it's well-designed, with a professional touch to it.
- Free version is without watermarks
- Slick and professional interface
- Powerful photo and video editor
- Thousands of online lessons
- The most detailed tutorial ever
- Can be intimidating
- No file import from cameras