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DaVinci Resolve 12 combines professional non-linear video editing with an advanced color corrector so now you can edit, color correct, finish and deliver all from one system!

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DaVinci Resolve review by Brendan C.
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"Incredible Colour Correcting Tool"

What do you like best?

Resolve is an amazing program for color correcting footage and the best part is the basic software is free. Anyone can pick it up and learn it, and import into Adobe Premiere for proper footage.

Nodes are a great way of layering changes to your image. You can turn off individual nodes and change the orders to affect the priority of changing the picture.

Keying is great and allows you to control individual parts of the image, as is masking. You can create incredibly complicated image correction to get exactly the kind of look you want.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately Resolve's editing tools are not robust enough to be an all-in-one solution for editing. This means most of my time is spent importing/exporting LUTS.

I'm not really a fan of the media handling and interface. In my opinion the Bin/Folder style file handling is always the best for editing, leaving Resolve a bit shallow on that end.

Export settings are also slightly lacking. You can't, for example, export MXFs for broadcast or do closed captioning work which is needed for television. This makes Resolve great for color correcting, but sadly a half measure for the workflow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to become on expert on using nodes properly. Color correct in Resolve, and import into premiere!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Color correcting for broadcast material. Exporting LUTS from Resolve, importing into Premiere workflow.

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DaVinci Resolve review by Mike S.
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"A Beginners Review"

What do you like best?

The absolute control you have over your color grading. I love the ability to pick certain colors or hues and adjust those with precision. And you can do this for multiple selections.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve of the UI is tough, you have to take a tutorial just to learn the layout, you cant just jump in. Just remembering how to add a location to pull footage to grade is a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take tutorials and really try to learn the software for coloring. Editing tools are included but they are not robust as Premiere Pro, however they are working towards it. Look into editing with Premiere Pro and export to an XML t color in Resolve. Also, it's FREE! Only a few features are behind a paywall yet I have not run into a situation yet where I need them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Color correction and color grading of video footage.

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DaVinci Resolve review by Akia R.
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"DaVinci Resolve - Free, Powerful, but Limited"

What do you like best?

The interface is quite modern. It takes some getting used to, but once you know your way around, it becomes a breeze. There are a lot of features to play around with in Resolve, so you should have fun tinkering with various aspects of your video. I also like how speedy and fluid everything is, and I don't even have an SSD in my system.

What do you dislike?

The free version comes with some limitations, but they don't really get in the way. My main disappointment is that there are some features missing here that are in other editors like Lightworks (such as being able to create effects presets instead of having to edit effects from scratch every single time).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you've ever used any other professional video editors, then using resolve shouldn't be an issue. It has a similar interface and layout as other editors. But if you're someone who's just getting into editing, then it might be a bit intimidating because the process is rather complex. I relied on some tutorial videos on YouTube to help me figure out what this program could do.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resolve has allowed me to create some nice looking videos. In some ways, it's a bit better than Lightworks.

DaVinci Resolve review by João d.
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"The BEST professional editing software."

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve - THE software for color correction. Resolve is so intuitive, so powerful, so incredibly funneled. You know exactly what you need to do and how to achieve it. Yes, if you're a new user, the sheer amount of options might seem a bit overwhelming but every single second spent learning is an investment. Especially since Blackmagic offers something that makes this editing software unrivaled: a full-featured free version. Render times are amazing as well. And of course, coupled with the unparalleled color science from Blackmagic own cameras (apart from the much more expensive RED), Resolve is a powerhouse.

What do you dislike?

Editing workflow and especially transitions could be improved in order to make Resolve a true one-stop shop for all your editing needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although Resolve Is not the standard next to the common user, it should be. While users praise Final Cut, Resolve is amazing at giving you the "look" that you have in your own mind. And yes, it's FREE. And the FREE version has almost EVERYTHING.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Savings and results. Without resolve we would need a lot more software to achieve the same results, especially since Resolve allows you to learn the software with its free version. Resolve is not only unbeatable when it comes to price - it's also pretty unbeatable when it comes to results.

DaVinci Resolve review by Marius S.
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"Full-scale NLE since version 14"

What do you like best?

Color editing is at the top, and since version 12…14 it also has very good full non-linear editing. It is also cross platform (even a Linux version). Interface is adaptable and has presets to look like Premiere, Final Cut or Avid, if you are accustomed with those. Version 14 has a "live save" option that continually saves the project, so you don't lose work if it crashes. But you can also use the time-based auto-save, of you are over cautious with overwriting files. You can get a free Studio license if you buy one of their hardware products (Blackmagic camera for example)

What do you dislike?

Learning curve is a bit steep, and sometimes it crashes suddenly, but it has auto-save. Noise reduction plugin is available only in paid version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the free version 14 and try a test project – you'll love it straight away, even if it takes a while to learn. You can customize the interface to look like your previous editor, for easier transition. Even the paid Studio version is much cheaper than the competition.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Years ahead Adobe Premiere regarding color editing, and now on par as non linear editor. Price is a full-scale winner – there's a free version with no limits, and a Studio version at 300 USD, that has collaboration options, uses a dedicated relational database (PostgreSQL) for project storage and has some extra plugins. They also say that, once purchased, all updates and upgrades are free for life.

DaVinci Resolve review by Chris H.
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"Easy to use, extremely cost-effective color correction software"

What do you like best?

Resolve is incredible software, at an incredible value: free. Of course, we shoot on BMCCs, so we have received Resolve dongles to unlock additional features of the software, namely: noise reduction.

Resolve has a mostly intuitive interface, and specifics of how to use it, can be found through plentiful online resources. Color grading is made easy through our use of the product. Black Magic provides a helpful and free pdf with their product for users to become familiar with and use to learn the software. I find this awesome, and I'm quite happy with their intentionality with DaVinci, even if their approach with cameras is extremely lacking.

What do you dislike?

One will need some previous experience with the art of color correcting/grading to be even slightly competent with Resolve. Of course, you will grow in your skill over time, but many of the features built-in to Resolve should be somewhat second nature if you are familiar with other grading software built-in to Adobe programs.

Another note is the NLE included in Resolve. I've used it only a tiny bit to become more familiar with it. It's not extensive, and only simply gets the job done as opposed to software that actually costs money.

While this could be useful for someone wanting to try their hand at editing, I don't think it slightly practical for professional use.

Another thing that just doesn't work well is sharing color grading profiles with other users. There is a built-in user sign-in, however it does not transfer over well to multiple users. This should be addressed by cloud-based sign-in, but time will tell.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If nothing else, just try out this software. It really has a ton built-in, and has a huge leg up over the basic Lumetri color grading features in Premiere Pro.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resolve has made it easy to provide beautifully colored images for our clients in early draft stages. It's become easy to have one editor cutting together a story for a client, meanwhile, the other colors the footage. With a plethora of exporting options, it is simple for one to replace the footage in their NLE software with the graded footage.

DaVinci Resolve review by Will F.
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"Sleek, non-linear FREE interface"

What do you like best?

For being such a well designed non-linear video editor with in-depth editing capabilities, I'm astonished that it's free. The best feature is how much control you have over lighting and colors with tons of histograms, levels, etc.

What do you dislike?

The biggest issue I have with Davinci is that it doesn't have a rendering progress bar. In fact, there's no way to tell whether or not a section has rendered. Also, the program overloads the CPU EXTREMELY easy if you try to layer a couple elements together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's ok for color correction, but not for a full-scale production due to CPU overload issues and the lack of a rendering progress bar.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After Apple released the Os Sierra update, it corrupted our Final Cut. Davinci is a decent replacement until Apple updates Final Cut with a patch for Sierra.

DaVinci Resolve review by User
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"Industry standard Color Software"

What do you like best?

Resolve is the industry standard along with Baselight. Extremely powerful software. Looks intimidating but you learn it, you won't go back. Other powerful tools outside of color, including stabilization, noise reduction, vignetting, control of aspect ratio.

What do you dislike?

Setting up a system is a steep learning curve, and it's not the most mobile to take a project from one editing station to another.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Resolve touts itself for editing as well. I wouldn't count on it just yet for the entire post-production workflow. But they are getting better and better with every update.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Specialization in color. Can do wonders if you know what you're doing. Clients watching you work think you're a nerd-god due to the complex-looking interface and the powerful tools.

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Higher Education
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"Da Vinci Resolve"

What do you like best?

Da Vinci Resolve is one the high end color correction softwares in the field. They have everything from node based color correction to keyframing corrections within a node. The interface is extremely friendly and recently just updated to make a huge step towards becoming a competitive NLE.

What do you dislike?

They have tried to simplify the export screen from Resolve and it doesn't offer me as much customization as I would like.

It also requires a fair amount of time to get familiar with all of the possibilities it has to offer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Everyone should download this software. They offer a free version and anyone looking into getting into color correction should definitely download this product. In the future I can see whole feature projects going from start to finish in this NLE.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We currently color correct our own work and sometimes our current NLE doesn't offer the precision that Resolve offers. There are numerous benefits from keyframing 2 different color corrections in one tracking shot to saving time because it's a reliable software and rarely crashes.

DaVinci Resolve review by David S.
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"The standard in color; an infant NLE"

What do you like best?

If you want a color grading program, get Resolve. There isn't anything better. The only exception would be if you need something that integrates into your NLE like a plugin. But if you are serious about color, you can't tough Resolve with anything else. I've tried, and have uses for Magic Bullet Looks and Colorista, as well as other tools like SpeedGrade, and FilmConvert. But at the end of the day, if I'm going to seriously grade a project, it happens in Resolve.

Additionally, this thing has the best tracker of any program I've used—including Mocha, Fusion, and After Effects. It rocks.

I love that Blackmagic is trying to make this a full featured NLE. It's not there yet, but it's getting better.

What do you dislike?

The NLE functions are fledgling. They hit checkboxes, sure, but they just haven't given it the time it needs to be a real, seasoned NLE that gives a great editing experience. It's nothing major missing—it's a hundred small things that add up to lost time. Tasks take one or two clicks longer than in Avid or Premiere, keyboard shortcuts don't exist for certain tasks, or behaviors don't happen the way they really should.

And none of that is a knock against Resolve or Blackmagic. I firmly believe they'll get there, in time. It's just not there yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't question it—if you want to do color grading, get Resolve. The only reason you may not want to is if your computer is very underpowered. But my 2011 MacBook Pro runs it well enough (with 4K footage in proxy mode) so you probably can make it work.

Don't be intimidated. There's a rumor that Resolve has an intense learning curve—it really doesn't. It runs just like any other color grading program I've used.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Like Fusion, this amazing, full-featured powerhouse of a program is FREE, or under $1k for the whole shebang. That's unbelievable. This program used to cost thousands, and is now free with more development and continued improvements.

DaVinci Resolve review by Brandon P.
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"Amazing software, especially considering you get the majority for FREE"

What do you like best?

An extremely powerful tool that is relatively easy to learn.

What do you dislike?

I don't use it for every project and the learning curve is just steep enough that I often have to relearn how to use certain features. There are so many features that it can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since the basic version is free, there shouldn't be anything holding you back from testing it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's an amazing tool for color correction and look building for video. I have fun working in the tool and we have achieved what we were looking to with selecting it.

DaVinci Resolve review by Mike G.
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"Resolve is hard to beat"

What do you like best?

Resolve from Blackmagic Design is an an ediitng and grading that you used to cost thousands and is now availavbe for free. Fitting in the middle ground between the non confirmist ways of Final Cut Pro and the effective but let's be honest dull Adobe Premiere, Resolve offers a new and simpler way of putting edits together. Best suited for smaller shorts, the areas that Resolve excel are in it's quick powerful UI with really outstanding color tools which are a boon to any editor worth their salt. With the latest release, Resolve has better integration with Fusion, BlackMagics effects compositing software, makign Resolve a creative hub which can output your work easily.

What do you dislike?

To be honest their isn't much to dislike. A lot of the earlier gripes such as fiddly file input due to Resolve being fussy wha it ingested are behind us. The colour UI could be more intuitive and Resolve is resource intensive and really only works with a beefy discrete GPU powering it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is no excuse not to look at Resolve, especially as it's free for commercial use, available on both Windows and Mac, version 12.5 is a lot more straighforward to use than previous versions and is probably the nicest looking of the NLE's to live in

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resolve can act as the hub for any NLE project, able to take it from inception through to completion, especially with the new Fusions Integration

DaVinci Resolve review by Rakesh M.
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"It's hard to believe that this is free..."

What do you like best?

Resolve 12 is the latest descendant of the DaVinci Resolve product line, and is now free. It has some phenomenal features including some impressive motion tracking and a powerful color grading toolset. The latest version has a solid non-linear editor as well. Even with the limitations imposed on the free version, it's remarkably powerful.

Resolve's color grading toolset is quite a bit deeper than it appears at first, and the user interface is dense. Its learning curve is pretty steep, but it's worth it.

What do you dislike?

It's pretty finicky about the GPU. It doesn't run well if there's anything else running that uses the GPU, like even Chrome with just a couple of tabs open. It also doesn't make as good use of the main host processor as other high end color grade systems do.

ProRes in windows is Resolve's most flaky functionality though. Other high end color grading tools have their own Quicktime servers instead of depending on Apple's horrendously bad Quicktime implementation for Windows.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Resolve does require a fairly powerful GPU, and doesn't scale down very well. Like any other film post production software, it also requires quite a bit of memory and some fast disks, especially if you plan on working in 4K or bigger.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Resolve to handle quite a bit of color grading, but also to edit some projects, as well as even adding some simple titles.

DaVinci Resolve review by JD A.
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"The king of color grading, but needs a bit of work on the NLE side"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve is one of the best color correction suites on the market. The controls are easy to learn, the end product in the hands of a good colorist are spectacular, and the basic version of the software is free with very few limitations, making it a must for low-budget filmmakers. Resolve also takes XML from all major editing suites, including Final Cut Pro X, allowing it to also work well as a solution to migrate projects between editing suites if needed. It also allows editors to use the software as an NLE without having to relearn their keyboard shortcuts.

What do you dislike?

While it's fantastic at handling color correction, the amount of overhead needed makes it a hard sell as a go-to Non-Linear Editor. Using the program on a powerful desktop or laptop with a graphics card is a must. Its editing suite is fully functioning, but occasionally has issues when migrating over from other programs when it comes to finding media, particularly with external drives. Stereoscopic 3D grading is only available in Resolve Studio despite the basic SKU allowing 3D editing. It's an odd quirk, but it makes sense from a business perspective for Blackmagic Design.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With the full free version made available to the public, there is no reason to not at least give Resolve a try. See if it works well with your current workflow. We are finding that it's a very versatile program, though we're not sold on it as our main NLE yet. Don't build your workflow around it just yet.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DaVinci Resolve is a product that we are slowly integrating into our workflow. The powerful color grading abilities that have made it famous make it possible for our work to get that extra level of control over the final product. It also

DaVinci Resolve review by Scott L.
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"Best Coloring Software on the Market"

What do you like best?

Davinci Resolve has all the tools I need for coloring, and they are easy to use. I find Davinci to have the best UI compared to all of the other coloring softwares out there. It has great workflow options, and the HSL keying is a powerful and precise.

What do you dislike?

The biggest thing I dislike about DaVinci is that there is no easy way to use it with Premiere or any other major editing software. I wish Adobe's SpeedGrade was as good as DaVinci since you can use it with Dynamic Link.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommended for any video professional!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DaVinci has been vital in improving our company's videos. Our quality has gone up tremendously with skillful grading, and really has given life to our videos, including the not-so-exciting ones.

DaVinci Resolve review by Alex F.
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"Colour correction for serious projects"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve really knocks it out of the park when it comes to complex and very specific colour correction and grading on large scale projects. The node-based editor means that you can set up a flow of different effects, bypass them, and apply LUTs etc.

The render time is very fast considering how complex the tasks can be, and it has support for a really good range of different file and format types, including RAWs from all the major manufacturers and also cDNG files from BlackMagic (not unexpected since they also make the cameras) and from programs like RAWanizer for Magic Lantern Canon DSLR raw. I have used this on many occasions and while you need to make sure your settings are correct, the final image is amazing.

What do you dislike?

I think they are trying to do too much too fast - I am happy for Resolve to stay as colour grading only. I am much more comfortable doing my editing/compositing in the Adobe CC suite before exporting an XML file for DaVinci, and while it is good that they are building in their own editor, it serves no purpose for me and complicates the user interface.

It also has very high GPU requirements, and can sometimes render glitches on underpowered GPUs without warning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Adobe Speedgrade

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DaVinci Resolve allows me to improve the quality of my creative output exponentially through use of their good built-in presets and powerful tools.

DaVinci Resolve review by Amos J.
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"Extremely powerful product conducive to a fast and efficient workflow."

What do you like best?

The interface is clear and well laid out with easy customisation ability. The section buttons at the bottom delineate different functions of the software very well. Because of this separation of functions, each aspect of the program is well thought out and fully developed - the media section has excellent file navigation and previewing, with audio meters and metadata viewing. The strong editing section allows you to use this software not only for colour correction but to trim and edit your video. The unique node concept of the colour correction section is a unique and extremely effective workflow tool. Delivering your work, whether back to an editor or to your rendering software is very quick and easy.

What do you dislike?

Resolve does not combine with other products as easily as it could. Transferring from Premiere Pro and back again is quite a tricky job and can lead to problems with effects added to clips while editing. It is also sometimes unstable, especially on lower end computers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to have a decent computer. This software takes up significant resources, in order to perform as well as it does and have such great functionality.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving the need for fast and powerful colour correction and on-the-fly editing. Much more powerful than built-in solutions of other companies. Also is surprisingly affordable.

DaVinci Resolve review by Allen M.
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"Extremely Powerful Color Grading Tool"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve is an extremely powerful, elegant, and useful color grading tool. I find it to be a piece of softwareI keep coming back and using. Color grading applications built into other non-linear editors work great but they can only take you so far. With Resolve I'm able to grade more precisely utilizing the various nodes you are able to set up.

What do you dislike?

I will definitely admit that it took me awhile to get my head around what I was was doing. Getting used to the node based architecture takes quite a bit of time but once you understand how nodes work it becomes a very enjoyable process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are the type of person who wants to get absolutely everything out of your footage and you feel that you just cant quite get there or if the grade just feels a little off, try loading up Resolve.

Definitely work on several personal projects before implementing the software into your workflow as you will spend several hours figuring out exactly how each piece and aspect of the software works to create a more polished product.

Don't give up if you can't figure it out right away. The learning curve for me was significant but I'm feeling more confident in all aspects of my color grading work.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm finding that I am able to get much more out of my footage utilizing Resolve for the color grade. It gives me more control than other builin color correction

DaVinci Resolve review by Brennan B.
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"Davinci Resolve - the Missing Link"

What do you like best?

Davinci Resolve is the power tool that is missing from every editor's tool box. The features that Resolve offers, especially in inter-operability with other editing platforms creates the professional level that you need to finish your work professionally. Resolve has saved footage that was not usable with any other accessible color grading software. From tracking, to masks, to saving looks, Resolve is a great part of a top post production workflow.

What do you dislike?

Resolve is a very powerful tool, and the learning curve can take some time to get up on top of. I rely on learning from other colorists, tutorials, and also from experience with other projects to figure out the in's and outs of this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Every editor should have this on their desktop, if not using a full color suite built on Resolve. It offers the ability to start out with the software only product and built from this point to a full colorist's suite.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When trying to turn around video projects that are already on a challenging time line, finishing the final look of a video for a client is super important. Davinci Resolve has allowed me to work on challenging footage, and turn it into a finished product that rivals the costliest productions. Most of the power comes from it's ability to create masks and separate layers of color based on individual qualifiers. The tracking tools and the ability to add in 3rd party effects makes this the best tool to use in finishing the look of a video.

DaVinci Resolve review by Adam K.
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"Great color grading program - bad in anything else. "

What do you like best?

Absolutely best color grading tools out there - you can manipulate the image in so many ways I didn't even think existed. It's an enormous workhorse that takes weeks to get to known enough. And on top of that it's completely free which is useful for indie filmmakers.

What do you dislike?

I think Davinci is one of those "best in one, terrible in everything else" - the GUI is so clunky and not user friendly that it takes a lot of time and stress to do anything else than grading. I would not recommend actually editing a video in Resolve - it's not designed for it at all. It's also a very hard software to use overall - for first days of using it I couldn't find any functions that are easily accessible in other NLEs. Both of these makes it suitable only when time is not an issue - for example with short films or ads. I can't imagine using it in a TV environment with short deadlines and constant stress.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Edit in other NLE and use Resolve only for grading. This way you get the best of both worlds.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resolve made me have fun with grading. It showed me countless possibilities to manipulate the look of the image in ways I couldn't imagine. And all of that for exactly 0$ - that's a dream come true for aspiring filmmakers. It really helped me kickstart my carrer when I was a beginner.

DaVinci Resolve review by Aaron W.
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"DaVinci Resolve Review"

What do you like best?

I like how through the program is and all of the settings available.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the walkthroughs/tutorials available.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When using DaVinci Resolve my only recommendation is to be careful. You have to know what you're doing before you jump in. There is a thorough instructions manual and I suggest you read the majority of it. DaVinci is free, however it's a pro level program. It doesn't give you the failsafes or warnings you would find in other coloring software. If you know what you need and/or want Resolve will give it to you. That being said I've found the best way it works for me and it does wonders. I love how simple it is to apply new looks and grades to clips so that way I don't have to redo my coloring process on every clip. It's pretty much a copy and paste.

The editing feature isn't perfect. In fact, I still use Premiere for offline editing. But for conforming and coloring, Resolve is our go to.

Overall I give resolve an 80/100 for it's wonderful and free power. Losing points for window placement and control and tutorial information.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I solving the issues that come about when trying to color a piece multiple times. Resolve makes it very easy to go back to a piece you have worked on previously and apply the same looks and colors as before.

DaVinci Resolve review by User
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"Good for anyone who likes editing videos"

What do you like best?

- great tool to edit any kind of videos

- easy to cut and adjust length of video

- incredible details on all kinds of functions

- amazing tool to use when you're not a pro but you still want to create videos

- amazing color editing features

- easy to learn

- easy to use

What do you dislike?

- no function to cut still image of the movie

- exporting time takes enormously long

- text box snaps everywhere on the screen (moving with the scale bar is too tedious)

- sometimes dropping mov files into the timeline doesn't work

- text feature can be developed more

- sometimes text adjustments don't work and i don't know why (ei. changing color, shadow, etc)

Recommendations to others considering the product

amazing tool and it's free!

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DaVinci Resolve review by Darin Allen N.
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"Resolving to stay with Resolve, for now"

What do you like best?

Faster rendering in 14.3 of GPU-powered effects! Industry-standard color finishing tools! Powerful audio tools with Fairlight engine!

What do you dislike?

Occasional flaky performance of VST plugins within Fairlight audio panel, sometimes crashes. I hope to narrow this down to a vendor or certain setting combination soon.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Same-day high-quality rendering of edited H.264 source footage with effects and titling, that doesn't need to be outsourced.

DaVinci Resolve review by Ryan M.
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"Best in Class of Professional Environments"

What do you like best?

My favorite aspect of Resolve is that it is designed for fluid color sessions with supervising clients. When I have paying clients in the room, I want to take up as little of their time as possible. Resolve lets me color exceptionally quickly and responds to fast turnarounds and heavy workloads with superior grade management and flagging systems.

What do you dislike?

If there is one thing i dislike, it is that you have to go to 3 graphics cards to get a performance boost. 2 gfx cards result in 1 for display and 1 for compute. I would like to see better utilization of dual gfx card systems.

The editing additions to Resolve 12 have been fantastic, and BlackMagic should keep them coming. In order for editors to switch, there needs to be some tangible features or performance that can outdo the realtime playback engines in other applications. The edit page is still a sluggish playback scenario. BlackMagic has filed a lot of the issues by adding better proxies, cache, and debater settings, but these all require a lot of knowledge in the program to babysit. The engine should handle all of that on the fly with no user input. That will bring in editors who are use to not thinking about how to achieve RT playback.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The learning curve for building projects is steep. Be prepared for many tutorials and learning lessons. But it is absolutely worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This software solves the problem of how to get more clients into my schedule. The benefit of resolve is that you can do short sessions very quickly. I can grade 2-3 music videos a day, 6-8 commercials, or 1 feature (10hr session). The color tracing, flagging system, grade grouping and timeline grading all aid in making the work quick. More clients, so I can charge less/client.

DaVinci Resolve review by Brandon W.
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"Incredible for a Free NLE"

What do you like best?

The price! I never expected a free NLE to be so useful.

What do you dislike?

Coming from Avid, there is a steep learning curve. Also, it definitely seems more geared toward Mac than PC.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's certainly well worth the price to give it a try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed a light-running, simple NLE to load on a laptop and use for basic field edits. This seems to have solved that problem.

DaVinci Resolve review by Jesse F.
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"WAY better then Windows Movie Maker"

What do you like best?

It's a non-linear editing system. I love it. it makes it way easier to line up audio from a separate piece of equipment with existing audio on the video you're editing.

What do you dislike?

the interface takes a huge learning curve to get acclimated to. but once it is learned it works wonderfully

Recommendations to others considering the product

Research the interface before downloading. if you're not familiar with video editing this program has a learning curve. but results are very much worth the effort. good luck!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

not so many problems. the benefits, however, are many. with Da Vinci Resolve my company is able to split projects between multiple editors and we are able to work together and file share seemlessly on the same project. the final product is created is a much more cooperative manner. better quality of work, better quality product.

DaVinci Resolve review by Cristiano G.
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"The Best Color Grading Software is Also Free"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve is an actual, honest-to-goodness professional color timing suite, that has all the features of really, REALLY expensive software. And it's completely free.

It still boggles my mind that Resolve is free. It's incredibly powerful and has all the features you could possibly need, as well as support for an actual hardware color grading board, in case you may wanna upgrade.

Did I mention it's FREE?

What do you dislike?

Nothing really. Maybe only the fact that, when you add clips, you then have to go to the "Edit" section, and then Command+Shift+N to create a new timeline and you have to uncheck "Empty timeline", all just to go do my color grade in the "Color" panel. Even just if that checkbox were unchecked by default, I'd be happier. (Caveat — maybe there's a way to change that, and I have just never figured it out)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try to step out of the very superficial use most people make of Resolve. LUTs and FilmConvert are all well and good, but if you take the time to really understand the underlying principles of color grading, you will have incredible results and a new, insanely powerful creative tool. And you have no excuse to use the Three-Way Color Corrector in your NLE anymore!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a full-fledged color grading suite at my fingertips without the absurd costs of traditional color grading software is amazing. Along with Blackmagic's revolutionary and affordable cinema cameras, it gave my generation a way to make quality filmmaking on a shoestring budget possible. Now even film students have no excuse for their footage to look shabby.

DaVinci Resolve review by Donald D.
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"New Power Player"

What do you like best?

Obviously powerful color-grader now includes more features that allow one to work almost entirely within the UI. the LUTS have changed the film industry (notice the prominence of color grading in films in the last 10 years?). Very fast, intuitive when color grading.

What do you dislike?

Still lacks a lot in the editing tab, compared to PP or FCX, or even more professional applications. A first light quick cut is about what you get.

The assets portal is a bit confusing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This comes for free with a BMD Camera, which is a steal. Lots of updates going on, so check youtube or creative cow for tutorials to get started. Plays nicely with MAC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The import and clone footage feature is fantastic and very necessary within the film industry as a whole. This does that easily

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Entertainment
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"Resolve For Dailies"

What do you like best?

Resolve is outstanding for transcoding dailies. What makes this application better than any other for transcoding is the ability to to sync sound and add LUTs to your footage. Another great factor is all the different export options it has as well. You can maintain file name and even file/folder structure on output. Huge benefit.

What do you dislike?

There honestly isn't a lot to dislike about the program. There could be a quicker way to start encoding your files instead of having to put them into a timeline first, that seems like an unnecessary step. Resolve could possibly just read folders that you create instead of strictly timelines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're transcoding dailies in any other program, you need to give Resolve a try. It will completely change your workflow and make it so much easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is the main program we do all our transcoding in, this is a one stop shop and that greatly improves our speed and efficiency at transcoding and prepping projects.

DaVinci Resolve review by Maria G.
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"Most Dynamic Color Grading Tool"

What do you like best?

What I love the most about Resolve is how detailed it is when it comes to color grading. I am able to make the most basic footage and make it look like it came out of a movie.

What do you dislike?

What I don’t like is the round tripping from FCPX to Resolve and back. It almost always can’t relink some of my clips which can be very frustrating

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We’re able to make our footage look a million times better, which delivers our clients high quality footage

DaVinci Resolve review by Michael M.
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"Editing and color grading for all."

What do you like best?

The simplicity, elegance and speed of this software is phenomenal. The organic navigation throughout the contexts is what makes it so attractive to me. With a few key strokes you can do wonders. The tight integration of the timeline editing with the color grading tools are efficient. With a short learning curve you quickly get the tech out of the way and work only on the art and creative side of your project.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I would enjoy seeing is a wider range of node for the color grading tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Really spend some time at blackmagicdesign website and check their videos introducing the key features, you will be surprised by what you can do and how fast you can do it. Highly encourage everyone on the moving image business to have this on their machines, it is a must have.

DaVinci Resolve review by Jorey K.
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"Steep learning curve but one of the best out there"

What do you like best?

Resolve is INCREDIBLY powerful. Anything you want to do with a color grade can be done in Resolve. The editing features are also being built up constantly.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is very steep and even after a year or so of using it there are many aspects I still don't know or just discover. Not necessarily a drawback.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Going from using Premiere's built in color correcting features to Resolve has greatly improved my videos and gives me so much more control.

DaVinci Resolve review by Zack W.
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"Davinci Resolve is the best and easiest coloring software"

What do you like best?

Davinci Resolve is the most powerful color system available. And it's free.

It has a simple interface which lets you start coloring immediately. There is plenty of documentation online if you want to learn more advanced techniques.

The free version lets you learn the system and produce great looking work. The full version unlocks professional tools (DCP, stereo, denoise) that aren't necessary for most folks work but are very nice to have. Especially denoise, which lets you remove chroma noise without touching luma, which gives you a much smoother image without sacrificing sharpness.

What do you dislike?

It requires a powerful video card and there can be crashing and other problems on systems that don't quite meet the ideal specs. That being said, it works with very high bit data, so the powerful GPU is understandable.

In Davinci 11 it's difficult to resize your screens to your own preference, but that may change in 12.

Setting up secondary monitors or video feeds requires additional hardware, which is a few hundred bucks. Again, you're getting great quality images through it, so the need for better hardware to send images is understandable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get the free trial. Most Macbook Pros can run the software. Many higher end laptops with good video cards can run it.

The windows version is a great option because building a powerful PC is cheaper than buying a fully rigged out Mac.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having Davinci Resolve lets me color my own work on set or when I create deliverables for clients. It means I can get my images looking the way I want, and not have a producer or editor or unknown person colorize my work. A bad colorist can ruin good looking images, which makes me look bad.

Aside from letting me protect the quality of my work, it's another service I can offer as a Cinematographer. Producers who like the look of my work can hire me to work with their Cinematographers to create a final look for their projects.

DaVinci Resolve review by Tommy P.
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"Powerful Color Grading Tool"

What do you like best?

Though Davinci Resolve's interface is somewhat daunting to the novice user, its coloring engine is extremely powerful and provides superior results to nearly every other grading software I've used. The keying is great, the flexibly of the log controls, the LUT support, and the node based structure all give you the tools as a colorist to create the best work possible. Resolve's proxy support is also great when shooting cameras in 4, 5, 6, or even 8K that would be nearly impossible to render on the fly in a non-linear editor.

What do you dislike?

Though it's getting better with each and every design, Resolve's interface is sort of clunky. Additionally, round-tripping projects from Premiere, Avid, or Final Cut, is a pain, especially with multiple cameras that might not have correct reel names or timecode. Some cameras I've edited simply cannot be round tripped, and require a different kind of importing such as scene cut detection. This, however, does not link to the original files, making the round trip clunky, permanent, and unable to use RAW adjustments if available.

Additionally, I've struggled for years to create a really consistent output to the monitors within the program. The files typically come slightly less desaturated and less contrasty than the monitoring in-program.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are some great resources for education with DaVinci Resolve, and though it might seem somewhat unnecessary, they are worth the time and money to learn efficient workflows in the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overall, the quality and consistency of the color brings a look to my company's work that we couldn't reach without Resolve. The tools available let us match cameras, providing a seamless transition in our work, and bring looks to our work that we couldn't achieve otherwise. We recently had a client who wanted to cut a scene because the grass had dead spots--no problem, we just keyed it out, and changed the color.

DaVinci Resolve review by Francis Andrew B.
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"Industry Standard for a Reason"

What do you like best?

DaVinci resolve is incredibly powerful for coloring and finishing, and it works flawlessly with my workflow when I am having to manage a full post team. Moving from an offline edit done in AVID Media Composer into DaVinci resolve couldn't be easier, and I can easily color my finished projects while waiting on VFX from AfterEffects and import the updated clips in my sequence as my VFX artist finishes them.

What do you dislike?

My biggest problem with DaVinci Resolve is the UI. I would love more customization and the ability to layout my windows exactly as I want them. I work in a dual monitor setup, and Resolve automatically chooses which monitor my UI is displayed in, and in certain tabs (i.e. Delivery) it drops to only one monitor.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Resolve took several tutorials to start to grasp. I would recommend spending several hours on a youtube class or lynda.com tutorials to get a feel for how to work in Resolve before ever opening the software. Start with the Lite version until you grasp the software, and then upgrade to a control surface and the full version once you need it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I started using Resolve when I wanted more robust color correction for my completed narrative films. DaVinci Resolve Lite was a perfect solution, it has more features than I will ever need, and is significantly more powerful than the in-NLE color correction that I had previously been using.

DaVinci Resolve review by G2 Crowd User in Media Production
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"Great if you know what you are doing"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve is so robust. It is one of the best color grading softwares out there. Any professional colorist will be using this. It is very easy to digest footage. The free version is great too!

What do you dislike?

Since DaVinci Resolve is so robust, it is hard to learn. You have to take a lot of training to use properly and depending on your project, it might not be worth it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have full understanding what a colorist does and the art behind it before jumping into this program.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use DaVinci Resolve to do a lot of color matching which helps brands tell their story in a way that looks amazing.

DaVinci Resolve review by G2 Crowd User in Marketing and Advertising
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"DaVinci Resolve review"

What do you like best?

I think DaVinci Resolve is a fantastic color, online AND editing tool. You are always able to get a version of DR for free which is crazy in this day and age. Although not as powerful the free version is still good enough to do ALOT.

What do you dislike?

The only real issue I've had with DR is that every time you were working with media from a new drive you had to mount said drive, save, exit program and restart it. This didn't take a whole lot of time to do but seemed like such a pointless thing to have to do each and every time you started a new project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try. Even if it seems a little daunting at first there are plenty of tutorials online to get you the basic tools you need to take your projects to the next level of finishing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm not solving any business problems. As an editor it is extremely beneficial to have a color tool as powerful as DR. With DR I am able to professionally color and output my own personal projects and business projects that don't have the budge to pay a telecine house.

DaVinci Resolve review by Benton P.
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"Used for DIT and coloring of film footage"

What do you like best?

One it's free! For a program of it's depth to be free is insane! The tools it provides for color correction, secondary color correction and processing log footage for dailies is top notch.

Not only does it give you amazing color options but in the latest versions they have added a timeline with more editing capabilities. Blackmagic has also talked about with future releases trying to make it a full editor on it's own.

What do you dislike?

the learning curve is steep. you have to send a lot of time in it to get comfortable!

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just try it! It's filled with options, presets and features you never knew you needed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It solves the need for professional color correction while being on a budget!

DaVinci Resolve review by User in E-Learning
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"Free professional NLE!?"

What do you like best?

Davinci Resolve had been one of the coolest new video editing and color grading softwares out! I'm even considering ditching Adobe because of all the power packed into Resolve's free version! It's always had great color grading, but now they've added editing and even audio! So. Much. Power!

What do you dislike?

I wish the audio side had a deeper editing capability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm editing my freelance videos with it, and I can finally do an entire project in one software! I've struggled with finding a good color program to go with my editing, but this takes the cake!

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Writing and Editing
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"Free User Friendly Software"

What do you like best?

This software was very easy to pick up, even for a long-time Premiere user like me. I like that it is inexpensive (i.e. FREE!) so it makes for a great personal project editor.

What do you dislike?

I prefer having a full suite of software that integrates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look into the paid versions as well as the free ones. They may cost more, but they also have more features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When working on simple side projects, it's nice to have an easy to use software that doesn't break the bank.

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Entertainment
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"A Bright Future Ahead"

What do you like best?

For color correction Davinci Resolve is on par with Baselight, but at a substantial cost savings. The price and the features are outstanding.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the idea that this is anything resembling a non-linear editor. Perhaps future updates will improve it and cause us to take it seriously, but it is not even close to it's nearest competitor, Final Cut Pro X, and it is lightyears away from competing with its market leaders, Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When you need technical support, good luck. Black Magic Design will ignore you for as long as they can. You are better off going to sites like CreativeCow to get tips and troubleshooting from others in the post community.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this to color grade my projects as a final step in the post production workflow.

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Great for preparing media and color correction."

What do you like best?

The media and color correction panels are very well thought out and serve me well in my workflow

What do you dislike?

The editing panel in resolve is missing some features compared to Premiere and is a bit unintuitive. I typically only use it to trim & extend shots if needed in color correction.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Media ingest, color correction

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Internet
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"Best color grading software"

What do you like best?

DaVinci Resolve is for sure the most advanced color correction and color grading software this days. It is very flexible. Also it is simple to use for beginners users and more advanced ones.

What do you dislike?

I don't like that DaVinci Resolve is heave for my computer but it's not DaVinci's fault ;)

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your footage doesn't look professional enough you need to use DaVinci Resolve. It is great piece of software with multiplicity of functions for your video. It is really 'must have' for any filmmaker - professional or amateur.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm color grading my independent feature films and other projects. I don't have Arri or RED but DSLR. With DaVinci Resolve my films look a lot more better and professional.

DaVinci Resolve review by Alex T. R.
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"Incredible Workflow"

What do you like best?

Industry leading color correction, simple workflow. Hands down, the only program I would use to color correct a piece.

What do you dislike?

I dislike having to roundtrip projects from Da Vinci into Premiere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are making our produced videos full of vibrance and color.

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Marketing and Advertising
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"Powerful editor, great color correction"

What do you like best?

Simple streamlined interface makes editing a breeze

What do you dislike?

Nested bins disappear causing you to lose edits

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's nice to have a powerful color correction suite built into an nle editor

DaVinci Resolve review by michael m.
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"Resolve Review"

What do you like best?

SIMPLE YET POWERFUL tool allowing anyone with footage to grade quickly

What do you dislike?

Importing sucks! It took me forever to learn about how and why I need to upload the way that I do

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch a ton of tutorials

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dissolve makes my customers happy!

DaVinci Resolve review by User in Media Production
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"Editor"

What do you like best?

The clip based grading system saves days worth of time

What do you dislike?

The is not a true NLE and should be used as coloring system only

Recommendations to others considering the product

Separate your clips onto new tracks before exporting an linked xml

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The range of this application can correct any level of mixed camera colors

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