Davinci Resolve Review

David
2020-09-17 11:38:05 • Filed to: Editor Review
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With more and more people choosing to post video content on sites like YouTube and Vimeo, there is an increasing number of video editors in the market designed to meet the need to create better videos. But with so many choices in the market at varying price points, you may be wondering which one is best for you. One of the many options out there is the DaVinci Resolve editor.

The Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve comes with a lot of features that the novice and the professional video editor alike would find very useful. Let's take an in-depth look at this program to determine if the right program for you.

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Key Functions of the DaVinci Resolve Editor

To get a clear idea of whether this program is an ideal tool for you, it is important to take a look at its main features. These include the following;

Color Correction

One of the features that make this tool as popular as it is, is the color management tools and the fact that it makes color correction easy. In fact, most people switch to DaVinci Resolve because of the numerous options you get for color correction.

Functionality for color management is also far superior when compared to other similar tools. You can easily keyframe, GPU accelerated scopes, and color balancing among others.

Audio Editing

Aside from allowing you to record stellar audio, DaVinci also comes with Fairlight audio designed to help you edit the audio to perfection. To begin with the controls, you can access this audio editor are numerous, giving you a wide range of options when it comes to audio editing.

Using the Audio editing suite of tools in DaVinci Resolve, you can mix, buss, sweeten, and even master multiple videos at the same time. It is also worth pointing out that Resolve has the capability to record 96 channels at a time and it comes with a pretty powerful playback tool.

Visual Effects

It wouldn't be a very popular video editing tool if it didn't have the best visual effects in the business. Users can very easily access the very many visual effects and filters to create stunning videos. Some of these filters include mosaic, lens flares, blurs, and film grain among other effects.

Facial Recognition

One of the most popular tools in Resolve's visual effects arsenal is the face refinement tool. It is useful when you want to improve the facial details in the videos you are editing, a feature that can come in handy when some aspects of the video are not very clear.

Faster, Smarter Encoding

With the new Blackmagic RAW that resolve uses you get efficient, faster, and smarter encoding and smaller file sizes. This RAW encoder is much more efficient than other varieties since it combines image data with the unique characteristics of the camera's sensor, giving a better image quality at even the highest compression settings.

Blackmagic RAW also provides extensive metadata support that includes sidecar metadata files that you can easily customize along with additional encoding options to ensure the quality and bit rate remains consistent.

The All-in-One Screen Recorder & Video Editor

  • Record desktop screen and webcam simultaneously
  • Edit recorded clips quickly with a wide range of professional tools
  • Built-in plentiful templates and effects
  • Export to MP4, MOV, MKV, GIF and multiple formats
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Price of DaVinci Resolve Editor

DaVinci Resolve comes in both free and paid varieties and can be installed on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. As you can well guess, the free version allows you to access the basic features including creating a project, adding a soundtrack to the project, trimming, and even combining clips to create a video.

But the more advanced can only be accessed on the paid version of the program. Among the additional features, you will get with the paid version of the program include noise reduction tools, mist effects, most of the FX tools, and the ability to export the video in 4K. You can purchase the new version of DaVinci Resolve from $299.

Supported File Formats of DaVinci Resolve Editor

As you well expect, DaVinci Resolve supports thousands of video formats that its superior encoder can compress in either Windows, Mac, or Linus operating systems. The following is a breakdown of some of the most popular file formats that the program supports;

Format

Code

Decode Mac OS

Encode Mac OS

Decode Windows 10

Encode Windows 10

Decode Linux

Encode Linux

ArriRaw (ari and mxf)

ARRI 12 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

AVC HD

Canon C100 8 bit, C100 Mk2, XA15, XA11, XA35, XA30

Yes

Yes

Yes

AVC Intra HD

Canon C100 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

AVCHD

Panasonic P2 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

AVI

Cineform YUV 10-bit, Uncompressed RGB 10 bit and Uncompressed YUV 8 & 10 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CINE

10, 12 & 14 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cinema RAW Light

Canon RAW Light

Yes

Yes

Yes

JPEG

8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

CinemaDNG

Compressed & uncompressed 12 & 16 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

JPEG 2000

2K & 4K DCI, Scope, Flat 12 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

MPEG 2 (both mts and m2ts)

AVCHD

Yes

Yes

Yes

MP4

H.264

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

Apple ProRes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

DNxHR 444, DNxHR High Quality 10 bit, DNxHR High Quality 8 bit, DNxHR Low Bandwidth, DNxHR Standard Quality, NTSC Avid 1:1 8-bit, PAL Avid 1:1 8 bit, RGB 1080i Avid 1:1 10 bit, RGB 1080p Avid 1:1 10 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

Uncompressed RGB MXF (1:1) 1080i 10-bit, Uncompressed RGB MXF (1:1) 1080p 10 bit and Uncompressed YUV 1080i UYVY 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

Uncompressed YUV MXF (1:1) UYVY 10 bit and Uncompressed YUV MXF (1:1) UYVY 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP-Atom

Uncompressed YUV NTSC UYVY 8-bit, Uncompressed YUV PAL UYVY 8 bit, XDCAM MPEG2 and 1080i Avid 1:1 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP1A

Apple ProRes, Alexa Mini and Canon EOS C300 8 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP1A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP1A

RGB 1080i Avid 1:1 10 bit and RGB 1080p Avid 1:1 10 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP1A

Panasonic XAVC-I 4K Varicam 35 MPEG4 10 bit, Sony F55, X-OCN LT, Sony F55, X-OCN ST and Sony FS700, Z100 8 & 16 bit

Yes

Yes

Yes

MXF OP1A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Other supported formats include QuickTime (MOV), RED, and TIFF.

With so many supported formats and Codec, it is little wonder why DaVinci Resolve is useful to both professional filmmakers and amateurs alike. We must mention though that the paid version may be slightly more difficult for the average user to use.

David

David

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