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DaVinci Resolve Review
While Final Cut Pro is default for video production with OS X, it’s not the only option. DaVinci Resolve is a pro app of choice by Australian developer Blackmagic Design. This app has four most necessary tools for video production in one app, so you can edit timeline, apply color correction, edit sounds and create special effects with the same software.
Design and Usability 10/10
Non-linear video editing apps are usually made by the same template, with the timeline in the lower section, live preview in the upper, and browser and effects sections around. DaVinci Resolve follows this guideline, inventing no bicycle.
Being able to work with multiple displays, DaVinci Resolve can use separate monitors for different processing modules (video timeline, audio processing, 3D effects and so on).
Key Functions 10/10
DaVinci Resolve is a serious rival to Final Cut Pro, made by pros for pros. Along with traditional non-linear video editing tools, now it has three more powerful feature packs: color correction tools, sound editing suite, and Fusion visual FX app. With DaVinci Resolve you can create SD, HD, and Ultra HD videos with framerate up to 60 FPS.
An advanced audio editor can be compared to that by Steinberg WaveLab, though meant for sound effects rather than for music. So it has specific tools like automatic syncing of sound and video, libraries of sounds, Digital effects include 2D and 3D titles, transitions, particle editor, rotoscope, key and other tools pros can use to create incredible miracles on the screen.
Functionality can be upgraded by unlocking paid features, though the core is free. Paid version includes film effects to make your digital movie look like analog, face recognition tools for better skin and composure correction, multiuser mode for large studios, remote control of the app, and much more, In fact, these features don’t matter that much for independent video freelancers, but in a year or two studios will have wider options when hiring. So studios will have more reasons to opt for DaVinci Resolve.
Protected by all powers of OS X, DaVinci Resolve applies its own elements of protection, first of all, protecting content from being lost. Some OpenFX or VST plugins or external control panels are locked in App Store version, though those inclined to risk can download DaVinci Resolve without limitations from third-party sites.
Maybe Blackmagic Design wants to popularize its app; that’s why it’s finally available for free, despite its professional status and as professional pricing before. That’s why such a powerful tool, even with all its restrictions, is offered for free. And if you aim higher and don’t mind spending money on software, you may use this as a demo version before purchasing the full one.
- Four production tools in one app
- Default interface design
- The basic version is free, and it covers most freelancers’ needs
- High output quality.
- Requires high performance
- App Store version can have some limitations that Blackmagic site version skips.