DaVinci Resolve Tutorial, Part 1: Introduction

By Andrew Devis (doodleNEWS)

Welcome to our new tutorial series on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve! Let’s dive in, and I’ll introduce you to this powerful editing and color correction app.

DaVinci Resolve 14 Splash Screen

What is DaVinci Resolve?

DaVinci Resolve, from Blackmagic Design, “is an industry leading color grading application for tv, film, web etc. with a very powerful set of tools that can be used in seemingly limitless combinations to deal with any issues you may have with your footage as well as in creating stunning grades to build the power and impact of your production.”

DaVinci Resolve Color Page
Color Page

However, what is less well known is that over the last few releases of DaVinci Resolve, the development team first included, then refined, and finally mastered a complete set of professional editing tools inside of DaVinci Resolve. The end result of which is that now you can use Resolve as your main editor, with both fully-featured editing and media management tools alongside the industry leading color grading tools.

DaVinci Resolve Edit Page
Edit Page

Not only is DaVinci Resolve now a fully-featured media manager, editor, and color grading application. And with the latest release (14.1 at the time of writing), Resolve includes a new Fairlight page, which adds powerful audio editing and sculpting tools to an already extremely impressive toolset.

Fairlight Audio Page
Fairlight Audio Page

What DaVinci Resolve gives you is an easy to use video and audio production toolbox all in one – accessible through a simple ‘Page’ menu at the bottom of the application:

Pages Menu
Pages Menu

So, at the click of a mouse (or using a keyboard shortcut), you can move seamlessly between different functions within DaVinci Resolve, always keeping your playhead at the same point, or on the same clip, ready for whatever task you wish to do next.

And, best of all, there is a very well-endowed FREE version of DaVinci Resolve. Unlike many other ‘free’ pieces of software, this version is probably enough for many users who may not ever need the additional functionality that the paid-for version brings. But, even if you do, the new price point for DaVinci Resolve, at $299, that upgrading to the full version won’t break the bank. And, from my own experience, once you upgrade to the full version you don’t pay for future upgrades!

This is how Blackmagic Design describes the paid version on their website (Scroll to the bottom of the page): “Includes everything found in the free version plus multi user collaboration features that let editors, colorists, and sound engineers all work together on the same project at the same time, plus 3D tools, dozens of Resolve FX and more.”

You may be asking which version to go for? My advice is to start with the free version, learn how Resolve does things and move to the full version if and when you feel you need to.

Why Learn DaVinci Resolve?

Resolve stands out as a high-end professional production toolkit at either no cost or a very low cost. As well as working across windows, mac and linux it brings together all the major tasks of video post-production from acquisition to delivery with a deceptively simple and powerful UI.

By learning to use DaVinci Resolve you will be up-skilling and equipping yourself to tackle just about anything in post-production with another added benefit that Resolve also integrates neatly with Fusion (also form Blackmagic Design), which again is free or low cost and offers a complete composition and effects toolkit.

And finally, the purpose of this series is to get you going with Resolve so that you understand how it does things and you can learn to use it to its maximum potential. In the next blog we’ll start making a project in Resolve.

Check out our growing list of tutorials here, and you can learn more at Blackmagic Design’s site.

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