DaVinci Resolve 18 free vs Resolve Studio 18: which is the best option for you?

DaVinci Resolve free vs Studio
(Image credit: James Abbott)

Professional-level video editing software is traditionally expensive, so to take advantage of the best features available you typically have to dig deep. Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro and Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve are the three best professional video editing programs available, but DaVinci Resolve has a neat trick up its sleeve – there’s both a free and a paid version of the software available. 

You may be asking yourself if you read that correctly, but yes, one of the industry-leading video editing programs can be yours for the princely sum of zero. And to put this into context, some of the biggest Hollywood movies and TV shows are edited using this software. Well, these use the paid version, but it’s still impressive that you can use essentially the same software and incredible colour grading tools as industry professionals, but for free.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.