Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor review

A dedicated editing controller that could revolutionize your video editing

Blackmagic Davinci Resolve Speed Editor on a wooden surface
(Image: © James Abbott / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Blackmagic Davinci Resolve Speed Editor is a fantastic device for video editing, but only for those who edit larger amounts of video content. It may also be a worthwhile investment if you’re thinking about purchasing a Davinci Resolve Studio 18 license because it’s not much more expensive and includes a license for the software. The Speed Editor undoubtedly speeds up editing and provides a more tactile and intuitive experience, but there is a learning curve to get the best from it to make it a worthwhile investment.


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    Comes with a Davinci Resolve Studio 18 license

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    Bluetooth and USB-C connections

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    Speeds up editing with dedicated controls


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    Expensive for casual video editors

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    Comes with a learning curve

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    No carry case included

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As consumer-level cameras, action cameras, drones, and smartphones, are becoming easier to use for shooting high-quality video, more and more of us are naturally creating video content. Whether for personal use, sharing on YouTube, or producing videos commercially, video creation is blossoming. But like most image capture, it’s the editing side of things that can feel most cumbersome and that’s where accessories such as the Blackmagic Davinci Resolve Speed Editor come into play. 

DaVinci Speed Editor: Specifications

Controls: 43 x Pre-Labeled Key, 1 x Dial
Display: No
OS Compatibility: Windows 10 or Later (64-bit), macOS 10.15 or Later
Inputs / Outputs: 1 x USB-C Input
Power: 4 W (Maximum)
Dimensions: 24.49 x 15.6 x 4.39 cm (9.64 x 6.14 x 1.73 in)
Weight: 780 g (27.5 oz)

Loupedeck CT

If you would like a controller that can work with video editing software, photo editing, graphics, and audio software to get even more valuable use from a single device, take a look at the Loupedeck CT. It’s a small and slick device with a digital display. It’s more expensive than the Speed Editor and isn’t software-specific, but makes up for it in its multi-software compatibility.


The Blackmagic Davinci Resolve Editor Keyboard is similar to the speed editor but with the main difference being a full QWERTY keyboard with additional shortcuts labeled on the typing keys. It’s not a great keyboard for general use, but if you’re editing videos all day every day, it provides an even more fluid editing experience for professional video editors.

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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.