Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 review

DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 packs incredible new features into an already comprehensive suite of professional editing tools

5 Star Rating
Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 18
(Image: © James Abbott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 is the most comprehensive video editing software available, offering everything you could ever need and much more in a single program. Plus, the software brings with it some incredible new features that will save more advanced users a huge amount of time and effort. This is extremely powerful professional-grade software but comes at a reasonable price for a perpetual license with lifetime updates. And if you like the look of the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor keyboard, you get a copy of Studio 18 thrown in, too.


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    Competitively price, lifetime updates

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    Industry-leading grading tools

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    Editing, effects and audio mixing

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    Free version also available


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    Difficult to master

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    Best with a powerful computer

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    Too feature-packed for enthusiasts?

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In the world of professional video editing software, there are three main players: Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro and Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio. All three program are used to edit Hollywood movies and television series, so none are lacking in features. But despite offering industry-leading color grading tools, a powerful built-in audio studio and a graphics suite for creating visual effects, DaVinci Resolve Studio is the least expensive option at $295/£306/AU$479 for a perpetual license with lifetime updates.

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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.