Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17 review

DaVinci Resolve 17 is a feature-packed professional video editing programme that offers better value than any of its rivals

5 Star Rating
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 17
(Image: © Adam Duckworth)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve editing software gets better and more feature-packed with each generation. And the latest version 17 is the best yet. It has industry-standard colour processing used by some of the biggest films, and with improved audio and HDR tools, it’s even better. Best of all, the basic version is free while the full-spec version is only £225 or free if you buy the £225 Speed Editor! But it is complicated and takes some getting used to if you are coming from other NLEs (non-linear editors).


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    The stunning price

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    Incredible colour grading tools

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    Basic version is all many will need


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    Not as intuitive as some rivals

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    Maximum 60fps, UHD and 8-bit in free version

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    Big learning curve to use it properly

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If you want the most feature-packed editing programme for the least amount of money, then Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve 17 is it. And that’s not just because in basic form, it’s free. The full Studio version is just $295/£225, or if you buy the $295/£225 Speed Editor controller, you get the full version thrown in. It also comes free with many Blackmagic cameras. And once you have it, future Studio upgrades are free. 

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Adam Duckworth

Adam Duckworth is an award-winning professional photographer and videographer based in the UK. He has worked for many top magazines, newspapers and corporate clients for more than 25 years. He was named SWPP UK Commercial Photographer of the Year, and is an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. He has also worked for international publications like Motor Cycle News, Racer X, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, ZOO, Golf World, Today's Golfer, and Mountain Bike Action, among others.