DaVinci Resolve 18.6 review: pro video editing for no cost

DaVinci Resolve 18.6 boasts a surprisingly comprehensive set of video editing tools for a free video editing app

5 Star Rating
Screenshots from video editing app DaVinci Resolve 18.6
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Digital Camera World Verdict

There are many non-linear editing apps out there, but DaVinci Resolve stands out from the crowd because it is free and is packed full of the type of post-production tools you’d expect to pay for in apps such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. Whatever app you use to edit clips it’s well worth exploring what DaVinci Resolve has to offer as it could take your work to the next level (and save you money on an ongoing Premiere Pro subscription!)

Pros

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    It’s free

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    Powerful color correction tools

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    Comprehensive edit tools

Cons

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    Drag-and-drop editing requires keyboard shortcut (in Edit page).

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DaVinci Resolve 18.6  is a free nonlinear editing (NLE) app from Blackmagic Design, which also manufactures a comprehensive range of high-end digital video cameras for filmmakers. NLE apps enable you to swap the running order of a program’s clips by dragging and dropping them around in a timeline in a non-linear fashion, compared to the original (and much slower) method of copying clips from a tape player to a tape recorder in a linear video editing suite.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Mac recommended system configurationWindows recommended system configuration
OSMac OS 12 MontereyAMD Ryzen 9 3900X or Intel Core i9-10900K 3.7GHz
RAM8 GB of system memory. 16 GB when using Fusion.32 GB RAM
MemorySolid State Drive (SSD) with at least 512GBSolid State Drive (SSD) with at least 512GB
GPUIntegrated GPU or discrete GPU with at least 2 GB of VRAM.NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 or 3080
Row 4 - Cell 0 GPU which supports Metal or OpenCL 1.2.Row 4 - Cell 2
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If you’re a Mac-based novice video editor and just want to get your content onto your social media feed without climbing a steep learning curve then <a href="https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-100134069-13233643?sid=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https://www.movavi.com/mac/?utm_campaign=619742607&utm_campaignid=619742607&utm_adgroupid=10742649714&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAxaCvBhBaEiwAvsLmWPZY1JWx410Kym9gqTaTySYQbC4oACvysWE9mqYRqKY3HeO0DmYCYRoCMaAQAvD_BwE" data-link-merchant="Movavi.com"" target="_blank">Movavi will do the job. This is the perfect mid-range video editing app to try out if you want to expand your non-linear editing skills from entry-level apps such as iMovie or Adobe Premiere Elements. When it comes to assets such as filters and transitions Movavi gives professional apps such as Final Cut Pro a run for their money. 

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If you’re already a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of apps then the NLE powerhouse that is <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/adobe-premiere-pro-cc-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Premiere Pro will be available for you to download. It features many of the tools that Davinci Resolve has such as the ability to transcribe a programme’s audio into text for captions and subtitles. Like DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro also enables you to sync up multiple clips into a Multicam clip so you can vision mix using keyboard shortcuts from one camera to another. It also offers powerful keying tools for compositing in layers.

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.