Blackmagic is taking over the world of affordable cinema cameras as well as high-end post-production tools. Whether you’re creating a web series, short film or documentary, Blackmagic Design Davinci Resolve 12 has made it possible to tap into the same power as many Hollywood professionals. Best of all, you can install DaVinci Resolve and use it for FREE.
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 12 – A Color Grading & Editing Powerhouse for Low Budget Filmmaking
Since 1984, DaVinci Resolve has been the go-to tool for color grading. Initially, it was a film color correction program that didn’t include video editing capabilities. The latest version, Resolve 12, combines the legendary high-end color grading tools with a full-featured nonlinear video editing (NLE) environment. Resolve 12 is what Final Cut Pro X should have been. You can edit, color correct, color grade, and render a project without leaving the program.
The software’s user interface can appear overwhelming at first. It’s worth investing the time to learn based on the color grading capabilities alone. Color grading is one of the most impactful tweaks you can make to your work once it’s been shot. It has the potential to elevate good footage to great footage, or great footage to outstanding footage. Additionally, Resolve 12’s render speeds are hard to beat and the software can accept just about any file format you throw at it.
On the downside, it’s very demanding CPU/GPU-wise so the system requirements for it are significantly higher than other NLEs. Storage is another key factor for real-time playback. If you’re considering using a laptop, make sure it has SSD, PCIe flash storage, or you that you can connect fast external media storage via Thunderbolt or USB 3.
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 12 Tech Specs
Here are the recommended specs required if you expect to get any real work done with DaVinci Resolve:
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.10.5 or later, Windows 8.1 or later and Linux CentOS 6.6 or later
CPU: Intel Socket 2011-v3 Core i7, dual Intel Xeon E5-2697 v3 / PC Laptop: Intel Core i5 or i7 processors (PC). 8 Core CPU for HD and 12 Core CPU for UHD or higher resolutions / Laptop: Intel Core i5 or i7 processors (Mac)
Storage Space: 512GB SSD minimum (PC); 512GB Internal flash storage (Mac)
Recommended RAM: 16GB (Windows), 16GB (Mac)
Graphics/VRAM: AMD or CUDA compliant GPU with at least 2GB of graphics RAM (HD Projects). At least 4GB for 4k projects.
Requires Internet Connection: No
Davinci Resolve is available in two versions – Resolve and Resolve Studio. Resolve is free, Resolve Studio is $995. The free version includes the same high-quality processing as the full version, however, it limits project exports to 1080p, two color correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single RED rocket card. Other features that are omitted from the free version are: 2K, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external database server. Here is a link where you can compare both versions side-by-side.
The tutorials below will give you everything you need to get started with Davinci Resolve 12. If you run across any other tutorials worth noting, please list them in the comment section.