New Version of DaVinci Resolve Lite Removes Key Restrictions, Plus Here's Some Free Training

In July DaVinci released a free version of their $1k color correction software, Resolve (also available with a $30k control panel). Now they've upgraded Resolve Lite, as the free version is known, to version 8.1, also removing the two node restriction and allowing for unlimited color correction nodes (nodes are similar to layers in After Effects, though they're generally more flexible). There are a number of other updates as well (see the press release below), but to go along with the new release, there's also a 15-minute video tutorial from Dan Kanes, who also did a recent free REDCINE-X Pro tutorial:

Link: DaVinci Resolve Lite Download (Mac OS X)

Press Release

Blackmagic Design has announced DaVinci Resolve Lite 8.1, a new version of the free DaVinci Resolve that now includes unlimited color correction nodes.

Unlimited color correction nodes allow customers to use multiple color correctors for more complex and creative grading and is a dramatic boost in power over the previous version of DaVinci Resolve Lite that was limited to 2 nodes. Adding more than 2 color correction nodes was the top requested feature by DaVinci Resolve Lite colorists.

To help promote the art of color correction, DaVinci Resolve Lite includes many powerful features found in the full version of DaVinci Resolve for an extremely powerful toolset that anyone can download free of charge.

DaVinci Resolve Lite includes all the same high quality processing of the full DaVinci Resolve, however limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, unlimited nodes using a single processing GPU and a single RED Rocket card. Stereoscopic 3D features, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external database server are features only offered in the full DaVinci Resolve so are not included in this free DaVinci Resolve Lite edition. Customers who want these features can simply upgrade to the full DaVinci Resolve Software for $995.

Even with the restrictions of the free DaVinci Resolve Lite, image quality is never limited, and customers can use the incredible image processing quality of DaVinci Resolve. In addition DaVinci Resolve Lite can still accept high resolution source footage in 2K, 4K and 5K from the latest digital cameras from RED and ARRI, so customers get a fantastic digital
camera utility.

DaVinci Resolve Lite still includes high quality optical resizing, curve grading, XML import and export, 32 bit float processing, YRGB image processing, multi layer timelines, stabilization, window tracking, primary and secondary color correction, real time processing, capture and playback with deck control, compatibility with third party control panels and much more. With so many powerful features at absolutely no charge, customers will be able to experience the dramatic improvement to their work from using professional color correction.

"Thousands of colorists have downloaded and are using DaVinci Resolve Lite to help generate a revolution in visual design that's dramatically improving the production values of the entire television industry!" said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "We are very excited to be able to offer this new enhanced version of DaVinci Resolve Lite, and we hope that many more people will be able to explore the art of color correction on their television production work."

Your Comment


Hi Koo,
"In July DaVinci released a free version of their $30k color correction software, Resolve. "

Not true. DaVinci Resolve is just below 1000$, it's the control panel that makes it $30k.
So the difference between Resolve and Resolve Lite is less than 1000$.
Just to make it clear. ;-)
And thanx for the link.

November 20, 2011 at 11:52AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


True -- corrected.

November 20, 2011 at 12:10PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

I cant wait for this to be released on the PC early in 2012! Adobe had better come out with something amazing with their Iridas acquisition as right now DaVinci is the BOMB!

November 20, 2011 at 1:36PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



I bet they integrate some new color correction features by CS6. When they bought Cool Edit they pretty quickly rebranded it as Adobe Audition... although the UI remained the same (it actually looked like an Adobe product without much tweaking... Audition CS5.5 is a full overhaul)

November 24, 2011 at 5:29PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is amazing news!! I dont know that i would ever need to update to the full version...

November 20, 2011 at 5:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM



I'm in the same boat as you. I feel like they're giving out the fastest street legal car for free and only asking for a charge for the top NASCAR car in the world. I'm happy street racing for now before graduating up so thanks for the amazing tool!

It must be the holidays already with this kind of generosity. Downloading right now.

November 20, 2011 at 11:56PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I totally agree! just the opportunity to learn how to use resolve for free is pretty amazing even if you like to use a different program to color grade... more tools = more flexibility.

November 21, 2011 at 6:13AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I think they want to get as many users as possible confortable with their software, and will try to sell those $30K stations to the corporations that hire those users

November 21, 2011 at 7:29AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Thank you for including the tutorial.. very handy :)

On my macbook pro early 2011 edition- with canon 1080p res files, i am getting unto 18.5 frames / sec renders..
What year/edition was the macbook pro using on the vid here? or does rendering red footage take that much longer to process ??


November 21, 2011 at 1:08AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


If it does comes out for PC version, it will become my main software to use for color correction!

November 21, 2011 at 7:42AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Donald F.

Are you sure it's not avail for PC yet? Seems to be a download link. Maybe I got it wrong.

November 22, 2011 at 1:15AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Koo, do you know anything about this working with FCPX? I saw someone else talking on a forum about how you can now round trip X projects in Resolve Lite, but I haven't seen any mention of it in the official press releases.



November 25, 2011 at 11:48AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is not working on the hackintosh (HacPro) I built using your guide. I have the GTX 285, but resolve is not recognizing it.
Help? Have you experienced the same problems?

April 18, 2012 at 9:30AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM