DaVinci Resolve Now Available on Windows Thanks to Free Public Beta

Just because the popular color correction software DaVinci Resolve uses a Mac monitor for its press image (at left) doesn't mean it's Mac only -- any more. Resolve, which has a free version known fittingly as Resolve Lite, now comes in a Windows version for the first time thanks a newly-released Public Beta. If you have already purchased Resolve for Mac, the Windows version comes included, so you now have a Windows license too.

Link: DaVinci Resolve Windows Beta (choose Windows, Resolve, and then Lite or Software versions)

Press Release

Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve for Windows™ Public Beta

Milpitas, USA - December 15, 2011 - Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows™ public beta is now available for download. DaVinci Resolve for Windows public beta is available in both the full featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions. The DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows license is included with the Mac OS X version, so all current Mac OS X customers automatically get a license for the Windows version, and can download it now to use in their facility.

This new DaVinci Resolve for Windows beta will allow customers to use a wide range of hardware for building color correction systems with the advantage of a wider selection of GPU processing options with support for up to 4 GPU’s per system.

When the public beta program is complete, and DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows™ is formally released, it will be accompanied by the Mac OS X version. When a customer purchases DaVinci Resolve, they can choose which operating system they want to use, and then install either one. This allows the flexibility to let customers potentially choose to use a Windows desktop computer in the office with powerful multiple GPU processing, while at any time the customer can unplug the dongle and plug into one of the latest stylish Mac OS X MacBook Pro computers when on set.

Only DaVinci Resolve lets customers move between either operating system at any time without the extra expense of purchasing a second copy of the software.

As a reward for all current DaVinci Resolve customers, any customer who has purchased the Mac OS X version of DaVinci Resolve can now keep using the same dongle for the Windows version of DaVinci Resolve, and they can simply download the Windows version. This will ensure current DaVinci Resolve customers are kept up to date with the latest features, and are not disadvantaged for purchasing early.

DaVinci Resolve will now be available in three models. DaVinci Resolve Lite, the current free version, is now available in both Windows and Mac OS X downloads. DaVinci Resolve Software for US$995 is now available for both Mac OS X and Windows and customers will get support for both operating systems for the one purchase. DaVinci Resolve with the full colorist designed control surface will be available with Mac OS X, Windows and Linux software, allowing the customer to choose any of three operating systems to build their color correction system.

“This Windows release has happened way sooner than we expected, and the DaVinci engineering team have done an amazing job!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We think this is very exciting because it makes DaVinci Resolve more flexible for customers, and makes it even easier to integrate Resolve color correction into any facility workflow even when using a wider range of editing and effects software.”

Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows 7™ public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. When released, DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows will be included with the Mac OS X version for US$995. DaVinci Resolve Lite will be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7, free of charge.

[via Notes on Video]

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Thanks for posting this fantastic news Koo.

December 16, 2011 at 9:31AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Its download time!

December 16, 2011 at 10:32AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Finally! So excited

December 16, 2011 at 10:43AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Michael Soomon

I'm so super happy!

December 16, 2011 at 11:05AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Donald F.

This is cool and happened sooner than I thought.

December 16, 2011 at 11:25AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Any of you guys know what video card (seems the program won't run if it's not CUDA enabled) and how much RAM is required to run resolve lite efficiently?

December 16, 2011 at 12:00PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Michael Solomon

Anyone has an idea how Da Vinci Lite stacks up against Colorista?

December 16, 2011 at 2:59PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Bob there is simply no contest. For serious grading the efficiency and power of Resolve lite blows Colorista off the map.

December 16, 2011 at 6:57PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Wow, thanks for the info Paul. Could find any leads on Google. Better start assessing Da Vinci I guess.

December 17, 2011 at 3:36AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Sorry, meant "Couldn't" find the info

December 17, 2011 at 3:37AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


IT really makes me happy that linus is taken into account. There is not really PRO tools for video/image editing (there are for audio production) and for linux users like me, I'm sure this is good news. LIghtworks is said to be realeased and adobe have promised to port their products as well so good news indeed.

December 16, 2011 at 4:14PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


These are great days for low budget filmmakers.
Davinci lite = free.
Automatic Duck = free.
Blender = free.

Get Premiere and a GTX470 and you got a great tool for making movies for less then 1000 €.

December 16, 2011 at 6:43PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


This is great news indeed, just in time as well - I'll be grading my Red Epic short film on the windows version of Resolve, you can check out a sample grade I did with it over at http://blog.stillfallstherain.com

Used it on one shot as a test, and fell in love.

December 17, 2011 at 3:44PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Thats an great example of a grade on your blog. I cant wait till this short comes out. I know what you mean about Resolve, I've only been playing with it for a week but it just makes you fall in love with the whole grading process.

From your Vimeo stream it looks like you've moved from the T1i, T2i 5DmkII and now an Epic - but what is clear in every video is your talent as a director / film maker. Well done!

December 18, 2011 at 2:51AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Thank you so much for the kind words, Paul!

December 22, 2011 at 12:29PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Miguel Santana

Of course hands down the best CC ware. HOWEVER, for low budget folks like me when it comes to control surface the BlkMagc's @30k is beyond my reach. Anyone have any experience using Tangent's Wave or any other 3rd party controls??? How does it compare?

December 22, 2011 at 1:42PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I wonder if they'll come out with a Linux version of Resolve Lite; it's a shame it's missing at the moment.

December 28, 2011 at 10:02AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Yes this is a wonderful news!! How would like to ask if someone of you has been using Resolve complete version on Windows and which graphic card is powerfull enough to handle the program.



July 30, 2012 at 12:16AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


So the beta for Resolve 9 isn't free for everyone? Suppose I'll have to try 8.2 lite for Windows :/

August 9, 2012 at 8:17AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Antony Alvarez

You have to choose Resolve Lite in the dropdown.

August 9, 2012 at 9:48AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Joe Marine
Camera Department

hey miguel nice film you got there is it out yet..?

August 26, 2012 at 9:37PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


thank joe for such input, as a beginner it would be more relevant that i indulge over and over to learn them.

May 8, 2014 at 9:49PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


What kind of windows setup is required to let my davinci work fine

June 26, 2014 at 12:01PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM