January 17, 2014

DaVinci Resolve 10.1 Boasts Sophisticated New Editing Features & Better FCP Integration

DaVinci resolveWe got our first look at DaVinci Resolve 10 at NAB 2013, and at that moment it was clear that Resolve was taking aim at NLEs with the new "Edit" tab in the application. However, until version 10 was officially released, it was unclear just how the editing features of the program would function, and more importantly, whether or not they would allow Resolve to become a one-stop post production solution. In that first iteration, the editing features were solid, but not enough to unseat any NLEs. However, in version 10.1, Blackmagic has added a few new sophisticated editing features, as well as other enhancements. Read on to see what's new.

From the DaVinci Resolve 10.1 press release, here's a brief rundown of the new features:

The new DaVinci Resolve 10.1 update adds innovative editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can quickly switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with a simple drag and drop, making it easier to use the same footage in different parts of the edit.

The enhanced editing tools also include support for trimming frame based clips such as DNG and DPX that reduces time in transferring clips for even faster workflows, as well as Rich Text title support which allows every character’s size, position and color to be adjusted individually directly from the Edit page.

Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7 customers. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips and imported FCP 7 XML’s include font properties and timeline markers as well as being able to bring across sizing, cropping and composition parameters. Now shot reframing adjustments made during Final Cut Pro editing will translate even more accurately into the DaVinci Resolve timeline.

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It's becoming much clearer that Blackmagic is serious about turning Resolve into a formidable online editing tool. Whether the company is looking to compete with any of the major NLE's is yet to be seen. But at this point, Resolve offers an incredibly powerful solution for people who need to conform, edit, color, and output their projects in a single application, and that versatility only seems to grow with every subsequent update.

What do you guys think of the new features in DaVinci Resolve 10.1? Is Resolve working its way to becoming a competitor to dedicated NLEs with features like these? What kind of features would have to be integrated into Resolve for you to use it as an NLE? Let us know down in the comments!

Link: DaVinci Resolve -- Blackmagic Design

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52 Comments

Nice! As a hardcore FCP X user, DaVinci might actually be worth considering in the near future for us.

January 17, 2014 at 7:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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just try resolve lite its free! no reason not to dip ur feet in should ur machine be up to par to actually making it run at a decent speed...

January 17, 2014 at 8:05PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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brian merlen

These guys are taking over... Resolve keeps getting better and better.

I predict that by NAB 2015, along with its current industry-leading color correction toolset, DaVinci Resolve will be a fully fledged NLE and boost an even more impressive set of compositing tools than it already has.

I think Autodesk has seen the writing on the wall too and is trying to do the same thing, except with compositing as its core feature... Where does this leave Adobe?

We're seeing the beginning of the one app to rule them all. It's really only a matter of time.

January 17, 2014 at 7:53PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jordy

The one app for everything has been done before and doesn't always work well. You just can't tie up one machine with everything, and expect to meet deadlines.

January 18, 2014 at 3:49AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

Spot-on sir :)

January 18, 2014 at 6:46AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Anh Dang

One word "Smoke" ...... But of course Smoke is no Grading app. My problem is not with the software, my problem is the hardware integration ..... Of course we HAVE TO USE BMD products. But I find their cards finicky, and not long lasting as opposed to AJA. But hey, they own the software right

January 18, 2014 at 7:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Nigel

who says you HAVE to use BM hardware? Resolve integrates well with 3rd party hardware. Always has.

You sir, are blowing smoke.

January 18, 2014 at 12:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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sean

Smoke is gaining more grading features from Lustre. Smoke is being used for finish and conform.

January 18, 2014 at 5:47PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

Yeah, good point. But still, a one app solution is really great for many other workflows. Also, workstations are not the behemouths they once were. It's very realistic to have several powerhouse workstations in even a small boutique post facility.

January 18, 2014 at 1:19PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jordy

It all depends on what type of work you're doing and your overall length. If you are doing short form, it's probably easier to get away with doing everything in one app. But it's better to not bog down your NLE with multiple layers of effects if it can easily be tackled on another machine, rendered and added in.

January 18, 2014 at 5:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

Is this also going to be "given away" with their top two cameras (2.5K BMC and 4K PC)?

January 17, 2014 at 7:59PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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DLD

yes. it already is.

January 18, 2014 at 12:50PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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sean

im happy with Avid and Redcine, but once I get a better system Resolve Lite will no doubt become part of my workflow. I think something that holds it back is its such a power hungry system, which is good when you have the power, but I got friends who can't even get decent performance on high end mac pro non trash cans...so i am not sure exactly how much i am willing to spend on a free app to make it run really well, when all my other apps already can function moderately okay on my dated system. resolve seems like an expensive upgrade for me if i want more then 3fps

January 17, 2014 at 8:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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brian merlen

Are you a hobbyist? If you're making money, you figure out how to amortize your tools. Typically following Moore's Law, you have an 18 months window before your hardware is half as powerful as what's in the market. Lately that seems to be less. Don't wait until your hardware is too outdated for what you need to use it for.

January 18, 2014 at 4:05AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

It's very, very counterintuitive to reason that since Resolve is a free app, it's not worth spending any money to run it. If Arri started giving out Alexas tomorrow, would you only use it with a kit lens and a monopod (since it's such a cheap camera...)? Resolve (lite) is an incredibly powerful piece of software and probably the best at what it does - whether it costs 30.000$ or nothing.

January 19, 2014 at 7:26AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Davíð

Ha! That's exactly what will happen! People will do even more crappy handheld cuz they won't have a good tripod. We'd have all kinds of EF and Nikon mounts to use SLR lenses with auto focus instead of PL glass. Bad example.

January 29, 2014 at 8:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Daniel Mimura

Fcpx's color correction capabilities really don't stack up vs Resolve. I finish all my edits in Resolve. The fact that it's free just blows my mind!

January 17, 2014 at 8:11PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Matt

How about better integration with Premiere CC ??? that is sorely needed and BM appear to be doing jack sh#t for all the Premier users out there. I love resolve but their absolute lack of respect for us Premiere users simply means we will all inevitably jump on the speed grade bandwagon which is getting better and better each and every month.

January 17, 2014 at 8:32PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Peter

Peter why would that make sense for them though? Admittedly, I use Speedgrade because it works directly with Premiere but Blackmagic and Adobe are two different companies. I don't know why they would care about working well with Premiere. They are trying to turn Resolve into a one stop shop as this article eludes to.

January 17, 2014 at 9:09PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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David Andrade

David, why does it make more sense to integrate into FCP than Adobe? Davinci is more of a hardware company than a software company and there has been a lot of flight from FCP to Adobe, even the Coen Bros.

January 17, 2014 at 11:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Neil

What makes more sense is to keep the competition on going. If Resolve becomes FCP's champion than good. Adobe needs to be put in check. And Adobe CC users aren't able to keep their wallet in their pants to make a statement... (that sounded kind of dirty)

January 18, 2014 at 12:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Jer

You only need to export a final cut XML from premiere so it already works.

January 18, 2014 at 2:11AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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T

Exporting an fcp x timeline from premiere doesn't work very well. Lots of things won't get transferred over very well. Im not very experienced with DaVinci btw, I tried it out only once (very promising, lots of features) but I believe lots of things didn't work properly (nested sea's, sound adjustments we're gone).

If DaVinci is going to be a full NLE it might be interesting for me, I mainly make small projects such as wedding films and I would love to get such control over my color correction (what I do now is mainly a quick and dirty correction with colorista and film convert).

January 18, 2014 at 4:34AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Gerbert

We also do small projects - live singer/songwriter videos, wedding films, simple shorts etc - editing in Premiere CS6 and grading in Resolve Lite. I agree that the XML import is pretty flaky, especially if you're using mixed resolution and framerate media (e.g. GoPro footage thrown in) but it's really no more effort to render a ProRes or DNxHD export of your locked edit and scene split it back out in DVR. I split a 10 minute short with 150 cuts in seconds this week and spent all of 5 minutes checking that it had found all of the cuts. If you find later that it's missed one you can split it with a few clicks at any point.

It's not perfect, but involves no more effort than you'd spend anyway checking that an XML import had gone well!

January 24, 2014 at 7:31AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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James

...nice, useful...And I'm still not able to import a custom LUT on a new macbook pro running mavericks..(I've already tried everything..On my old one it's running fine)

January 17, 2014 at 8:43PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Michael

Since the BMPCC came out I started using Resolve lite, I have to say its pretty darn good. I'm learning and it hasn't been easy but my shots are looking better and better the more I learn. I'm only scratching the surface here, but I have to say there arent many companies that pack a 1-2 punch better than BM. Of course Red does it too, not to mention both companies and even DB are easily accessible. Between those 3 companies why would an owner/operator need more? Sonys got great gear no doubt, but let's face it, their customer service ends with the next big announcement. This is where my moneys stays from now on, sorry to say but the "big guys" have way too many gadgets, plus they're afraid to canabolize, blah blah blah. Ok, I'm done :)

January 17, 2014 at 8:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Anthony Marino

These aren't gadgets, they are tools. Maybe your clients don't demand same day or 24 hour turnaround, but there are companies and people who absolutely need to have optimal speed and power to meet demands.

January 18, 2014 at 4:14AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

What tools are you comparing to my "gadgets" comment? Hey if a Sony sure shot camera makes your workflow easier then more power to you. Thats not a pro line camera, to me its just an"gadget" IDK, Maybe you're interested in the new Panasonic wearable 4k camera? Again, its just a gadget...It's those type of gadgets I was referring to.. Of course BM makes other hardware and gadgets in addition to their camera line but you don't see them afraid of cannibalization.

January 18, 2014 at 9:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Anthony Marino

It's a gadget if you're playing with it, it's a tool if it's a solution to a problem. GoPros are being used in tons of features and commericals because it''s rugged and compact. No one using it considers it a mere gadget.

January 18, 2014 at 6:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

I think it's awesome to see a newcomer to the NLE world to shake things up a bit. Apple kind of fumbled with FCX, they are rapidly making it into a great product. But I think a lot of the pro market are probably scared off for good. I come from the visual effects arena, I guess I'm still sore about how bad they did in Shake. The Premiere to Speed Grade integration is getting a little better as well, but I've been working in feature films for ten years and I have yet to see Premiere used to cut a major motion picture. Avid is kind of the go to NLE for high end editing work but they aren't much for innovation these days. They seem happy enough just being a steady rock lots of veteran editors are familiar with. Da Vinci is known and trusted name in the post production world and I for one will be putting some hours into leaning their new NLE functions. It's a great time to be a film maker.

January 17, 2014 at 10:41PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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John W

I'm just glad that Black Magic has finally updated Davinci to work with FCPX 10.1. I had always considered Resolve Lite to be the replacement for Apple Color and actually thought that Apple may have been working with Black Magic by giving them builds ahead of the release of FCPX so that they could have a quick update for XML support. It has been a month since the release of FCPX 10.1, so I guess Apple and Black Magic are not cooperating. They should be, though, since Apple really needs Resolve support for professional level color grading.

January 17, 2014 at 10:42PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Casey

I am hoping that the Foundry partners with SideFX and BlackMagic to create some kind of Megatron to kick Adobe in the pants. Nuke, Resolve, and Houdini eventually migrating into one program sounds just a tad intimidating for anyone stuck in the layer paradigm.

January 17, 2014 at 11:00PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Harry Pray IV

Foundry has no reason to team up with Black Magic or SideFX. They have Hiero and Modo, and won't cannibalize their high end user base to create a mass product like the Adobe suite. They charge a premium for a reason.

January 18, 2014 at 4:24AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

Weren't the original editing tools priced in the stratosphere just a few years ago? As I recall, AVID was in the $30K range in the mid-00's. Software is a tough business because there are fairly low costs to entry. BMD is de facto giving away DaVinci as part of the camera package. Likewise, Sony is packaging the downloadable Vegas with even their prosumer 4K cams. Soon, everything with the exception of a couple of ultra-high-end suites will be close to being free and you won't even need the ultra-high-end stuff for the majority of projects.

January 18, 2014 at 4:03PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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DLD

Black Magic and Sony are hardware companies like Apple. They aren't giving away the software to be nice, they are doing it to build their user base.

Apple recently gave away OS X Mavericks for free. Now the new updates to FCP X 10.1 is exclusively Mavericks only. So if you want to use their latest updates, you need to upgrade to the latest OS. If you can't run the latest OS, you have to get newer hardware, stuck to the older version or move to something else.

Avid is a hardware company. You weren't paying $30K years ago for just the software, you were paying for a turnkey system that could be setup and ready to use. They opened up to 3rd party hardware recently, but they have been known to sell systems.

It's different with Foundry and Adobe, since they are software companies. They put their R&D into features to solve new problems their user base may encounter.

Free and low cost software have been around for decades. They are great for filling in holes in a workflow, but there can be inconsistency with development.

Blender 3D has a robust development community, but it seems to be an exception than the rule. Some open source software haven't been developed in years, but the code is available, so if you have the programming skills, or access to it, you can keep it going.

GIMP has been an open source alternative to Photoshop, but not sure if it's on equal footing and usage. I know Lightworks is available as an open source NLE, but is it being adopted widely?

January 18, 2014 at 6:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

That's true but you can't have - the market will eventually get to that point - a $7K editing system on a $3K workstation and a $2K camera. This is the same story as is happening in the computer market. As the prices slid from the $1K-$2K down to the $300-$500 tablets and smartphones, the desire to pay several hundred dollars for Microsoft Windows began to wane as well. Now, you can get a similar performance from a Linux based OS and Microsoft is desperately attempting to remain relevant with their Surface products but they can't charge the same prices they had been able to charge over the last three decades. The same has been happening with the editing hardware and software. Theoretically, most editing and color grading these days can be done on fairly inexpensive software suits compared to the yesteryear. And the prices are going down still.
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PS. Insofar as BMD goes, a combined $2K investment will get you a 2.5K camera AND and a premier color grading suit, which is a great enough deal in and of itself. To get a a full editing and coloring package with, as example, a $4K 4K camera is even better.

January 18, 2014 at 11:58PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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DLD

Linux is free, but there is just about no one in the mainstream using it. Even as Linux gets a better, it's really part of a niche, and still hasn't broken out yet.

BMD gives you a 2.5K camera body and color grading software for $2k which is a great start. You still have other costs like lenses, lights, camera support accessories, computer, fast storage, powerful graphics card, etc. Some costs are cheaper, others can be held off for awhile, but if you compromise too much, you just can't efficiently get work done.

If only the basics were important, you can just edit in iMovie and call it a day. That's just not the case. SD used to be expensive. When it got cheaper to do SD, HD took over. As HD gets 4k creeps in. 8K is just waiting in the wings. There will be new tech that will come into play at the high end. For now it's a cycle that is somewhat predictable.

January 19, 2014 at 6:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Masaan

"being able to bring across sizing, cropping and composition parameters. Now shot reframing adjustments made during Final Cut Pro editing will translate even more accurately into the DaVinci Resolve timeline."

Excellent, been looking forward to this for a while.

January 18, 2014 at 3:48AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Hopefully much less matching clip zoom & pan from a reference video if Resolve just pulls it from the XML.

January 18, 2014 at 3:50AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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I'd like to see a dynamic speed editing by using a curve and bezier handles, running in real time (like in Avid MC) and a better stabilisation tools (like in Baselight)

January 18, 2014 at 5:39AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Viliam

I'm no expert and I'm yet to use this software but I think Resolve will definitely morph into its own fully fledged confirming, editing, grading solution, its not far off is it and will only get better.

Kinda off topic, but I've been wondering for a while if Blackmagic Design will be releasing their own 32" + 4K monitor anytime soon. I think it would make total sense as then their products would cover everything from acquisition to delivery? What do people think?

January 18, 2014 at 9:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Trza

January 18, 2014 at 11:09AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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"It’s becoming much clearer that Blackmagic is serious about turning Resolve into a formidable online editing tool."
That`s what I`m really looking forward to...

January 18, 2014 at 12:22PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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I will like to see better audio, like vst plugins and running video in real time (this is important) if is not running video in real time then you can't edit.

January 19, 2014 at 6:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Lamon

Been on Resolve now for almost three years. Loving it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMePwjzHxpk

January 20, 2014 at 1:53AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Just downloaded the resolve lite 10.1 but can't get the magic lantern files from my Canon 550D to work on it...it's seems resolve doesn't recognise the file. !

January 20, 2014 at 2:33AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Joseph

If you are talking about the RAW file shot on the Canon DSLR, you need correct conversion software to convert the RAW file into proper DNGs that Resolve can read. Not all DNGs are created equal.

January 23, 2014 at 5:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Edmond

So excited! Since resolve 9 first came out I wanted more NLE tools inside and thought they were really heading in the right direction with it.

And what will become of the other NLE's? I see this mostly stealing premier users and FCP7 hold outs. Avid users are classic fanboys stuck and happy, and FCPX users use it because it is a car to horse comparison with any other NLE. So that leaves the middle crowd who put up with the clunk of premier and FCP7 to be enticed away by that black magic.

January 23, 2014 at 1:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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What's the used if it doesn't support MOV files for canon and magic lantern. ?

January 23, 2014 at 1:40PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Joseph

Resolve reads all my native .mov (just not the ideal format to work in and grade with) files shot from my 5D MK3 and ML RAW files converted to DNG sequences by RAWMagic.

January 23, 2014 at 5:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Edmond

Resolve 10 works brilliantly with the raw files produced by using Magic Lantern / Canon cameras... but you will need to convert the .RAW files into .DNG files first - RAWMagic does this simply and easily.

I've put together a series of tutorials (written and video) about starting out with Davinci Resolve at http://www.davidvickers.co.uk - and it's a work-in-progress (there are currently 18 written tutorials and 5 video tutorials, but to see more go to my Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/channels/davinciresolve

January 24, 2014 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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I greatly appreciate the fact that resolve can now allow some editing. I have been using resolve for my color job but, there are times that I would be given a minute clip that has been edited and exported to work on, I can easily bring it into resolve now, do any adjustment on the clip and color it for final output. This is a welcome development.

January 24, 2014 at 4:42AM, Edited September 4, 11:45AM

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Sola