Blackmagic's Free, 444-Page Guide to DaVinci Resolve 16 Is Here

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Need to learn everything about DaVinci Resolve 16? Start here!

Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 16 is a professional filmmaking program that allows creators to color correct, edit, add visual effects, and work with post-production audio. If you weren't aware, its basic version is free to download, while a more loaded "Studio" version costs $299.

If you're just starting out with DaVinci Resolve 16, Blackmagic has just released an enormous, 444-page user guide to help you get acclimated to the program. The guide also free to download on their training page!

You can also purchase a hard copy of the guide here. Let's look at what's included in the guide!

DaVinci Resolve 16
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What the guide will teach you

According to the guide, anyone from professional editors to students can learn "how to edit, composite, color correct, and mix audio" and get the basics on "editing, visual effects, motion graphics, color correction, and audio."

One major new feature of DaVinci Resolve 16 is their "cut page," a streamlined, simple user interface intended for editors who need to work fast under tight deadlines. This is a big focus of the guide, but it also promises you'll learn:

  • How to edit, add effects, and post to the web
  • How to set up projects, import media, and use metadata
  • How to mark selections, edit clips in the timeline, and how to use context sensitive trimming
  • How to retime clips, add transitions, and pan and scan photos
  • How to use title templates
  • How to navigate the Fusion page
  • How to use color tools for primary and secondary corrections
  • How to match shots, use color management, create looks, and grade multiple clips
  • How to track objects in a shot, use curves, and add ResolveFX
  • How to use audio sweetening and mixing with Fairlight
  • How to record voiceover
  • How to deliver projects in different formats

Blackmagic Design certified training

Not only is Blackmagic providing the free guide, there's also a certification program complete with video tutorials.

The lesson files are available for download at this link.

Once you work your way through the guide and tutorials, there is an online exam to complete your certification.

Learn more about Blackmagic!

Dig deeper into the all the updates that come with the latest version of DaVinci Resolve. Check out the upgrades on Blackmagic's 4K Pocket Cinema Camera, along with lots of new accessories    

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Is this different from the 400+ page manual for version 15? Just an update?

December 17, 2019 at 5:41PM

Galin McMahon

Pretty phenomenal support. I remember a much steeper learning curve to get a professional grade from Davinci in earlier versions (12-13). We recently had one of our junior editors at our video product company learn Davinci, and within one day, he was at a similar level as one of our colourists who knew the program for a year.

December 17, 2019 at 6:42PM

Michael Pirone
Creative Director

Cám ơn những chia sẻ của bạn

December 18, 2019 at 5:58PM


nice one

December 19, 2019 at 12:11AM

sam matrix
software developer

Thanks for the guide, it came in handy

June 10, 2020 at 11:49AM


A simple thing that I can't resolve. After spending hours building a timeline, how do I get back to the beginning to view through it?

August 13, 2020 at 7:12AM

Peter Mason