Free Video Editing in Windows 10: Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 16

It's almost too bizarre for words, but DaVinci has been offering Resolve for years a huge software package for free with which you can edit professional videos. Version 16 has now entered the public beta phase and we take a closer look here.

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 16

Price

For free

Language

English

OS

Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10; macOS 10.13.6; Linux

Website

www.blackmagicdesign.com 9 Score 90

  • Pros
  • New handy Cut page
  • Quick Export
  • Many new color correction options
  • Audio time stretch
  • Negatives
  • Powerful hardware needed

At the time of writing, version 16 has reached the stage of 5th public beta. The software can be downloaded from Blackmagicdesign.com. The free version is already extremely extensive and certainly not a light version. The studio version costs $299, but it only makes sense if you're into video editing commercially.

Powerful

Blackmagic Design is primarily a manufacturer of hardware for the TV and film industry, so Resolve also works perfectly with all hardware products of the Australian company. Resolve is also fine without using any hardware. You do need a powerful PC; the company recommends 16 gigabytes of ram. The program can be downloaded for Windows, macOS and Linux and from the download page you can choose whether you want to use the beta version of version 16 or the older version 15. New in version 16 is the Cut page. This is a separate timeline where you can quickly do certain edits, such as creating transitions between scenes and adding titles. It is also useful that Resolve now has a Quick Export option so that you can quickly upload a video to YouTube. Your video will not be rendered in the highest quality, but will already be tailored for YouTube.

Colors and audio

Color correction is also a lot easier with the latest version of Resolve, because the program has received a lot of new options on the Color page.

For example, you can now copy color properties from a “node” (similar to a “layer” in Photoshop) to another node. Resolve also has a lot of news in the field of audio: audio can be stretched and the program has new plug-ins for audio analysis on board. In addition to 3D tools, the paid version also includes the DaVinci Neural Engine. This allows the software to take over certain functions from you, such as recognizing faces and automatically applying color correction to a shot. This first function is useful for quickly finding specific recordings based on people who appear in a recording.

Conclusion

Resolve 16 is a perfect upgrade from version 15 and packs in tons of features for a free program. The new additions in color correction and audio are useful, and the Cut page is a welcome addition.

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