This article explains the basics of using Davinci Resolve for video editing.
DaVinci Resolve is a professional video editing application, quite similar to Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, which you might be more familiar with. The great news for us it that it has a totally free version, with more than enough features for most editing jobs.
Installing Davinci Resolve
DaVinci Resolve is available for free download, for Mac or Windows computers. You can download it from BlackMagic’s website.
Starting a new Project
Open up Davinci Resolve and start a new project – give it a descriptive name to make sure you can find it again later!
Along the bottom of your screen you’ll see this bar – each button brings up a different screen, intended for a specific job.
For now we’re just going to worry about the Media, Edit and Deliver tabs:
- Media is where you organise all the files that make up your project – for the most part bits of video and audio.
- Edit is where editing and basic effects take place
- and Deliver is where you render and export completed videos.
More Advanced Tutorials
On the Blackmagic website training pages there are lots of tutorials for Davinci Resolve that go really in depth into organising media, editing, colour grading and more complex effects. Follow this link to access them!
You also may find the Making video content article useful.
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