Recently Blackmagic Design released DaVinci Lite, the free, limited-feature version of their popular DaVinci Resolve color correction application.
For those looking to explore high-end color correction or looking for a replacement for Apple’s Color application (recently dissolved after the release of FCPX) take DaVinci Resolve for a test drive with this free version. The industry standard in color correction, DaVinci has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. When BlackMagic purchased Da Vinci in 2009 they quickly integrated it into their line up of cost-effective professional video solutions. In 2010 they introduced a software version of Resolve for $995, tens of thousands of dollars less than previous DaVinci systems. Now, they’ve taken it one step further by releasing Resolve Lite for Mac – a terrific way to “try before you buy”.
Although called the “Lite” version, it has many of the same features that make Resolve such a powerful grading program (including the same user interface). The four biggest limitations of this free version are:
LITE: Projects limited to SD and HD resolutions only.
RESOLVE: Support for 2k, and 4K footage.
LITE: Limited to 2 color correction nodes.
RESOLVE: Unlimited color correction nodes
LITE: 1 GPU / 1 Red Rocket Card
RESOLVE (Mac): 3 GPUs / 2 Red Rocket Cards
LITE: No noise reduction or 3D tracking tools
RESOLVE: Powerful real-time noise reduction and tracking toolset
The Lite version supports the Tangent Wave (approx $1,500) and other 3rd party control surfaces, but not the powerful propreitary DaVinci Resolve control surface (retails for $29,995). See the official Blackmagic site for a full list of the differences in Resolve versions (Linux / Control Surface / Mac Full / Lite).
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