What is the difference between the paid and free versions of DaVinci Resolve?

How do you decide between Davinci Resolve vs DaVinci Resolve Lite?

Patrick Inhofer

[infobox size=”col-12″ last_column=”true” color=”red”]DaVinci Resolve 12 UPDATE! Blackmagic has changed the name of the free version to ‘DaVinci Resolve’. The paid version is now ‘DaVinci Resolve Studio’. The essential differences between the feature sets has not changed.[/infobox]

DaVinci Resolve vs. DaVinci Resolve Lite: Which should you choose?

I was recently listening to an industry podcast and the focus of the conversation turned to DaVinci Resolve. Much to my amazement…

Two post-production experts had no idea the difference between DaVinci Resolve vs. DaVinci Resolve Lite

I was actually kind of stunned. The differences between the two apps are remarkably small and generally easily discernible. The problem is, Blackmagic does a terrible job explaining those differences and how you might decide if you need to upgrade to the paid version – or not.

Blackmagic has a ‘Compare the Features‘ section of its website. But it’s super-long and doesn’t come close to answering the question:

Should I keep using DaVinci Resolve Lite or do I need to upgrade to the paid version?

Well guess what? Here at MixingLight, we’re putting the finishing touches on our nearly 14-hour DaVinci Resolve project-based tutorial series. (update: The training is now shipping, check it out!)

Early in this series is a 7-minute lesson on the differences between the paid and free versions of DaVinci Resolve.

Guess what? That movie is embedded at the end of this blog post.

Watch this movie (ripped from our training) and answer a series of questions to decide: Do you need the paid version of DaVinci Resolve?

The truth is, the free version is almost 100% identical to the paid version. But if you need any one of the features I mention, then DaVinci Resolve Lite just won’t do what you need it to do. Period.

And the one big reason most of us have for upgrading from DaVinci Resolve Lite? That feature (which I talk about in this movie) can be implemented much more affordably with a 3rd party plug-in (but with a trade-off).

For all the details, watch this free sample from our DaVinci Resolve 11 Insights training series… shipping in early October

We’ve uploaded this video to YouTube – so feel free to embed it and help others understand the differences between the free and paid versions of Resolve.

(update: We’ve also created, on YouTube, a 45-minute playlist of free lessons from our DaVinci Resolve tutorial series)