DaVinci Resolve: Studio vs Basic

DaVinci Resolve is an amazing post-production software from Blackmagic design that lets you work on editing, coloring and audio. There are two versions of Resolve: the free Basic version (yes, seriously!) and the $299 Studio version, which includes additional features. The most recent version is DaVinci Resolve 16.

DaVinci Resolve Studio

If you splurge on the Studio version of DaVinci Resolve, all updates and upgrades are included. You also won’t have to pay any monthly subscription fees.

Even better is the fact that the Studio version offers a USB dongle so you can work on two different computers without purchasing another account. If you have both a home and work computer, this could be the right option for you.

You might also like the new Cut Page, an alternate edit page with a streamlined interface.

Noise Reduction

The paid Studio version of the software also offers noise reduction. If you shot your footage in low light, you may need this feature. Spatial and temporal noise reduction are both available.


If you’re tired of slow renders, you’ll also like that the Studio version of Resolve uses your graphics card to process video, meaning your film will render quickly.

Other cool features in the paid version include face refinement, color space conversion and object removal (you can get rid of trademarked logos, for example!).

DaVinci Resolve Studio also supports HDR and new compression formats like HVEC.

DaVinci Resolve Basic

If you’re not ready to pay for the Studio version of the software, you can still use the Basic version for everything you need to edit your film.


The Fairlight Audio Mixing Panel is one of DaVinci Resolve’s best features. You can use it for formats such as 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Surround. You can also customize visual and audio cues, create a searchable library of sound effects and use video thumbnails for easy spotting.

The program’s Elastic Wave tool also enables audio re-timing, meaning you can slow down or speed up sound to fit with the visuals of your film.

You can also address noise reduction by using a third-party plugin that costs less that the DaVinci Resolve Studio version.

Rendering in the Studio version of Resolve will be pretty slow, since the free version uses your computer’s CPU. But overall, DaVinci Resolve Studio is an impressive and useful tool for new filmmakers! Click here for more info and specs!

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