Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is one of the best free video editing software packages you can use. Here is our brief overview to the software's interface

Although it is more well known as one of the best solutions for colour grading video footage, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5 can now also be used as a basic video editor. So, no longer do you have to export your footage back and for between, say, Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve, for editing and colouring. You can import your footage, edit, colour and export from within the same software suite.

Whilst Blackmagic are getting in on the video editing act, Adobe Premiere has gone the other way, and now includes some basic colour grading features. This can make it difficult to know which piece of software to chose. For complex editing, and its intergration with After Effects, Premiere is probably the best option for most videographers starting out. However, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 has one huge selling point, it is free.

Yep, the same software used to create the look of some of the most succesful television programs and features of recent times, can be your for free. And now with basic editing functions, it is one of the best free video editing software options you can get, and is available for download for PC or Apple Mac from the Blackmagic Design website here https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve or the Mac App store https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/davinci-resolve/id571213070?mt=12

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There is a more advanced version of Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5, the Studio edition. This has added features that aren’t in the free version. These include the ability to edit 3D/sterescopic footage and noise reduction and motion blur features, as well as a number of other more advanced features that professionals will require. You can find a comparison of the different versions here https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/compare.

Most of the panels found in Resolve should be fairly familiar to anyone who has used video editing software before, however there are a few features that are a little bewildering. One of these is the Node panel, which is how colour corrections and filters are applied. We’ll cover how to use nodes in the next in this series of videos.