It took awhile (and a couple of Resolve articles here on PVC) but I finally finished my full DaVinci Resolve for Mac article that went online today over at Studio Daily. It’s quite lengthy but as I was working out my ideas and thoughts on the application I began to realize just how deep an application Resolve for Mac really is.
I decided to write the review more along the angle of an Apple Color user. It’s quite obvious that Color users are a primary target for Resolve and there’s many Color users out there who are very curious about this powerful new tool that has come into our color correction lives. I’m still amazed by both Resolve’s real-time playback abilities with the right hardware and the depth of Resolve’s features when moving over from Color. It’s the type of application that will take many years to master.
Summary: DaVinci Resolve for the Mac brings realtime color-grading performance, multiple GPU support with the right hardware and an amazing tracker to more users at a breakthrough price. The caveat, of course, is it’ll cost more than $995 to get Resolve for the Mac into a usable realtime system in your suite, but considering what’s in the software, it’s still an amazing value.
Target Applications: Standalone color-grading tasks that aren’t integrated into a nonlinear editing application; a color-grading suite that wants to target more than just ProRes projects from Final Cut Pro.
What’s Cool: Realtime color-grading performance; multiple GPU support with the right hardware; an amazing tracker.
What’s Missing: A multi-layer timeline; Final Cut Pro XML support; steep hardware requirements can be daunting; Avid MXF file support costs extra.
I hope this review is helpful and feel free to leave any comments.