I think this is one of the most underrated free color grading apps on the planet. I happen to own a full version license but the Lite version includes almost all the features with the limitations of a maximum output at 1080p, no noise reduction, and your limited to one GPU. Either way you still get to color original 4K RED RAW files real time, have unlimited nodes, and all the tools needed to effectively color most web, music video, and television projects. This is the ultimate color tool for Indie filmmakers and students. Once you try it you will never touch another color app again. You can check it out and download the free Lite version here. A lot of Hollywood blockbusters have been graded on a Resolve system including Avatar and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
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Take a closer look at DaVinci Resolve
DaVinci color correctors are the standard in post production since 1984. There are thousands of colorists worldwide who understand the performance, quality and workflow of DaVinci and love it as their trusted partner in creativity.
This is the main page where all color correction is performed, and you get instant feedback on all your creative choices.
See the current clip with playback controls and cursors for positioning power windows.
Timecode and Transport Control
View your current timecode, shuttle and position your timeline grading position and set the display of the viewer.
See all the clips in your timeline, and automatically cue or jump to clips in your timeline with a simple click!
Primary Color Correction Display
Get precise feedback and control of your primary color corrections with unique YRGB controls for lift, gamma and gain, as well as printer light offsets.
Node Graph Display
Nodes visually represent the processing applied to the current clip in this easy to see display. Nodes let you add processing sequentially or in parallel.
Stills and memories are stored here for referencing, or recalling previous grades and memory stores.
Scroll or jump to various clips by moving the cursor accross the timeline.
Secondary Color Correction Display
Secondary control of custom curves and hue, saturation and luminance qualifiers for image isolation and correction.
The Dynamics Timeline shows dynamic transitions of each individual clip in layered form. You can adjust dynamic transitions including dissolve ramps.
Nodes for Unlimited Creativity!
DaVinci uses node based image processing where each node is a separate color correction, power window or effect. Nodes are similar to layers, but much more powerful because you can change the connections between the nodes. Join nodes sequentially, or in parallel to combine grades, effects, mixers, keyers, custom curves in any order for mind blowing creative styles, that are totally unhindered by technical limitations. You can reconnect nodes in any order for all types of exciting and cutting edge creative looks.
Mind Blowing Creative Options
Every node has full YRGB processing with primary and secondary controls; lift, gamma, gain, hue, saturation, luminance, calibrated printer lights, matte defocus, image defocus, 3D object tracking, YSFX, Custom Curves™, soft clip, highlight, circle, rectangle and polygon Power Windows™, plus the new Power Curve™ windows with full bezier control and independent inside and outside softness. Only DaVinci has such a mind blowing range of creative options to explore, and of course it’s all real time!
World’s Greatest 3D Tracker!
DaVinci Resolve includes the world’s most powerful 3D object tracker that’s perfect for locking Power Windows™ to on screen objects. No more time wasting key frame generation! Just drop a Power Window™ into a shot, such as someone’s face, turn on 3D tracking and press play. 3D object tracking automatically follows the objects movement, position and size, even if it’s tracking someone’s face and they turn their head sideways! 3D object tracking uses 1 to 99 tracking points for real time perfect tracking lock.
Innovative Stereoscopic 3D!
With the latest feature films in full stereoscopic 3D, DaVinci Resolve on Linux easily handles these new demanding workflows. With stereoscopic hardware you can grade and view two eyes at the same time, all in real time with no rendering and no proxies. Each eye can have its own or a common grade and you can change the position of each eye to change the stereoscopic effect. It’s easy to group shots and grade multiple clips at the same time by selecting the clips in a group or use a quad play head to review up to four clips at one time.
Grade Raw RED Files in Realtime!
DaVinci Resolve allows full unlimited grading of raw RED files in real time so you’re not limited by time consuming rendering before grading. DaVinci Resolve reads and browses files direct from your disk array, SAN or files captured from the video input. Choose from a huge range of file formats such as native DPX, CIN, QuickTime, DNxHD and native RED R3D in 4K with full de-bayer all in real time. You can even work with TIFF, JPEG, TGA and BMP and up to 16 channels of audio!
Get Your Job Done Fast!
DaVinci Resolve is designed to handle all types of source material common in busy post production facilities. Get the job done fast as you can automatically link color correction metadata to the master grade. Load an EDL for an instant conform of your timeline and you can grade multiple versions of the edit all at the same time. DaVinci Resolve lets you view the offline against the timeline to quickly see and fix any problems. EDLs are handled in A or C mode and if you don’t have an EDL, then the DaVinci Automatic Scene Detector can create one for you fast!
Gallery Stills and Grades Library
DaVinci Resolve features the famous Gallery where grades and stills can be loaded and recalled instantly. That’s perfect for keeping your grades consistent all the way through the job and keeping all of your grading presets in one easily accessible place. You can even pull Gallery grades and stills from other sessions! Gallery grades and stills can be saved at any time with the simple click of a button, and you can even build a custom effects library of your own!
DaVinci Resolve. The color grading benchmark.
DaVinci color correctors are the standard in post production since 1984. There are thousands of colorists worldwide who understand the performance, quality and workflow of DaVinci and love it as their trusted partner in creativity. DaVinci is the name behind more feature films, television commercials, documentaries, episodic television production and music videos than any other grading system. Now available for Mac, Windows and Linux, the true quality and power of DaVinci is now affordable for everyone! From $995 View models >
Clients Demand DaVinci!
When you’re in a room full of demanding clients with conflicting ideas, colorists know that only DaVinci has the quality, real time performance, creative features, and powerful control panels to make euphoric clients who love to keep coming back. That’s why clients always ask for DaVinci by name.
Realtime by Design
Computer based solutions are always limited to the computer you’re running on. DaVinci Resolve when running on Linux smashes this limitation, because it’s based on a cluster of Linux computers with high performance GPU cards, so all processing is always real time.Read more >
Scale as You Need!
Start with a single computer on Mac OS X for lower cost, then upgrade to Linux for extra power for high resolutions such as 2K or 4K, stereoscopic 3D feature films, or real time grading of raw RED files. It’s all possible with DaVinci! Read more >
Optical Quality Processing
DaVinci supports flat gamma, linear or log images with equal ease and quality. If you need to resize, reposition or zoom any shot, then DaVinci Resolve does it all in real time at full RGB optical quality. Pan, tilt, zoom, rotate plus more. Read more >
Engineered to Perfection!
DaVinci processing quality is so revolutionary it won an Emmy™ award for contributions to the television industry! All image processing is handled in the deepest 32 bit floating point accuracy, so even if you wind down one layer to almost black, you can still wind the following layer back up with no loss of quality. All effects, power windows, tracking, primaries and secondaries all operate at the highest bit depths, even when processing in real time. That’s the engineering perfection clients demand.
Mind Blowing Creative Options
Every node has full YRGB processing with primary and secondary controls; lift, gamma, gain, hue, saturation, luminance, calibrated printer lights, matte defocus, image defocus, 3D object tracking, YSFX, Custom Curves™, soft clip, highlight, circle, rectangle and polygon Power Windows™. Read more >
Nodes for Unlimited Creativity!
DaVinci uses node based image processing where each node is a separate color correction, power window or effect. Nodes are similar to layers, but much more powerful because you can change the connections between the nodes.Read more >
World’s Greatest 3D Tracker!
DaVinci Resolve includes the world’s most powerful 3D object tracker that’s perfect for locking Power Windows™ to on screen objects. No more time wasting key frame generation! Just drop a Power Window™ into a shot, turn on 3D tracking and press play.