Many filmmakers are still wondering whether the DaVinci Resolve 11 is feasible as an “end-to-end” editing solution.
Beside the essential editing features that one can find inside Resolve 11 such as ripple, roll, slip, slide, extend or shorten edits built-into the software, there is also a whole set of familiar features that we can’t simply omit.
There are keyboard shortcuts and toolbar buttons to mark edit points, insert tracks, delete clips. One can also simply drop clips directly into the timeline or drag clips over the edit pop up window to quickly perform insert, overwrite, replace, fit to fill, superimpose, 3 point.
Adding and swapping edits, adding built-in and third-party effects and transitions are included as well.
There are also timeline and clip markers with multiple colors and notes with optional marker rippling, compound clip creation and editing, linear and variable speed effects with optical flow processing, keyframable effects with an in-timeline curve editor, paste attributes, working with offline clips, full JKL transport controls and more.
In addition, there is an extensive support for importing and exporting XML, AAF, and EDL project exchange files between just about every NLE currently in use. One of the best features for me though, is the ability to cut away in the Edit page and then, with the single click of a button – start grading in the Colour page and then go back whenever you want.
DaVinci Resolve 11 Lite gives you all of the above features at no additional charge, plus the ability to work with files with mixed frame-rates, frame sizes and codecs within a single timeline with maximum Quad HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels supported.
Long story short, yes, it is absolutely possible to use Davinci Resolve 11 as your main editing platform for your current or future projects. However, you should consider the lack of a couple of features that many of us are so used to in other dedicated professional NLEs such as multicam editing, support of OMF files and audio filters. I’m sure we we’ll see these features implemented in the platform sooner than later.
The ability to import/export OMF files to Cubase or Pro Tools directly is a must for professional work. This is essential feature, especially for bigger movie productions where you simply can’t deal with all of the audio post-production and mixing in your editing NLE. However, there is a work around for this problem. You can simply export XML to FCP or Premiere and then export an OMF from there to ProTools or Cubase or any other audio NLE that supports import/export of OMF files.
We should consider that adding the editing tools to Davinci Resolve 11 is relatively new for the platform, so it is normal some features still to be missing in the current 11th version of the software. However, we should admit that the present implemented tools and features are robust and work together seamlessly. I’m quite sure that the Blackmagic Design team will continue to develop and add more editing features to the future releases of this great software so you should consider testing it in case you haven’t done it already.
Guys, do you think that it is possible to use Davinci Resolve 11 as a single editing and colour grading system or do you prefer to work with the other trusted NLEs?