Free 444-Page DaVinci Resolve 16 Beginner’s Guide + Certification Released

December 17th, 2019
Free 444-Page DaVinci Resolve 16 Beginner's Guide + Certification Released

BlackMagic Design have released the (free!) official DaVinci Resolve 16 Beginner’s Guide, and a certification to match. Whether you’re trying Resolve for the first time or checking out what’s new, this is your first stop.

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What is DaVinci Resolve?

For the uninitiated, DaVinci Resolve is a professional color grading tool crossed with a non-linear editor, and driven by BlackMagic Design’s passion for bringing pro tools and capabilities to the masses. In this case, that means the base software is 100% free to use. The fully-fledged Studio version sets you back only $299, and it’s included with most of their cameras.

If the phrase “Beginner’s Guide” had you worried this would be shallow and short, you can rest assured that it is not. This 444-page guide covers everything you would use in an average day of editing and coloring.

To quote from the guide:

What You’ll Learn

  • Use the cut page’s intelligent editing tools for putting together a timeline fast.

  • Edit multiple angles in a scene with the cut page’s revolutionary sync bin.

  • Eliminate hunting for clips in bins by creating a source tape on the cut page

  • How to setup projects, import media and use metadata to speed up your work.

  • Marking selections, editing clips in the timeline, and context sensitive trimming.

  • Working with titles, adding effects, and animating with keyframes.

  • How to retime clips, add transitions and stabilize shaky clips.

  • Primary and secondary corrections using Resolve’s legendary color tools.

  • How to match shots, use color management, create looks, grade multiple clips.

  • How to use PowerWindows, track objects in a shot, use curves and add ResolveFX.

  • Basic Fusion effects, working with the node tree, and animating text.

  • Audio editing, sweetening and mixing using Fairlight audio tools.

  • How to deliver projects to a variety of formats such as the web and broadcast.

  • Dozens of tips and tricks throughout the book that will transform how you work!

 

Blackmagic Design has added so many features recently that I just can’t keep up. I still use it mainly for color work, but it is a full-fledged editing tool in its own right. If you want to do basic special effects, this guide will show you how to get your hands dirty right here in Resolve 16. Same for audio editing. And that’s not to mention getting you up to speed on the headline features of this version, like the intelligent “cut” page or time-saving Sync Bins.

Certification, Too

You can use the Resolve 16 Beginner’s Guide as a reference, or as an official training program. Blackmagic Design have made all of the clips used in the Guide available for download at this link. If you choose to play along at home, you can download that 7gb project zip folder and extract it to your documents folder. After you have worked your way through the guide, you can take an exam on the content of the Guide, and even earn an official certification. Click here to get started.

Are guides like this helpful or extraneous for you? Do you use DaVinci Resolve yet or are you considering to try it out for your projects? Let us know in the comments below.

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 Alexander Sakharov
Alexander Sakharov
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December 23rd, 2019

Just pass the certification. It was interesting to understand my level in Resolve. Really I should learn a lot more :-)

Christopher Irion
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December 19th, 2019

Daria Fissoun, from Goat’s Eye View, is really gifted at explaining seemingly complex procedures in a clear and straightforward way. This is arguably the best instruction overview out there, and pretty much covers every feature. If you want to learn or just double check your overall understanding of how everything in Resolve 16 works, you could pay hundreds of dollars for other instructional series, this one won’t cost you a dime. Really worth checking out.

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December 17th, 2019

With today update we have realtime RED 8K playback on z800 workstation with a single 2080ti GPU. Resolve is hands down the best tool for all in one solution from editing to compositing 3D elements to color , audio and delivery. This will be my 4th big commercial project where I used only Resolve for the entire pipeline. Heavy use of Fusion tools right on the 6K BRAW timeline with multiple layers of Fusion comps. The only system that could do this was Avid DS back in the day with a pricetag over 100k. Blackmagic is killing it! ????????

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December 17th, 2019
Reply to  Edin Gacic

I really need to switch, just not enough time to learn it. This January I must force myself to do a first project in resolve.

John DAngelo
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December 18th, 2019
Reply to  Gerbert Floor

You can do it bro. That transition is never fun. If you have any questions just ask. Community for resolve is solid. We gotchu. :)

Marc B.
Marc B.
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December 19th, 2019
Reply to  John DAngelo

Resolve Studio 16 allows me to leverage the power of 1070ti GPU x 2 in a dated i7 quad core machine for smooth editing and with long, but acceptable render times with All-I 400Mbps footage. While it was an adjustment to kick the PPro habit, I do not miss all of the conflicts brought about with their regular update cycle.

Roy Boersema
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December 17th, 2019

Is this an ad? Coz this has been out for a while.

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