How to Use DaVinci Resolve

How to Use DaVinci Resolve (For Beginners and Beyond)

If you are completely new to video editing or if you’d like to switch to DaVinci from a different video editor like Premiere Pro, here are the best DaVinci tutorials to watch to get started.

The free version of DaVinci video editor installed on your computer is the only pre-requisite for you to get started with these tutorials. You can always buy the paid version – Studio at $295, but it’s better to start with the free version to test the video editor out.

In this collection of tutorials you will understand how edit your first video in DaVinci, how to perform the basic actions like adding text and importing and exporting footage. At the end of our collection, we also included a free pack with transitions and a tutorial to use it.

Each tutorial is between 7-15 minutes long. To watch all the 13 tutorials will take between 1.5-2 hours.

Here are a couple of posts that you may want to consult if you are familiar with DaVinci and you need more advanced stuff:

How to Use DaVinci Resolve for Video Editing

In this series of free video tutorials by Shutterstock and UglyMcGregor you will learn about how to start editing videos in DaVinci Resolve in no time.

Even though this basic course is for Resolve 12, the concepts are valid for Resolve 17 and 18 (the most recent versions).

DaVinci Resolve Basics

Here is a crash course to get started with DaVinci in 10 minutes.

If you have more time, take a look at the collection of free tutorials below.

In this 6-video course you should be able to learn how to get started with DaVinci: tab by tab.

#1: Media

#2: Edit

#3: Tools

#4: Transitions, Markers, Flags

#5: Audio Editing

#6: How to Export Video

Video Editing Tips

In these free tutorials you will learn more advanced video editing tips in DaVinci. Each tutorial is between 10-15 min long.

Part 1: Learn how to use Auto-select, Keyboard Shortcuts, Retime Control, Slow motion:

Part 2: Learn about Moving Media Between Timelines and Projects, Dynamic Project Switching, Power Bins.

Part 3: Still Length, Selecting Specific Clips, Keyboard shortcuts, Stop and Go to the last position, how to manage lengthy media.

How to Add Text in DaVinci Resolve

If you only need to add text in Resolve, here is a quick video tutorial about that.

How to Reverse a Clip in DaVinci Resolve

For the specific steps to reverse a video clip in Resolve, use this hands-on tutorial:

How to Create a Transition in DaVinci Resolve

After watching these tutorials, you probably want to create something different and new. Let’s do it with this video transition and this free pack from Shutterstock.

Download the free video editor kit on Shutterstock to follow this above tutorial.


DaVinci Resolve is a powerful video editor that offers a lot in terms of editing, color grading, audio. Its free version creates a unique opportunity for aspiring and seasoned video editors to edit at a low cost. It’s rare that creative tools are free and accessible. So add Resolve to your toolkit and learn how to use it productively. It may be a start for a career in video editing?

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