DaVinci Resolve - configure your video editing workstation
With the video editing program DaVinci Resolve you are able to edit online and offline, video and audio postproduction, as well as visual effects in the same application. DaVinci Resolve is free and a very good alternative to AVID, Final Cut or Premiere. Afterwards you will find our workstation recommendation for DaVinci Resolve:
Which is the right CPU for DaVinci Resolve?
If you work predominantly with 2K footage, we recommend a high-frequency 3.5GHz OctaCore Xeon processor. If you are using 4K, 6K and 8K video material, we recommend a powerful dual processor workstation with 2 x 10-, 12- or 14 or Core of 2.8 GHz Xeon processors from 3 GHz. Intel Xeon processors are powerful, designed for continuous operation in server and workstation and impress with reliability and energy efficiency. The high number of cores and the large L3 cache as well as the scalability in multi-CPU systems with dual CPU sockets enable extraordinary multitasking. Ideal conditions for DaVinci Resolve.
How much RAM does DaVinci Resolve need?
The size of your memory depends primarily on the resolution of the video you're editing and the complexity of the editing sequence. We recommend 32GB RAM for 2K video, 64GB for 4K film, 128GB for 6K footage, and 256GB RAM for 8K video.
Which GPU is suitable for DaVinci Resolve?
As a beginner graficcard, we recommend using an nVidia Quado M4000. The Nvidia Quadro P4000 with 8GB and 1792 CudaCores is recommended by Blackmagic for more complex Resolve setups and the processing of 3D and 4K video material works optimally. As a high-end graphics card for 6k and 8k video material, you can use the nVidia Quadro K6000, M6000 or Quadro P6000 with 12 or 24 GB VRAM without any worries. The nVidia Geforce RTX2080Ti does very well, closely followed by the Geforce 2080 for 8K video material. AMD graphics cards from the Radeon Pro series offer you a very good price-performance ballance.
How important is the size of the graphics card memory?
When selecting the right graphics card for your projects, the VRAM (graphics card memory) plays a significant role. Depending on the length and complexity of your timeline or the resolution of your video footage, you may need a GPU with larger graphics card memory. We recommend to use 8GB VRAM for 4K video material and at least 12GB graphics card memory for 6K and 8K material.
Which graphics card architecture AMD or nVidia?
In the world of video editing, DaVinci Resolve is one of the few applications that will demand everything from its graphics card in terms of GPU acceleration. If your budget allows for a higher quality GPU, you will get better results with high-end nvidia graphics cards. In direct comparison, AMD offers you a few cost-effective alternatives, e.g. the Radeon Pro VII with its 16 GB VRAM and 3,840 streaming processors. Some of our customers cut with 8K media or use DaVinci to remove the image noise. For this workflow a large VRAM is recommended. Please note that the cooling system of the Radeon Pro VII is not designed for GPU multi configurations as is optional in many high-end workstations. To use a Radeon Pro VII in your workstation you need 2 x 6- to 8-pin adapters for the power connection. More than one alternative is the AMD Radeon Pro Duo. Thanks to 32GB GDDR5 graphics memory and two parallel active GPUs with 2,304 streaming processors each, the Radeon Pro Duo can increase performance by about 100% compared to the AMD Radeon Pro WX7100.
Which is the best Hard Disk configuration?
For optimal hard disk performance, we recommend the following configuration:
1. SSD Samsung 860 Pro, from 250 GB for the operating system and software depending on the size of your programs.
2. NVMe Flash Storage Drive, HP Z Turbo Drive or a Samsung 970 Pro M.2 SSD for your active project-related data.
3. external hard disks with Thunderbolt connection are perfectly suited as fast data storage for your project data. Please note that the built-in hard disk supports the full data transfer rate.
Are there special keyboards for DaVinci Resolve?
The use of a Logic Keyboard with color-coded keys makes DaVinci Resolve easy to control. An optional DaVinci Resolve Editor keyboard with integrated search control is available. With this keyboard you are able to edit much faster than with a mouse.