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?
The choice of CPU for DaVinci Resolve depends primarily on the balance of the other components (RAM, GPU and hard drives). If you are using 4K, 6K and 8K video material, we recommend a powerful dual processor workstation with 2 x 10-, 14- or 18-Core Xeon processors from 3.5 GHz (Turbo-Boost). 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. The higher the MHz frequency the better DaVincvi Resolve will work. As an alternative, an Intel i9 with 10 cores and 4.5 GHz in Turbo Boost is suitable. AMD processors have become a real alternative. Unfortunately, very few business workstations are equipped with AMD processors. Lenovo currently has a business workstation with the Thinkstation P620 with, for example, an AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3955WX with 16 cores, 32 threads and up to 4.3 GHz available. We currently offer this model under the following link.
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. Pay attention to the maximum clock rate (MHz) of your RAM modules. The higher the clock rate, the higher the data rate and the performance of your RAM 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?
DaVinci Resolve offloads intensive image processing to the GPU and uses YRGB 32-bit floating point processing for exceptional colour precision. Ideally, use one GPU for the user interface and a second graphics card for image processing. If you want to use a mobile workstation for DaVinci, we recommend you look for a Thunderbolt 3 port so you have the option to run an external GPU. For the base graphics card, we recommend using an NVIDIA Quadro P4000, an NVIDIA Geforce RTX4000 or an RTX2060 Super, RTX2070 Super or a Geforce 2080Ti. The NVIDIA Quadro P4000 with 8GB and 1792 Cuda cores is recommended by Blackmagic, among others, for more complex Resolve setups and the processing of 3D and 4K video material works optimally. Our recommendation for dual graphics cards in an SLI network is two NVIDIA Quadro P4000, Quadro P6000 or two NVIDIA RTX4000. For more comprehensive tasks we can recommend one or two NVIDIA Quadro RTX5000 with 16GB DDR6 VRAM. As a high-end graphics card, we recommend the new NVIDIA Geforce RTX3070, RTX3080 and RTX3090 series if available. An affordable alternative is the AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100 with 16GB VRAM and 4,096 streaming processors based on the state-of-the-art Vega GPU architecture.
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. M.2 NVME SSD Samsung 980 Pro, from 512 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 980 Pro M.2 NVME 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.