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Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve

Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve

Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve: Both are two great video editors. Whether you’re an aspiring film editor or vlogger, video editing is a part of the process.

Filmora and Resolve do an awesome job of delivering convening content.

Here is a breakdown of their features, pricing, effects, and ease of use to guide you in choosing the best companion.


DaVinci Resolve 18
DaVinci Resolve 18

DaVinci Resolve and Filmora have essential video editing tools, so you won’t miss anything if you want an editor for basic editing. Both bring the following options:

  • Blade tool
  • Timeline editing
  • Audio-video editing
  • Volume control
  • Effects
  • Titles
  • Transitions


Filmora Interface
Filmora Interface

One key difference between DaVinci Resolve and Filmora is their Workflow.

Resolve assumes that you want to do as many things as possible. Hence, it automatically does stuff you usually do manually in apps like Filmora.

For example, putting a video on your timeline separates the video from the audio since they aren’t always used side-by-side with each other. In Filmora, you have to do that manually.

DaVinci Resolve also comes with two windows. The first is the Source Monitor Window, which allows you to play files you want to put in your timeline, while the Playback Monitor Window is for the timeline.

Filmora has one playback window to play both timeline and media files, making editing a slow process.

This makes selecting portions of your video included in your project easier since you can quickly select them and drag them to your timeline.

Filmora only has a playback window, so you would have to make all your cuts in the timeline itself, making the process more tedious, significantly if you’re cutting back and forth between two or more videos.

Related: Camtasia vs. Filmora

Text titles

Adding a Text Title in Resolve

Titles are a part of the Filmora vs. DaVinci comparison. Filmora supports over 3,000 text titles and 15 subtitle templates.

In comparison, DaVinci Resolve has 67 templates. Although the difference is vast, Resolve mainly offers professional titles, while in Filmora, you find professional to social.

Also, with Filmora, you need an internet connection because most of the titles are downloaded from the online library.


Adding Transitions in Filmora

Transition effects are animations between clips. Both support quite many transitions, but the win goes to Filmora because it supports over 1,100 transitions to add between clips.

Resolve supports around 60 effects. Like titles, most transitions are downloaded before using in the project.

Video effects

Video effects enhance the visual appeal of clips. Both offer professional effects, but Filmora has the advantage in this aspect.

It has over 2,200 video effects, but only a few are free. They are categorized as cinematic, timer, scanline, flicker, opening, etc., and relate to animated frames and 3D visuals.

In contrast, Davinci Resolve provides only 12 simple video effects and nearly 80 professional Resolve FX filters.

Audio effects

Sound Effects in Resolve
Sound Effects in Resolve

Filmora only provides nine audio effects. Some of those are:

  • Robot
  • Old radio
  • Male voice
  • Phone
  • Small room

Davinci Resolve, in contrast, includes over 24 audio effects, such as chorus, dialogue processor, echo, limiter, noise reduction, reverb, etc.

Also, you can alter each effect’s properties to enhance them.

In terms of built-in files, Filmora has over 1,000 audio files and over 4,000 sound effects, but not all are free.

In contrast, Davinci Resolve doesn’t have an audio library. However, you can install a 920 MB Fairlight sound library and get thousands of sounds.

Color grading

Color Editing in DaVinci Resolve
Color Editing in DaVinci Resolve

Color grading modifies the visual tones, color scheme, and video environment. Filmora has 47 preset color grading options for novice editors.

You can also configure the following grading variables:

  • Color enhancement
  • White balance
  • 3D LUT
  • Color
  • Light
  • Curve
  • HSL
  • Vignette

Comparatively, Davinci Resolve has 108 presets. However, its color grading is complex leaving beginners stunned for minutes if not hours.

Some of its options include color match, wheel, curves, and HDR grade.

Ease of use

The sheer amount of options DaVinci offers means that it would take a long time for users, especially beginners, to get the most out of the application.

For example, since DaVinci Resolve was initially conceived as a color grading tool, it makes sense to have better color grading features: from masking to keying to adjusting curves.

Its quality is so high that it’s being used for color-grading Hollywood-tier films. But for regular vloggers editing, the primary color adjustment features of Filmora are enough.

In terms of required specs, Filmora is lighter. Although both will work fine on many computers, if you have a slow PC and want maximum performance, Filmyou might want to start with Filmora.

Moreover, the free version of DaVinci Resolve does not support GPU rendering, so if you use the program for 4K or long videos, you will be waiting a long time for the program to render the video.

Lastly, Resolve takes about 4 GB of storage, while Filmora takes about 1 GB, which is much less than the former.

Related: Shotcut vs. DaVinci Resolve


Wouldn’t that be nice to see both programs in action? The video below covers Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve.

Comparison video


Filmora and DaVinci Resolve Pricing
Filmora and DaVinci Resolve Pricing

Both have free versions. As mentioned, Wondershare Filmora limits some features. It also leaves a watermark on the videos.

DaVinci Resolve does add a watermark. Here is the list of the things you will miss in the free DaVinci Resolve:

  • DaVinci Neural Engine
  • Performance ready
  • More format support
  • Advanced HDR grading
  • HDR scopes
  • 3D tools
  • Immersive 3D audio
  • GPU acceleration
  • More Resolve FX
  • Advanced noise reduction
  • Lens distortion
  • Remote grading
  • Scripting and automation

You can get DaVinci Resolve Studio 18 for a one-time payment of $295.

Meanwhile, Filmora offers different payment options depending on your price range: a $79.99 one-time fee gives you access to tech support and future updates.

You can also opt for a yearly subscription service at $49.99 or monthly subscription at $19.99 per month.

An additional pack called “Effects and plug-in” which includes the Filmstock (stock media) subscription costs $20.99 per month. The plan can be added to any Filmora subscriptions.

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Which one is for you?

It depends on the number of features you like and the cost you can afford.

Filmora is cheaper than DaVinci, and if you want the stock media, Wondershare has Filmstock at a discounted price with the Filmora software.

DaVinci Resolve is advanced, and it’s what you think of when you don’t want limitations on video professional editing.

Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve: Links


Ultimately, you will decide which of these programs suits your level of experience, your hardware, and the amount of detail you’re concerned about in making and editing videos.

This is the end of the Filmora vs. DaVinci Resolve article. I hope you liked it. Please share your review below and share the article with others to help them decide.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Thank you so much, I get the feeling Filmora is good for beginners. I find it extremely easy to use, where da Vinci is harder to get the hang of, but will help me with more advanced edits the more I get into editing. For the people wanting the a point in the right direction, it just depends on if you want quick and simple, or if you want to put in the work to learn da Vinci and get more of a professional vibe.


Friday 2nd of December 2022


Thank you, first of all, for all the work you put into the article :)


Friday 2nd of December 2022

Yes, I was also expecting a recommendation in the end. Now i'm more confused :)

for ex: if you are an absolute beginner... if you want to use it for personal content creation: vlogging, utube videos, social media clips... if you want to use for professional/advanced movie editing..

Se advice would be extra highly appreciated

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

The "Which one is for you?" section covers my recommendation. Filmora is good for social media videos and beginners. It does not drink your whole energy. DaVinci Resolve is a high-end program. You will need a good computer. Also, for social media videos, the tool is kind of useless because you find most of the basic options are in Filmora.


Monday 3rd of October 2022

The work is good. But why did you make the comparison if it's not to be at the end saying "we recommend this over that because........"? It's a pointless comparison in fact since at the end, it helps nothing. Good article, but did not provided what it should.


Wednesday 14th of September 2022

I can probably learn Davinci resolve with a little time. The problem is I ran into a few features that are paid. Its easier to swallow $60 vs $300 especially since it seems to do what I need it even let me do flog and pull in the Fuji LUT to correct it. The process took me less time to figure out than Davinci resolve.