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DAVINCI RESOLVE

Color graders don’t always get the credit they deserve in the film industry, but the truth is that most films would not have the right tone and impact without the touch of a competent color grading professional.

Color is as much an element of meaning and storytelling as framing or any other film technique.

The good news is that these days computer software makes it much easier to achieve the colors we want in our videos in a time-frame that makes it much more affordable and practical.

The Resolve software from Black Magic Designs is an industry-leading package that lets color-graders do extremely advanced work while seeing the results in real time. It may “only” work with video, but make no mistake: Resolve is a system killer.


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Early versions of resolve required specialized processing hardware in order to work at all, but since GPGPU technology has become mainstream the latest version now relies on solutions from NVIDIA.

Since Resolve offloads real time rendering to the GPU you need to give most attention to this component. Ideally there should be multiple GPUs and Black Magic Designs themselves have demo system configurations that use eight GPUs in order to handle 4K 3D video.

While the GPU choice is important, the CPU and RAM also play key roles. The minimum requirements if for a modern quad-core CPU, which should handle 1080p footage.

RAM requirements start at 16GB and you should also consider an SSD drive as a working minimum.

Titan Computers recommended configuration for Davinci
At the low end we recommend the X151 with a second GPU added and the SSD upgraded to 512GB. This system is also good for the mid-range with added GPUs and an upgraded processor.

For the high-end we recommend the X499-Octane or X550 with additional video cards and a larger SSD.

Titan X151

Intel i7 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P2000 or better
1 to 2 NVIDIA GTX Cards for GPU
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
250GB SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10

Titan X199 v4
Intel Xeon E5 (more cores is better)
Nvidia Quadro P4000 or better
1 to 3 NVIDIA GTX Cards for GPU
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
250GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10


Titan X499-Octane
Two Intel Xeon E5 (the faster the better)
Nvidia Quadro P4000 or better
1 to 3 NVIDIA GTX Cards for GPU
At least 32GB Memory DDR4
500GB+ SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10




It is now also practical to use Resolve on the go! With our M151 mobile workstation you get an 8-thread quad-core CPU and two high-end NVIDIA GPUs - so you can finally take your work out of the studio and even onto the set.

Titan M151
Intel i7 (the faster the better)
1 to 2 NVIDIA GTX Cards for GPU
At least 16GB Memory DDR4
250GB SSD Primary Drive
1TB Storage Hard Drive
Windows 10






Operating systems supported by Davinci:

Windows 10 64-bit Professional
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