DaVinci Resolve Lite and Lightworks are industry quality free applications for Color Correction and Video Editing (NLE). They have both seen extensive use in several Hollywood Studio Blockbusters. With the availability of these two applications, any independent studio (in the first or third world) can learn using exactly the same tools as the industry heavyweights.
DaVinci Resolve Lite
DaVinci color correctors have been the standard in post production since 1984. There are thousands of colorists worldwide who understand the performance, quality and workflow of DaVinci. DaVinci is the name behind more feature films, television commercials, documentaries, television production and music videos than any other grading system.
When you’re in a room full of demanding clients with conflicting ideas, colorists know that only DaVinci has the quality, real time performance, creative features and powerful control panel you need to work fast! You can upgrade DaVinci Resolve as you grow! Start by downloading DaVinci Resolve Lite free of charge, then upgrade when you need more power.
- Official Homepage Blackmagic Design: DaVinci Resolve.
- Detailed review/overview of the application http://matthayslett.com/davinci-resolve-lite-greatest-color-grading-app-on-the-planet/
- User Features http://www.blackmagic-design.com/community/
Lightworks is a Beta NLE (Non linear Editor) being developed that is currently available for free. Even the Pro version will be less than $100 per year and it appears to have just as many cool features (and slick interface) of the more Commercial apps.
- Official Homepage http://www.lightworksbeta.com/
- Production Credits http://www.lightworksbeta.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107&Itemid=260
Editing/Grading GH2 Footage
How to get the best footage from your GH2/Digicam for color correction http://stefanorinaldo.me/2012/02/08/panasonic-gh2-and-film-mode-nostalgic-win/
5dtorgb: Mac/Windows – convert AVCHD (GH2&others) to Prores codec (DaVinci and Retail Lightworks)
Another tool converting the AVCHD (.MTS on the GH2) for Lightworks Beta/DaVinci