The Davinci Resolve Mini Panel Review

May 31, 2017

Why bother with a control surface? There are lots of good reasons to use a physical controller to do things with a computer that in theory can easily be done with a mouse and keyboard. For colour grading and sound mixing there is one overriding reason that control surfaces make such a big difference and that is simply that you often need to be adjusting multiple parameters while looking at the pictures rather than the controls.

The DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel takes this to a whole new level with its convenient size, intuitive design and deep integration with Resolve. The first thing you notice when taking it out of the box is the build quality. It’s a solid piece of professional gear and while it is small compared to the full sized Advanced Panel, it still has a decent sized footprint on a desktop and enough space between the controls so that you’re not constantly bumping one when adjusting another.

Unlike the smaller Micro Panel, the Mini requires its own power connection but this can be either AC or DC. The other side of this though, is that a USB-C powered laptop like the new MacBook Pro can actually be powered from the Mini Panel using the same cable as for control, making for a very clean and simple portable setup.

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