So I’ve always been a PC girl. Recently gone to MAC (already regret it). I have the Studio DaVinci suite from my camera. I’ve tried to download to Mac Studio. It downloads the file, but when I look in the ‘finder’ folder in ‘downloads’ it’s not showing. The icon is on the desktop but the actual downloaded file to the open of the suite I can’t find. I’ve tried troubleshooting workarounds, still the same. How do I open the DaVinci download file I have?
I’m PC but I used Macs years ago. It sounds like you are seeing the install .dmg file on your desktop and perhaps mistaking it for the icon. I take it you have not installed Resolve yet so if you see that on your desktop, double click and see if that launches the Resolve installer.
FYI – Also, you can set the location for downloading files in the web browser that you are using. Each browser lets you specify the location in that browser’s preferences. I think it’s there or in your Mac prefs that you can choose download-only or download and open.
I’ve lived, and I still live, in both Mac and PC worlds. It’s no wonder you’re having cold feet – Mac is going to be uncomfortable at first. But if you bought a Mac Studio and use Resolve, I believe you will ultimately be happy. Get an external SSD for your data, connect via USB-3/Thunderbolt 4, and fly through your edits.
But you are right; the transition is tough. So if you want to stay in Mac-world, you should embrace training. I’d recommend courses (free) at your nearest Apple Store. I’m sure there are also many great videos online.
Software installation goes like this in Mac-world.
1. Download DaVinci Resolve. A file should appear on the lower left of your browser window. Click to open and enable installation.
2. Or, click on Finder, go to Downloads, and find something like DaVinci_Resolve_Studio_18.0.4_Mac.zip. Click on that and enable installation.
3. Go to Finder/Applications. In the DaVinci Resolve folder, click on DaVinci Resolve.
I feel your pain in transitioning. I believe you can return your Mac Studio if you don’t want to bother. But fwiw, this ex-PC person finds that the Mac Studio/DaVinci resolve combination is pretty darn great. Give it a shot. Good luck.