September 14, 2016 at 1:44AM

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Davinci Resolve 12.5 vs Premiere pro

I have been using adobe Premiere pro for a while now, and so have many others. But I see a trend going on of people switching to Davinci resolve as there editor. I have used it a little but not enough to make a fair call. So why are people moving? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And should I move?

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Adobe Premiere Pro (Creative Cloud) has had a bumpy ride on OSX since about 2014. Adobe's promise was that by moving from a license-per-version model to a software subscription model, Adobe could offer more frequent updates without gouging customers with excessive upgrade fees. But what happened was that Adobe released a very unstable version that collided horribly with Apple's Mavericks operating system. It was unusable for many, especially RED users. Instead of frequent updates to get things back on track, Adobe made users wait almost a year, by which time another OSX appeared, with more trouble for Adobe and their users. This continued until recently. Premiere Pro finally works reasonably well on the latest OSX release (though everything could change with the impending release of Sierra--I hope it does not).

In the mean time, Blackmagic have done a fantastic job of adding features to Davinci Resolve while at the same time keeping it up to date with all the latest camera and OS technologies. When RED releases a camera with new firmware, a new version of Resolve is typically available within a week! Moreover, for users who don't need 4K rendering, Resolve is free. For users who do need 4K+ rendering, Resolve costs less than a year of Premiere Pro, which means that over 5 years, Resolve costs a lot less.

Premiere Pro is Premiere Pro--a very popular NLE. But Adobe's stumbles, and Blackmagic's progress, have really turned the tables. I don't expect Premiere Pro to go away tomorrow. But Resolve is a very credible alternative that has proved itself a viable alternative, if not a preferred alternative to many, especially those who like to live at the cutting edge of digital cinema technologies.

September 14, 2016 at 6:24AM

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There was a time where I was saying "I LOVE PREMIERE" but not anymore. In fact, I hate it now. It became a nightmare to me since Creative Cloud.

I have a highend graphic card on one machine and older in another one. Surprisingly, Adobe Premiere is working fine with the older graphic card but in the new graphic card which is faster, it is giving a lot of problems. I have reinstalled Windows and all the drivers and software but no luck. All I am getting is the full white screen with no playback no audio. Adobe support is sucks and lost hope. This issue wasted my almost 2 months of time with ZERO PRODUCT value.

Finally, I was looking for better editing tool alternative and just found Davinci Resolve. I am surprised with it. At first sight, it looks high end cutting edge editing tool. I haven't gone through all feature and will need more time to get hands-on same as in Premiere.

Jatin Soni

February 20, 2017 at 6:31AM, Edited February 20, 6:31AM

If you require at least After Effecs in your workflow, then I see no reasonable round trip with Resolve. You can have everything dynamically linked in Premiere which is great.

Resolve still has its issues with playback and importing speed while Premiere has not - on the same machine.

But I agree: subscriptions sucks.

September 14, 2016 at 1:46PM

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JeffreyWalther
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Agree, found Resolve incredibly slow compared to PremPro on the same machine... but biggest of all is this database thing with Resolve, can't deal with it.

Kayode

September 15, 2016 at 3:31AM

Another point why Resolve running on Windows may be a problem:
You cannot use 3rd party codecs like in Premiere.

If you require a specific in-house codec (e.g. Lagarith) for your workflow, then Resolve can't use it. But Premiere does flawlessly. Resolve only offers a small set of fixed codecs - and I am not happy with the offer.

September 15, 2016 at 4:31AM, Edited September 15, 4:33AM

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JeffreyWalther
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Premiere is really a terrible software on macs, super buggy and unusable for large projects like documentaries. I switched after final cut 7 and always hated it. I never really use the after effects dynamic link because it is so buggy and slow. Rendering out and importing was much faster for me.

Resolve is much more stable and quicker than premiere, but the audio tools are pretty bad. Right now I feel the only complete, non buggy and quick NLE for macs is FCPX. It has come along way, and is finally a complete NLE.

I switched from premiere six months ago and couldn't be happier.

September 16, 2016 at 10:17AM

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I switched to Resolve from FCPX. I haven't used Premiere much, so can't compare them. And Resolve does still seem to have some audio-related issues. But it's becoming a very full-featured option and if you like colour grading, having all those tools there alongside editing is great.

To have the software for free, especially with the responsive updates, is incredible.

September 20, 2016 at 7:32AM

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Haven't used the NLE side of Resolve much. I do know that it can't handle .mp4s well at all, which although not a great codec, etc, sometimes that's your only option for sharing ref files back and forth. Sooo.... Well, Premiere pretty much takes whatever you throw in it.

If you have reason to get involved in Adobe's awesome eco-system, why not get it and download the free version of resolve? Use both for where both work best.

September 20, 2016 at 7:51PM

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I have been using Premiere since 2000 and I like how it works well with all the adobe software. I don't just use After Effects next to it, but also Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition and occasionally Encore.
So I'm really using the Adobe ecosystem. Besides that I often work with designers who use Adobe's CC as well. Using the same software makes it easy to throw files back and forth to each other :-)
A lot of the time I'm on tight deadlines so I usually grade in Premiere with Red Giant's Colorista, which saves me quite some time.

It's software that isn't free, but that's fine for me: I'm making a living using those tools.

September 25, 2016 at 6:45AM

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WalterBrokx
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Evaluate the resources your machine have. Technically, these two Software have their strengths and weaknesses and it lies in the Hardware configuration of your computer. Resolve require a lot of processing power and specialised GPU for efficiency. Premiere not so much. So weigh your options, think about your needs and act accordingly.

January 30, 2017 at 11:33AM

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Wentworth Kelly
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