April 12, 2018 at 7:09AM, Edited April 12, 7:09AM


Reasons why I stopped using Adobe CC

- Subscritpion model. You cannot decide to stop paying and using a stable version. You just pay and pay and pay even if you don't want to use the newest version, because it is buggy (CC2018 is a catastrophe!)

- It seems to me that Adobe has no interest to develop faster tools and strong core features. Instead they develop toy features like that graphics panel and the title designer. It is ridiculous.

- Premiere and After Effects are crashing. And on one machine and the newest April update, Premiere and AE won’t start anymore.
- The features and the GUI turns more and more into a construction area. Usability sucks.

- The performance… OMG!!!!!! What the hell happened during CC2016 and CC2018. It is a disaster!

- Affinity gives me good alternatives to Photoshop and Illustrator.

- Blackmagig Design gives me a very good alternative to Premiere and After Effects (in DaVinci Resolve 15 even at the same time in one application)

- I can’t stand it anymore. I have to leave Adobe.


I have not found the perfect system yet, but as of right now, the CC suite works seamlessly together. The biggest gripe I have is the subscription model. But until there is something that is better, I will keep paying the 60 bucks a month.

April 17, 2018 at 10:52AM, Edited April 17, 10:52AM

Walter Wallace

Do you like the work flow of Affinity? I've heard mixed things.

April 17, 2018 at 11:19AM

Mandy Freas
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April 18, 2018 at 3:43AM

Charles Haine
Filmmaker, Tech Nerd

Hmm, I dont recognize any of your issues.
While they could do with a little UI overhaul (there are several topics on easy to implement UI additions/fixes) and the core could be faster (ae12 was faster than 18 for example), I do think they are improving quite a bit every now and then.

I like the way davinci is going too, but in my work we are working together with many different parties at the same time, and using the industry standard is neccessary. At the moment, that is adobe for our segment.

April 20, 2018 at 2:59AM

Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking

I think pretty much nobody likes de subscription based model but all of them have to since there's no other viable option. I use FCPX as my go to NLE and i must say it is not a professional tool (i would recommend it to anyone that wants to learn and never used an editing software before because it's the easiest and best performance for what it is) but i just finished a 12 minute documentary film and it's a pain try to work with more than one editor with the production still going. And i just want to add, in 10 years time IF (big f***ing if) any NLE survive, it's going to be Avid Media Composer. The way i see it, DaVinci Resolve it's going to rule them all. Sorry for the monthly "invest" for this years to come unti...

April 20, 2018 at 6:10PM, Edited April 20, 6:10PM

Rafa Ga
Digital Film-Video Editor / Colorist / Motion Graphics

Rafa, your last couple sentences kind of contradict each other, what did you mean?
I think Resolve is going to dominate before too long. They're working on meaningful changes faster than anyone else--pancake timelines and a professional grade DAW in the last two updates alone make it a contender for the first ever all-in-one software, though I'll be the first to say they're not there yet (apart from color grading, where Resolve is king). I think being able to make adjustments to any component (edit, audio, color) at any time in the post pipeline will be a huge attraction, especially to the smaller outfits who don't have a huge budget to outsource everything. I met a director at AFI docs with a film in the festival and he was still working on the edit, even during his festival tour. Having everything you need in one software, even if imperfect, would be huge. And Adobe sucks on two out of the three critical components--audio and colour.

dave yoder

April 21, 2018 at 4:31AM

Sorry if i didn't make myself clear, as english it's not my native language. What i meant to say was, at least for me, in 10 years DaVinci will be the standard for everything and IF there's other NLE used in high end productions it's going to be Avid. And i say 10 years because Avid it's going to be harder to push away at that high end (let's say "Hollywood" productions).

Rafa Ga

April 21, 2018 at 11:07AM

Corporations and Businesses actually LOVE the subscription model. It makes budgets easy. Procurement loves consistency. Of course a solo guy out of his house doesn't want to pay monthly, when he can continue to use software that works good enough for him in a closed system. However, 60/mo to do business is still cheap. I'd love to not have to pay for years if its ok for me. But Davinci won't be free once it reaches a certain market penetration. Count on it. It's a business decision for them that will be exploited once the time is right.


April 25, 2018 at 5:07AM

To be fair, I haven't used Resolve for much more than color at this point, but I think the way Adobe handles audio and color now is pretty solid. The way you can quickly remove hums or other frequencies, add compression and dynamic processing, etc etc, or just send it round trip to Audition is very solid. And Lumetri is very solid as well. Nowhere close to Resolve, obviously, but for quick jobs where you need to be able to show it from the start and make changes as you go, it works well and it's pretty powerful. I do wish you could stack lumetri effects, or do power window like masking within the panel instead of adding it through the effects panel etc, but usually I feel like most people just haven't taken the time to really explore this features.

April 23, 2018 at 1:17AM


Ah, I understand. And I agree, I think that's the most likely trajectory for Avid and Resolve. Maybe Avid will stay king with the big houses and Resolve will bump PP out of the mid-small production market. There's going to be increased demand for doing everything under one umbrella, and Resolve seems the only one making the serious effort toward that end.

April 23, 2018 at 7:55AM, Edited April 23, 7:55AM


I stopped Adobe CC for the cost and moved to other alternatives for everything. Been learning Resolve and am happy with it. Excited that when I get the BMPCC4k that it'll come with a free version of Resolve 15 Studio.

April 23, 2018 at 8:06AM

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