A filmmaker's story.
Switching to DaVinci resolve is a trend you shouldn't miss.
Video editors are known for their loyalty to certain editing software. The process of mastering these programs takes hundreds of hours and endless amounts of coffee. If you have ever invested that much into a project, you know that it’s hard to let go.
A few months earlier this year, I found myself right at that point. Reluctant to let go of editing in Premiere Pro but curious what the Resolve-hype was about. At the end of February, I made the leap and started my first project using only Davinci Resolve. Luckily, the knowledge transfer was bigger than expected and I didn’t take too long to find around in the new software. Ever since then, not even the lacking integration of After effects could make me regret this decision.
Now, months into using my new editing flame, I think that I found the four advantages that made me stay.
1. It doesn't crash!
One of the main issues many users experience with Premiere Pro is that it isn’t really capable of handling bigger projects. At least on smaller machines like my Mac Book Pro, the program has been crashing a frustrating amount of times. On a flight from Denmark to Istanbul a few months ago, it froze 5 times during a simple edit. Considering that I wasn’t editing the whole air time, that's more than once an hour. Even tho I can’t speak from my own experience, high-end computers seem to be affected too. A few friends told me he experienced similar issues on his juiced-up editing towers.
What Premiere was capable of in a few hours took DaVinci Resolve 3 months. Just last week, I experienced the 5th program crash, 3 of which were triggered do to my non-existing file management structure.
2. Fusion is powerful.
The missing integration of After Effects was the main reason that kept me from switching way earlier in my editing career. That and the fear of leaving the well-known layer structures from Adobe for node-based editing. But to be honest, with time it turned out that using nodes made way more sense than layers to visualize your way of editing.
No question that this is highly subjective.
Apart from that, turned out that I wasn’t missing the functionality of after-effects at all. Black Magic Design did a great job with the introduction of the Fusion page (An equivalent to After effects). Now the sometimes lacking file link between the Adobe programs isn’t an issue anymore. Everything works just fine within the same program. Using Davinci Resolve 16 is like having Premiere and After Effects in the same program, and it’s free.
3. The color space is black magic.
Davinci’s color output is amazing. I’m not sure if it is the slightly more sophisticated adjustments panel, the color science the program or some magic during export.
No matter what makes the difference, the freedom of color manipulation seems higher. In the end, the color grading of my videos enhanced to a point where it generated two new clients. In that regard, I stopped complaining about the time effort to learn a new program.
Davinci Resolve was initially thought of as a pure color grading program without not video editing options. It seems that focussing on the things they do the best helped to create a program that reached a new level.
4. It makes your edits unique
At the end of the day, Video editors base their business on their certain way of editing. The more unique the easier it is to see if there is a brand match.
It’s unquestionable that it’s possible to find or create your brand style in every software! For me, it was just a little easier when the path wasn’t as beaten. Davinci, in its current way, is still fairly new to the market. The proportion of editors using it is still low. So far, templates for certain animations as well as color grades are also scarce…
Even tho a switch comes with more initial work effort, I think that this, more blank canvas, can be a great opportunity to spark creativity!