Learning something new can be scary. When you are already comfortable with something, you usually don’t want to switch to something completely new. Well, that’s what I’m doing right now; I’m switching from Adobe Premiere to DaVinci Resolve. It’s only been a month or so, but I’m loving it so far.
Switching from Adobe Premiere to DaVinci Resolve
For the past 4 years or so I have been using Adobe Premiere to edit all of our videos. Initially, I started using it because I was already an Adobe guy. I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop for like 12 years, and when I started video, I already had Adobe Premiere from a package I had bought.
I still like Adobe Premiere. It has worked well over the years, and I could continue using it if I wanted to. The main reason I’m switching is because I’ve found that DaVinci Resolve just works better for what I do.
I’m still trying to figure out a lot about DaVinci Resolve, but so far, I’m feeling like the tools make color correction and other editing chores easier. Adjusting the highlights, shadows, midtones, color, and contrast seems much more straight forward. All the options are right there for each clip. With Premiere, I’d have to either add a filter or click to find some options. I can do it in both, both DaVinci just seems easier. I also like that DaVinci has built in LUTs. Since I’ve switched to shooting Sony, that has made editing much easier.
Lately Adobe Premiere has been taking forever to process things. To watch my film smoothly, I have to render first, and that can take like 30-40 minutes. Then, when I actually export the film, it has been taking over an hour to do things. It use to be slow, but I feel like it’s gotten even slower.
When I created my first film with DaVinci Resolve, I was blown away with the processing speed. When I exported, it took maybe 10 minutes instead of the hour plus for Premiere. Also, I never had to render anything to view it before.
I’ve been using Adobe Premiere CS6 for a long time because I didn’t want to switch to their monthly plan. The monthly plan is good for some people, but I felt the program I had was good enough. I really had no plans of getting a program until I saw the price of DaVinci Resolve….FREE! That’s right! Anyone can download the program for free, and it’s not a free trial or some really, really limited version. I’ve used it to edit three films so far. There are a few things left out of the free version, but it’s nothing you have to, have to, have.
I’m still figuring out things and learning new things, but I’ve made up my mind: I’m Switching from Adobe Premiere to DaVinci Resolve. I’m loving all the things I can do with it. I’m loving it so much that if I find I need to, I’d be willing to buy the full version. If you’re looking to edit some video, you might check out DaVinci Resolve. There is a learning curve, but it’s free and it’s an amazing program.