I think 2015 will be known as the year when NLE’s and color grading software came together to make our live much easier. One one hand you have Adobe Speedgrade being integrated into Premiere Pro CC 2015, and on the other we have a full blown NLE built in to DaVinci Resolve 12.
Resolve’s color so much better than SG but round tripping with Resolve hurts so bad I only used it on important projects.
When I attended NAB in April, it was somewhat foolish trying to get my Speedgrade questions answered at the Adobe booth while I should have been playing with the new Resolve 12. The new Resolve 12 will be released next month.
Before I go any farther I want to mention I am a Windows user so Finalcut is out and I am not going with Avid or Edius because the user base is small so that means training available and others to learn from on YouTube.
I started on Sony Vegas the reason I left was performance issues it would crash with more than 80 1080 clips. The PPro MPE could not be beat so I moved from Vegas, and it was the right decision 5 years ago.
Premiere Pro CC 2015 vs. DaVinci Resolve 12
When I was at NAB I was asking where are all updates to Speedgrade were? I noticed all of SG had been put in to PPro but nothing new put into Speedgrade. So it feels like SG has been integrated in to PPro which is great. So is SG as a stand alone app dead? I don’t mind SG as a stand alone app dying, I think it makes a lot of sense. I called Adobe to see if there were killing it off and they won’t answer me.
The new PPro/SG combo seems pretty powerful and I am sure it can handle just about any project. But my guess is Resolve 12 will still be more powerful since it has features that SG doesn’t have like Hue vs Hue. Dealing with Sony a7s Slog2 footage I have found myself using Hue vs Hue a lot more. Or making a quick qualifier in Resolve is really fast compared to SG. It just seems like I can work faster and more creatively in Resolve compared to SG.
Premiere Pro has some issues which frustrate me, like trying to sync two cameras to via audio and it only working like 25% of the time. Perhaps Resolves multi cam audio sync will work more like Puraleyes.
SG never got Adobes fingerprint on it, for instance you can’t zoom on timeline like you can in other Adobe products. These are some minor issues but I makes me wonder if the grass is greener over in Resolve land?
Here is my thought: PPro has a strong NLE, Resolve is strong in Color. It might be a while until Premiere Color gets as good as it already is in Resolve right now. My bet is that the NLE in Resolve will improve faster than color will improve in Premiere Pro.
If I move to Resolve I am sure it won’t be all roses for instance I will really miss the temp slider in SG, I sure wish Resolve had that!
So what it comes down to is the NLE more important or is color is more important? With the Sony a7S there’s no question about it, color is more important than the NLE. Sony does not have easy colors that Canon has. This could be an easy decision.
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