In one word, the reason is “Slog“.
Picked up the full Studio version for $390 used on eBay.
I downgraded my Adobe membership from $50 to $10 (Photography plan the includes Lightroom and Photoshop) and it feels pretty good to pay less. Money was not the issue, it came down to grading slog footage faster.
Other choices out there, like Finalcut, Avid, Edius. I have not tried them all, I am not saying that Resolve is the best out there, it is just the right fit for me.
I’ve been using Resolve for years now, but in very small amounts. I have done the vast majority of my editing in Premiere Pro over the past 6 years (before that is was Vegas). This switch is been years in the making.
I am not an expert at editing or color, so I might be the best person to listen to. I am not saying follow me, screw Adobe for not adding color features fast enough, this is a hard decision to make since there are many things to consider. To me it came down to grading a lot of slog footage, and this made the most sense.
Lots of questions to ask and everyone is different before you make a big change like this.
- What type of computer and GPU do you have?
- What camera do you shoot with, is it a heavily compressed format like XAVCS or is it ProRes?
- Do you shot in a log format?
- Do you use After Effects a lot?
To me Adobe was making record profits but was not making the advancements in color fast enough for me.
If you guys are interested perhaps I can make a video about how to setup your project so you can try Resolve to see what you think without wasting a lot of time like I did over the years.
Education is key if you want to get up to speed. Take Alexis Van Hurkman’s courses. I don’t have any affiliation with him.
I have created a large project and it is pretty stable, I had a few crashes, but for the most part it is about as stable as PPro.
There are many differences, like you will wait longer in Resolve to open up a directory for the first time, but you have to wait for all media to load when opening up a project in PPro.
The biggest difference is performance, PPro editing 4K footage on my beastly machine is great, but in Resolve it can be painfully slow which kills you creativity. But you can optimize the 4k footage within Resolve and then it cuts like butter. But the 15-30 minutes to optimize the media in resolve is offset in the fact the I will save 30 minutes when grading slog footage at the end.