Switching to Davinci Resolve 15
A little while ago I started an Adobe Premiere video editing course. Unfortunately, just before Christmas my PC died, so I had to build a new one. This led me to reconsider whether, as a hobbyist, I really needed to keep paying for the Adobe suite software I've been using. Luckily for me, my annual subscription period was coming to an end, and so I made the decision to switch to free software for photo and video editing. I will try them out for six months, after which time I'll hopefully have reached a conclusion.
DaVinci Resolve 15, too good to be true?
Blackmagic Design is an Australian company founded in 2001. Blackmagic's first and main products have been broadcast video hardware, but in 2009 the company acquired Da Vinci Systems, a company that had won Emmy Awards for film colouring and restoration equipment. DaVinci Resolve is a non-linear video editing system, the latest versions of which are fully featured and distributed both as a free and paid version of the software.
Never having heard of DaVinci Resolve, I looked into the software a bit further and quickly realised that I couldn't go wrong with swapping over to it.
Apart from all the classic editing tools, and more, version 15 includes:
- Fusion, so it’s possible to bring feature film quality visual effects and motion graphics into your productions. Now that I've been using for a few weeks, I have to say that the interface is so intuitive and well laid-out;
- Fairlight, professional audio post production is fully integrated; and
- a world-class and award-winning set of creative grading tools that let you manipulate light and colour in breathtaking ways.
Learning to use DaVinci Resolve
I signed up to a Udemy course with Louay Zambarakji to learn the software because I have to confess that I am a fairly lazy learner, and I need the motivation to keep studying. However, if you are self-motivated and you don't want to spend any money at all, Blackmagic Design have also produced about 8 hours of online video tutorials on their YouTube channel. In addition, there are very detailed PDF books to download straight from their website.
If you want all the benefits of Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects in one FREE professional software, then go for DaVinci Resolve 15. I'm not regretting my change over to it.