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  • Michael Gissing

    February 1, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    It has been my experience talking to editors that Resolve since version 16 has been a better performer on most hardware than Pr. Your problems Robert may be a particular combo of OS and hardware. Also are you using the latest versions of Resolve. V17 beta is out and every version seems to improve performance.

  • Paul Golden

    February 2, 2021 at 1:59 am

    OK, I’ll add another wrinkle. I often use FCP as my Online and Offline tool and do my color correction and dailies grade in Resolve. For example, I shoot 4.6K raw and bring everything into Resolve. I do a one light grade and render dailies to HD and cut like crazy in FCPX. Then I export a timeline (reel) as an XML and bring it back to Resolve and do a color correct grade on the full res raw files. Then I render out full-res ProRes files that are now graded and conform them back in FCP. I find FCP very fast to output changes from and I can do all of the graphics, titles, and other effects there if I want. I know everyone is all excited about Resolve as a finishing tool, but I value the speed and organization tools of FCP. Your mileage may vary.

  • Oliver Peters

    February 2, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    Paul – yes, I work the same way, whether I’m in FCP or Premiere. The Resolve roundtrip has the advantage that you don’t need to recreate titles and effects in a different NLE (Resolve) as what you did in the “offline” editor. Of course, taking it one step further, for most projects the grading tools within FCP (plus plug-ins like Color Finale 2) are competitive versus Resolve for 90% of projects. The color workflow in Resolve is hard to beat (tools and color UI layout), but the trade-off is proper sequence translation. So it’s really a matter of preference.

  • Paul Carlin

    February 2, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    To add my $.02, I would agree with those who are suggesting a proxy workflow… No matter what system you edit on. And since you plan on finishing in Resolve, why not edit in Resolve and avoid the entire conform process. Begin with Page 17 of the Resolve Manual “New Proxy Media Workflow” to see the advantages.

  • Robert Withers

    February 2, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks, Oliver. Here’s what I wrote during my last resolve days:

    Resolve 16 is running very slow for me. Folks have advised selling my new 2019 iMac 3.6 Hz computer with 16 G RAM, getting an SSD instead of the Fusion drive, replacing the 575X Radeon Pro GPU (4 G) with a higher grade, replacing my Thunderbolt 3 ext drives with SSDs or RAIDS. . . Is Resolve just too demanding for ordinary computer resources? Does Premiere function with less demand on the computer and its parts? Or is it just easier to solve problems by using higher-end machinery?

    I’d have to go back to resolve to identify exactly what the issues were — it had to do with importing, renaming and converting 1000+ files within that internal project management system, bins, etc. I would enter the command then walk away for a cup of coffee.

    Thanks again,


  • Oliver Peters

    February 2, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Robert – I would say that RAM and the Fusion drives are the main issues affecting performance in regards to your iMac. GPU will tend to affect render speeds. Premiere isn’t much better. In fact, Resolve generally is faster and handles media better than Premiere, but it really varies with each type of project.

    I did test a Resolve commercial job with an M1 Mac mini (the base model) and it performed really well. Right now, if you want the NLE that performs best with media on a Mac, then go with FCP. Not perfect, but better optimized. However, in all cases, it really comes down to the type of media, speed of drives, and complexity of the project. So unfortunately nothing is definitive.

    Why were you renaming files? That might be better done at the Finder level with a batch renaming app.

  • Misha Aranyshev

    February 21, 2021 at 8:40 am

    2017 MacBook Pro. External 2.5″ USB3 drive. ProRes LT 1080p at 23.98 fps. Nice and smooth.

  • Misha Aranyshev

    February 21, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Shift-D to bypass all applied grades and cut away.

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