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  • Thoughts on Resolve

    Posted by Tom Daigon on December 20, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    As a new user of resolve I just wanted to share some positive thoughts and experiences.

    I left the Adobe family when the rental approach was adopted and since I’m retired I thought all editing was in the past for me. But when I discovered the developments done in resolve I thought it would be fun to see how things have changed since I retired 15 years ago.

    And I gotta say the changes are amazing. I’m very glad to see that resolve is holding its own in respect to Premier. I remember a time when avid users would look down on premiere with distain. It’s funny how somethings change and somethings remain the same with a slight variation.

    I think the increase of users due to its free availability as well as the wonderful support of third-party developers of tutorials and plug-ins like ripple training, Boris and motion effects have really given resolve a boost. I was skeptical about resolve replacing after effects for title animation and the tutorials I’ve been taking the last months have revealed just how powerful fusion can be when you know what it’s capable of .

    I’m really excited to start using the tools for some of my personal music video projects.

    Mark Grance replied 1 month, 4 weeks ago 5 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Tom Daigon

    December 20, 2023 at 9:47 pm

    Correction….”Ripple Training, Boris and MotionVFX”

  • Rob Ainscough

    January 5, 2024 at 9:53 pm

    Me too, I moved away from Adobe suite because I just wasn’t getting value for money and it seemed any new version caused all kinds of issues with stability and performance. I just got fed up of Adobe and lack of support.

    I was apprehensive about missing Adobe Ae, but found Fusion to be MUCH more intuitive and NOT a separate cost (huge plus). Love node based, it’s just so much easier to visualize and fantastic flexibility.

    The only thing I missed from Adobe was Ps … but I found Affinity Photo 2 and have NO regrets at all in dumping Adobe Ps.

    After being very impressed with Resolve/Fusion, I bought the Speed Editor (which comes with an Resolve license) … wow, just start Resolve and go worked immediately no fussing with the device at all and super low latency.

    Heck, next I got the BMD Mini Panel for color grading … again just plug in and it works, no fuss, just works and super accurate.

    On a roll, I got the BMD fairlight mixer console … and again just plug in and it works. Heck mixer panel even supports HDMI output so I ran an smaller 2nd OLED display from it so I can be working in other modes (Edit) and still see all the audio and adjusts.

    The most important part about Resolve is that I can focus entirely on content and haven’t needed to do anything to “make it work right”, it just works.

    As much as i like BorisFX, I just haven’t found the need to buy it again for Resolve, tracking works great so don’t need Mocha.

    For a long time Adobe Suite user (decades), I honestly didn’t believe there was a viable alternative for what I want/need to do … but I was very wrong, Resolve is that and more!

  • Kelly Longtine

    January 25, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    I have the luxury of having Adobe Suite and Studio Resolve. It took me a while to get used to Resolve mostly because I was so comfortable with Premiere. But for a while Premiere became so buggy that I was literally forced to use Resolve. Premiere crashed constantly, rendering would lock up… yada yada… Flash forward to today and I still use both depending on the project and who I am collaborating with. If I am the sole editor I use Resolve. The color page is proof enough to convert. Overall it is more stable and “clean”. I do wish there was a simple Render IN/OUT function though. Sometimes the render in place and all the other ways it renders does not seem to work for me. Also, I find Adobe Audition and Premiere’s Audio Tools a bit more “effective”. The Fusion page is where I am still learning. I tend to fall back to After Effects on anything complex. I have done some insane fixes with just the magic mask and a few other tools. So, yes I do love Resolve but still fall back to Adobe on a few things.

  • Eric Santiago

    January 25, 2024 at 6:22 pm

    I’m happy we have all these options for a decent price/free.

  • Rob Ainscough

    January 25, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    I think what bothered me most about Adobe is the price/subscription model I was forced to use. $700+/yr and I didn’t really get any features I wanted and stability and performance got worse and worse each year … it was probably 2017 when I last enjoyed using Adobe products. The cross platform nature of their software engineering teams leave some Windows/PC acceleration features under utilized. On the Apple side the hardware is far more restricted and changes much less frequently and that’s the schedule the Adobe development team adopt for both Apple and PC.

    As far as audio, working Atmos with Resolve is as easy as selecting the audio track type and go do sound stage … last I checked in 2023 Atmos wasn’t even supported in Adobe Premiere?

    EDIT: and one other issue I had with Adobe was they had so many separate apps that really shouldn’t be separate and as far as I can tell were done initially due to 32bit address space limits (4GB) but remained in place even after moving to 64bit simply to keep more revenue streams rather than workflow efficiency. Ae shouldn’t be a separate app, Audition shouldn’t be a separate app … they should be part of Pr.

    Agree on multiple platforms, competition is good.

  • Eric Santiago

    January 25, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    $700 a year in this business isnt so bad IMHO.

    I do come from the Alias/Wavefront/Softimage days so yeah I cant say its that much to me 🙂

  • Rob Ainscough

    January 25, 2024 at 10:59 pm

    You’re right, it’s not terrible expensive … but I started doing the SaS with Adobe back in 2012 so 11 years $7,700 … sure a lot cheaper than my MSDN (software development) subscription at $2500/yr … but I just didn’t see much of an improvement to the aspects I cared about over that $7,700 expenditure decade+. I was hoping Adobe’s shift to 64bit would improve performance and unify their apps, but that just never happened.

    My transition from Adobe to Resolve was actually very easy and the Resolve workflow just made more sense and saved me time. I do have more BMD hardware to speed up my workflow, but even without the hardware, the UI is just so much easier to work with and just makes more sense than Adobe’s UI. Resolve nodes are awesome, so much more flexible and easier to identify than just stacking up layers or grouping of layers like in Pr/Ae/Ps … I can quickly see at a glance in my node tree what dependencies exist and where I need to go to address something. In Adobe, I’m searching thru the layer stack.

  • Mark Grance

    February 21, 2024 at 6:04 pm

    I started on Avid then to FCP7 then to Premiere and then to Resolve. I still am on Premiere half the time for various reasons. A little frustrating jumping back and forth between the two because of the keyboard layout (yes I know I can change but prefer to keep them separate.)

    I hate that Resolve doesn’t support ProRes RAW. Not a fan of projects being stored in a database but that’s how they do it. And their preferences are all over the place — literally.

    Adobe keeps screwing around with color management. Frankly it seems like there is no captain driving the Adobe ship (by ship I mean all their apps.) Really, do we have to have a different color picker layout in each app? Or different type tool layout. Shouldn’t type generated in AE look the same as PP?

    But if I have the choice when starting a project (that doesn’t use ProRes RAW) I pick Resolve. I’m not a “motion graphics animator designer” I do compositing and other “fixes” and screen replacements during the edit, so not using AE and being able to use Fusion within the edit is a plus.

  • Rob Ainscough

    February 21, 2024 at 7:00 pm

    ProRes was good at one time but it’s progressively being phased out as better compression processes evolve. Don’t get wrong, ProRes will be around for a while but in this NLE market it’s no longer as relevant as it once was.

    Apple ProRes isn’t native in Resolve (many long discussions about this) for Windows, but you can still work ProRes if you really need to (warning on disk space consumption) … good video tutorial here:

  • Mark Grance

    February 21, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    It’s not the Windows issue for me, I’m on a Mac Studio, it is getting ProRes RAW footage from clients.

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