DaVinci has been well known as a robust color-grading and color-correction platform. While Premiere Pro is a highly respected, non linear-based picture editing platform. Premiere Pro is also fully integrated with Adobe’s other Creative Cloud software, including: Photoshop, Illustrator, SpeedGrade, Audition, and most powerfully, After Effects.
CC provides comprehensive video format support with mezzanine-level codecs, plus 8K and RAW file support. Users are reminded of Apple’s Final Cut Pro’s simple-to-use interface. Apple sadly discontinued support for all but the consumer-level X version of FCP. Premiere Pro includes multi-camera editing features, plus sophisticated color grading tools. Editors can easily import and export to Avid’s Media Composer. Premiere Pro also includes titling templates.
DaVinci on the other hand, offer superior color grading capabilities, but it has morphed into a full-fledged editing suite. Resolve supports mili-camera editing features and works well with dual processors. The latest version offers a playback engine that is up to 10 times faster than previous versions. DaVinci also features a full copy of Fairlight’s movie and TV audio postproduction software. Like Final Cut Pro X, editors can cut audio at sub-frame and sample levels. Resolve also supports robust collaboration tools, allowing two editors to work on the project simultaneously. DaVinci does not support dynamic links to After Effects, and it requires high-performance computing power to work efficiently. DaVinci is also limited in how many file format and codec specification options editors have for outputs. The price of Resolve now matches Final Cut Pro X at $299, significantly down from $999. And adding a complete NLE system to the word’s defacto color correction software is probably making some professional colorists, directors nervous.
All in all, Adobe’s Creative Cloud seems still have Blakmagic’s DaVinci Resolve beat for basic and advanced editing work flows. It is a practical solution. However, if you like a post production process with a track-based NLE, you should consider Resolve 14.
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