DaVinci Resolve vs Final Cut Pro: Avoid This HUGE Mistake!

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘DaVinci Resolve vs Final Cut Pro: Don’t make a HUGE mistake!’ by Rafael Ludwig

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People are switching from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve for video editing due to its power, complexity, color grading, and availability across different operating systems, while Final Cut Pro offers a more user-friendly interface, macOS exclusivity, templates, and a one-time purchase cost. The choice between the two depends on individual needs, and learning multiple tools can be beneficial. Furthermore, Resolve shows promising updates, while Final Cut’s future remains uncertain. Premiere Pro is criticized and considered dying.

Key Insights

  • Many people are switching from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve for video editing.
  • DaVinci Resolve is powerful but complex, requiring technical workflow and deliberate decision-making.
  • Final Cut Pro offers a more streamlined and intuitive interface, making it easier for beginners.
  • Resolve excels in color grading, while Final Cut has plugins that try to make up for its shortcomings.
  • Final Cut is exclusive to macOS, while Resolve is available on macOS, Windows, and Linux.
  • Final Cut uses the Magnetic Timeline, automatically adjusting clips based on editing actions for more efficient editing.
  • Resolve uses a traditional track-based timeline, which can be overwhelming for beginners.
  • Both apps have good organization and media management features but handle them differently.
  • Resolve integrates editing, motion graphics, color grading, and audio engineering into one app, making it complex.
  • Both Final Cut and Resolve have built-in effects and transitions, but Final Cut requires third-party plugins for more options.
  • Resolve offers superior visual effects and motion graphics capabilities through its Fusion module.
  • Resolve's audio editing tool, Fairlight, is more advanced but comes with a steep learning curve.
  • Final Cut has a larger library of well-designed and customizable templates compared to Resolve.
  • Performance-wise, both apps work well on macOS, but Resolve requires a more powerful machine for complex projects.
  • Final Cut costs $300 for a one-time purchase, while Resolve offers a feature-rich free version and a paid studio version for the same price.
  • Both apps have numerous tutorials available for learning.
  • Resolve's future updates seem promising, while Final Cut's future remains uncertain but needs to show progress.
  • The choice between Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve depends on individual needs, preferences, and hardware.
  • Using multiple tools and learning different software can be beneficial rather than limiting oneself to just one.
  • Premiere Pro is criticized and considered to be a dying program.
  • Please note that this summary only includes the key insights from the video and may not cover every detail mentioned.

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Switching, switching, switching. Everybody is switching to DaVinci Resolve and rightfully so. Or is it? Most of the people that I’ve noticed are actually switching from Premiere Pro to DaVinci. And honestly, that makes sense. Resolve is super powerful, but you know what they say. With great power comes great complexity.

As a video professional, I do video content every day. I create videos for clients, brands, large and small businesses, editing, motion graphics, 3D animation, you name it. So my needs are pretty hefty. And DaVinci Resolve is one of those tools that I use for client work, along with Final Cut Pro, Avid, Premiere Pro, specifically for editing.

And if you’re considering switching to Resolve, there are some great reasons to make the switch. But I would say that there are also great reasons to switch to or stick with Final Cut Pro. It comes down to which reasons are more compelling to you. Do you want a more technical workflow or do you want one that’s more streamlined?

Here’s the thing. I love and hate DaVinci Resolve. It’s frustratingly fantastic. Resolve is anything but easy to use. Sure, it has some great things like the magic mask, powerful graphics and compositing, amazing color grading and audio tools. But I am curious to see how many of these switchers will actually switch back after a while.

I have been using Resolve professionally since version 16 and don’t even get me started on the color grading and the audio tools and the noise reduction. They’re all fantastic, but it frustrates me too often to make me want to use it exclusively. Technically, it’s a great tool, but that’s the biggest frustration that I have with it. It’s too technical and it feels like there are many steps needed to do even the simplest of things.

You have to make so many deliberate decisions before you start editing because some of them are actually really hard to change later on and they will affect the work. You have to set the timeline and project parameters, which you can’t change later. Which color space are you working in? Adding drives and locations too often, I just feel too frustrated even before I made my first edit.

Now, granted, all these things are important to have a smooth workflow down the line. Whereas on the other hand, Final Cut feels too simple and most of the decisions are made for you and you have to go and then change those settings to gain some of that control back where the media is stored or where the app actually functions.

It does feel like these two apps are coming from the opposite ends of the editing spectrum. Listen, I get it. DaVinci is a powerhouse of built-in features. It has everything you could need for post-production, but does it actually make the process faster? Render speeds aside, because Final Cut and DaVinci are on par when it comes to rendering and performance, but that’s not the speed I’m talking about.

I would classify Final Cut as a creative editing tool with drag and drop simplicity. And DaVinci, I would classify as a technical creative editing tool because it forces you to really understand color space, media management, project setups, frame rates, and other technical aspects of post-production and delivery formats for high-end production standards. Things that the majority of people will never need to know, specifically if they are creating for YouTube exclusively.

That is why you really need to consider why you want a specific editor. Do you want to be mostly creative with some ability to adjust the image and sound and jump into the edit and get the video out as fast as possible? Or do you need something that is more technically accurate for a standard specification? Or simply put, are you creating for YouTube or a feature film?

So let’s take a look at a comparison between Final Cut and Resolve to help you better decide which is best for you and if you really do need to switch.

Let’s get this out of the way. Color grading. Resolve is renowned for its color grading capabilities, offering industry-standard color correction and grading. While Final Cut has color correction features, they are not as extensive or robust as Resolve’s. But there are plugins for Final Cut that try to make up the shortfall, like Color Finale or Cinema Grade. But even the most seasoned Final Cut users will use Resolve to do their final color grade.

Final Cut and Resolve are both professional video editing software, but they do have some key differences. So first and foremost, platform compatibility. Final Cut is exclusive to macOS and Apple, while Resolve is available on macOS, Windows, and Linux. So this makes Resolve way more versatile for users working on different platforms. It also has the advantage of being able to collaborate with more users.

The next one is the interface. Final Cut has a more streamlined and I would say intuitive interface compared to Resolve, making it easier for beginners to learn and navigate. Resolve’s interface is more complex with a potential huge learning curve, but it does offer more advanced features for customization compared to Final Cut. But oh man, does it have a lot of buttons. And if I wasn’t already comfortable with it, it would feel daunting at first glance. For instance, so many people just skip right over the Fusion page and pretend like it doesn’t even exist.

For workflow and organization, Final Cut uses the Magnetic Timeline, which I personally find to be phenomenal, automatically adjusts and moves clips based on your editing actions. And this can lead to more efficient editing. I can drop clips right into the timeline and just start editing. Whereas Resolve uses a more traditional track-based timeline that way more people are familiar with. But for anyone that is just learning, it can feel overwhelming. And the many steps to start editing can throw many people off, with pop-ups that have many options that aren’t straightforward to decipher if you are not familiar with them or not a technical person.

But when it comes to organization and media management, I find both are equally good and bad in the way they handle them. Resolve uses the more traditional bins and folders structure, while Final Cut uses events and keywords.

And Resolve has taken all these huge modalities of editing, motion graphics, color grading, and audio engineering and put them all into one app, but left the complexity for each of them. Whereas Final Cut has tried to strip away all the complexity and make it as simple as possible for the vast majority of users, with the ability to expand on it.

Both these apps actually integrate really well with other software. They do come with a lot of built-in effects and transitions, but if you want to get the most out of Final Cut, you need to get third-party plugins. Whereas Resolve, on the other hand, offers built-in visual effects and motion graphics capabilities through its Fusion module, reducing the need for any external software, and that by far is superior to Final Cut Pro. But again, you do lose the ease of use with all of them.

Both Final Cut and DaVinci have a growing list of templates and plugins that you can use to expand the app, which is great.

Another big one is audio editing, and Final Cut does offer Logic Pro, and there’s a round trip they have to use, it’s a companion app. But on the surface, it is very limited and very simple. Whereas

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘DaVinci Resolve vs Final Cut Pro: Don’t make a HUGE mistake!’ by Rafael Ludwig