• Tisha Luk

Picking a Video Editor: DaVinci Resolve 16

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Hello lovelies! I know it's been a while ( a month!) since I published anything here, and I apologize for that. I could give you all the excuses about life being hectic, and changes taking place, and so forth... but why bore you with the insignificant details. All that matters is that I am here now and I'm ready to jump back in. Yay!

I've been doing photography since I was old enough to hold a camera, so I don't even really have to think about the process anymore; it's second nature. But when it comes to video, not so much. And it's becoming increasingly obvious that you can't have one without the other, and be a successful creative. Am I right... YouTube, Insta Stories, TikTok, etc... and considering the future Brandon and I envision for ourselves, we decided it was time to learn what we can about video and video editing. We pretty much have the gear we need, except for a piece or two here and there, but we don't know squat about editing video. Not even a microscopic diddly squat!

Since we are totally new to this game, we decided that picking the best editing software for our needs, and then focusing on learning the ropes in said program, was the best course of action. We had thought about playing around in iMovie and learning some here and there and then moving up to better software over time, but why give ourselves the extra task of learning two different editors? Because you know we'd outgrow iMovie with a quickness and have to start all over with something else. Nope, we've decided it was best to start with and stick with one editor and save ourselves the headache of multiple learning curves.

The Contenders

Then came the task of finding the editing software that made the most sense for us. We considered three, of which I'm pretty sure are the top three choices for the consumer/prosumer demographic. I really wanted to like Final Cut Pro (because I love all things Apple), but unfortunately there is no trial or free version of it (I hear iMovie is sorta a stripped down version, but...) so there was no way for me to test it out, and at $400 CAD, I need to know for sure it's the one for us before purchasing. Our second contender was Adobe Premiere Pro, as we use other Adobe products (on a daily basis) such as Lightroom & Photoshop. But, using Adobe requires an upgraded subscription (I hate these subscription based models!), which in the long run, will end up costing us way too much money. No thanks! And then we finally considered DaVinci Resolve.

What we like about DaVinci Resolve 16 (without even using it) is that we can download the free version and get started with a pretty powerful experience right off the bat. This is an editing software that we can learn and grow with, and if/when we need to, we can upgrade to DaVinci Resolve Studio, without any of the learning curve. The cost is the same as Final Cut Pro, but we get to try it out for a while (maybe forever) before having to upgrade to the $400 version. That's where DaVinci Resolve overtook the competitors, in our book anyway. I mean seriously, why invest all that money until you absolutely have to.

Learning the Ropes

So... we've downloaded the software and we have some test video footage from our GoPro and our Mavic Mini that we can play around with. That means we really have to get cracking on watching some YouTube tutorials for beginners (or dummies) using DaVinci Resolve. Do you have any recommendations on helpful tutorials? What's been your experience with DaVinci Resolve? Pros & Cons? Sage advice? Please feel free to comment below!

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