I’m GIVING UP… Premiere Pro for DaVinci Resolve

Are you tired of dealing with the steep learning curve and high costs of using Adobe Premiere Pro for your video editing needs? If so, you’re not alone. Many creators are making the switch to DaVinci Resolve, a powerful and user-friendly alternative that offers a range of advanced features at a more affordable price point. In this blog, we’ll explore why more and more professionals are choosing to leave Premiere Pro behind in favor of DaVinci Resolve. From its intuitive interface to its robust editing tools, we’ll delve into the reasons why it may be time for you to say goodbye to Premiere Pro and hello to a new era of editing with DaVinci Resolve.

Giving Up Premiere Pro for DaVinci Resolve

Giving Up Premiere Pro for DaVinci Resolve

I guess you were expecting Peter here but he’s away on vacation, so you have me, Captain Kirk, the wizard of post-production. We have been working together for almost five years now, primarily using Adobe Premiere Pro. However, in the past few months, we have been experiencing difficulties with Premiere and decided to switch over to DaVinci Resolve.

Challenges in Switching

Switching to DaVinci was not an easy task, as Premiere had become a muscle memory for us. The layout, buttons, and shortcuts were all ingrained in our workflow, making the transition difficult. Despite the challenges, we decided to take on this new challenge and explore the features of DaVinci Resolve.

Advantages of DaVinci Resolve

One of the primary reasons for switching over to DaVinci was its affordability. DaVinci Resolve is free with nearly all the features of the full paid version, which is reasonably priced. Additionally, DaVinci is owned by Blackmagic, known for their hardware, and purchasing certain hardware products can grant you a free license for DaVinci.

We were excited to learn DaVinci and even invested in speed editors and a micro panel to enhance our editing experience. While the transition was challenging, we managed to grasp the basics and explore the unique features of DaVinci.

Performance and Speed

One of the notable advantages of DaVinci Resolve is its performance and speed. Unlike Premiere, which often crashes, DaVinci has a live save feature that automatically saves your work with each change. This saves time and ensures that your progress is not lost.

Furthermore, DaVinci is faster in rendering and timeline speed, even on relatively slower machines. The rendering speed is significantly faster than Premiere, with a 10-minute video exporting in half the time compared to Premiere. The smooth playback in DaVinci, especially with 4K footage, is another highlight of its performance.

User Interface and Features

The user interface of DaVinci may be intimidating at first, especially for Premiere users accustomed to a different layout. DaVinci breaks down editing into phases, such as importing footage, cutting, editing, adding effects, coloring, audio mastering, and rendering. Once you get used to this structure, you realize the efficiency of the different tabs and tools available in DaVinci.

One standout feature of DaVinci is its default effects, which simplify the editing process. Instead of creating effects from scratch in Premiere or After Effects, DaVinci offers built-in effects that enhance the visual quality of your footage with a simple drag-and-drop action.


While the transition from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve presented challenges, the overall experience has been rewarding. DaVinci’s affordability, performance, speed, and user-friendly features make it a compelling option for video editing. Despite the initial learning curve, we are excited to explore the full potential of DaVinci Resolve and enhance our editing capabilities.

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Thank you for joining me on this journey from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve. Stay tuned for more updates and tutorials on our editing adventures. Remember, it’s never too late to switch things up and try something new. Happy editing!

Frequently Asked Questions about Switching from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve

1. Why should I switch from Premiere Pro to DaVinci Resolve?

DaVinci Resolve offers powerful video editing, color correction, and audio editing capabilities all in one software, making it a popular choice among filmmakers and video editors.

2. Will I lose my projects and files if I switch to DaVinci Resolve?

No, you can import Premiere Pro projects directly into DaVinci Resolve, ensuring that you will not lose any of your work when making the switch.

3. Is DaVinci Resolve difficult to learn compared to Premiere Pro?

While there may be a learning curve when switching to a new editing software, many users find that DaVinci Resolve has a user-friendly interface and offers plenty of tutorials and resources to help you get started.

4. Can I still use third-party plugins and effects in DaVinci Resolve?

Yes, DaVinci Resolve supports third-party plugins, so you can continue to use your favorite effects and tools in your editing workflow.

5. Will my computer be able to handle DaVinci Resolve?

DaVinci Resolve has system requirements that are similar to Premiere Pro, so if your computer can run Adobe’s software, it should be able to run Resolve as well.

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