If we had to put bet the ranch on a different NLE giving Final Cut Pro X a good run for its money, it would be Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve. Curious about the editing toolset in Resolve? Ripple Training has announced an editing and finishing tutorial and we have a 20% coupon code.
There are many similarities between FCPX and Resolve, in fact at trade shows we sometimes have to do a double take to make sure we know which NLE is running!
Why do we think the Resolve user base will grow? A few things. The first is is the fact that that the standard version is free. Blackmagic can afford to gift the app to the video and filmmaking industry because they make their money selling hardware. Free is very appealing to young aspiring editors and directors on a tight budget.
The second is the pace of development that Resolve has seen over the last couple of years. No doubt at NAB 2016 we will see even more new features announced.
So we tend to keep our eye on Resolve, not only for its editing potential, but as one industry wag said,"It is the best colour correction plugin for FCPX!"
One thing that will help is Ripple Training's new tutorial called Editing & Finishing in DaVinci Resolve 12. Normally priced at $99, Ripple has very kindly offered FCP.co readers the coupon code dvr12-20 for $20 off the tutorials until 11/16/2015.
"Editing & Finishing in DaVinci Resolve 12 is a 9 hour video training course that presents a comprehensive approach to learning and ultimately mastering Resolve 12’s new editing tools. You’ll learn why Resolve is not just a robust NLE, but a powerful grading and finishing solution capable of tackling any project, from short form projects to feature films. This hands-on tutorial allows you to follow along with the instructor using included ProRes project media as you learn editing and finishing workflows for both the free and the paid versions of Resolve."
The course has been authored by Alexis van Hurkman, the guy behind the Color Correction Handbook.
We also found this link so that you can watch 10 full lessons from Alexis for free. Worth a watch even if you are not interested in Resolve. We thought clip 80 was a good introduction to the different colour correcting tools.
Can't find DaVinci Resolve 12 in the update tab of the Mac App Store? It isn't there, you have to go to the Blackmagic site to download. They've also dropped the Lite from the name- the free version is now just called DaVinci Resolve. Its paid bigger brother gets the 'Studio' appendage.