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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 24 Dec 2018 09:33 #98283

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Hi guys.
I am brand new at FCPX. I just bought it in the AppStore about 2 hours ago.
I have an old iMac 27 from 2012, which is fast apart from the harddrive. So I've been using my Windows laptop for editing videos using Resolve. I've been thinking about buying Resolve for a few weeks on Windows because of the slow harddrive in my iMac. So early today I decided to buy Resolve. But it turns out you can't just buy a serialcode to register the Studio version. You have to go to a thirdparty reseller and buy there, and they will send you a USB stick that unlocks the program. I'm not a very patient man so instead I purchased FCPX instead. And after that I bought a 1TB SSD and a adapter bracket for the iMac.

Anyways, I'm not an experienced editor, I've only had 1 paid video job and then I used LumaFusion on my iPad Pro to edit. And it works great. Ok, enough ranting.

My name is Robert, I'm 42 years old and live in Bergen, Norway.
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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 24 Dec 2018 10:11 #98287

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Hi Robert, and welcome to the FCP X community.

It's always a good idea to get some basic training If you want to enjoy FCP X to its fullest. There are many free tutorials you can watch on Youtube, or you can learn the application in a more organized way by getting a professional training package such as the ones from Ripple Training: www.rippletraining.com/product-category/...l-cut-pro-tutorials/

They also offer some free basic training videos that should get you up and running with FCP X in no time. You can use Ripple Training right within FCP X with the Ripple Training Workflow Extension: www.rippletraining.com/articles/workflow-extension-fcpx/

Start with the basics, and you will have a joyful ride with FCP X. And of course we are always here to assist you with any questions you may have.

BTW: did you know that VGTV in Oslo exclusively uses FCP X for its broadcast stations (72 seats)? I will be in Oslo end of January. If you want to meet up, let me know.

- Ronny
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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 24 Dec 2018 11:40 #98291

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Tr3b0r76 wrote:
...today I decided to buy Resolve. But it turns out you can't just buy a serialcode to register the Studio version. You have to go to a thirdparty reseller and buy there, and they will send you a USB stick that unlocks the program. I'm not a very patient man so instead I purchased FCPX instead.....

Depending on the third party reseller, they may send you a card with a serial code on it -- through the postal mail. In a few cases (again, depending on the reseller) they may have an on-line authorization system which takes several hours.

The modern system of immediate ordering and authentication does not exist with Resolve Studio. I think (like Premiere) you can only run it on two systems concurrently, per license. With FCPX you can run it on any system that "you own or control". I have purchased many Macs because of this. Over the years Apple has obtained far more revenue from me and my documentary team than software licensing would have provided.

Why even get Resolve Studio when the free version does almost everything? Because increasingly the free version does *not* do almost everything. In recent versions Blackmagic has been gradually withholding more features from the free version.

These withheld features include deinterlacing, collaborative mode, H.264 accelerated encoding on high-spec nVidia GPUs, HDR, HEVC decoding, Dehaze, Face Refinement, Sharpen, Deflicker, video noise reduction, and above UHD resolutions such as cinema 4k: documents.blackmagicdesign.com/DaVinciRe...ature_Comparison.pdf

However the $300 price if Resolve Studio is modest relative to the features and performance. I have individual plugins that cost more than that. Like Apple, I don't think Blackmagic has charged an upgrade fee for past Resolve licensees. Also (unlike Premiere) there is no subscription fee.

Resolve is a great program and they have made incredible improvements recently. Version 15.x is the only NLE that is roughly competitive with FCPX in playback performance of 4k H264 without proxies (although FCPX is still a bit faster). It is the only NLE I've seen with a skimmer-like tool that is almost equal to FCPX. I'd love to know how their development team achieved this using cross-platform software.

However Resolve currently does not have FCPX's database-like organizational features.

I have the impression that numerous users who went to Premiere due to FCPX have now gone to Resolve, mainly out of frustration with Premiere's sluggish playback performance on H264, reliability problems and mandatory subscription.

I hope the Resolve development team continues to make these rapid advances. This keeps the pressure on all other NLEs.
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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 25 Dec 2018 03:48 #98301

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Yeah, I've seen a few videos when I tried the trial version. Think I'm going to have to see those again. If you don't use what you learn, you will eventually forget it.

No I didn't know VGTV used FXP- That's kinda interesting. Wonder how they organize their work. It's going to take some time for me to get things organized and get a feel for everything. It all works very differently compared to Resolve.

I have ordered a new Criusial MX 500 1TB SSD to upgrade my old iMac 27. And was thinking of doing a clean install of Mac OS but I'm not sure how to install Mac OS on a empty drive. I have timemachine backups but I don't want to restore all the crap i have on here now. Any suggestions?
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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 25 Dec 2018 13:10 #98303

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osxdaily.com/2018/09/26/make-macos-mojave-boot-usb-installer/

“Don’t let the machine control you, you have to be able to control the machine. So, all the computer programs, it doesn’t matter if it’s QBase or Logic or ProTools or Abelton Live or, you know, the best one is the one you know. There’s no favoritism.”
-Hans Zimmer
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I was about to buy Davinci Resolve, but instead... 26 Dec 2018 15:17 #98308

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To Robert - If you are coming from LumaFusion, I think you'll find a lot of similarities between it and FCPX. I second the training suggestions.

Also regarding Resolve - For what you will likely encounter, the color correction tools within FCPX will probably serve you well. However, if you feel the need to still add Resolve to your toolkit, you can get it in the Apple Mac App Store, too. Both the basic free and paid Studio versions are available and follow the same guidelines as other apps. Namely that you can install the software on as many Macs as you own. There are some minor limitation between the App Store versions and the regular versions, but no deal breakers. Also the free version will do about 90% of what the full version can do. Obviously if you purchase the App Store version of Resolve Studio, it will be Mac-only.

- Oliver
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