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Neil Sadwelkar
Re: Resolve 16 vs FCPX
on Apr 14, 2019 at 11:50:19 pm

One of the issues with the popularity (or not) of Resolve (free) is that, since its not a sold software, and needs registration before download, only Blackmagic knows how many (or how few) times it has been downloaded.
Further, since it doesn't need registration to be installed on multiple machines once downloaded, maybe even Blackmagic doesn't have a precise idea of just how many machines its installed on.

Compared to Adobe with Premiere Pro and Avid with MC, which can't be installed or launched without registration/activation.

So, the exact size of the Resolve active user base is likely to be conjecture, whereas Avid/Adobe have a more precise idea of usage of their software.

Resolve is now evolving into one application with multiple capabilities extending into compositing, sound design, colour correction,

In my opinion, this versatility of Resolve will make it grow and be used in multiple roles, but only when multiple humans are used for different tasks. Maybe in a collaborative environment where 3 or more humans on separate systems work on the same media and timelines but doing different tasks. Collaborative editing, needs Resolve Studio and a network.

Or, in a situation where there's one system and multiple specialists take turns working on the same project on the same system.
Either way, editing, colour correction, compositing/cleanups, sound design and delivery are all done within one application without needing to round-trip in and out of the NLE.

Another aspect is that other NLEs are editing systems, with capabilities for colour correction, compositing, sound design as added features.
Resolve is the other way around. It is a very accomplished and established colour correction system, which integrates two separate but established softwares within the NLE. Fusion and Fairlight. Within this, editing features have been added over time.
For this to succeed as a package, humans proficient in colour correction, compositing, or sound design, exclusively work within the respective pages (only) within Resolve, and the editor holds it all together by working in the Edit page and media pool. Expecting these 4 to be the same human is unrealistic, and certainly not commonplace.

FCP X, on the other hand, is a different editor with an appeal to first-timers, and with many added features for graphics, compositing, sound, offered as dumbed down features that anyone (even one human) can understand and use, and a huge collection of features that users can add at will, using plug-ins as needed.

FCP X and Resolve are in my opinion, mutually exclusive and 'either/or'. So, one can like and use one or the other, but not both. But time will tell. And the market is big enough, that both can be big winners without replacing one another.

Neil Sadwelkar
twitter: fcpguru
FCP Editor, Edit systems consultant
Mumbai India

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