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    Quote Originally Posted by Imamacuser View Post
    Is Fusion not a replacement for AE, granted there will be a learning curve? Have you tried Affinity Photo as a PS alternative?
    Fusion is pretty different from AE. The way they work, plug in support, results, totally different. Fusion is more geared toward VFX than AE is IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Gregory View Post
    I switched from FCP7 to Premiere and recently have mostly moved to Resolve. I know FCPX has improved greatly from where it started, but I'm too happy with Resolve to consider switching. Actually my biggest concern with Resolve is that it's too cheap and I'm afraid they'll stop improving it. I think Apple turning to a subscription model is reasonable as long as they provide value. Premiere Pro has really gotten buggy and I'd totally cancel my subscription if I found some reasonable alternatives to AE and Photoshop.
    I replaced AE with Fusion for VFX/Compositing and Motion for motion graphics. I replaced Photoshop and Illustrator with Affinity Photo and Design. I also bought Affinity Publisher for print publishing work although I tend to use Apple Pages most of the time for documents, client proposals, contracts and so forth.

    Premiere has been replaced mostly by FCPX but I do use Resolve sometimes. Still deciding if I want to keep converting Braw to ProRes to use in FCPX or if I will just switch to Resolve. I prefer how FCPX works with its magnetic timeline and organization but using Braw as is in Resolve is making it easier to move to Resolve enough though I find it kind of a clunky workflow.

    I also tend to use Blender a lot for more 3D geared motion graphics. Fusion has amazing 3D model import support and true 3D environment and rendering but I love the realism of the Cycles renderer in Blender and the speed of the near realtime Eevvee renderer in Blender.

    I use Compressor as an alternative to Media Encoder.

    For app UI design I use Sketch over Adobe XD.

    I never really liked Dreamweaver for web development and use VSCode at work and my own projects.

    That honestly pretty much covers everything I ever used Adobe for. Sometimes I miss having Adobe Audition to clean up audio but thats not very common anymore. Resolve has some very sophisticated audio editing now.

    I have no desire to ever move back to Adobe. I also at times miss a few features in Photoshop and Illustrator but not enough to ever go back. For example Illustrator has some complex CAD tools for drawing arcs and slicing them to an exact size and so forth. Affinity has shape tools and the typical set of pen tools but you are kind of on your own for precision CAD like drawing.

    Format compatibility works very well in Affinity as well. I can save a Affinity Photo design as a PSD and bring it into Motion with all the layers so I can animate each as desired for something like a lower third. Affinity Design cannot however export a AI file if a client ever needs it. It can export a PDF with layers however so not all is lost. Some more picky clients however may not be happy not getting a AI file that works perfect for them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by puredrifting View Post
    Fusion is pretty different from AE. The way they work, plug in support, results, totally different. Fusion is more geared toward VFX than AE is IMHO.
    AE always tried to be a do it all application. VFX and motion graphics. Apple Motion leans more towards motion graphics and Fusion leans more towards VFX. All three can do it all to a certain degree but each specializes a bit differently.

    I learned VFX in college on Shake so Fusion is like a phoenix born from ashes to me. With that said I lived on AE for decades and its hard to admit it is not an amazing tool. Motion is amazing what it can playback in realtime and stunning for $50 but I always found the UI a little odd. likely a curse from learning AE and node based programs like Shake. I have a friend that is an absolute wizard on Motion and blows me away what he can whip together quickly.


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    AE always tried to be a do it all application. VFX and motion graphics. Apple Motion leans more towards motion graphics and Fusion leans more towards VFX. All three can do it all to a certain degree but each specializes a bit differently.

    I learned VFX in college on Shake so Fusion is like a phoenix born from ashes to me. With that said I lived on AE for decades and its hard to admit it is not an amazing tool. Motion is amazing what it can playback in realtime and stunning for $50 but I always found the UI a little odd. likely a curse from learning AE and node based programs like Shake. I have a friend that is an absolute wizard on Motion and blows me away what he can whip together quickly.
    I moved over fully to Resolve a little over two years ago. I love Fusion, but if I need to do something that consists of only Motion graphics work (social media ad etc) I've now switched over to using Motion 5. The real time playback with motion blur turned off is amazing on the new M1 macs. I really wish Resolve would do away with nodes for motion graphics work, half the nodes you have in a project are "merge nodes" and you can't do the things you can do to an individual node like you can in a layer in Motion 5.

    As an example, let's say I start a color solid/background in Resolve and I want to add some colors over that background, each new color needs it's own new background node, then you have to use the pen or shape tools to mask that color out which requires another node. The node trees for motion graphics can become huge for a 30 second social media spot, and the playback is slow once the project becomes large. In Motion 5, what I just described can be done in a single layer by selecting your background/solid, then just selecting the pen/mask tool to cut out the colors you want over your background. All on one layer, and without have to add so many nodes to get the job done.

    They say when you get enough experience in this industry, you learn that you essentially just need the right tool for the job. Well, for Motion graphics only projects, Motion 5 has become that tool for me. Resolve needs to step up it's Motion graphics game and the amount of time it takes to create them. I believe if Resolve wants to truly crush Adobe, they should implement a tab for motion graphics that's layer based and keep the node based workflow for 3D work and compositing. I mean, Resolve has an edit tab and a cut page, why not add a layer based Motion graphics tab that helps speed up turnaround times for motion graphics? Nodes aren't the way in my opinion when it comes to pure speed. Want to move an image around in Fusion? Gotta add a transform node to do that. Want to add a drop shadow to an image in Fusion? Gotta add a drop shadow or shadow node to the image. In Motion 5, those options are built into the image when you import it into your project. You can mask that image, add a drop shadow, or keyframe it and move it all without adding any additional nodes. Fusion just can't do that, almost everything you want to do requires adding extra nodes to get the job done. It's slow and unnecessary for Motion Graphics work.

    I love Resolve but would love to see a layer based Motion graphics tab. Do that and an awful lot of users would be very happy and you would get more people switching over from Adobe. Keep the Fusion Tab, that can be used for compositing and 3D work. Just my 2 cents as someone who edits in Resolve 50+ hours per week ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Smet View Post
    Eliminate the Mac and now users have to buy a PC and might also look at alternative phones, watches and so on.

    Having that full lineup hooks users for life.
    This is so true. I've always had android phones, partly to obstruct an apple smartphone monopoly, and that was part of the reason I bought an Android-powered TV. One login and then all my apps and settings got ported onto it (including my Twilight blue-light nighttime filter, which is fantastic. I always weep for someone's circadian rhythms when I pass a house full of bright blue TV glow at night).

    If I had an iPhone or an Alexa something, I might have been tempted by Apple or Amazon smart TV products. I mean, I have Mac computers but I'm not fully integrated into their ecosystem and can barely ever remember my apple login for the app store.

    Btw I love where this thread has gone in discussion of motion graphics/vfx software - very interesting food for thought.

    Re:FCPX vs Premiere - bugs and crashes in Premiere caused me to switch to FCPX about a year and a half ago, and I've never looked back (except when a specific client requests it). FCPX has been great, although I've experienced some crashing when dealing with graphics, even simple ones (as has one of my clients on a different model machine). And I've seen very rare bugs (like twice a year) with transform keyframes not behaving or audio glitches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unomas View Post
    I moved over fully to Resolve a little over two years ago. I love Fusion, but if I need to do something that consists of only Motion graphics work (social media ad etc) I've now switched over to using Motion 5. The real time playback with motion blur turned off is amazing on the new M1 macs. I really wish Resolve would do away with nodes for motion graphics work, half the nodes you have in a project are "merge nodes" and you can't do the things you can do to an individual node like you can in a layer in Motion 5.

    As an example, let's say I start a color solid/background in Resolve and I want to add some colors over that background, each new color needs it's own new background node, then you have to use the pen or shape tools to mask that color out which requires another node. The node trees for motion graphics can become huge for a 30 second social media spot, and the playback is slow once the project becomes large. In Motion 5, what I just described can be done in a single layer by selecting your background/solid, then just selecting the pen/mask tool to cut out the colors you want over your background. All on one layer, and without have to add so many nodes to get the job done.

    They say when you get enough experience in this industry, you learn that you essentially just need the right tool for the job. Well, for Motion graphics only projects, Motion 5 has become that tool for me. Resolve needs to step up it's Motion graphics game and the amount of time it takes to create them. I believe if Resolve wants to truly crush Adobe, they should implement a tab for motion graphics that's layer based and keep the node based workflow for 3D work and compositing. I mean, Resolve has an edit tab and a cut page, why not add a layer based Motion graphics tab that helps speed up turnaround times for motion graphics? Nodes aren't the way in my opinion when it comes to pure speed. Want to move an image around in Fusion? Gotta add a transform node to do that. Want to add a drop shadow to an image in Fusion? Gotta add a drop shadow or shadow node to the image. In Motion 5, those options are built into the image when you import it into your project. You can mask that image, add a drop shadow, or keyframe it and move it all without adding any additional nodes. Fusion just can't do that, almost everything you want to do requires adding extra nodes to get the job done. It's slow and unnecessary for Motion Graphics work.

    I love Resolve but would love to see a layer based Motion graphics tab. Do that and an awful lot of users would be very happy and you would get more people switching over from Adobe. Keep the Fusion Tab, that can be used for compositing and 3D work. Just my 2 cents as someone who edits in Resolve 50+ hours per week ;)
    Thats because you need to learn to build your own macros. With macros you can build single Fusion effects that contain transform controls, drop shadow and whatever else you want. The point of nodes is to break everything down to basic building blocks to have finer control. You can then group controls together into single macros so you don't have to build complex node trees every time. If you find yourself doing duplicate node trees then you are not leveraging macros and building reusable components for Motion graphics.

    For example I have a ton of macros for chroma up sampling and scaling material. Single nodes to attach to the source. The chroma strips the video into YUV color channels and then blurs the U and V channels and merges back together. Instead of building the half dozen nodes to do this each time I have a single macro that does all of it. Feed the source into the input and the feed the output from the node and thats it. It has a few params I setup to adjust the amount of blur or if only the X direction should be blurred in the case of 4:2:2. I have built many different versions where instead of blurring it scales down and back up the U and V channels to try to duplicate what happens with 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 chroma subsampling.

    Other macros convert 4:2:0 4k to 4:4:4 2k using precise scaling methods to try to mimic what a sensor with 2x photo sites would capture. Another converts 4:2:2 to an odd anamorphic format that is 4:4:4 For example 4096x2160 becomes 2048x2160 4:4:4 since only the horizontal uses chroma subsampling. No need to sacrifice the vertical resolution on 4:2:2.

    Anyway make use of macros to help eliminate duplicate nodes for motion graphics. Eventually you will have your own library of building blocks like a lower third fly on that you can apply to any image. You can set params for the speed, direction and so forth.


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    The two reasons I stay with Adobe is the people I work with all use it and there is some benefit in using the same editing systems for projects. The other reason is Lightroom. I like Final Cut a lot in some ways but in other ways certain tools seem really odd. Davinci is also more stable than FCP with the M1 chip at the moment. Which is a really odd but speaks very well for Davinci. I wish I could use double monitors with Davinci without getting hardware.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgttom View Post
    The two reasons I stay with Adobe is the people I work with all use it and there is some benefit in using the same editing systems for projects. The other reason is Lightroom. I like Final Cut a lot in some ways but in other ways certain tools seem really odd. Davinci is also more stable than FCP with the M1 chip at the moment. Which is a really odd but speaks very well for Davinci. I wish I could use double monitors with Davinci without getting hardware.
    I have a good friend/client and her entire production company is on the Adobe CC programs. Makes collaboration, especially on a huge documentary we've been working on together, a royal PITA. I truly dislike Premiere and will only use it when forced to. FCP X is my favorite as I think it's the fastest editor on the market
    and with a few exceptions, I really like the feature set, other than audio. FCP X audio handling is amateur hour. Good enough, but FCP Studio had a far more intuitive audio workflow to me. Resolve, I am going to dive in deep, as if Apple decides to do the dumb move of making FCP X subscription only, I'll be dumping it
    after two decades and going to all Resolve. If Apple makes FCP X subscription just an option, I have no problem with paying for big updates once a year or two but monthly, I am out, even if it was $2.00 per month. It ain't the money, it's the principal. Resolve seems like it's evolving into as very good editing tool as well as
    the industry standard CC program, it impresses the hell out of me. Hopefully BMD will keep it a one time charge or just charge for optional updates. Subscriptions are just abhorrent to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puredrifting View Post
    I have a good friend/client and her entire production company is on the Adobe CC programs. Makes collaboration, especially on a huge documentary we've been working on together, a royal PITA. I truly dislike Premiere and will only use it when forced to. FCP X is my favorite as I think it's the fastest editor on the market
    and with a few exceptions, I really like the feature set, other than audio. FCP X audio handling is amateur hour. Good enough, but FCP Studio had a far more intuitive audio workflow to me. Resolve, I am going to dive in deep, as if Apple decides to do the dumb move of making FCP X subscription only, I'll be dumping it
    after two decades and going to all Resolve. If Apple makes FCP X subscription just an option, I have no problem with paying for big updates once a year or two but monthly, I am out, even if it was $2.00 per month. It ain't the money, it's the principal. Resolve seems like it's evolving into as very good editing tool as well as
    the industry standard CC program, it impresses the hell out of me. Hopefully BMD will keep it a one time charge or just charge for optional updates. Subscriptions are just abhorrent to me.
    I love editing with FCPX as well but its hard to ignore how good Resolve is now. Still feels a bit clunky to me to edit with but grading, VFX with the now integrated Fusion tab and the Fairlight audio editing are making it really tough to ignore.

    I agree FCPX is the fastest and once one gets used to the magnetic timeline they will be able to edit faster than ever before.

    It really comes down to workflow in the end and if one finds they spend more time tweaking the grade, doing some interesting compositing and needs to really dig deep into the audio mix than Resolve is clearly the better way to go. Those projects tend to focus more energy on all those aspects vs the act of cutting together clips. If I am editing a project that is 90% cutting with very little of the rest then FCPX makes a ton more sense.

    As I use the P4k more the decision gets even more difficult. Especially as I now use Braw all the time. If I know a project will be mostly slap on a corrective out and light grade for taste, have clean audio where I just need an occasional fade and little to no effects I will shoot ProRes and just stay in FCPX 100%. Really kills me that I can't use Braw directly in FCPX. Still deciding if I just want to stick with ProRes for certain projects or if I should just shoot Braw and batch convert from Resolve. Seems kind of pointless if I don't plan on going back to Resolve for anything. Just creating pointless in between steps. The only advantage would be to convert to ProRes444 which is insanely efficient to use in FCPX and still 12bit and 4:4:4. Massive files however so its a bit of a cluster vs just staying in Resolve. Especially if its a project that actually benefits from 12bit 4:4:4.

    It all just seems like a strange compromise now to force myself to stay with FCPX.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sgttom View Post
    The two reasons I stay with Adobe is the people I work with all use it and there is some benefit in using the same editing systems for projects. The other reason is Lightroom. I like Final Cut a lot in some ways but in other ways certain tools seem really odd. Davinci is also more stable than FCP with the M1 chip at the moment. Which is a really odd but speaks very well for Davinci. I wish I could use double monitors with Davinci without getting hardware.
    I think the stability of Resolve on M1 has to do with how dedicated the development team is at BMD and how quickly the push out beta updates vs Apple which loves to sit on small updates for many months. Apple has a very serious development problem. They create great tools but they just don't develop at the pace required anymore. I think FCPX is one of the most well put together NLEs ever created from a resource use perspective but they need to push out bug fixes faster.

    BMD is super dedicated to making their software work for a lot of people and they get a massive ton of respect from me for that. They develop software more like an open source mentality where if a fix is needed they make a fix and release said fix. The fact that Resolve 17.1 (the M1 version) has now gone through 10 betas speaks highly of their dedication to software development.

    Lets also not forget that BMD has the stones to actually use what eGPU was always supposed to be good for. Not replacing an existing GPU but adding multipole GPUs to a computer that is not a massive tower. Apple royally screwed up by treating eGPU as some odd way to replace cheaper Macs GPUs to make them usable. That is a good use case of course but the significant benefit of eGPU was always to add more GPU processing power. Applications like Blender and Resolve get that and can use 2,3 or more eGPUs to process faster. Apple killed eGPU long before the lack of eGPU support on the M1. Too many users bought a eGPU thinking it would greatly improve FCPX performance on their MBP and it didn't really help much at all. Resolve on the other hand could suddenly use two GPUs. Resolve could use up to I think 3 or 4 GPUs. Blender could use as many as you could make work on a limited number of thunderbolt controllers in the system. Blender could still see a lot of benefit with two eGPUs per TB3 controller. That meant each eGPUY only ran at 2x speed. That worked fine for Cuda processing since the video data wasn't going through the display but just using the processing cores to crunch data. Video editing is another story so eGPU could usually only use one eGPU per bus before they slowed down too much. I did see some tests where Reolve used two eGPUs on the same controller and it did still have an advantage but adding anymore would have likely hurt.


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