Tips on Switching your NLE Video Editing Software

Whether you are an expert video editor or just getting started, this article compiles a ton of great information, resource references and video tutorials to help you choose the best NLE for your working needs. All the big hitters are covered: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve.
The process of switching from one NLE to another is not often an easy one. All that muscle memory needs to be re-learned, the tool set is different and in some cases even the conceptual paradigm on which the software operates! But if you’ve learned one video editing application and you’re feeling an itch to make the switch to another NLE, then this post should help you make that jump... If you’re new to editing and wondering which application to try first, well that’s a different conversation, for a different time. But I’ll give you my two cents:
  • If you want to work in features and broadcast TV – learn Avid Media Composer first.
  • Editing your own videos and price is your main consideration? – Learn DaVinci Resolve, it’s free!
  • Don’t want to pay a monthly subscription fee? – Learn FCPX or Resolve.
  • Coming from FCP7 (still!) and looking for an easy leap – Learn Premiere Pro
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