Sony Vegas used to be the poor man’s goto video editing software but it hasn’t been kept competitive and MAGIX hasn’t worked their magic on it yet to bring it back to the forefront of viable alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro.
Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve is a serious product, and given the improvements to playback in version 14, along with a slew of other wonderful useability improvements and hardware accessories, it’s hard to ignore. We’re all hoping for a viable alternative to the $50 a month Adobe tax and Blackmagic may have given it to us. Time will tell to see how version 14 progresses.
For $299 for the pro version (and dongle-less), we will be giving Davinci Resolve a try now that it can playback 4K footage smoothly.