Adobe After Effects vs. Adobe Premiere Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe After Effects
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Adobe After Effects allows users to create cinematic movie titles, intros, and transitions, remove an object from a clip, start a fire or make it rain, or animate a logo or character. The vendor states that with After Effects, users can apply motion-graphics and animation to any digital object.
$20.99
Per User Per Month
Adobe Premiere Pro
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Adobe offers their video editing platform Adobe Premiere Pro, supporting video and audio editing as well as VR presentations, available as part of the company's Creative Cloud suite or as a standalone application.
$20.99
per month
Pricing
Adobe After EffectsAdobe Premiere Pro
Editions & Modules
Annual Plan (Paid Monthly)
$20.99
Per User Per Month
Monthly Plan
$31.49
Per User Per Month
Annual Plan (Prepaid)
$239.88
Per User Per Year
Premiere Pro Single App
$20.99
per month
Adobe Creative Cloud - All Apps
$52.99
per month
Adobe Creative Cloud - Students and Teachers
$52.99
per month
Adobe Creative Cloud - Business
$79.99
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe After EffectsAdobe Premiere Pro
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Adobe After EffectsAdobe Premiere Pro
Considered Both Products
Adobe After Effects
Chose Adobe After Effects
[Adobe After Effects] is a beast and VEGAS Pro is just a baby when compared to Adobe. It doesn't match [Adobe After Effects] when it comes to the feature and performance it offers.
Chose Adobe After Effects
Adobe After Effects is a great bridge from still graphics and vector, to motion graphics. The integration with Premiere makes things work seamlessly and the way it can ustilise native PSDs and ai files makes working in Adobe After Effects ideal for most clients.
Chose Adobe After Effects
The other tools we use are part of the Adobe CC Family and they complement each other very well. We chose Adobe After Effects because it is far superior in terms of functionality and output to any other application in the market and it met our design needs perfectly well.
Chose Adobe After Effects
In Adobe After we can do Motion Graphics, 2d Animation, Text Animation, 3d Animation, Video Editing, Chroma Key Cutting, Visual Effects, Color grading, Motion Tracking all this can be done in After Effects only, and I have been using this software quite a while so it's a …
Chose Adobe After Effects
It is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud that I sign monthly and is full of possibilities. Most of them I've not yet explored. Adobe has a large library of tutorials and we can find a huge number of tutorials on YouTube for free to teach how to use it better or find some plugins …
Chose Adobe After Effects
After Effects is more versatile for animations than Premiere for sure. And now, with the .mogrt templates, it can be great for keeping consistent animations and branding guides when sharing work with other animators
and editors. I also like their 3d plugins and advanced …
Chose Adobe After Effects
The family apps advantage puts Adobe After Effects at a higher preference for me, but I have heard that Final Cut Pro is also great if you deal with footage and animation.
Chose Adobe After Effects
Adobe Illustrator is used for creating templates, logos, cartoons but you can animate the beautiful logo or cartoon with the help of a camera and 3D space, it worth the experience no matter what...
Chose Adobe After Effects
After Effects is the halfway point between simple editing software like Premiere Pro and complex 3D suites like Cinema 4D. It offers a balance of speed and functionality for mid-level production.

I also prefer it over Apple Motion and Black Magic Fusion, mostly due to being in …
Chose Adobe After Effects
After Effects is on par with most of these other non-Adobe software. It is able to edit, create, render, illustrate, stabilize video content; and so much more.
Chose Adobe After Effects
Obviously I use Premiere to edit and After Effects to post-produce. In the past I used 4D Cinema to create objects to insert in the videos, but now with a few external plugins all the objects you want are inserted.
Chose Adobe After Effects
After Effects doesn't need to be compared directly with Premiere Pro. They should be looked at more like a pair. One is the right hand and one is the left. You can do things with either, but if you use them together you can do much much more. Using AE can help make your …
Adobe Premiere Pro
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
I use Adobe After Effects in partnership with Adobe Premiere Pro. Final Cut Pro I used years ago when working on a television show. I no longer use it because I don't have a Mac and I'm not about to buy one. However, if I did own a Mac, I would still use Adobe Premiere Pro …
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere has the capability to edit audio, video, and graphics. While we still use Adobe After Effects for more complicated motion graphics and animation, Premiere is where we do most of our work and final exports.
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
iMovie is great for video editing unless you want to make money in video production. If you've got the income and a lot of reasons to learn editing techniques, I recommend learning Premiere Pro before touching iMovie.
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
We actually took time in 2020 to test out Final Cut Pro and DaVinci Resolve to see if they would be better suited for our department but ended up sticking with Premiere. Each has [its] strong suits, but the non-linear editing style of Resolve was too complicated to grasp when …
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
Compared to other editing software, it's a cleaner layout, faster render, and much more easy to learn some of the more complex features.
Similar platforms take too long to set up and give commands in one step as opposed to 3 or 4 steps in some software, which saves time.
Chose Adobe Premiere Pro
DaVinci Resolve is a powerful editing and color-grading application, and the base version is free. However, I've found that with the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere, I really have no need for Resolve as it meets all of my needs. Additionally, I've found Resolve to be lacking in …
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User Ratings
Adobe After EffectsAdobe Premiere Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
7.4
(34 ratings)
8.4
(81 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.2
(2 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
8.6
(3 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.9
(7 ratings)
3.2
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe After EffectsAdobe Premiere Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
Adobe After Effects is well suited for creating short video projects that require intricate animation, like 5 minute or 1-minute countdowns, credit roll-ins, outros, and video bumpers. It is also useful for creating animated elements that can be incorporated into video projects, like animated key titles. For longer videos, I would recommend using Adobe Premiere Pro instead.
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Adobe
I have actually recommended Adobe Premiere Pro to many people looking to get into the editing field. It is perfect for any type of video creation. It would not be very useful for someone who isn't serious about video editing and wants to just use something to cut out the beginning or ends of clips. It's too advanced for that and [maybe] confusing for someone not educated in the field.
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Pros
Adobe
  • After Effects is great for creating motion content once and easily exporting it to various formats such as web, broadcast, GIF, etc.
  • After Effects is the industry standard for motion graphics. While I’m an Apple user and have used Motion in the past it is not as feature rich and most clients will expect you to use After Effects.
  • After Effects is great for complex UI animation. Tools like principle and Flinto are great but are quite cumbersome for complex UI animations.
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Adobe
  • Premiere is able to import video in almost any format and has a number of excellent export formats and styles.
  • Premiere has a great interface that once learned feels very intuitive.
  • Premiere aligns easily with the other suite of Adobe software allowing for easy integration of graphics and audio.
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Cons
Adobe
  • I would like the Re-Link file structure to mimic Premiere.
  • I would like to see native .obj importing and manipulation.
  • I would like to see better audio editing available within Adobe After Effects. if it could be given a separate layer/panel.
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Adobe
  • Export times: I do a massive amount of exports with intensive graphics. They often need to be done quickly. If export times could be reduced by 90%, my life would improve drastically.
  • Importing errors: Certain video formats are not compatible, such as specific types of MP4s and MKV files. Greater flexibility would be wonderful.
  • End the subscription model. I'd gladly pay one flat fee once and be done with it.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
I will renew my use of After Effects since it's affordable and always has been reliable. They also always continue to update new features and add new things to compete with other software out there. I also like all the 3rd party plugins out there that keep my interest for the future and new toolsets and creative solutions.
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Adobe
Adobe Premiere Pro saves time and cost and it does a great job. When you see the output you know that you have made the right investment in the right application. Adobe does not require a lot of support to work good. There are thousands of videos in case you are looking for a particular thing to do during your work on your videos therefore it is well supported.
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Usability
Adobe
If you have a good computer setup then the program gives you no issues whatsoever. Only if you decide to run multiple tasks on a lower end unit will you then get bottlenecking which really isn't Adobe's fault to begin with. I used to have problems in the past but with newer technology, it has since been a smooth ride.
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Adobe
Adobe Premiere Pro can be VERY overwhelming at first (especially if you are new to video editing).
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Support Rating
Adobe
Adobe customer support is wonderful. They genuinely care about their product and the end user experience. The products they create have always been innovative and continue to improve. They have a huge chunk of the user market in their field and still strive to improve. This is such a big deal for me and other small business/organizations that need their products and don't have a large voice on our own.
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Adobe
It is a professional team that provides customer service at any time. I think that the team does not rest until they find a solution to your problem. I think this makes this company great because when a company offers a good service, and they treat you well, the customer always returns satisfied.
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In-Person Training
Adobe
No answers on this topic
Adobe
Utilizing one of the many books available on Adobe Premiere Pro, each video editor can learn at their own pace.
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
I find Adobe After Effects to be superior to iMovie and Final Cut Pro in that I am able to do much more with the software. It isn't as limiting as the other two. I also like that it isn't an Apple product. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Apple. There is a bigger learning curve with After Effects, but once you get the hang of it, there's really no comparison.
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Adobe
DaVinci Resolve is a powerful editing and color-grading application, and the base version is free. However, I've found that with the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere, I really have no need for Resolve as it meets all of my needs. Additionally, I've found Resolve to be lacking in support for the broad range of file types that Premiere handles gracefully.
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Adobe After Effects has a great impact on business as maximum work can be done in one software
  • To run this software you need to have good configuration system
  • Motion Graphics, 2d Animation and video editing can be done in one software
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Adobe
  • Speed of workflow has increased- specially when coupled with keyboard shortcuts
  • Jobs have had a faster turnover rate which makes clients happy.
  • I have two Adobe accounts, one for work and one for personal use. Both of these accounts are paying for themselves through the work I can provide with the use of Premiere.
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