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Adobe Premiere Pro

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Premiere Pro

Well, Adobe Premiere Pro is all about video editing. I've dabbled with Avid (5+ years ago) and some less-intensive programs. Premiere Pro seems to be able to handle any and all projects. My uses have been fairly low-key: editing sketches together for entertainment and company luncheon; editing clips of employees receiving awards, etc. It's become part of my job, but not necessarily an essential part, and Premiere Pro has performed admirably. In my limited experience, it does allow certain things that the less-intensive programs do not (such as assimilating video from different eras, devices, qualities, etc.).
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Camtasia

It's pretty industry standard software at this point and it integrated well with TechSmith's other software like Snaggit, JING etc. A hardcore multimedia/video person can learn it easily but may find it restrictive and prefer to use a more robust tool such as Adobe Premiere or After Effects. However, it is still a solid capturing tool to start with. Unfortunately, the program's native file type (.cmp?) doesn't really carry over well to anything else. We typically convert to .mp4 or .mov and go from there.
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Pros

  • One thing I love about Adobe Premiere Pro (and indeed most Adobe products) is that it integrates so beautifully with the rest of the Adobe platform. Want to edit an audio track in Audition? No problem. Looking to work on still shots in Photoshop? Easy. Pull in work from Illustrator or After Effects? That's easily done also.
  • As mentioned before, Adobe Premiere Pro is very full-featured. While I cannot compare to what Avid or Final Cut offers (never having used them), Premiere Pro provides a far more extensive set of tools than most video editors will ever need. Color grading, effects, transitions, editing in a myriad of formats -- I have yet to find something I needed that Premiere Pro could not do.
  • I appreciate that the organization in Premiere Pro is flexible. Compared to, say, iMovie, which pretty much puts all your clips and files into one big bucket, Premiere Pro lets you choose exactly how you organize all of your stills, clips, audio tracks, titles, etc. if you're so inclined (and given how complex a large video project can be, I hope you're so inclined).
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  • Provides an all-in-one software for capture and editing
  • Guides users through the process of using the software for the first time
  • Allows voiceover and editing in one system without the need to export/transfer and re-time or re-edit to align the VO with the visuals
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Cons

  • All those features are a bit of a double-edged sword. As is frequently a criticism with Adobe products, the learning curve is steep. But that's the nature of the beast with professional-level software.
  • There have been many times when I've gone to tweak the volume levels of a clip or a track using keyframes, only to find that some setting has disabled keyframes for audio tracks. This has resulted in needing to search online for a way to re-enable the keyframes. It's not a bug -- this is a clear choice by Adobe as they want to help make sure you don't make dumb mistakes after having invested a lot of time in a complex project, but I have still found it annoying.
  • One of the pros (flexibility in organization) can also be a con -- I would love to see Adobe encourage MORE organization right from the start, as often I'll start a project and then realize "Oh my goodness, I have to do a ton of cleanup here in order to keep 100's of files straight."
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  • Range of animations is limited.
  • Posting interactions such as polls, QA's is not available.
  • Takes time to load.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Premiere Pro9.0
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Adobe Premiere has become an integral part of our weekly production workflow, providing advanced tools and functionality not currently available in competing software
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Camtasia4.5
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We switched to a different screen capture program called Panopto for various reasons.
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Usability

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Camtasia8.0
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I haven't used another video recording and editing tools that is as comprehensive and straight-forward as Camtasia. Typically, if you want a user-friendly video editing tools for novice users, you have to compromise on features. Camtasia solves this problem by offering extensive editing features in a simplistic, user-friendly environment. Highly recommend
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Support

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Camtasia8.5
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Questions were addressed in a fair amount of time
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe PP is much easier to use and learn than Snagit. While some colleagues preferred and were able to get Snagit to work it would not launch on my computer and therefore was un-useable. The trial subscription ticked down without every being able to get it to work properly. I love how Adobe give you 30 days plus all the resources you need to learn and use their products. A true try before you buy company.
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Captivate and Storyline does not compare when it comes to screen captures. They may have similar capabilities, but they do not always work well. Camtasia works flawlessly when it comes to screen captures. Adobe Premiere Pro is a different story. For simple edits, Camtasia is much better. If you are looking for something fancier, Premiere Pro is the way to go. However, it does have a much steeper learning curve than Camtasia.
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Return on Investment

  • Students are getting a taste of digital tools that are appropriate for 21st century learning.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro provides everything I need to meet the objectives of my curriculum.
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  • Much faster production of demo videos of products.
  • Simple editing tool allows for faster updates of site videos.
  • Better presentation collateral for new sales opportunities based on future selling of upcoming product features.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Premiere Pro

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Camtasia

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details