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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Premiere Pro

Basic video editing for most people seems to be a real enigma. Premiere Pro is best suited for somebody with a background in other Adobe products, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Most people will likely get lost in the abundance of features and functionality within Premiere Pro
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iMovie

Making a cinematic film? Use Adobe. Making a quick film with titles or splicing several clips together? Use iMovie.
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Pros

  • Integrates smoothly with other Adobe Creative apps, especially Aftereffects
  • Robust and powerful and can produce Cinema-like intros, outros, headlines, etc...
  • Can execute both simple tasks and complex ones
  • Adobe listens to to the users feedback and releases updates regurlarly
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  • Editing precisely so you can cut, then test for perfect, then re-cut from the original without losing anything
  • Enhance the experience of the original video and craft even more content from the outtakes.
  • Easy to use - lets you create fearlessly, as you don't have to worry that you'll lose what you created and you can "just create".
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Cons

  • As I've mentioned, frequent updates can carry negative consequences. Some newer features don't seem to be particularly well-developed or even tested. The new-ish "text tool" is a welcome change from the original "title editor," but it feels incomplete and lacking. The Team Projects feature has led to the loss of a full day of editing work, which made an already tight deadline even worse. Converting sequence files into After Effects compositions can be sort of buggy. These are specifics, but of course, there are instances of tried and true features which randomly become broken upon updating. These are typical software development headaches, but it happens from time to time.
  • I'd once heard Adobe chooses to compete for their development teams against one another instead of cohesively collaborate. I've no source on this other than gabbing with co-workers who'd visited an Adobe office at one point, but the more I've used Adobe software, the more I believe this to be true. Some Adobe programs use different keyboard shortcuts to accomplish the same command. Sometimes .psd and .ai files don't play well in Premiere. All other programs allow holding spacebar + hold left mouse button to scan around your image (or in this case, program monitor), but for some reason, Premiere doesn't support this same functionality. Why can't I scroll into the program monitor to zoom into the image? Instead, I have to click and select a zoom, then I have to use scroll bars to position the monitor onto the desired part of an image. It's frustrating and causes more trouble than good.
  • I'm appreciative of the options I have in Premiere Pro, but other Adobe programs do different things better. Of course Illustrator is great for design and illustration, and of course, I can't expect Premiere to run similar keyframed motion like After Effects. It would be great to have basic motion blur functionality, or a streamlined shape layer editor, or maybe a mask editor that didn't automatically apply a feathering to each mask I create.
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  • Some features take getting used to, like syncing voice edits with visual. I might suggest they make it more intuitive for 1st timers, beyond just a video tutorial.
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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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Alternatives Considered

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.
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Though iMovie lacked some features and functionalities compared to the competition, the main reason we went with this product was that it was totally free and our business had the ability to trial run and accomplish needed things for shorter projects. Compared to other products it needed huge investment from the business. Since we already owned a mac, it was a matter of just having to download the app from the App Store.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe has recently increased their Creative Cloud Subscription cost by a few bucks and while it's not a substantial hit to my company, I can imagine irritation for companies running multiple copies of Creative Cloud products. It's sort of obnoxious that Adobe has no similar competitors for editors to flock to. The software is pretty good, but there will always be problems when competition doesn't exist.
  • I don't usually find value in solely one Creative Cloud product, but instead, find value in the entire package. I'm frequently using After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Premiere Pro. Because of this, I definitively need Premiere Pro for my business, but I'm paying for ease of use and familiarity at this point.
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  • Faster video post-production turn out
  • New users to the product learn faster about the product compared to other alternatives
  • Consistent workflow and able to focus on the video project work without worrying about software crash
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Adobe Premiere Pro

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

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