Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Premiere Pro
I'm a freelance video editor and mostly work on corporate/non-profit videos, wedding videos, and occasional short film passion projects. I have experience with all major NLE software, but have always used Premiere on my personal setup after switching over from Sony Vegas Pro nearly a decade ago.
- As a video editor, using Premiere Pro is the essence of the work, so definitely a positive ROI because without it there is no ROI
Product not included: Avid Media Composer. I've used Premiere, FCPX, and Avid (not bothering to include iMovie as it is not necessarily considered a "professional" product), but have most experience with Premiere. There's a laughable debate between Premiere and FCPX (Avid still holds the title of "industry standard" so it's a little out of the league) both are solid programs in their own right. FCPX definitely has a handful of features I wish Premiere had or did better. But considering I prefer PC's - first of all - and the frequency with which I use After Effects/Photoshop/Illustrator, Premiere has just always been the obvious solution. It all really boiled down to accessibility when I first started using Premiere, and eventually familiarity when it came to continuing to choose Premiere.
I would recommend Premiere to anyone looking to get into professional editing. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a program to make simple edits though - there are plenty of even free options now, apart from products like Premiere Rush and iMovie. There's undoubtedly a debate between Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Avid, but the Adobe ecosystem and the way all the CC apps are integrated with each other offers a compelling argument to use Premiere Pro for a majority of digital video work. But my true recommendation is for people to try all three and decide which has the workflow best suited for their particular needs. Premiere happens to fulfill all my needs, and though there are specific functions where FCP or Avid shines that Premiere doesn't, I've "compromised" by accepting those lackluster parts of Premiere in favor of the fact that I am much more fluent in Premiere and can do my work best using that program.