Adobe Premiere Pro isn't just for the Pros - it's the industry standard, but newbies can use it as well!
November 12, 2019

Adobe Premiere Pro isn't just for the Pros - it's the industry standard, but newbies can use it as well!

Robert Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Premiere Pro

I make short videos for posting on social media but also for embedding into websites. I use Adobe Premiere Pro instead of Apple iMovie because it's cross-platform and widely supported by the industry. It's always helpful when you use a piece of software that's considered "the industry standard" and that's truly what I consider Premiere. I've used many other NLE (Non Linear Editing) packages in the past such as Pinnacle, Sony Vegas and even iMovie on iPhone, iPad and Mac. Premiere Pro is the only one of them that 100% works every time to do the work I need done with little to no extra effort.

Pros

  • Cross-platform use is important to me. I work on PC/Mac interchangeably and even though the hot keys are slightly different, having feature parity makes this the obvious choice for me. iMovie is a decent enough tool but being tied down to a Mac and working within its limitations is something I'm not comfortable with.
  • Proxy Files - The speed of editing video is increased tremendously when you edit using proxy files rather than the large source files. The downside (especially when learning to work with 4k) is you might not notice details that detract from your finished product when working at that lower resolution.
  • Industry Standard - if you can't figure out how to do it, just hit YouTube and you'll find tons of people working through the same issue and their ways of handling it. Working in a standard tool is so much nicer than being in some exotic toolset tied to particular hardware.

Cons

  • Like most Adobe products, they err on the side of complexity and professional use rather than hiding the buttons from the newbies. This can be overwhelming but like I mentioned previously, YouTube is your friend and can teach you more in a few hours than 10 books on the subject.
  • Working with the export presets can be daunting if you don't really understand them. I feel like there are a ton of choices that most people gloss over but maybe that's just me. I almost always export as H.264 - 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and because the files I'm working with are 1:1 the export usually doesn't take a ridiculous time to render.
  • Because Premiere Pro CC comes with Creative Cloud and I'm a web designer who is always using Photoshop and Illustrator, it's a no-brainer to use Premiere Pro for my editing.
I've not used the Corel contemporary in quite a while but when I used Pinnacle in previous years there really wasn't a comparison. I'm sure for a budget-minded user it would get the job done but I think plenty of free software would be just as good. If you're going to pay for something, you might as well get the industry standard.
I've not used their support so I can't really comment on their support. I typically don't call support when I have a problem, but rather go to the Internet and YouTube to figure out what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm sure that since this is a supported product and they charge monthly for its use that they'd support someone when they have problems. I just don't have firsthand knowledge of it.

Do you think Adobe Premiere Pro delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Adobe Premiere Pro's feature set?

Yes

Did Adobe Premiere Pro live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Adobe Premiere Pro go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Adobe Premiere Pro again?

Yes

I'm by no means a seasoned pro with Adobe Premiere Pro, but for me it's feature-rich and fairly straightforward to use quickly. Speed of editing is the biggest thing I care about because when you're working with video and tweaking, you can easily burn many hours that aren't really billable. Ultimately your customer doesn't want to pay you to learn - they want to pay for your expertise and skills.

That being said there's no law that says you can't give away work you like while learning the ropes and then charge later once you've gotten your feet wet and built some confidence.

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