You might already be familiar with both of these programs, but just don’t know them well enough to know why one may be a better fit for you. Besides the obvious Windows vs. Apple element, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro have a lot of different qualities that could make the difference between a video that goes viral – or not. Maybe you have no idea what either of these programs are. That’s okay. They are video editing software. Adobe Premiere is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite, which is essentially a toolkit of multimedia production programs. Final Cut Pro is Apple’s latest release of video editing software that is also, kind of, a part of Apple’s production suite. Video editing can be a big undertaking, learn more in this course about how to use Adobe’s Premiere Pro.
Short and sweet, the creative suite Adobe developed has virtually every tool that a multimedia professional may need to make an incredible video. And, all the programs are integrated. Sure prior versions were inferior to that of Premiere, and because of that, Adobe has to do some backtracking to regain their customer base. For shorter videos and things like commercials users find that Premiere cut does a better and quicker job without rendering fx and its ability to go back and forth between After Effects (video compositing software). You can’t select an edge which make it super mouse heavy and long projects seem to bog down the interface. Premiere’s bins also lack organization.
However. Premiere Pro is a multi-workstation program. Meaning, you can use it on a Mac or Windows which really opens up options for designers. Instead of using panels and windows for workspace like in Final Cut, Adobe uses dockable tabs that run across the different Adobe applications. For editing, Premiere uses track-based timeline structure with audio and video separated into tracks, on a timeline. For project and clip management, Pro creates a single self-contained data file for every project. This is nice because this file actually contains the link to all the media on your hard drive and the edited sequences created by the pro – you. To learn more about what Premiere can do for you, check out this Adobe Premiere Pro online course.
Why Final Cut Pro?
Final Cut Pro has led the ranks of video editing software for a long time. It’s only with the showing of Adobe’s new tool enhanced Premiere Pro that Final Cut Pro has a real competitor (other than Avid). Final Cut Pro surely has one thing that Adobe doesn’t – speed. It’s faster, smoother and offers a more pain free experience for the user. This isn’t to say that this is the only good feature though. Final Cut Pro has an awesome plugin market for little to no money, unlike Premiere Pro. Final Cut uses databases to track information but they’ve upped the ante. You can use ratings, keywords and smart collections to organize your media quickly. Lots of textual metadata, too. Unlike Premiere, Final Cut Pro divides its structure into Events (source) and Projects (edited). FCPXML is the only data format that Final Cut uses to interchange data with external applications. Premiere supports XML, EDL, OMF and some AAF. If Final Cut Pro sounds more your speed, there is this online tutorial Introducing Final Cut Pro that can help you learn all the tools it has in store for you.