Adobe Premiere Pro is the video editing software that many people use for many different purposes. There are a lot of features and functions that are available on it which cater to a lot of different groups of target audiences.
You can create videos for YouTube channels on Premiere Pro; a lot of famous YouTubers use it for editing their videos, you can also edit Hollywood films on it, and you can even use it to edit your business video presentations on it.
It just has a wide variety of tools available on it, and on top of all, it is also a part of the Adobe products, so you get some additional advantages from that as well.
In this review, I will cover everything related to Adobe Premiere and will tell whether you should use it as your go-to editing software or should you stick around for something else.
So without further adieu, let’s get started.
Adobe Premiere Pro Specs
Let’s start with the specs of Premiere Pro. These are some of the details and specifications of the software and what all it can do in terms of video editing.
- An unlimited number of video tracks – This is a really good feature, especially if you are trying to make something like a movie, which will certainly have a lot of different videos overlapping.
- Multicam editing – Multicam editing basically helps you edit the same shot that you have shot from two different angles. So that you can have a smooth intercut between the two.
- 360 Degree VR editing – Nowadays, VR is becoming more and more popular, and many creators are designing their videos in the VR world. And with Premiere Pro, you can start editing for VR content as well.
- Support for 4K Format – 4K has become the new norm, and Adobe knows it pretty well; because of this, it allows to export of files at 4K XAVC-S Format.
- Supports H.265 (HEVC) – H.265(HEVC) is a video compression standard to lower down the file size of the entire project while still retaining the essential video quality.
Availability of Adobe Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro is available to use on Windows OS and macOS, and that is a good thing on Adobe’s part because some competitors like to keep their software exclusive and not have it available to all *cough* Apple Final Cut Pro *cough*.
And because of this, both the parties can use the same software and wouldn’t have too much of an issue with switching from one OS to the other.
System Requirements for Premier Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro requirements for Windows
- Intel® 6th Gen or newer CPU – or AMD Ryzen™ 1000 Series or newer CPU
- Windows 10 (64-bit) V20H2 or later
- 8 GB of RAM
- 2 GB of GPU memory
- 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation
- 1920 x 1080 Display
- ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
- Internet Connection
Adobe Premiere Pro requirements for macOS
- Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU
- macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) or later
- 8 GB of RAM
- Apple Silicon: 8GB of unified memory
- Intel: 2 GB of GPU memory
- 8 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation. Additional high-speed drive for media
- 1920 x 1080
- Internet Connection
Premiere Pro Price & Free Trial
Now, let’s talk about how much does it cost for you to use this software. Since this is an Adobe product, you can’t get it for free.
Although you can get a 7-day free trial of Premiere Pro if you provide your credit card details on its website along with some other information.
Premiere Pro comes in three different packages. You can get Premiere Pro for $20.99/month for an annual commitment. You can also pay $31.49/month for no commitment.
You also have the option to buy the annual pack of $239.88 (that works out to be around $19.99/month).
There are other ways you can get a subscription to Premiere Pro as well.
You can get an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for $52.99/month (annual commitment), $74.99/month (no commitment), and $635.88 (annually).
In this Creative Cloud subscription, you get Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and other creative-related products of Adobe.
For Businesses, they will have to pay around $33.99/per month/user or $79.99 annually.
Features of Premiere Pro
- Inner and Outer strokes for various graphics
- Flexible alignment controls for titles
- Bulk edit on video timeline
- Faster graphics templates
- GPU acceleration when working with Lumetri Scopes
- Improved preview modes for both Windows and macOS devices
- Support for industry level ARRI Alexa 35 cameras
Pros and Cons of Premiere Pro
Let’s discuss some of the Pros and Cons of Adobe Premiere Pro
|✅Powerful video editing software ✅Multiple different tools and features simplistic. |
✅UI integration with Adobe products available on both Windows and macOS
|❌Quite a lot of different tools for any beginners to understand. |
❌Some features require subscriptions from other Adobe Products, such as After Effects, which costs more money
❌Requires a powerful laptop or computer to work smoothly
So, as you can see, the Pros do outnumber the cons, but it is not a perfect software overall, too; there are some definite places that Premiere Pro can be a lot more better for its customers.
But I am not done yet reviewing the product. Now, I will dive deep into the different functionalities that it has to offer and how it can benefit you in making better videos for yourself or your project.
Specific functionalities of Adobe Premiere Pro
The user interface that is provided on Premiere Pro is quite simple in terms of looks. You have all your settings assembled on your top, which is very easily visible.
Then you can also export the clips from your device pretty easily onto your timeline and work as per your liking.
Adobe also cleaned out the exporting and importing process on Premiere Pro. Earlier, many of its customers had complained about it being a bit too text-heavy, but now it is more visual than ever.
Audio Editing is also a major component of any video editing app because audio plays a key role in all the videos that you make and edit. And on Adobe Premiere Pro, you get a lot of features on offer.
You have many different indicators available for your audio that show whether your audio is clipping or not. You can also play around with different sound modes from stereo to 5.1 channel or mono.
If you get the creative cloud subscription, then you can also use Adobe Audition while integrating it with Premiere Pro to get even more advanced audio editing features.
VR and 360 Degree Video Editing
Through Premiere Pro, you can also check and edit 360 Degrees VR videos. You can very easily choose which angle that you want to keep for the particular shot of your liking.
Although some 360 Degrees cameras’ footage, such as Samsung Gear 360, have reported that you have to first convert its footage to equirectangular format, only after which you can start editing these videos on Premiere Pro.
So that is something to keep in mind as well because, in other video editing softwares, you don’t need this conversion to happen.
There are tons of different effects available on Premiere Pro, 47 to be precise. Now for some people, that might seem a bit less because you have literally thousands of transition effects on other video editing softwares.
But many video editors, including myself, like to limit themselves to only a certain amount of transition. I would always prefer a simple cut over a transition if it can be used like that.
Adobe got the warp stabiliser from After Effects onto Premiere Pro, and it is a great asset to have because a lot of times, there are quite a lot of shaky videos that need stabilisation.
So having this feature already in-built into the software is a great asset.
Integration with Adobe Products
The great thing about Premiere Pro being part of the Adobe family is simply the fact that you can very easily shift your files from one software to the other and use its fancy features to make your videos even more better.
Through After Effects and Photoshop, you can edit various images and create a lot of different effects for your video, which you cannot simply be able to pull off with Premiere Pro’s effects lineup.
However, it must be noted that you would be needing a subscription to the Creative Cloud pack of Adobe to access all these different features and softwares.
This is a new feature that Adobe has to offer to all of its new customers thanks to its buyout of Frame.io, which it bought in 2021.
With Frame.io, customers get an additional 100GB of online cloud storage on top of the already 100GB of Creative Cloud. But that’s not all that Frame.io helps you with.
With this collaboration, you can instantly share the videos and the work profiles with your other team members instantly. Each project gets its own thumbnail and various options for sharing the work.
You get a quick video tutorial of how to set up this entire thing when you first start using Premiere Pro.
Performance of the software
The software has many different exports to offer. You can directly export your videos to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and many more different social media sites.
There are multiple different formats available as well to choose from, depending on how you would like to render out your video.
The overall performance is pretty good, but its performance also depends on the type of device that you are using.
And if you are using a fairly high-standard level of device, then Premiere Pro will take full advantage of its power to export out the videos in as less of a time as it possibly can.
Colour correction and Management
There are also many different types of colour correction tools that are available on Premiere Pro that will allow you to change the white balance, saturation, contrast, brightness, and other different features of your video.
This can all be done via the different curves and colour wheel tools that are provided, which also guide you to a certain degree.
Adobe has launched a new feature for Premiere Pro this year, and it’s called Auto Colour, where the AI of the software learns the entire video footage and improves the exposure, white balance and everything else of the clip automatically.
However, you can only use this feature for individual clips and can’t apply it fully on the overall video.
Colour correction is a great tool to have, but it takes a lot of skills to actually learn how to perfectly colour correct your videos to make them look really good.
Otherwise, all of this would probably might ruin your video more than enhancing your video.
Library is the place where all your video and audio files are stocked in one place, kind of like how an actual library works by storing all the books in one place.
And Premiere Pro’s library is quite well maintained, you have access to all your previous videos and audio in one place, so you can easily choose from them and put it up on your timeline.
This was a feature which a lot of people complained about at first for Premiere Pro because it used to be a little confusing to arrange the files and see where they all were.
But, with the latest updates made by Adobe for Premiere Pro, you have a much better library available.
Adobe Premiere Pro Vs Adobe Premiere Rush
Adobe releases a number of different products and softwares, and recently it also launched a ‘Rush’ version of Premiere Pro, which is a mobile application which also has the compatibility of using on Desktop.
Premiere Rush is meant for those people who like to edit their videos on their phones, especially bloggers, and because of this, Premiere Rush is a little underpowered than what Premiere Pro has to offer.
There are also a number of different things between the two editing softwares, so without wasting any time, let’s get started.
Premiere Pro has different varied prices available.
You can get Premiere Pro for $20.99/month for an annual commitment. You can also pay $31.49/month for no commitment.
And you also have the option to buy the annual pack of $239.88
Premiere Rush, on the other hand, is actually free of cost if you use it just on your mobile phone. But, if you want to use Premiere Rush on your laptop or computing device, then you would have to pay some money.
Premiere Rush cost for operating on computing devices costs around $9.99/month with 100GB of cloud storage.
However, if you already have a Creative Cloud subscription or even a Premiere Pro subscription, then you don’t have to pay for anything to use Rush on your computing device.
Functions and Features
Adobe Premiere Pro offers a long list of features and functionality such as 360 Degree VR Video Editing, Integration with Frame.io, an Unlimited number of video tracks, 4K video editing, Colour grading and correction, etc.
And in this case, Premiere Rush does fall a little, but it should be noted that the functions available on Premiere Rush aren’t bad as well.
You get up to 7 video tracks available to edit your video. You can also export all files in 4K as well. Then along with this, you also get various different title options and transitions.
Premiere Pro obviously has a lot more features and functionalities built into its UI, so it can certainly look a bit complicated to someone who is not well-versed in using its software.
And Premiere Rush, on the other hand, follows a much more easier approach for its user interface as it is available to use on both mobile and computing devices.
Premiere Pro is available to use on Windows and macOS. Whereas you can use Premiere Rush on many different mediums, such as Android, IOS, Windows and macOS.
So clearly, Premiere Rush has the upper advantage in this segment, but it should also be noted that it is only available for free on Android and IOS devices.
If you want to use Premiere Rush on any other device, such as Windows and macOS, then you would have to pay an additional fee of $9.99/month for it.
Ease of use
Premiere Pro, by the name of it only you can tell, is built for more professional video editors. It has a lot of different effects and features that any professional video editor would really appreciate.
At the same time, Premiere Rush is designed for people who like to edit their videos on their phones and are in a ‘rush’ to make their videos, which is why Adobe has designed Premiere Rush’s UI to be much more simpler.
Because of this, Premiere Rush feels a lot more easier to use than Premiere Pro in comparison.
Is Adobe Premiere Pro worth the money?
Now the money question arises. Premiere Pro is definitely not a cheap software by any means. It is certainly placed in the higher price range when it comes to video editing softwares.
But here’s the thing though, you actually get the value for the money that you are spending on it. There are tons of different features and effects that are available on Premiere Pro that you don’t normally get on video editing softwares.
And if you are a professional video editor, then this is a great option for you to check it out. So, to answer the question. Yes, it is worth the money.
Is Premiere Pro good for beginners?
This is also an interesting question because a lot of people tend to use the best possible version of the editing software when they are trying to start.
And on the surface, that idea seems reasonable. Because if you start learning from the best version of the editing softwares, then, later on, you will continue working on it and won’t have to shift.
But, there are so many video editing softwares right now that all do the basic editing that you don’t need to start from Premiere Pro. And for beginners, it can be quite overwhelming as well.
So the best way to go about it is to start with a simpler video editing software and then move on to something like Premiere Pro.
Is Premiere Pro the best video editing software?
There are many articles floating around the internet that do claim it to be the best editing software, and to some extent, they are all not wrong. Premiere Pro is quite a well-rounded video editing software that offers a lot.
But there are also many different video editing softwares that can be considered the best video editing softwares.
It all depends on the use case of the individual. Why is that individual looking to use this particular product, but I wouldn’t call Premiere Pro to be the best video editing software.
Is Premiere Pro the industry standard?
A lot of people in the industry do use this software. But it also depends on which type of industry you are talking about. If you are talking about the YouTube industry, then sure, it is an industry standard, as many YouTubers use it.
But if you are talking about something like the movie industry, and even though there have been some giant Hollywood movies that have been edited on Premiere Pro, I wouldn’t go as far as calling it as an Industry standard.
Disadvantages of Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro does require a powerful computer to work smoothly. The basic system requirements that I mentioned above would only provide you with a decent performance from Premiere Pro.
And those basic system requirements to tend to be the best possible version of computing devices for a lot of people, so that is something to look into.
Then there is the factor of a lot of options in terms of editing. And some might take it as an advantage, and it makes sense to do so, but for a lot of commoners, those features may never be used.
And they might get overwhelmed with everything to offer, but then again, Premiere Pro isn’t designed for commoners.
Final verdict and Review
So, what’s my final verdict and review of Premiere Pro? Well, I have never personally used this software, but I have made my editors use it to edit my short films, and the amount of creative freedom that an individual can have from this software is bananas.
I literally used to ask for anything, and that was available on Premiere Pro as an option for edits. But, as I mentioned, I have never used it, my video editor has.
Meaning that you have to be the person who knows what all you can do on Premiere Pro; only then would you be able to utilise the full list of features that are offered on it.
Otherwise, it would be any other video editing software, and you could do the same editing on your phone as well.
I would be rating Premiere Pro 4/5 stars.
Well, there you have it, an in-depth review of Premiere Pro, covering all the details about the software, from pricing to features to availability of it and much more.
You can very easily use the software if you are serious about video editing, and the great thing about Premiere Pro is also that it is widely used.
So, even if you are having some issues working with it or you are not able to figure something out about it, you can just search about it on YouTube, and you will find tons of videos explaining everything about it.
That’s the great thing about its popularity that not a lot of video editing softwares are able to enjoy this sort of treatment.
But, as always, this was my thoughts and review on Premiere Pro; what about you? Do you use this particular software for editing your videos, or do you prefer some other video editing software?
Do let us know about it in the comments down below!