Flexible trimming tools. Tons of organization helps. Custom Markers. Ultimate power in video editing. Unlimited multicam angles. Interoperable with other Adobe CS products and 3rd party tools.
Excellent stabilization. Cons Occassional crashes. Slower at rendering than Final Cut Pro. Bottom Line A full, professional-level digital video editing program, Premiere Pro CS6 gets more speed, a simplified UI, and new trimming and color tools. It has also added class-leading collaboration capabilities.
All of this makes Premiere well worthy of an ditors' Choice award for professional-level video-editing software. While Apple made a drastic break with the past when it updated Final Cut Pro X , Adobe continues to take an incremental approach, polishing the interface and adding state-of-the art tools to its professional video editing software, Premiere Pro CC. Those used to traditional nonlinear digital video editing will applaud Premiere's familiar approach, but in its favor, Final Cut offers some innovative tools like connected clips, auditions, and a trackless timeline that can ease the work of editors.
The cross-platform program runs on macOS There is a free day trial option. When you install Premiere, you also get Adobe Media Encoder, which converts output to a wide variety of formats for online and broadcast. Interface Premiere Pro has a good-looking, flexible interface. The startup view helps you quickly get to projects you've been working on, begin new projects, or search Adobe Stock. The dark program window makes your clips the center of attention, and you can switch among functions like Assembly, Editing, Color, Effects, Audio, and Titles.
You can edit these or create your own custom workspaces, and even pull off any of its panels and float them wherever you want on your display s. You can now create content bins based on search terms. By default, the editor uses a four-panel layout, with the source preview at top left, a project preview at top right, your project assets at lower-left, and the timeline tracks along the lower right. You can add and remove control buttons to taste; Adobe has removed a bunch by default for a cleaner interface.
Since many editors rely on keyboard shortcuts like J, K, and L for navigating through a project, fewer buttons and a cleaner screen make a lot of sense. It's a very flexible interface, and you can undock and drag around windows to your heart's content. When you hover the mouse over a clip in the source panel, it scrubs through the video. Premiere is now touch-friendly, letting you move clips and timeline elements around with a finger or tap buttons. You can also pinch-zoom the timeline or video preview window.
You can even set in and out points with a tap on thumbnails in the source bin. Final Cut supports the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, but I prefer the on-screen touch capability, since, unlike the Touch Bar, the touch screen doesn't require you to take your eyes off the screen and therefore your video project.
When you click on a media thumbnail, you get a scrubber bar and can mark in and out points right there, before you insert the clip into your project. Premiere offers several ways to insert a clip into your sequence. You can click the Insert or Overwrite buttons in the source preview monitor, or you can just drag the clip's thumbnail from the media browser onto the timeline or onto the preview monitor.
Holding Command or Ctrl on Windows makes your clip overwrite the timeline contents. You can even drag files directly from the OS's file system into the project. The media browser also has tabs for Effects, Markers, and History, the last of which can be help you back to a good spot if you mess up. Markers, too, have been improved, with the ability to attach notes and place multiple markers at the same time point.
Markers can have durations in frame time codes, and the Markers tab shows you entries with all this for every marker in a clip or sequence. Clicking on a marker entry here jumps you right to its point in the movie. Any device that can create video footage is fair game for import to Premiere Pro. The software can capture from tape, with scene detection, shuttle transport, and time-code settings. Resolutions of up to 8K are supported. For high-frame-rate video, the program lets you use proxy media for faster editing.
They're all clearly accessible at the left of the timeline. The cursor shape and color give visual cues about which kind of edit you're dealing with. A welcome new capability is that you can actually make edits while playback is rolling.
In a nice touch, holding down the mouse button while moving a clip edit point or double-clicking on an edit point opens a view of both clips in the preview window. If you double click on the edit point it switches to Trim mode, which shows the outgoing and incoming frames, with buttons for moving back and forward by 1 frame or 5 and another to apply the default transition. As with Adobe Photoshop image layers, layer support in Premiere Pro lets you apply adjustments.
These will affect all tracks below them. You create a new adjustment layer by right-clicking in the project panel. Then you drag it onto a clip your timeline, and start applying effects. Transitions and Effects If you've been reading my recent reviews of enthusiast-level video editing software, you may be surprised to learn that Premiere Pro includes just 38 transition options by default you can of course install plugins for more.
This is because in the pro community, most of those hundreds of transitions offered by the likes of CyberLink PowerDirector are considered tacky—if pros want to do fancy transitions, they build their own striking, custom ones in After Effects or buy polished premade ones via third-party plug-ins.
Otherwise, all the video effects you'd expect are present—keying, lighting, colorizing, and transforming. You can apply an effect just by double clicking. A search box makes it easy to find the effect or transition you need. The Warp Stabilize feature, brought over from After Effects, is very effective at smoothing out bumpy video. But it takes a while, analyzing one frame at a time. You can adjust the amount of cropping, tweak the percent smoothness, and make the borders auto-scale.
But the long wait pays off. The result was very noticeably smoother than in Final Cut Pro X in my testing. Collaboration New collaboration features rank high in the list of new features in Premiere Pro. Creative Cloud Libraries let you store and organize assets online, and the beta Team Projects feature lets editors and motion graphics artists using After Effects collaborate in real time.
This also means that editors can go to any machine running Premiere and see their environment tweaks duplicated by signing into the cloud. You can view this content in anaglyphic form, which is a fancy way of saying you can see it in 3D using standard red-and-blue glasses. You can also have your video track a head-mounted display's view. The program, however, couldn't open my Samsung Gear footage unless it was already converted to equirectangular format. You can't see the spherical view alongside the flattened view as you can in those apps, either, but you can easily toggle back and forth between these views if you add the VR button to the preview window.
Helpfully, the tool lets you tag a video as VR, so that Facebook or YouTube can tell it's degree content. Multi-Camera Angle Editing Multi-cam in Premiere can now accommodate an unlimited number of angles, limited only by your system capabilities.
Final Cut Pro X lets you work with only 64 angles, though most projects won't need more. In Premiere, you select your clips and choose Create Multi-Camera Source Sequence from the right-click or Clip menus, and then choose a syncing method. The program now does a good job of syncing clips based on their audio, which is helpful for DSLR-shot clips, since they have no time codes.
As in Final Cut, a Multi-Camera Monitor lets you record angle changes as the composite video plays, either by simply clicking on the angle's tile or corresponding number. You can then adjust the cuts with the normal editing tools. These tools offer a remarkable amount of color manipulation, along with a great selection of film and HDR looks. You can adjust white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and black point—all of which can be activated with keyframes.
Saturation, Vibrance, Faded Film, and Sharpen adjustments are also available. But the curves and color wheel options are truly impressive. There's also a very cool Lumetri Scope view, which shows the current frame's proportional use of red, green, and blue. You can opt to apply any of these effects only in masked areas, which you can create from polygons or by using a pen tool. For motion, tracking, however, you need to look to After Effects, so those masks won't automatically track, say, a face.
I miss Final Cut Pro X's automatic color-matching feature, which gives contiguous scenes consistency. You can use it to make adjustments as the project plays. New tracks are automatically created when you drop an audio clip in the timeline, and you can specify types like Standard which can contain a combination of mono and stereo files , mono, stereo, 5. Double-clicking the VU meters or panning dials returns their levels to zero.
The audio meters next to your timeline are resizable and let you solo any track. The program also supports hardware controllers and third-party VSP plugins. Titles and Captions As you might expect, Premiere Pro offers a wealth of text options for titles and captions.
For titles you get a great selection of fonts, including Adobe Typekit fonts. You can choose leading and kerning, rolling, crawling, rotation, opacity, texture, and more. As in Photoshop, you can apply strokes and shadows to any font. Advanced text animation, however, once again falls to After Effects. By comparison, enthusiast-level programs like PowerDirector and Pinnacle Studio offer a good selection of title animations right in the video editor.
In particular, video editors commonly need to create assets in Photoshop and After Effects. You can move content between the apps in its native format without the need for any type of conversion, through the Adobe Dynamic Link menu choice. Apple's Final Cut cannot equal this spectrum of production tools.
Can I download a trial version of Premiere Pro CS6? No, Premiere Pro Do students get a discount if they decide to purchase after the free trial? Yes, students. Browse the official list of Adobe coupon codes, promos, special offers and discounts on software. Shop and save on a variety of Adobe products. This course will teach students video editing using using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. The video editing course provides an overview of the video.
Flexible trimming tools. Tons of organization helps. Custom Markers. Ultimate power in video editing. Unlimited multicam angles.