Adobe Premiere vs Final Cut Pro: Which is the best video editor for you in 2018? (A lot has changed since our last Final Cut Pro vs Adobe Premiere comparison!)
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-- Adobe Premiere vs Final Cut Pro: Best Video Editor 2018? --
When it comes to Video Editing Software, I get asked all the time “which is better - Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro?”.
I personally use BOTH Premiere and Final Cut. Each has its strengths and weaknesses for different projects, and getting the best out of both packages saves me a ton of time working across a broad range of video projects...
But for the vast majority of editors just one is enough, and deciding which is the best video editing software for you and your ideal editing workflow can be tough.
A lot has changed since our last comparison of the two, so in this video I run through my updated thoughts on both editing packages, focussing on the key things you need to consider when choosing between Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro!
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My summary of Premiere after 1 year of use.
-Text tool is a nightmare. Good luck trying to click on existing text.
-The editing playback speed is glacial and grainy.
-The audio comes and goes, and requires toggling Mute and Stereo buttons.
- It crashes at least 2 times per session...on a PC.
-The trim tool clips behind the selection, rather than in front.
-There's no motion tracking other than motion blur.
- There's no video screen capture.
- Clicking 'save as' crashes the program 50% of the time.
- Encoding is excellent, but slow even with Hardware enabled. Don't wait until your deadline to encode.
- It creates an obscene amount of cache files that fill your drive regardless whether you auto delete. If you don't delete those files, your video audio will not load.
- Encoding any text triples your encoding time.
- Opening another premiere file corrupts your existing file.
- Work space panels will disappear and you can't get them back.
-The program launch time is so long it triggers the "not responding" message.
I only use Premiere because I have to. Seems like Justin is on the same page.
I feel like i've been loosing my mind with all of the bugs and crashes on premiere. I am considering buying a mac and switching to final cut. Do you think that is a good call? I feel like I spend more time dealing with bugs and waiting for rendering and converting than I do editing with Premiere ATM.
I'm using Movie Studio Platinum (formerly Vegas Studio)...I bought a $4,000 mac about 8 months ago (long time PC user) specifically so I could get Final Cut... It frustrated the hell out of me seeing as A) I was new to the software and B) new to macs... I ended up returning the mac and went back to Movie Studio... I've had Adobe Premiere on my PC for at least a few months now but have yet to start using it...... next upload I'll start experimenting! Great video and thanks for sharing Justin!
Do not get me Wrong but I hate Programs were you have to pay every month. That's why I am also switching to FCPx aaand because I am a Student. I use a Hackintosh and plan to buy an MBPr. I am extremely surprised how much better the Workflow is in MacOS in Comparision to Windows and Linux, even on an old HDD. :DD Love it, also the Trackpad. <3
Final Cut export speed just drops the mic on Premiere Pro
BUT it's only able to do it because of it's aggressive caching. It renders everything in the background while you work which can eat up a ton of hard drive space
Could you please do one on filmora 9 for the mac. Maybe against davinci resolve? I've tried using davinci resolve but it was too difficult and advanced for me i feel as i couldn't find half of the edits or effects and it wasn't as smooth using as say an imovie. I have been interested in filmora as it looks easier but have not heard good things about the software.
I feel like i need to level up from imovies but looking for something free while i still practice my skills and system knowledge
Justin, I am about to buy a computer and this very issue has got me stymied. I am a long time crap level editor (from 80's 3/4" Sony RM80s to 90's Pinnacle, 2K Canopus, to 2015 Sony Vegas on PC) and am finally getting enough money together to A. pay for Adobe Creative Suite per month, and B. buy a system that will be fast enough to actually create videos that are 'broadcast ready' or at least decent looking. I could buy a 27" iMac at $7000 which is steeeeeep, or a $3000 PC that would be wicked fast. I9? likely.
I have always been impressed with iMacs. The way you can seemlessly and quickly render previews of complex animations and other graphics right in a timeline or; back when DVD creation was still a thing, DVD Studio Pro would really blow my hair back with how easy it was to create amazing menus on the fly...etc.
At this point, the only reason I would buy an apple iMac is because I would want to turn my attention to Final Cut Pro. I am very uncomfortable with apple, but I can learn and that's just a learning curve. And I would, in time, conquer all of it, including Final Cut's tiny nuances. I'm a manual reader. But then I worry that I may be missing out on what is essentially, industry standard for lots of folks, Premiere and After Effects. I am a Photoshop user and know a little of everything, Audition, Illustrator, even DreamWeaver, for all that's worth at this point.
So, here is my most important question: If I stay with PC (which I have been with since there were PCs), do you think that the newest version of Adobe products can now finally compete with the sorts of easy drag N drop graphics that have been around with Apple since Final Cut? Is Adobe finally up there in terms of ease of graphics use? And further, is Final Cut basically a fusion of After Effects and Premiere for MAC?
BTW, great lighting and very nice editing.
Great comparison video! One thing that might be worth pointing out is the pricing model. With Adobe you're going to be paying $240 a year if you buy the year up front for an individual license (otherwise it's almost $380/year if you go month-to-month). It's a SaaS model (software as a service) so it's really not yours, where with Final Cut you spend $300 and it's yours to keep forever.
I think, if you're editing FCPX is better 'cause it's easier. Premier is hard to learn and really complicated to use, but if you want pro videos i think premier is a better choice. For just a gaming video or a vlog you can use both of them same, but if you're doing a short film, or something complicated i think premier is better!(Of course, a lot of people don't think it the same, that's only my own comment)
I really like the simplicity and "smooth-ness" of Final Cut and I use it every day at work; the only drawback for me is how FCPX handles image sequences. It's much easier to import and use image sequences in programs like Premiere and After Effects, while FCPX requires a few steps before you can use them properly. Plus, each image comes in as an individual file in the browser when you first import them vs a single image sequence file in the other programs. FCPX is still a great program to edit with, but if you use image sequences in your workflow, it may be something you want to consider.
Hello, guys. Where do I find this Hardware Encoding setting you were talking about? Is this a new option only on CC 2018? Because I'm running 2017 here... and I also have an AMD chip, but still wondering just where that option is... Thanks!
Bummer, I haven't experienced this.. If it crashes at the same time each time then you could work out roughly where in the edit there's an isssue and try removing any effects or even footage at that point to help you work out what's causing the issue. Once you've worked that out then you can look at how you're going to fix the issue.
Another thing to try would be to clear the cache / render files for the project
I use Premier Because in college that's what I learned on and have become so used to it I'm reluctant to switch. However the monthly cost of Premier is picking away at me and Final Cut is looking better and better since I can pay for it out right and be done.
I also use illustrator and lightroom regularly so it makes sense just to mesh them, but I really do not like the subscription.
This video helped clear things for me. The decision came down to which program is able to run on both Mac and PC. I have a MacBook Pro for some editing and the PC for the work load. Guess Premiere Pro is the way to go for me then..
Oh, and there is absolutely *_nothing_* better about Lumetri. Seriously. In fact, if anything, it's *_much_* more limited than what Final Cut Pro X's built-in color correction tools have to offer. So, again, I don't know where you're getting this from (lack of knowledge/experience?).
And while you were on the subject of saving and crashing, I would have thought you'd have mentioned the fact that there *_is no saving_* in Final Cut Pro X to begin with. And even if it ever did crash, you lose absolutely *nothing* . You restart FCP and simply continue from the exact same spot you left off, without even having to think about it.
You also need to look at "PostLab" for example, then we can talk about how "awesome" you find Adobe's comparatively clumsy, unreliable "Teams". 😏
Also, mentioning (and praising) the "Motion Essentials" feature without pointing to the fact that Motion's integration in Final Cut Pro X in *_exponentially_* better than PPro and AE's is a truly unfortunate "oversight". Never mind that the "Motion Essentials" feature was literally, if only very poorly and rudimentarily, copied from that exact integration of FCP and Motion. Titles and animations? Really? That's all? How about custom generators, transitions *_and effects_* , too? In actual realtime? Makes the whole "Motion Essentials" thing look pretty silly in comparison, don't you think? 😄
Sorry if I have absolutely no clue as to why collaborative editing as such could or should play into the whole thing i.e. how in the world it is worse, less likely or (as you seem to suggest) impossible with Final Cut Pro X of all things.
@Justin Brown - Primal Video No, not in so many words. Which is why a wrote "as you seem to suggest". Meaning that by singling it out as a (for you) special go-to PPro feature one could be lead to believe that collaboration is somehow worse or even somehow not possible with FCP. Where, by mere virtue of the library paradigm and database driven foundation of FCP, it's in fact even much easier and far less error prone even without any additional app or system, since there are no relinking issues etc. upon exchange. But, yeah, I'll give you the cross-platform aspect. But even then, thanks to FCPXML (with which I'm not talking about the age-old XML version that PPro uses), exchanging projects with other NLEs, e.g. Resolve, is exponentially more powerful and solid.
And again, I highly recommend checking out "PostLab", which is unparalleled and FREE collaboration environment.
I'm a pro in After Effects so Premiere will always have a home in my heart. I left FC at version 7 but Im going to get X under my belt just for versatility. The more you know, the more useful you can be as a freelancer as well.
Hi Justin, I have a 27" 2017 5K iMac with i7-7700K (supports QS) but for some reason I CAN'T get Premiere Pro to do Hardware Encoding. It says "your system's hardware does not support hardware acceleration..." Do you have any suggestion?
My brothers 15” MacBook Pro somehow beats my $4000 pc on rendering.I now considering buying a MacBook Pro,however I play games that’s why I bought a pc.
I was using his Mac and macOS is buttery smooth even than my pc
Really appreciate the even-handed review - I'm setting up some video workflows and systems for a new job and given that I'm starting from scratch, am considering Apple/FCPx for the first time in my career. Nice to have an unbiased opinion.
I’m still deciding too 🤦🏽♀️but I think I’m going to go with Final Cut Pro Bc I’ve been hearing from A lot of youtubers that premier keeps having problems or it downloads slow sometimes, but no complaints from Final Cut Pro other then people saying it’s advance 🤷🏽♀️ but Dont bother with Adobe too much complaints, So hope that helps 😌
I really wonder how iMovie compares to FCP? If basic functionality is the same (fast magnetic timeline, title generators, audio processing and XML structure) it might be a good alternative for me, but I can't install it. Should call Apple.
OVERLOAD; If I had been doing video editing for some time I would have a clue what all this means... but now I'm ever more LOST!!! I hear that you have to pay Monthly with Adobe products??? and yet FCPX is a whopping $300
I don't have MacBook and yet do I want to go down that road??? It is not the money - it is the learning curve. I want to start a new business, and video editing is going to be a big part of it.
My PC laptop is not all that bad/nor that great... so I don't know if that's where I need to spend the money.
But if getting a new MacBook and FCPX is the way to go then do tell me more! ! ! ! ! ?????????????????? :)
I recently switch from Premiere Pro CC 2018 to FCPX 10.4.4... and seriously is AMAZING, I lost a lot of time in Premiere... I can't believe that FCPX its WAY smoother editing h264 4k 60p footage than Premiere was with 1080p Prores Proxy files, simply UNBELIEVABLE !!
FCPX turned my "old and slow" macbook pro 2015 into a fucking a mac pro, now it's a new computer...
The way you can select favorites and organize your footage, the magnetic properties, no proxy needed, integrated multicam, the scrub function, fastest exports, background renders.... It saves a LOT of time editing and you can stay focused on creativity and not on the technical way to achieve things... The only bad thing coming from Premiere is the stabilizer of FCPX it's so bad :(
For me is a no-brainer, if you have a mac you must try FCPX: easiest, faster, innovative and no monthly subscription. I had FCPX for years without giving a try and now I'm SO HAPPY with the decision I did, Trust me!
I use premiere because A I use pc B Vegas and after effects are waayy too confusing ( I can do the basics but I can't go farther from their) C I use to use hitfilm pro, a editing software up to par with Adobe premiere ( except you can do 3-D effects) and D premieres interface is just really convenient.
For anyone who is just starting out, go with anything but premiere. I use premiere and other adobe apps regularly and love them. However, the bugs drive me insane, both on my mac and pc. It's crazy to think that the industry standard is so incredibly buggy and unreliable, but it is in my experience. I use it because I make use of the adobe integration a lot, as in I open Photoshop and after effects files in premiere all the time, but if you don't need this I would recommend not going with adobe. It has got to the point where I'm considering using final cut, even though I'd have to learn how to use it from scratch. (I've been using Premiere for a couple of years and have experienced the same problems since I started, even after updates and on different computers. Love the video though, very informative, I'm happy it is not as unreliable for you!
The lack of performance compared to fcpx and bugs in premiere are making it hard to stay. The collaborative process for premiere is the only thing keeping me around. Adobe has to figure out how to use modern video cards and not depend on the processor
Hi Justin! Nice video. I agree with what you said in video. I use 3 editing software :D It is possible. I edit bigger project like short film in Avid because i love that workflow. I love bins! I use premiere pro for some projects. When I work with my mate for example or when I edit gameplay on PC. When I bought I've started editing in Final Cut. It is cool software for youtube videos and vlogs! Thanks for your video ;) Greetings ;)
It seems like people don’t like premiere because they don’t want to take the time to learn the software. Premiere can do more than final cut like the little animations and templates. Most of the animated stuff on final cut are snagged from some where else
I have used Adobe Premiere and FCP 7 since the mid 1990's. I preferred FCP 7, I still have Premiere and FCPX On my MAC I use FCPX or Davinci Resolve Studio. on my Windows rig I use Davinci Resolve Studio. Premiere is just too buggy and poorly optimised for me.
One question. Why final cut does not read my mic and does not record voice off...imovie did not give problem but final cut (free trial) open the window for voice record but does not work...help meee!!!
Final Cut pro X is so simple and easy to understand. Everything is breeze when you get pass through magnetic timeline learning curve. You can now share projects with other editors with frame.io in latest update
Seems like FCP is better from the comments. The problem is, I use Windows. I don't have money for another PC just for gaming while having a Mac Device for editing.
Therefore, Premiere Pro. is my only choice.
@Mike Teok Yes, only it offers much much more and… is (more) *_stable and free_* …! Final Cut Pro X is still much better overall, but if you're on a PC, Resolve is (from what I hear) probably your best bet.
Has anyone else had problems with PP (2018) The contact freezing and glitches are absolutely horrible and are making me want to switch back to FCPX. No lie PP can't even handle mobile phone videos I'm making that are 15-20 seconds long and I'm using a MacBook pro 2015 that has 16gb RAM !!!
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
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love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.