Another Conversion: Is Adobe Premiere Better Than Final Cut Pro?

I have to admit that this is a difficult blog post for me to write. I love Apple. I love Final Cut Pro. This brand has given me the feeling of professional prowess since my beginnings as a video editor at the ripe young age of 15. However, a time has come for me to make a very big decision. Does Apple‘s lack of compassion for the professional editor mean it’s time to abandon ship? Is it time to become an Adobe enthusiast?

Now, I’ve questioned my allegance to Final Cut Pro ever since the release of Final Cut Pro X. It was during that time that the mainstream editing public realized that our beloved Apple was taking a turn towards the consumer. We all hoped that they would learn to appeal to both the professional and the at home enthusiast, but within months Apple made it clear that they were no longer interested in playing in the professional scene.

So what did I do? I held on tight. I held on tight to my Final Cut Pro 7 serial number. Heck, at Video Blocks we even ordered another! This program had given my colleagues and I so much over the years, there was no way we could turn our backs on it now.

But then it all started to unravel. A lack of Final Cut updates, an increased number of errors. Frustrations around the office grew, and some people started to make the switch. Adobe Premiere had a good reputation, and being part of the Adobe suite, it was easily available.

It wasn’t until yesterday afternoon that I, too, was convinced that Adobe Premiere Pro may be the way to go. While working from home as Hurricane Sandy made her way across DC, I found myself needing to do a few quick edits via remote connection. I went to my first love, Final Cut Pro, to get the job done, but as soon as I tried to begin an edit, I would get the doomed “General Error” note. (This error is seriously the least helpful piece of literature Apple has ever put together.) After multiple attempts, it became clear the Final Cut Pro wasn’t going to get this job done. I had to use Adobe Premiere Pro.

It was effortless. I opened the program, made a simple timeline and exported it directly to the codec I needed (thank you, Media Encoder interface!). Not a single error came up, not a single problem with the entire workflow. Is this what everyone else has already learned? Is Premiere really this easy to work with?

It turns out that, yes, Adobe Premiere Pro really is the way to go from here on out. Not only is the program reliable, it’s also affordable. With Adobe’s new Creative Cloud licensing, every video editor can easily get their hands on this software. Plus, Adobe has proven that they are committed to developing their products. They’ve released multiple updates and have proven that they are still interested in the professional community. Sure, there are plenty of technical specs we could dole out to prove why one program is better than the other, but when it comes down to it, don’t you want a program that gets the job done in any circumstance?


What about you? Do you have a Final Cut Pro conversion story? Or have you decided to stay loyal to the program? What do you think is the most important aspect of editing software? Leave us a comment below or head over to the Video Blocks Facebook page to let us know what you think!