In one corner of the universe, there’s Final Cut Pro 10 (X). In the other, Premiere Pro CC. Each has millions of supportive fans from small-time enthusiasts to professional producers.
A few months ago, you may have seen an article titled Premiere Pro vs. Final Cut Pro X, which highlights some major benefits and setbacks of each editing software.
Let’s go further and dive in to each program to gain more insight into how Apple’s Final Cut Pro legacy of industry standard could be radically changing in the not-so distant future.
To begin, one of the main benefits of Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC is the seamless collaboration of all Adobe products. This is extremely beneficial for many reasons. Premiere Pro is built to work with other production related applications like Adobe After Effects (a graphic and animation program) and Adobe Audition (an advanced sound editing program). When working on a complex project, it’s nice to have all programs actually work together as one.
Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) took a huge hit when it was released a few years ago. A clunky user interface and unresponsive controls slowed the editing process tremendously. Apple worked on the issues and eventually came out with updated versions of the program, but some interface issues remained. One of the best features in Final Cut Pro X’s predecessor, (Final Cut Pro 7) was the fact that the interface hadn’t changed since Apple first released version 1 of the program over 10 years ago (which Edit House purchased in 2000). With such a drastic interface change, lovers of Final Cut Pro 7 had a difficult time transitioning to the ever-so-different FCP X.
Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC’s interface has basically remained the same with only user-requested changes that improve overall functionality.
There is something completely different though with Premiere Pro CC. I've used Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X, for a combined 10 years, read endless amounts of research, and watched countless editing tutorials. Something that has been seriously lacking is that none of Final Cut’s current or previous versions have the ability to create Closed Captioning subtitles (CC.) Keep in mind though, there are millions of Final Cut Pro users around the world and I am certainly not the world’s expert.
I have used Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC for just a year, but the single most astonishing factor that caught my eye was the ability to actually create and time Closed Captioning within the editing program itself. This is huge!
In the old days, or with Final Cut Pro users today, captioning was/is created by a third-party program from a transcript of the script or by someone sitting down and transcribing the entirety of a program or commercial -what a pain. Once the third-party program created the captioning file, Final Cut Pro would need to export the final movie or commercial in another one of Apple’s products, “Compressor.” With the final Closed Captioning file in hand (or in the computer’s “hand”), Compressor could export the final production with the captioning file into one CC’d file. At this point though, you would hope and pray the timing of the captioning file matched the final movie or commercial down to the exact frame, otherwise, captioning text could appear before or after it’s supposed to.
Life is easier. I've experienced it firsthand (my fellow editing-software-enthusiasts!)
Premiere Pro is completely different. You have options. Of course, you could do all of the above in Premiere, but why not save time? Premiere Pro CC offers the remarkable function of captioning the movie or commercial from within the program. No wasted time on third-party app’s or frustrated nights having nightmares of captioning files. Within Premiere Pro, captioning is a breeze. Editors are able to transcribe the video, set timing and position Closed Captions without ever leaving the application.
It is a great day indeed.
Edit House Productions began using Final Cut Pro version 1 when our company first started, back in 2000. In 2011, Edit House Productions updated to Final Cut Pro 10 (X) and used it from everything from TV commercials, radio commercials and documentaries. In 2014 though, Premiere Pro CC and the entire line of Adobe products was implemented and has been used since.
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