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Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Pro

Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Pro

There is no greater debate in the world of video editing than that of Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Pro. These two software programs are the best of the best for amateurs and professionals alike, but those new to the game often wonder which one is better. While either one is a great choice for anyone looking to increase their video production prowess, there are absolutely factors you should consider when making the choice. 

Overview: Final Cut Pro 

The most recent version in Apple’s FCP series is Final Cut Pro X. It’s only available on Mac OS, and it’ll run you $299. What’s unique about FCPX is its proprietary magnetic timeline. The magic of this timeline is that when you relocate a clip in your storyline, all connected clips go with it. Another great benefit of the magnetic timeline is that you no longer have to worry about overwriting other clips when you move something. 

Users love FCPX for its fast rendering times. The journey from completion to YouTube or other social media is much faster. Also, because FCPX is optimized for Apple computers, it doesn’t drain the battery as quickly when you’re using a laptop. 

Overview: Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro was developed by Adobe as part of its Creative Cloud, including several other in-demand software programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. Unlike FCPX, you pay a monthly or annual subscription fee that ranges from $20.99 up to $52.99, depending on which plan you choose. The Premiere Pro timeline is much more familiar to those who have used editing software before, making it much easier to adapt if you’re jumping in with prior editing experience. 

Premiere Pro is available on both Mac and PC operating systems. It has features known as Adobe Anywhere and Adobe Team Projects that make collaboration a breeze. If you’re using other programs in the Creative Cloud to make changes to your project, Premiere Pro will auto-syncs these changes.  

The Verdict

There really is no “one-size-fits-all” approach when it comes to editing software. You can argue Final Cut Pro vs Premiere Pro for days on end, and it will still come down to whichever program works for your specific needs. Premiere Pro is better for collaborators and it has superior compatibility. Final Cut Pro offers innovative features and a more affordable payment structure. 

Once you’ve defined your editing needs and chosen your software, browse Shutterstock’s robust library to find stock video and images that will enhance whatever project you’re in the midst of planning. 
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