- Intimidating interface for nonprofessionals
- Some techniques require additional applications, such as After Effects or SpeedGrade
- No sound effect samples included
Trimming Project Clips
Adobe Premiere Rush MOD APK v184.108.40.2064 continues to offer the four edit types that sound like they belong at a waterpark—Roll, Ripple, Slip, and Slide—and adds a Regular Trim mode. 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 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 one frame or five 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 on 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 47 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. Adobe has sped up this formerly slow frame-by-frame process. In testing, smoothing out a 1:33 (min:sec) clip from a moving tram, took 2:38, but all but the biggest shakes were pleasingly smoothed out. You can adjust the amount of cropping, tweak the percent smoothness, and make the borders auto-scale. A cool option is No Motion, compared with the default Smooth motion. Using this with Stabilize Only (as opposed to adding Crop, Autoscale, or Synthesize Edges) resulted in a weird (and unusable) zooming in and out with rotation in my test, so be careful which settings you use. The result with default settings was noticeably smoother than that produced by Final Cut Pro X in my testing.
Adobe Premiere Rush MOD APK v220.127.116.114 lets you use Creative Cloud Libraries to store and organize assets online, and the Team Projects feature lets editors and motion graphics artists using After Effects collaborate in real time; you simply designate team members when creating the project. Any Premiere user can sync settings to Creative Cloud, for editing from different PCs and locations.
This also means that editors can go to any machine running Premiere and see their environment tweaks duplicated by signing into the cloud. Getting this kind of collaboration and workflow capability in Final Cut Pro requires third-party extensions, and consumer-targeted products like PowerDirector offer no collaboration features to speak of.
You can now customize motion graphics templates with your own text, media, and graphics. This is extremely helpful for outfits that have motion graphics designers creating the templates in After Effects and editors working in Premiere Pro. And even if you don’t have such designer resources, you can get templates (in .MOGRT format) from Adobe Stock or on the web.
Once you’ve dragged the template onto the timeline, you click on its single entry and the Essential Graphics panel then shows all its editable controls. Type in new text, change object colors, or even drop new graphics onto the timeline entry from Finder or File Explorer.
A good chunk of today’s video content is destined for social media, which means different aspect ratio formats. Auto Reframe uses Adobe’s Sensei AI technology to identify what’s important in the frame and then crop to 16:9, square, vertical, or custom aspect ratios to match the output device or service. You can use the tool on individual clips or entire sequences.
You can either drag the video effect onto a clip or choose Auto Reframe from the Sequence menu. You then choose the output aspect ratio; slower, faster, or default motion tracking, and whether you want clip nesting.
Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and Vimeo, as well as broadcast outlets, all have different spec requirements, so the new feature will save video producers the work of having to custom edit for each. At the very least, Auto Reframe gives producers a starting point, since it offers a Nested option, meaning you can adjust its automatically created keyframes to taste.
Apple now has a similar tool in Final Cut Pro called Smart Conform. It’s nearly identical to Auto Reframe, though there’s only one way to get to it, unlike Premiere Pro’s two options. Smart Conform also bases the crop on your project aspect ratio setting, rather than creating new aspect-ratio versions to taste. One thing I prefer about Final Cut’s feature is that it lets you see how the effect worked by showing the full frame outside the automatically cropped area.
360-Degree VR Video
Premiere Pro lets you view 360-degree VR footage and change the field of view and angle. 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 360 footage unless it was already converted to equirectangular format. Corel VideoStudio, CyberLink PowerDirector, and Pinnacle Studio can all open the footage without this conversion. 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, Adobe’s tool lets you tag a video as VR, so that Facebook or YouTube can tell it’s 360-degree content.
Multi-Camera Angle Editing
Multicam in Premiere Pro can 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 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.
Color Adjustments and Effects
The Lumetri Color Tools in Premiere Pro brings the program up to the status of Photoshop for video. 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 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. Again, the recommended way to deal with this is to use fellow Creative Cloud programs After Effects or SpeedGrade.
Premiere Pro’s Audio Mixer shows pan, balance, VU meters, clipping indicators, and mute/solo for all timeline tracks. 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, 5.1 and adaptive. 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. If you have Adobe Audition installed, you can roundtrip your audio between that and Premiere for advanced techniques such as Adaptive Noise Reduction, Parametric EQ, Automatic Click Removal, Studio Reverb, and compression.
For background music, you can choose from a large selection, some free, some extra-cost, from Adobe Stock. You find these within the Essential Sound panel, which also lets you designate your own audio tracks as Dialog, Music, SFX, or Ambience. Switch to the Browse tab to find background music, which you can filter by mood or search by term. None of these can auto-fit your project length as many video programs can, and there are no sound effect samples like drum hits or car horns, again, offered by most consumer software I review. This shows that Premiere is designed mostly for professional teams rather than enthusiasts who may also want to use its power. The Pros will likely have a full Creative Cloud subscription which would let them get the sounds through Adobe Audition. Final Cut Pro and most other consumer level video software come with these sound effects available right in the program.
Essential Sound does now provide one recent, very useful capability: Auto ducking for ambient sounds. This pulls back background noise during dialog or sound effects.
Titles and Captions
As you might expect, Premiere Pro offers a wealth of text options for titles and captions. It can import XML or SRT files. 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. New stroke styles arrived in the 2019 update, letting those with very particular typographic needs choose the type of caps the strokes have, including miter, round, and bevel. 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.
A new caption editing tool landed in the March 2021 update. With this panel, you can redistribute words among the captions, each of which becomes a separate timeline clip. You can split or merge caption clips and edit the style of all the separate caption clips at once. When done, you can export to an SRT or text file or burn the captions into your video project. A transcription feature that will generate captions from dialog in your clips is in beta.
Output and Performance
When you’re done editing your movie, Premiere’s Export option offers most formats you’d ever want, and for more output options you can use the Adobe Encoder, which can target Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, DVD, Blu-ray, and many other devices. Encoder lets you batch encode to target multiple devices in a single job, such as mobile phones, iPads, and HDTVs. Premiere also can output media using H.265 and the Rec. 2020 color space, as can Final Cut. However, Final Cut requires you to buy the separate Compressor 4 for $49.99 for this functionality.
New as of the November 2020 update is Quick Export. Just tap the up-arrow share icon at top right and you can produce the project with minimal fuss using a choice of seven preset formats: Match Source – Adaptive High, Medium, or Low Bitrate; 4K, 1080p, 720p, and 480p.
Premiere Pro takes advantage of 64-bit CPUs and multiple cores. I tested on my home workstation, a PC running 64-bit Windows 10 Pro with a 3.4GHz Core i7 6700 CPU, 16GB RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650. I tested the macOS version on 3.1GHz MacBook with Intel Core i5 and 8GB RAM and Intel Iris Plus 650 graphics.
A rendering test of a 5-minute project consisting of a mix of 4K, HD, and SD clips, with various transitions applied, to H.264 at 1080p30 with a target bit rate of 15Mbps took Premiere Pro 1:40 (min:sec) on the PC. That was a respectable time, though Corel VideoStudio aced the test with 1:12 and CyberLink PowerDirector slightly beat out Premiere Pro with a time of 1:32. Both are much faster than Adobe’s consumer version of Premiere—Elements—which took 4:10. You can compare with other editors in the chart below.
The program didn’t crash on the PC the way it used to, and the way Final Cut still sometimes does on the Mac. Premiere periodically auto-saves your work, in case you forget to save explicitly.
Worthy of the Red Carpet
There’s no denying that Premiere Pro can do everything the professional video editor needs, and Adobe’s pro video editing software takes the lead when it comes to collaboration features. Its close integration with After Effects, Photoshop, Audition, and the whole Creative Cloud suite is a definite boon, too. It’s a massive program with an enormous set of capabilities that even a lengthy review like this can hardly do justice. With its large toolset, fine performance speed, and rich ecosystem, Adobe Premiere Pro earns an Editors’ Choice award for professional video editing software. Apple Final Cut Pro X’s interface is more innovative in some ways, and the app adds extremely helpful tools, such as Roles, Auditions, and Clip Connections, making it a co-winner in the category.
Suitable for even the most-demanding users, Adobe Premiere Rush MOD APK v18.104.22.1684 an expansive, professional-level digital video editing program with excellent collaboration tools.