Last year, at the IBC trade show, I had someone come up to me and say, "You know, Premiere Pro CS4 looks absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately, I'm a Final Cut Pro editor, and can't use it." I inquired further, thinking it was a training issue, and he told me that since he defines himself as an FCP editor, he won't use other NLE tools. I was left speechless.

Another story took place at an FCP user group meeting in San Francisco. A gentleman approached me after my presentation to ask how to get Encore by itself. He was a current user of Photoshop and After Effects. When I suggested Production Premium would be the way to go, he said that would be impossible, since that meant buying Premiere Pro in the package, and he couldn't do that. What?!?

Look:

1. Using an NLE does not make you married to that NLE. There's no ring on your finger, no marriage license, no "until death do us part." (at least I hope not. I haven't read all the latest EULAs.) I can see sticking with the tools you love to use, but you are not cheating on your NLE if Premiere Pro is installed on your system. read more...

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