Premiere Pro CS 6.0: First Impressions

Creative COW by David Lawrence

Like many of you, I've been itching to get my hands on Adobe Premiere Pro CS 6.0 ever since Adobe's official announcement and demo videos. As a long-time Final Cut Pro user, NLE change has been a given ever since the Final Cut Studio EOL last June. The big question has been "change to what?"

I've written extensively about the Final Cut Pro X timeline and why it's not right for my style of editing. Since FCPX isn't an option for me, I've spent all year watching and waiting to see what other NLE vendors might come up with.

The buzz on Premiere Pro 6 was growing months leading up to NAB. Conan O'Brien's boys stoked the fires with a viral promo teasing a fresh new interface, solid professional workflow, and easy Final Cut Pro transition. When Adobe finally showed their cards at NAB, I felt comfortable enough to tell my partners to pull the trigger on a couple Master Collection upgrades. I bought a new Production Bundle seat for myself as well.

We could have waited since FCP7 still works for us. But Adobe's upgrade prices were great and we knew we'd want CS6 anyway. Besides, sooner or later FCP7 was bound to break, so I figured it would be good to start transition as soon as practical and get it over with. And the signs were good - it looked like Adobe had addressed the complaints many folks had with Premiere Pro 5.5. But hype and flashy demos aside, this was still a leap of faith. As a Final Cut Pro user, I really didn't know what to expect.

So when word went out of a leaked CS6 trial release available from a secret Adobe URL, I jumped at the chance to take Premiere Pro 6 for a spin. Would it live up to the hype? More importantly, would it live up to my particular workflow expectations and needs?

The short answer is yes. Yes it would indeed. read more...

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