As of February 2019, here are the recommended system requirements for Adobe Premiere Pro CC:
- 64-bit multicore processor
- 64-bit OS
- Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 10
- MacOS X v10.10, v10.11 or v10.12
- 8GB of RAM minimum (16GB recommended)
- 8GB of available HDD space
- 1280×800 display
Note that these are for both Windows and Mac. You will also need additional HDD space–apart from the 8GB that the program itself will occupy–for the installer and the installation process; and you cannot install the program on a removable flash storage device. There is also a list of Adobe-recommended GPU cards on the company’s website; including one of them in your machine is an option that facilitates efficient GPU-accelerated performance. Additionally, a sound card that can work with ASIO protocol or a Microsoft Windows Driver Model is also a necessity for Windows PCs.
On top of hardware specifications, you will also need an Internet connection–and an Adobe ID–to be able to register and activate the software, validate your subscription to the service, and access other online services related to Premiere Pro CC.
Tools and Features
Premiere Pro CC has been around for so long, and has subsequently improved and adapted based on the needs and wants of generations of its users. The program was meant to be for professionals; which is why there’s so much focus put on its adaptability, innovation and power. Premiere Pro CC can work with almost any video file format, is compatible with an entire suite of complementary creative software, and offers both cloud storage and syncing of data between machines and handheld devices–the latter via a companion mobile app. On top of that is the dizzying but comprehensive array tools and features that allow you to take raw footage and turn them into cohesive films.
The program’s latest update was released in November 2019, and one of the many additions this version has to offer is a new Getting Started experience. Premium Pro CC beginners–and video editing professionals currently using other software products like Final Cut Pro X or Avid Media Composer–are run through a quick tutorial that explains how the program works and how easy it is to switch to the new Adobe Creative Cloud model.
Premiere Pro CC can process almost any video file: from low resolution old smartphone clips to 8K resolution professional camera footage. There’s a feature that lets you create lightweight proxies of files you’re working on, so you can switch quickly between low and high resolution views and formats. You can even work with VR. Premiere Pro CC applies appropriate settings to virtual reality videos after automatically determining if the view is monoscopic, left/right stereoscopic, or over/under stereoscopic.
Lumetri Color has been around for a while. Basically a compact form of SpeedGrade CC and Lightroom CC that you can run while in Premiere Pro CC, it allows you to adjust light and color in video to make simple to complex corrections–using simple sliders and panels. There are also new light and color presets you can apply, called SpeedLooks.
The latest version of Premiere Pro also increases speed and efficiency of work in a number of ways. First and foremost is the improved support for better hardware, which obviously positively affects system performance. There’s also improvement in the speed and ease of integration between Premiere Pro CC and other Creative Cloud programs that you can use in conjunction with it, like After Effects CC and Audition CC. Newly introduced keyboard shortcut mapping,on the other hand, can help you with using Premiere Pro CC itself; as customizing your own shortcuts using a map that you can see is as intuitive as it gets.
Collaborate with Team Members
Although it’s still in Beta, Adobe Team Projects offers groups of people working on the same project–using Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CCm and Prelude CC–a way to collaborate in real time. This Creative Cloud offering allows compositions and sequences to be shared easily, and has built-in conflict resolution and version control. In essence, Adobe is looking to provide a more interactive online environment for creative teams to work together in a much more fluid way. If this sounds like an interesting setup to you, consider trying it out with your team.
Adobe Premiere Clip for Android and iOS
Make no mistake–Premiere Clip is not simply Premiere Pro CC on your smartphone or iPad. Premiere Clip is a companion app to the main video editing program, lighter and more compact; and its main purpose is for you to be able to quickly make projects that you will either polish and later on, or share immediately through social media.
You can take advantage Adobe Premiere Clip’s limited but still powerful set of tools and features to edit your video clips and photos into one cohesive project. Drag and drop elements and arrange them in the order you want them, then customize: trim, adjust, and even add music. Adobe makes it easy for you to sync your devices and machines, so you can definitely use your Adobe Premiere Clip output as rough drafts to make whole and much better using Premiere Pro CC on your desktop, or you can use the mobile app’s built-in sharing features and post your work on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
If, after the 7-day free trial, you find that you want to keep on using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, you can pay for it month on month for $29.99. Alternatively, you can choose to avail of an annual payment plan; prepay and you need to shell out $239.88 at once, but you can also pay $19.99 monthly. This is what you get when you subscribe to the service:
- The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro
- Your own portfolio website
- Premium fonts
- Cloud storage space (20 GB)
There is also an option to pay more to be able to use all the programs included in Adobe Creative Cloud, and an even more expensive plan adds access to Adobe’s inventory of stock images.
Apart from numerous official video tutorials, there’s also community and Adobe Staff support. The product’s website provides a whole section that addresses FAQs and top issues; including bugs and fixes, and other technical support. There’s also a community forum where you can ask all Premiere Pro CC users things that weren’t covered in the tutorials or any other official support materials. Finally, there’s also the option for you to personally communicate with one of Adobe’s support personnel.
What's the Verdict on Adobe Premiere Pro?
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2019 – Conclusion
Overall, this product is a very useful, professional grade program. In fact, it’s an industry standard. Video editing using Premiere Pro CC is faster and more efficient–but it does come with a learning curve and a monthly cost. The good news is that there’s so much content out there that can help along the learning process, not to mention the huge support community of existing Premiere Pro CC users. The monthly cost is probably what will separate hobbyists from professionals, though. As Adobe promises that you will get the latest version of the Premiere Pro CC each month–and even adds collaborative options, integrations with other programs, and cloud storage–it’s perfect for people who need video editing software for work purposes. For someone who’s just starting out or isn’t really interested in using the program every day, though, $20-$30 is not so easily justifiable.