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Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe Premiere Pro Logo.svg
Adobe Premiere Pro CC running on OS X El Capitan
Adobe Premiere Pro CC running on OS X El Capitan
Developer(s) Adobe Systems
Initial release 2003; 15 years ago (2003)
Stable release
CC 2019 (13.0) / October 15, 2018; 6 days ago (2018-10-15)[1]
Preview release None [±]
Operating system Windows 7 SP1 and later; Mac OS X and later[2]
Type Video editing software
License Trialware

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. First launched in 2003, Adobe Premiere Pro is a successor of Adobe Premiere (first launched in 1991). It is geared towards professional video editing, while its sibling, Adobe Premiere Elements, targets consumers market.

CNN was an early adopter of Adobe Premiere.[3] Also, in 2007, certain BBC departments adopted Premiere.[4] It has been used to edit feature films, such as Deadpool, Gone Girl,[5]Captain Abu Raed,[6] and Monsters,[7] and other venues such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[8]


Premiere Pro is the redesigned successor to Adobe Premiere, and was launched in 2003. Premiere Pro refers to versions released in 2003 and later, whereas Premiere refers to the earlier releases. Premiere was one of the first computer-based NLEs (non-linear editing system), with its first release on Mac in 1991. Adobe briefly abandoned the Mac platform after version 6 of Premiere. Up until version Premiere Pro 2.0 (CS2), the software packaging featured a galloping horse, in a nod to Eadweard Muybridge's work, "Sallie Gardner at a Gallop".


Premiere Pro supports high resolution video editing at up to 10,240 × 8,192[9]resolution, at up to 32-bits per channel color, in both RGB and YUV. Audio sample-level editing, VST audio plug-in support, and 5.1 surround sound mixing are available. Premiere Pro's plug-in architecture enables it to import and export formats beyond those supported by QuickTime or DirectShow, supporting a wide variety of video and audio file formats and codecs on both MacOS and Windows. When used with Cineform's Neo line of plug-ins, it supports 3D editing with the ability to view 3D material using 2D monitors, while making individual left and right eye adjustments.

Workflow integration

After Effects
Through Adobe Dynamic Link, compositions from Adobe After Effects may be imported and played back directly on the Premiere Pro timeline. The After Effects composition can be modified, and after switching back to Premiere Pro, the clip will update with the changes. Likewise, Premiere Pro projects can be imported into After Effects. Clips can be copied between the two applications while preserving clip attributes. Premiere Pro also supports many After Effects plug-ins.
Premiere Rush
Video projects in Premiere Rush can be opened in Premiere Pro to add more complex edits [10]
Adobe Photoshop files can be opened directly from Premiere Pro to be edited in Photoshop. Any changes will immediately be updated when the Photoshop file is saved and focus returns to Premiere Pro.
Adobe Story, OnLocation and Prelude
The Premiere Pro workflow takes advantage of metadata in the script of a video production. The script is created in or brought into Adobe Story, then passed to Adobe OnLocation to capture footage and attach any relevant metadata from the script to that footage. Finally, in Premiere Pro, speech recognition can match the audio to the dialogue from the script in the metadata. Clips can be searched based on their dialogue in Premiere Pro, and can be sent to Adobe Encore to make searchable web DVDs. Adobe Prelude replaces OnLocation in CS6 and above.[11]
There are other integration functions, such as Edit in Adobe Audition, Dynamic Link to Encore, and Reveal in Adobe Bridge.

Advantages over Premiere Elements

An entry-level version, Adobe Premiere Elements is aimed at home users available on Microsoft Windows and macOS. With Premiere Pro aimed at the professional market, it has advantages over Premiere Elements including multiple sequence support, multicamera editing, time remapping, scopes, advanced color correction tools, and advanced audio mixer interface. Premiere Pro also has Encore, for more elaborate DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring options, and OnLocation for direct-to-disk recording. Encore was discontinued with the release of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Release history

Version Platform Release date Significant changes Codename
Adobe Premiere 1.0 Mac December 1991[12]
  • First release of Premiere
  • QuickTime multimedia and VideoSpigot format support
  • PICT image support
  • Supported up to 160 x 120 pixels movie creation
  • Supported 8-bit audio
  • Supported output to video tape[13][14]
Adobe Premiere 2.0 Mac September 1992[15]
  • QuickTime video and audio capture support
  • Title creation
  • Title, Sequence, and Construction windows
  • Slow/fast motion support
  • 5 audio and 41 movie/still-image filters
  • 49 special effects
  • 16-bit, 44 kHz audio support
  • Filmstrip file format introduced
  • Numbered PICT sequence support
  • EDL support
  • Illustrator text import
  • SMPTE timecode support[15][16]
Adobe Premiere 3.0 Mac August 1993[17]
  • 99 stereo audio tracks
  • 97 video tracks
  • Video waveform monitor
  • Sub-pixel motion and field rendering
  • Batch digitizing
  • Full framerate preview from disk
  • Enhanced title window[17]
Adobe Premiere 1.0 Windows September 1993[18]
  • First release of Premiere application for Windows platform
  • 24-bit AVI and QuickTime video format support
  • Autodesk Animator file support
  • AVI, AIFF, and WAV audio format support
  • Still image support (Photoshop, BMP, DIB, PCX, PICT, PCX, and TIFF formats)
  • Two video tracks, three audio tracks, and one transition and superimpose track
  • No EDL, titling, and motion and device control available in then current Mac (v3.0) release[19][20][21]
Adobe Premiere 1.1 Windows February 1994[22]
  • AdobeCap video capture module
  • Expanded graphics and audio file support
  • TARGA and ADPCM file support
  • Image sequence import support[23][24]
Adobe Premiere 4.0 Mac July 1994[25]
  • Support for 97 superimposition tracks plus two A/B tracks
  • Trim window
  • Dynamic previewing
  • Custom filter and transition creation
  • Time variable filters
  • Batch capture
  • Time-lapse capture
  • NTSC 29.97 frame rate support[25][26][27]
Adobe Premiere 4.0 Windows December 1994[28]
  • Adobe moves Windows platform release of Premiere directly from v1.1 to v4.0
  • Premiere 4.0 for Windows matches capabilities of Premiere 4.0 for Macintosh[29]
Adobe Premiere 4.2 Mac October 1995[30]
  • CD-ROM Movie Maker Plug-in
  • Data rate analysis tool
  • Power Macintosh-native Sound Manager 3.1[31]
Adobe Premiere 4.2 Windows April 1996[32]
  • 32-bit architecture
  • Long File Names support
  • Background compiling
  • Batch movie maker
  • 4K output support
  • Right-mouse button support
  • Uninstaller utility[33]
Adobe Premiere 4.2 for Silicon Graphics UNIX/SGI July 1997[34]
  • SGI O2 platform exclusive release
  • IRIX 6.3 integration
  • OpenGL accelerated versions of transition and special effects plug-ins
  • Platform-specific plug-ins by Silicon Graphics for combining 3D and video content[35]
Adobe Premiere 5.0 Windows and Mac May 1998[36]
  • Source/Program editing
  • Title window editor
  • Keyframeable audio and video filters
  • Collapsible tracks
  • Up to three hour project length support[36][37]
Adobe Premiere 5.1 Windows and Mac October 1998[38]
  • QuickTime 3.0 support
  • DPS Perception support
  • Preview to RAM
  • "Smart" Preview file Timeline export
  • Multi-threaded, dual processor support[38]
Adobe Premiere 6.0 Windows and Mac January 2001[39]
  • Support for web video and DV formats
  • OHCI support
  • Title editor
  • Storyboard
  • Audio mixer
  • Timeline video track keyframes
Adobe Premiere 6.5 Windows and Mac August 2002
  • Real-time preview
  • Adobe Title Designer
  • Exporting to DVD as MPEG-2
Premiere Pro 1.0

(Premiere Pro CS, Adobe Premiere 7.0)

Windows and Mac August 21, 2003
  • Full rewrite of code
  • Deep nest of timelines
  • New Color Correctors
  • Sample level audio editing
  • Audio effects on tracks
  • 5.1 Audio
  • VST Audio
  • Initial AAF Support
  • Editable keyboard shortcuts
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Premiere 7.5 / Premiere Pro 1.5 / CS1 April, 2004 Starsky
Premiere 8.0 / Premiere Pro 2.0 / CS2 2005 Stingray
Premiere Pro CS3 Windows and Mac 2007 Buffy
Premiere Pro CS4 Windows and Mac 2008 Ironside
Premiere Pro CS5 Windows and Mac 2010 Scully
Premiere Pro CS5.5 Windows and Mac 2011 Mulder
Premiere Pro CS6 Windows and Mac 2012
Premiere Pro CC 2013 Windows and Mac 2013
Premiere Pro CC 2014 Windows and Mac 2014
Premiere Pro CC 2015 Windows and Mac 2015
Premiere Pro CC 2017 (11.0) Windows and Mac 2016
Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0) Windows and Mac 2017
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.0)[41] Windows and Mac October 15, 2018

Notable films edited on Adobe Premiere Pro

See also


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