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Free Online Workshops on Switching from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro

11.10.10 @ 5:39PM Tags : , , ,

Thanks to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5′s ability to edit DSLR and other h.264 footage without the need to transcode, editors have been switching in droves away from Final Cut Pro. In my How to Build a Hackintosh article, I include a section specifically for video editors switching from FCP to Premiere, including how to do so without having to learn any new keystrokes. But for anyone with lingering questions as to why an enterprising editor might switch, Adobe is presenting four free online workshops:

I’m taking this straight from the Adobe Vendor blog — I’m sure they won’t mind the cut-and-paste job, given they’re trying to get people to switch to Adobe products. I should note, however, that I’m not advocating Adobe’s NLE because of any sort of sponsorship, but rather because I feel Premiere Pro is a better editor for many people right now. When and if Final Cut adds significant new features (like GPU acceleration), this could certainly change. Here are the “switcher” workshops:

Day 1: November 15, 2010, 12-1 PM PST

Leveraging Advanced Features and the Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro with Chris Fenwick

Join Chris Fenwick, as he explains his personal frustrations with Final Cut and why he decided to make the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Chris will showcase Adobe Premiere Pro’s more advanced features and how the 64-bit, GPU accelerated Adobe Mercury Playback Engine speeds his entire editing workflow while solving a variety editing challenges. Register on Facebook:

Day 2: November 16, 2010, 12-1 PM PST

HDSLR editing in Adobe Premiere Pro with Richard Harrington

Join Richard Harrington, author of From Still to Motion, as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 for editing HDSLR footage. Rich will share his post-production techniques and editing strategies in Adobe Premiere Pro for HDSLR color correction, audio syncing, and camera calibration. You’ll discover how to harness the professional-quality tools in CS5 Production Premium to natively edit, color correct, mix audio, and publish to the web and Blu-ray Disc. Register on Facebook:

Day 3: November 17, 2010, 12-1 PM PST

Tight Integration and Multi-Format Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro with Colin Smith

Join Colin Smith, from as he shows you why he uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to create training DVDs. Because of Adobe Premiere Pro’s tight integration with Adobe Photoshop and After Effects as well as its ability to edit multi-format assets on the same timeline without converting to Pro-Res, Colin uses the suite of tools in Adobe CS5 Production Premium to speed his entire production workflow. Register on Facebook:

Day 4: November 18, 2010, 12-1 PM PST

Making the Switch Q&A with Industry Experts Karl Soule & Kevin Monahan

Think of making the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro? Join Karl Soule, Adobe Premiere Pro expert, and Kevin Monahan, former Final Cut Pro editor, and get your questions answered. Learn how you can take advantage of Adobe Premiere Pro’s breakthrough performance and true native editing of DSLR formats. Have a hardware question? No problem, we have the answers you need to help you make the switch. Register on Facebook:

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  • I am definitely starting to consider switching over to Premiere especially seeming as i just bought cs5. Also just ordered the parts for my Hackintosh. looking forward to real time editing.

  • I used to use PPRO and then I switched to FCP about 2 years ago. I have ZERO desire to go back.

    To cement my belief that FCP is still superior to PPRO despite the Mercury Engine and other “fancy” stuff Adobe have done they still cannot build a solid platform. I have cut 3 features on FCP with almost zero long-form issues. We tried to move one particular feature to Premiere and it took a week to open the project file and relink the media, it would crash every 10 minutes and lose the work.

    In contrast I moved the edit to an iMac and carried on working…

    I don’t care about the realtime Mercury and the other stuff for my long form work. ProRes works as an intermediate and as a purely picture cutter I have no need for anything more than that.

  • I forgot to add that when you start a project of a few clips PPRO is good at what it does, but a long form feature film it will fall to its’ knee’s before you can finish your film.

    • That’s good to know, Chris — I have not cut anything long-form on PPro to date. Thanks for the comment.

    • I cut together hour-long wedding videos on Premiere. No stability issues yet. Although if you have about 600 clips in your projects like I do, it will take about 3 or 4 minutes to link all the media when opening your project. That’s when I take a coffee break. :)

  • What do you base “editors have been switching in droves away from Final Cut Pro” on? I’ve seen many people dipping their toes in the PPRO waters, but other than CS3 and CS4 users, I’ve no seen what I would call a significant number of people hopping on-board.

    Don’t get me wrong… FCP annoys the heck out of me at times, especially when I nest sequences 3-4 levels deep in a long-form project, render it fully, and then move the entire project to another computer. (Granted, this is something that would challenge most platforms.) However, I’ve seen PPRO users complaining about longer-form issues, as Chris H. alludes to.

    Given that AVID is still king of long form market share (to my knowledge), much of this may be moot. – Tim

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