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Coen Brothers Switching from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere with Their Next Film

adobe premiere pro creative suite cs6Though there have been some seriously divided opinions on the new Adobe Creative Cloud-only strategy, there is no question the company has made a dent into what was once Final Cut Pro and Avid territory. The Coen Brothers, Academy Award winners for Fargo and No Country for Old Men, have been editing their own films since they began their careers (under the name Roderick Jaynes), and they’ve been using Apple’s software until now: their newest film, which has not begun shooting, will be edited on Adobe Premiere.

From the Adobe NAB press release, here’s some info about the move:

The next version of Adobe video tools has been developed with features created in direct response to the needs of filmmakers, broadcasters and video professionals. In fact, the multiple Academy Award winning Coen brothers have been working directly with the Adobe Premiere Pro product team and are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro for their next feature film slated for late 2013.

“Broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals are looking for modern tools that meet the demands of today`s evolving video industry,” said Steve Warner, vice president of product development, Adobe. “Adobe`s video tools revealed today provide content creators with one powerful toolset to help them produce exceptional content and streamline workflows. From Academy Award winning filmmakers like the Coen brothers to global broadcasters, these innovative tools are what will continue to drive the shift to Adobe video solutions across the broadcast and media industries.”

On the surface this may seem insignificant to some, but it shows just how far Apple has fallen out of favor with Hollywood. Avid continues to be the editor of choice for many post houses, but those who also dabbled in Final Cut are either considering a Premiere Pro move or have done so already. Regardless of the actual positives for Apple to completely change their editing platform, the move has done plenty of damage with professionals, who arguably drive these trends in the first place.

What do you guys think?

Link: Adobe Drives Innovation With New Video Workflows at NAB 2013

[via Notes On Video -- Twitter]

Disclosure: Adobe is a nofilmschool advertiser.

[Update: an earlier version of this post stated that the film edited on Premiere was Inside Llewyn Davis, which is inaccurate.]

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  • I started editing professionally on a TV documentary series in 1995. Back then it was Media100. I then switched to Avid for a few years, then to FCP 5,6,7. I’ve edited over 200 hours for Discovery,Nat Geo,History,BBC,etc during my 18 year career.
    I am just about ready to finally leave my beloved FCP 7 behind for good.

    I’ll be starting my next project on either Avid, FCP X, or Premiere. I had always thought Premiere was the clunky little brother to the other NLE’s but I just downloaded the trial and I gotta say, I am really liking it.

    Maybe its because its so much like FCP7 style of editing. I was really impressed though, and it feels like a natural progression. I tend to use my timeline like a palette and I don’t really feel like ‘re-learning’ the Avid style of editing. I know FCP X has come a long way but I am more interested in getting down to work and not re-inventing the wheel.

    To hear the Coen brothers are making the switch as well makes me happy to know I am not alone in wanting a proper FCP 8……

    good luck with your projects everyone.

  • I can’t believe that no one has mentioned suite integration. Adobe has made jumping between programs and making changes easy and fully-featured.

    You don’t get After Effects integration with any Apple products.

  • Hi guys!! Great post, as usual!! Thanks.

    Joe, Koo, why don´t you open an article/discussion about Mac vs PC as an edit platform. Maybe you don´t think usefully but I know that it is not clear for many why you should pick one from an other plataform at this times, when the best NLE´s runs on PC and Mac and so does almost the whole world of video application. I think it should be really useful. Specially knowing that Mac it is slowly leaving the pro market.

    (Excuse my english, not a native speaker)
    See you guys,
    Matías Mancisidor C.

  • They will wish they had not chosen Premiere when, after editing, they need to export the audio.

  • As an ex 16mm, Quad,1″, Umatic, Betacam, Fast, Premiere, Avid, and FCP7 editor; FCPX does require a change in mindset. …and the time to really understand it. I have found it worth the pain to change …and I won’t be going back. I never lose a clip now. (where it’s stored) …which I used to do regularly with a big project

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