This comments section is so cathartic to read through!
19/20 comments so far agree "Premiere is simply dysfunctional."
Premiere Pro CC used to be able to import .mp4 files. You know, those video files that come out of your camera.
Since a recent update, Premiere will no longer import .mp4 correctly. For me, importing 26 files, the first 8 appear as regular video files, while the remaining 18 files are imported as audio only. These files were captured on the same camera over the course of a single afternoon with no changes in formatting. Resolve can import these files. FCPX can import these files.
This was the last straw. I cancelled my CC subscription. I have endured many bugs and glitches within Premiere for a long time, but when the software fails to import footage, that is the end of the line. I am just trying to start a new project and literally can not import 2/3 of the files I need to edit. That is not functional editing software. I don't know what the fuck it is, but it is definitely not functional editing software.
When there are numerous threads on the Adobe Help Forum about this .mp4 audio importing issue, but all the Adobe Staff can suggest is reporting your machine's specs, it is abundantly clear to me that they are too busy designing glitchy new features and have no interest in solving the most basic problems.
I was a hold out against FCPX for a very long time, but after making the switch last week, I am finding that it is actually very functional, and in many ways more intuitive than Premiere. Not to mention, the COLOR CORRECTION ACTUALLY FUCKING WORKS because, you know, color management exists. Premiere Pro doesn't seem to know anything about that (even though After Effects does? WTF?)
As an editor who grew up learning on FCP 4-7, it seemed like Premiere was trying to emulate FCP7 when FCP turned into "iMovie Pro." But despite the similarities to FCP7, Premiere was always a chore to use, and various glitches annoyed me to no end. I can't tell you how many times in the past 6 months I was joking with my boss to get me an iMac G5 with FCP 7, because I know that setup would be more efficient than using Premiere on my MBP.
Coming back into FCPX feels familiar because the keyboard shortcuts are actually intuitive. Various things that I always wanted a shortcut for in Premiere, have shortcuts in FCPX. But even moreso, the interface actually works very smoothly. And holy fuck, it renders everything in the background! It is completely seamless! I can actually scrub through footage and find what I'm looking for when I want to find it. I have heard people say FCPX makes editing feel fun again, and I have to admit I agree. Even exporting makes Adobe Media Encoder look like a lawn mower.
Sure there are some weird things, the file system is rather unconventional, batch exporting isn't as simple, and some of the tools took a minute to get used to. I was very concerned that FCPX would hold me back because at first glance many features seem to have dumbed down controls. After using it for 2 weeks I am finding that the controls aren't truly dumbed down, they are just streamlined. As far as I can tell, FCPX is actually usable software, while Premiere Pro no longer is.
That's my 2 cents. I am choosing to influence the future of Premiere Pro by admitting it is broken and beyond repair and switching to software that works.
I have a sneaking suspicion that V. Renee isn't a real person, but an fictional persona invented by NFS in order to post sponsored content and clickbait, to keep the actual writers from looking foolish for sharing this stuff.