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Premiere vs Final Cut Pro: Best Video Editor?

October 31, 2019

– Adobe Premiere vs. Final Cut Pro. What are the real-world differences, and which one is the best
video editor for you in 2018. I use both of them for
a range of projects, and here’s what you need to know. (guitar playful music) So Premiere and Final Cut Pro are two of the most popular options when it comes to video editing software. So it’s no surprise that
I constantly get asked which one is better. In all honesty, I actually use a mix of both of them for different projects, and we’ve been doing this
for quite a few years now. But there definitely are some differences that are worth knowing before you decide which one is the best one for you, and that’s what we’re about
to run through in this video. Now what we’re going through,
let me know in the comments if you’re using either one of these, which side of defense you’re on and why, and do you prefer Final Cut or Premiere? So let’s start out
looking at Final Cut Pro. Now for me, this is my standout
editor and my go-to editor for any projects that I’m working on. Well really, I’m working
solo on the edits, I’m not bringing in external editors or external team members to work collaboratively on the project, they’re purely ones I’m editing
myself from start to finish. I’ve been using Final Cut for
years on all sorts of projects from documentaries and
high-end corporate videos, and a lot of our YouTube content as well. So now, I’m gonna share
with you the top five things that I love about Final Cut Pro, and these are in no particular order. But the first one is crazy fast, not just while you’re
exporting and rendering, but fast and easy to
use and buttery smooth while you’re scrubbing through 4K and even higher resolution
footage as well. Well, we’ve done a heap of tests on this, we’ve even compared older
Mac’s running Final Cut versus the latest and greatest
PCs running Adobe Premiere on render speeds and timeline performance. And so far, nothing
comes close to Final Cut even on older Mac’s versus brand-new PCs. To find out more on those tests, I’ll put a link up in the cards, giving you some of those examples. But even little things like
having background rendering enabled by default, it just speeds up your export times massively as well. So not only is a great
experience while you’re editing and everything is smooth
and fast and makes it easy and enjoyable to edit
in your export times, and your render times
are super fast as well. In some cases, some of the 4K videos that we’re actually exporting, we hit share and save the file out, and there is no export time at all, it literally just saves
the file and it’s done, so the export time is almost instant on some of the videos we’re creating. And I really think that’s
down to apples software talking to apples hardware
and the awesome integration that they have between the two. The next thing I really
like about Final Cut is the control you have
over the color correction. It is much much better than it used to be. So if you haven’t tried
Final Cut recently, one of the newer versions used
to just be absolute rubbish, absolute trash, now it’s much much better, and it almost rivals what you would get in Adobe Premiere Pro. I still think Premiers got the
edge on it for color grading, and using the luma tree color,
but this is by all means more than usable and more
than enough for most videos that you’re going to be grading. There’s also no need now
to have additional plugins, and things to give you
these more advanced tools that you used to have to do
because now it’s all in there. The third one is the magnetic timeline. This is something that
when I first used it, I absolutely hated, it was so
backwards and so foreign to me coming from Avid, coming from Premiere, and using those things for
years, this magnetic timeline was something I dismissed,
I actually opened Final Cut and closed it and I didn’t
use it for like another year or something until I started
taking it more seriously. Okay, a lot of people are now using this. I should really look at it, and it is actually really really powerful. I now love that and I now prefer that to your standard regular time lines. It’s so easy to move things around it, to change everything and keep everything beyond that in sync. Now obviously you can do the
same sort of stuff in Premiere. So it’s not a big thing,
it’s just a different way to look at your editing and
to approach your editing. And I really think it is
really really powerful, but it did take a bit of getting used to because it’s totally different to the way that other video editing
software approached editing. The next one is the way that Final Cut actually handles files and
searching of those files, and finding and categorizing
and sorting all of the files and assets that you’ve got in
your video editing projects. And this is another feature
that I totally dismissed when I first started using it. I hated the way that Final
Cut was managing files and putting things in bins and stuff. It was so backwards and so different to again what you would
do in Premiere or Avid or most other top line
video editing software. So the keyword feature, the search feature inside of Final Cut is actually
really really powerful, and it makes it so easy to
tag and to find your clips across different projects and also across different
libraries of footage as well. So this is a massive feature once you actually get your
head around how it works, especially if you’re coming from the more traditional
editing software. This is a really really
powerful way and a great way to store your footage
and to actually find it and easily find it fast later. And the last thing that I
really love about Final Cut. I know this list obviously
could go on and on and on, I’ll try to keep this short. But the last one is that
it is way less buggy than almost any other
video editing application I have ever used, and that’s a big call, because Avid was pretty rock-solid. But this thing hardly ever crashes, and I can count on one hand
the amount of crashes I’ve had, where as Premiere, I think
we were getting crashes and still are getting
crashes almost every week on new projects, different systems, it’s just way less buggy. Final Cut is way less buggy then Premiere and most other video editing software. Again, I think that is because
Apple is making the software, and they’re also directly linking it into their hardware as well. But I can’t stress how good it
is to be working on a project that you really have next
to no chance of it crashing or the software being buggy. In Premiere, you get used to pressing Ctrl S or Command S
constantly, just to save, and even to save new versions of a project in case a project file corrupts. All of these things have happened, and have happened quite a few times to us. So you kind of get used to
all of that stuff happening until you start working
on a rock-solid solution. Okay, so those are my top five things that I really like about Final Cut. Now let’s take a look at Premiere. Now, for me personally, Premiere, I’ve been using it for years, and actually a lot longer than
I’ve been using Final Cut, and it has been my go-to for the majority of the corporate work, the majority of the documentaries
that we’ve been producing. And hands-down, Premiere
is our go-to program for any projects that we know
we’re gonna be working on collaboratively with other team members or other editors as well, and even the bulk of
our YouTube videos now is actually edited in Adobe Premiere by some of our team as well. So even this one is
edited in Adobe Premiere. So now for the things that I really like about Adobe Premiere, again,
in no particular order. The first one is that it’s
cross-platform compatible, meaning that you can use it
on both Mac and PC or Windows, and Mac, it doesn’t matter,
it’s gonna work on both. So if I ask personally,
I use a combination. Sometimes I’m editing on PC,
sometimes I’m editing on Mac or sometimes the editors
that I’m working with, and the teams that were collaborating with will be using a mix of Mac
and PC, and it’s so awesome to be able to transfer the projects and everything between them, make the changes, send
the project files back or whatever it is. Work collaboratively and open
projects on different systems. Whereas, Final Cut on the
other hand is Mac only, So, you can only work with
people that are obviously on Mac. Now flowing on from that. The next thing that I really
really like about Adobe premier that I’ve mentioned
maybe a couple of times or hinted at at least
earlier in this video, is that working with
teams in Adobe Premiere is a really really powerful thing, and this is something
that I really really like about Adobe Premiere, is how
you can easily work with teams and collaborate with
other editors in Premiere. And while you definitely
can do it in Final Cut and other editing applications as well, Premiere just makes it so
easy to transfer the files or to work through the
Adobe teams interface, and work collaboratively with your editors or teams anywhere in the world. And obviously, being compatible
and easier to transfer between different systems
and Mac and PC as well, it just makes the whole process so easy. The next thing that I really
like about Adobe Premiere is the direct integration
and the awesome integration you’ve got with the other Adobe products. Things like After Effects
is literally drag-and-drop, and you can open After Effects timelines and link to After Effects
projects inside of Premiere. You can directly link
with things like Audition, or bring in Photoshop files, and those sorts of things so easily. There’s obviously it’s all
made by the same company, so you’ve got awesome
integration between them. No other editing software
comes close to the integration that you have using Adobe
software with Adobe software. The next two that I’m going to mention are relatively new to Adobe Premiere, but they are absolute game changes, and actually make editing on Adobe Premiere much much better. The first one is the new
hardware acceleration. Now, you might be thinking,
yep the hardware acceleration has been there for a long time. I’m not talking about the
mercury playback engine, what I’m talking about is now
if you’re running an Intel CPU whether you’re on Mac or PC, the fast export times that you can have if you tick hardware
encode on your export. This has literally dropped export times from 30, 35 minutes down
to under five minutes just by ticking this box
without a significant hit or any visible hit to quality. Now this is absolutely
huge, and it can save you so much time in getting your content out. and it actually gets close
to what you find in Final Cut with the fast export times
or the fast render times. Now this is something that we’re finding that even a lot of big
editors don’t even realize that this feature is in there. Something like Adobe just
try to sneak out there. This is a game-changing feature. And if you wanna render
your videos faster, and you’ve got an Intel CPU, then you should definitely
try ticking that box to enable Hardware encoding
on your next export to see how much faster it is for you, but for us, it’s been an
absolute game changer. And the last thing that I really
like about Adobe Premiere, again, this list could have
gone a lot longer than five, but trying to keep this short. But the last one is the motion essentials or the essential graphic interface that you now have inside
of Adobe Premiere. This makes it really really
easy to bring in templates or to create your own templates
of titles and animations and things that you use all the
time throughout your videos. Now you can drag and drop
them into your timeline, but you can also edit them
directly inside the timeline. This also opens you up
to purchasing templates, and motion graphics and things
from places like VideoHive, and literally dragging and
dropping them onto your timeline without the need to open After Effects or know how to use After Effects,
and still be able to edit and make changes to these
titles and customize them up and get them into your
project really really fast. Now this is a feature that
came out a little while back, but it’s now at the point where there are some really
solid templates you can grab and get on places like VideoHive and drag and drop them in
and get some great results in your videos so easily, and
it’s really really powerful. So those are my top five
things that I really like about Final Cut Pro
and Adobe Premiere Pro. Now, with all of that in mind, you really can’t go wrong
with either one of them. But the strengths and
weaknesses of each of them mean that they can both perform better for certain types of projects. And that’s why we actually
switch between the two of them on a week by week or even
day by day sometimes basis depending on the project
that we’re working on. So to round this out and to
give you some recommendations. If you’re on a PC, then
that’s gonna make the decision really easy, because
you can’t get Final Cut, so go with Premier. If you’re on a Mac,
then you have the choice of either one of them. If you’re an absolute beginner, I would say that Final
Cut is probably easier to get up to speed with it. I think the interface is more intuitive, but at the same time Adobe
Premiere isn’t hard to use, and it’s got all the direct integration with the rest of the Adobe
suite like After Effects, and Photoshop, and all of
those sorts of things as well. So for me personally,
we use Adobe Premiere for any projects where
we’re going to be working collaboratively with any external editors or any other team members really that are gonna be involved in the project. It’s just so easy to be able
to move the project files around, and to transfer
between Mac and PC as well. And then for any projects where
we’re not gonna be working with external editors or
external team members, then all our editing will go to Final Cut. I really like how fast it is, the performance that it has especially for adding multiple layers of 4K footage or higher resolution clips,
it just handles it so well, and the export time has
been next to nothing or really really fast. One of the more complex projects is just a massive benefit as well. But also, the fact that
it is way more stable than any version of Premiere on any system that I’ve ever used before as well. So, throw that in your
decision mix as well. Now no matter which one
of these you choose, there are some simple workflows that can dramatically reduce your workload and save you a ton of time while you’re editing your videos down. There’s a link on screen
to the primal video method which is a free pdf download, taking you through step by
step the most efficient way to edit your videos down
with minimal wasted time and rework during the process. So, make sure you click
that link on-screen, and I’ll see you soon.


  • Reply itsduke January 20, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Are you able to use motion graphics and templates in final cut pro similar to adobe

  • Reply Folly Den Toom January 20, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    For anyone who is just starting out, go with anything but premiere. I use premiere and other adobe apps regularly and love them. However, the bugs drive me insane, both on my mac and pc. It's crazy to think that the industry standard is so incredibly buggy and unreliable, but it is in my experience. I use it because I make use of the adobe integration a lot, as in I open Photoshop and after effects files in premiere all the time, but if you don't need this I would recommend not going with adobe. It has got to the point where I'm considering using final cut, even though I'd have to learn how to use it from scratch. (I've been using Premiere for a couple of years and have experienced the same problems since I started, even after updates and on different computers. Love the video though, very informative, I'm happy it is not as unreliable for you!

  • Reply Geek Peek January 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Final cut Pro X. No questions asked.

  • Reply Edgar Figaro January 24, 2019 at 2:02 am

    i use premiere i think its better

  • Reply SerbLite January 24, 2019 at 4:54 am

    I use premiere because A I use pc B Vegas and after effects are waayy too confusing ( I can do the basics but I can't go farther from their) C I use to use hitfilm pro, a editing software up to par with Adobe premiere ( except you can do 3-D effects) and D premieres interface is just really convenient.

  • Reply Sera ElFín January 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I recently switch from Premiere Pro CC 2018 to FCPX 10.4.4… and seriously is AMAZING, I lost a lot of time in Premiere… I can't believe that FCPX its WAY smoother editing h264 4k 60p footage than Premiere was with 1080p Prores Proxy files, simply UNBELIEVABLE !!

    FCPX turned my "old and slow" macbook pro 2015 into a fucking a mac pro, now it's a new computer…
    The way you can select favorites and organize your footage, the magnetic properties, no proxy needed, integrated multicam, the scrub function, fastest exports, background renders…. It saves a LOT of time editing and you can stay focused on creativity and not on the technical way to achieve things… The only bad thing coming from Premiere is the stabilizer of FCPX it's so bad 🙁

    For me is a no-brainer, if you have a mac you must try FCPX: easiest, faster, innovative and no monthly subscription. I had FCPX for years without giving a try and now I'm SO HAPPY with the decision I did, Trust me!

  • Reply Avant Peterson January 26, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Which app could I use to erase tattoos from a video

  • Reply George Fenrich January 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    OVERLOAD; If I had been doing video editing for some time I would have a clue what all this means… but now I'm ever more LOST!!! I hear that you have to pay Monthly with Adobe products??? and yet FCPX is a whopping $300

    I don't have MacBook and yet do I want to go down that road??? It is not the money – it is the learning curve. I want to start a new business, and video editing is going to be a big part of it.

    My PC laptop is not all that bad/nor that great… so I don't know if that's where I need to spend the money.
    But if getting a new MacBook and FCPX is the way to go then do tell me more! ! ! ! ! ?????????????????? 🙂


  • Reply returntosophie January 27, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I've been using iMovie to edit my videos and still can't decide between final cut pro or premiere! lol but this was very informative thank you!

  • Reply Southern Rustic Woodworking January 28, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    what would be a comparable editor to premiere on a PC rather than apple?

  • Reply Karby January 29, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    what did u use to edit this video?

  • Reply Greg Stonham January 30, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Really appreciate the even-handed review – I'm setting up some video workflows and systems for a new job and given that I'm starting from scratch, am considering Apple/FCPx for the first time in my career. Nice to have an unbiased opinion.

  • Reply blackfire January 31, 2019 at 4:06 am

    My brothers 15” MacBook Pro somehow beats my $4000 pc on rendering.I now considering buying a MacBook Pro,however I play games that’s why I bought a pc.
    I was using his Mac and macOS is buttery smooth even than my pc

  • Reply Tung Le January 31, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Hi Justin, I have a 27" 2017 5K iMac with i7-7700K (supports QS) but for some reason I CAN'T get Premiere Pro to do Hardware Encoding. It says "your system's hardware does not support hardware acceleration…" Do you have any suggestion?

  • Reply Aditya Verma January 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    But premiere comes with Peter McKinnon

  • Reply simianinc February 1, 2019 at 8:55 am

    As an FCPX user, I'm curious to know how Premiere handles Multi-Camera editing and syncing audio and video from multiple sources

  • Reply Pattaya Blues February 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Premier is so damn buggy and can’t stand the monthly fee. It really gives you a lot of tools and capabilities though

  • Reply Daniel Ross February 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I'm a pro in After Effects so Premiere will always have a home in my heart. I left FC at version 7 but Im going to get X under my belt just for versatility. The more you know, the more useful you can be as a freelancer as well.

  • Reply Валентина Григорьева February 3, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Why the hell is it so hard to find? : .

  • Reply michaos1 February 3, 2019 at 1:06 am

    8:20 Resolve(d). All this stuff should be made within a SINGLE app, no switching, bridging, importing/exporting. Just another workspace/tab in the same app. It is the future.

  • Reply Jared Valkki February 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Really amazing video! I've been using Premiere professional every day for the past 5 years. I've honestly had enough of all the bugs and codec glitches. I'm willing to finally give Final Cut a try.

  • Reply George Rooney February 5, 2019 at 9:49 am

    why repeat the same thing twice at the start? waste of time

  • Reply Media Buster February 5, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Who the hell wants to pay a monthly fee forever to edit? I'll go up against anyone with FCPX against adobe premiere and finish much quicker.

  • Reply POST-PROfessionals - Robin S. Kurz February 6, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Sorry if I have absolutely no clue as to why collaborative editing as such could or should play into the whole thing i.e. how in the world it is worse, less likely or (as you seem to suggest) impossible with Final Cut Pro X of all things.

  • Reply POST-PROfessionals - Robin S. Kurz February 6, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Oh, and there is absolutely nothing better about Lumetri. Seriously. In fact, if anything, it's much more limited than what Final Cut Pro X's built-in color correction tools have to offer. So, again, I don't know where you're getting this from (lack of knowledge/experience?).
    And while you were on the subject of saving and crashing, I would have thought you'd have mentioned the fact that there is no saving in Final Cut Pro X to begin with. And even if it ever did crash, you lose absolutely nothing . You restart FCP and simply continue from the exact same spot you left off, without even having to think about it.
    You also need to look at "PostLab" for example, then we can talk about how "awesome" you find Adobe's comparatively clumsy, unreliable "Teams". 😏
    Also, mentioning (and praising) the "Motion Essentials" feature without pointing to the fact that Motion's integration in Final Cut Pro X in exponentially better than PPro and AE's is a truly unfortunate "oversight". Never mind that the "Motion Essentials" feature was literally, if only very poorly and rudimentarily, copied from that exact integration of FCP and Motion. Titles and animations? Really? That's all? How about custom generators, transitions and effects , too? In actual realtime? Makes the whole "Motion Essentials" thing look pretty silly in comparison, don't you think? 😄

  • Reply Tsunami 625 February 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This video helped clear things for me. The decision came down to which program is able to run on both Mac and PC. I have a MacBook Pro for some editing and the PC for the work load. Guess Premiere Pro is the way to go for me then..

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  • Reply Trey Queen February 12, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I use Premier Because in college that's what I learned on and have become so used to it I'm reluctant to switch. However the monthly cost of Premier is picking away at me and Final Cut is looking better and better since I can pay for it out right and be done.
    I also use illustrator and lightroom regularly so it makes sense just to mesh them, but I really do not like the subscription.

  • Reply Arthur Venkip February 17, 2019 at 1:10 am

    premiere pro is the best

  • Reply Fleur Jolley February 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    when im editing in final cut sometimes when its rendering or exporting the video it freezes up my entire laptop (macbook pro 2017), do you know why this is?

  • Reply Oof’mation February 18, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Premiere is really ment for windows, so on Mac it’s gonna crash but on windows it will be a lot better.Seriously I don’t think that this guy knows what he’s doing

  • Reply game1414 February 20, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    FCP is so much better to use. PP is to complicated. To many windows and the timeline is horrible to control

  • Reply bmf 456 February 24, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    as expensive as mac computers are, they should include all these programs by default, these computers are meant to work with these programs and to buy them separate is just not right imo

  • Reply NANI PAGADALA February 28, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Which software is the best for beginners

  • Reply FlyingFilmsHD March 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Final Cut, faster.. pay one price, and still gets updated so.. why buy premiere?

  • Reply Mother Daughter Date March 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    FCPX just easy

  • Reply Tamer Bekir March 4, 2019 at 2:15 am

    You forgot one huge one- paid and owning outright on FCPX vs monthly payments to AP.

  • Reply penkata drums March 5, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Hello, guys. Where do I find this Hardware Encoding setting you were talking about? Is this a new option only on CC 2018? Because I'm running 2017 here… and I also have an AMD chip, but still wondering just where that option is… Thanks!

  • Reply Tania Busko March 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Hey guys, which editor in your opinion would work best for kids youtube video (with lots of effects and animation)?

  • Reply a55a55inx March 7, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I really like the simplicity and "smooth-ness" of Final Cut and I use it every day at work; the only drawback for me is how FCPX handles image sequences. It's much easier to import and use image sequences in programs like Premiere and After Effects, while FCPX requires a few steps before you can use them properly. Plus, each image comes in as an individual file in the browser when you first import them vs a single image sequence file in the other programs. FCPX is still a great program to edit with, but if you use image sequences in your workflow, it may be something you want to consider.

  • Reply nathalienatalie March 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I’m using adobe premiere pro right now and it’s EXTREMELY slow, I’ve been working on an intro for like 5 hours 😩

  • Reply Video Show March 14, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I think, if you're editing FCPX is better 'cause it's easier. Premier is hard to learn and really complicated to use, but if you want pro videos i think premier is a better choice. For just a gaming video or a vlog you can use both of them same, but if you're doing a short film, or something complicated i think premier is better!(Of course, a lot of people don't think it the same, that's only my own comment)

  • Reply Thapa’s Vlog March 17, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I like your videos thanks 🙏 and subbed to you plz subscriber back Justin thanks 🙏

  • Reply Jaz B March 18, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Final cut looks quicker to knock out work!

  • Reply Jaz B March 18, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I think I will switch to final cut now!

  • Reply MariNate March 20, 2019 at 7:05 am

    FCPX easily.

  • Reply Hudzhen March 21, 2019 at 10:39 am

    I like premiere pro. Honestly I hate final cut. I use a ton of Adobe products so it’s much easier for me

  • Reply Erik Battle March 21, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I use FCPX, but I've begun working with Premiere.

  • Reply Toy Dog March 26, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    I just have the need to get away from Adobe as far as I can.

  • Reply Chris Penney March 28, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Premiere Pro and Vegas Pro(I am baffled why no one respects Vegas Pro.)

  • Reply Yildiz Bünyamin March 31, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I would like to use FCPX but I'm a windows user 🙁

  • Reply Carrie Reagh April 4, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Thank you. Much to think about.

  • Reply MrEcted April 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Great comparison video! One thing that might be worth pointing out is the pricing model. With Adobe you're going to be paying $240 a year if you buy the year up front for an individual license (otherwise it's almost $380/year if you go month-to-month). It's a SaaS model (software as a service) so it's really not yours, where with Final Cut you spend $300 and it's yours to keep forever.

  • Reply John Richardson II April 8, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Hi Justin, is Final Cut the same as Filmora?

  • Reply riley fishing April 11, 2019 at 10:52 am

    none imovie

  • Reply Love made in Japan April 13, 2019 at 4:36 am

    So basically: if you're a one man band: FCP, if you have to work with network of non-paid movie school students as interns Premiere.

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  • Reply alms baasha April 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you soo much for this video, I’m going with Fcp 😁🙌🏽

  • Reply DAVAD M DAVAD April 19, 2019 at 2:57 am

    Justin, I am about to buy a computer and this very issue has got me stymied. I am a long time crap level editor (from 80's 3/4" Sony RM80s to 90's Pinnacle, 2K Canopus, to 2015 Sony Vegas on PC) and am finally getting enough money together to A. pay for Adobe Creative Suite per month, and B. buy a system that will be fast enough to actually create videos that are 'broadcast ready' or at least decent looking. I could buy a 27" iMac at $7000 which is steeeeeep, or a $3000 PC that would be wicked fast. I9? likely.

    I have always been impressed with iMacs. The way you can seemlessly and quickly render previews of complex animations and other graphics right in a timeline or; back when DVD creation was still a thing, DVD Studio Pro would really blow my hair back with how easy it was to create amazing menus on the fly…etc.

    At this point, the only reason I would buy an apple iMac is because I would want to turn my attention to Final Cut Pro. I am very uncomfortable with apple, but I can learn and that's just a learning curve. And I would, in time, conquer all of it, including Final Cut's tiny nuances. I'm a manual reader. But then I worry that I may be missing out on what is essentially, industry standard for lots of folks, Premiere and After Effects. I am a Photoshop user and know a little of everything, Audition, Illustrator, even DreamWeaver, for all that's worth at this point.

    So, here is my most important question: If I stay with PC (which I have been with since there were PCs), do you think that the newest version of Adobe products can now finally compete with the sorts of easy drag N drop graphics that have been around with Apple since Final Cut? Is Adobe finally up there in terms of ease of graphics use? And further, is Final Cut basically a fusion of After Effects and Premiere for MAC?

    BTW, great lighting and very nice editing.


  • Reply Specific Personal Training April 24, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Could you please do one on filmora 9 for the mac. Maybe against davinci resolve? I've tried using davinci resolve but it was too difficult and advanced for me i feel as i couldn't find half of the edits or effects and it wasn't as smooth using as say an imovie. I have been interested in filmora as it looks easier but have not heard good things about the software.
    I feel like i need to level up from imovies but looking for something free while i still practice my skills and system knowledge

  • Reply Max April 29, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Final Cut export speed just drops the mic on Premiere Pro
    BUT it's only able to do it because of it's aggressive caching. It renders everything in the background while you work which can eat up a ton of hard drive space

  • Reply Kingiam LaCosta May 8, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I’m a filmaker and I’m switching to Final Cut Pro… premieres is too damn slow for editing and exporting take forever … also its 53$ a month for everything

  • Reply Sam Silk May 8, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Time has come to consider Davinci Resolve as a serious challenger… And it's free!

  • Reply Steve the Bartender May 10, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I'm using Movie Studio Platinum (formerly Vegas Studio)…I bought a $4,000 mac about 8 months ago (long time PC user) specifically so I could get Final Cut… It frustrated the hell out of me seeing as A) I was new to the software and B) new to macs… I ended up returning the mac and went back to Movie Studio… I've had Adobe Premiere on my PC for at least a few months now but have yet to start using it…… next upload I'll start experimenting! Great video and thanks for sharing Justin!

  • Reply John Crawford . May 12, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    all of these reviews are baloney, Anybody know of a basic final cut Pro X review that is done by a rather senior person with experience?

  • Reply Nimrod levy May 14, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I always choose not to use Apple products. period.

  • Reply goldenrod and the 4h stone May 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Is FCPro good for adding an animation over your video (like an avatar character)?

    Thank you. : )

  • Reply Josh Vlogs May 27, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    FInal cut pro is better sorry people who use and prefer premiere pro

  • Reply Fantasy Underdogs June 5, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    I feel like i've been loosing my mind with all of the bugs and crashes on premiere. I am considering buying a mac and switching to final cut. Do you think that is a good call? I feel like I spend more time dealing with bugs and waiting for rendering and converting than I do editing with Premiere ATM.

  • Reply Ninja Shhh June 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks man. Video was helpful🤙😎🤙

  • Reply Anh 4 Just Life June 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Hello Justin,Can you recommend a windows version app just like FCPX? I just start out so just want to pay one shot and an easy use app.Thanks

  • Reply Fancy Animal June 12, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    My summary of Premiere after 1 year of use.
    -Text tool is a nightmare. Good luck trying to click on existing text.
    -The editing playback speed is glacial and grainy.
    -The audio comes and goes, and requires toggling Mute and Stereo buttons.
    – It crashes at least 2 times per session…on a PC.
    -The trim tool clips behind the selection, rather than in front.
    -There's no motion tracking other than motion blur.
    – There's no video screen capture.
    – Clicking 'save as' crashes the program 50% of the time.
    – Encoding is excellent, but slow even with Hardware enabled. Don't wait until your deadline to encode.
    – It creates an obscene amount of cache files that fill your drive regardless whether you auto delete. If you don't delete those files, your video audio will not load.
    – Encoding any text triples your encoding time.
    – Opening another premiere file corrupts your existing file.
    – Work space panels will disappear and you can't get them back.
    -The program launch time is so long it triggers the "not responding" message.
    I only use Premiere because I have to. Seems like Justin is on the same page.

  • Reply Mateo Ordonez-Caroprese June 13, 2019 at 6:57 am

    One year of using Premier pro is the one time price of Final cut PRO!! like it's mind-blowing to think about.

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  • Reply Popcorn Studioz June 18, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I dont think anybody likes premire anymore since its on the cloud, so expensive, rather buy a mac and get final cut, my opinion

  • Reply DanxBG June 18, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I use Final Cut Pro to edit – My first video that was edited by me in Final Cut Pro:

  • Reply Elazar Wells June 24, 2019 at 1:59 am

    I used both

  • Reply Sam Pomare June 24, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    FCPX for me. One off purchase instead of monthly payments.

  • Reply Life of Catey June 27, 2019 at 4:12 am

    Loved your unbiased opinion. I went to a camp to learn how to edit yt videos and had to use adobe premeire. it was a nightmare because i am a apple user! i cant wait to switch to FCP and be more comfortable editing! Thank you for the video!

  • Reply trisram July 4, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    how to cut and past a person's face to a video on final cut pro?

  • Reply Chungming Mingk July 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

    i use mac and i use both of them

  • Reply Robbie Smith July 11, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Really good breakdown between the two products. I'm FCPX, mainly driven by cost. A one off purchase vs subscription was definitely massive influence, especially when I would be subscribing for only one product.

  • Reply Dice Gamer 27 July 13, 2019 at 9:49 am

    DaVinci Resolve – Am I a joke to you??

  • Reply Elena July 14, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Apple: $5000 for 1TB SSD and Final Cut Pro
    Windows: $1500 with 2TB SSD and Ryzen 9 3900X, Premiere surprise borrowed (to put it in EA's words)
    1:0 for Windows

  • Reply thomas destry July 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    🎉Thank you so much‼️

  • Reply ijono July 21, 2019 at 7:59 am

    i've used Shotcut (a free NLE), Lightworks, DaVinci Resolve, Windows Live Movie Maker, (briefly) Vegas Pro, i'm learning Premiere Pro, iMovie for Mac, and Final Cut Pro X. Final Cut Pro X will always have my heart. Shotcut was very slow for me and final exports has always been laggy. Lightworks? no. just…no. i hated it. DaVinci Resolve was okay for the time i was using it. i loved the fact that it was free and that it could be used on both Windows and Mac. it would make transitioning projects from Windows to Mac or vice versa easy, even though i never did that when i used it. for a majority of my YouTube career, i used Windows Live Movie Maker (RIP, you were great when you lived) and it was great for a NLE. however, it's limitations were sorta ridiculous. you couldn't overlay video easily, and you could only have one audio track at a time, which meant if you wanted to have audio from another clip roll over audio on a new clip, you couldn't without removing any music. you'd have to make multiple projects for that. eventually i had gotten an iMac. best decision i've ever made. this brings me to iMovie. iMovie is also an amazing NLE especially for it being free. it has limitations on iOS, however, and it has very minor ones on Mac too. on iOS, you couldn't use Ken Burns unless you were using it on a picture. also, trying to edit audio on iMovie for iOS was a PAIN. i'd always forget to set audio to be "foreground" audio or "background" audio. it always became a later issue. on iMovie for Mac, you don't have those limitations, but there are still a few that are a bit bothering. you can't transform a video and use Keyframes to crop or trim or anything. also, you can't use more than one video overlay OR more than one text element, also making adding multiple text in one clip difficult. don't even get me started on how there isn't basic text without any parameters. so annoying when i want to add comedic text and i can't. the audio sounds like it's constantly fading in and out when i didn't authorize it. really annoying. you can't add multiple of a lot of things! that brings me to Final Cut Pro, my ultimate destination. Final Cut Pro has everything i've ever needed. there's literally no need for explanation. everything that isn't in iMovie that i wanted, basic text, more than one overlay, multiple text elements, more fonts, keyframes, crop keyframes, trim keyframes, transform keyframes, EVERYTHING IS IN FINAL CUT PRO. i've always loved it. since i got it i've been using it. i'll occasionally use iMovie if it isnt a very major video that i'm editing, such as a tutorial or a gaming video. lastly, Premiere Pro. i just started learning how to edit on it NOT that i'm planning on switching or anything, but it will help to know the skills when i'm presented the situation where i don't have an accessible Mac and i'm stuck with Windows.

  • Reply Do Hoang Hanh July 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    I love final cut pro 3000

  • Reply Gilang Silverburg August 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    When you said final cut pro is faster than premiere, you made me changed my mind on buying windows laptop to mac

  • Reply Galaxy Pro August 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    i use flowblade or openshot, but i have to since i work on linux. but when i gain enough money i would do final cut pro

  • Reply Counterfeit Steel August 20, 2019 at 5:01 am

    I use…davinci resolve

  • Reply Jason Stallworth August 21, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Dude thank you for this. I’m looking to upgrading from iMovie so that I can make better YouTube videos and also get into making music videos for my albums. I think Final Cut Pro may be the ideal choice since I’m on an iMac.

  • Reply Sam Gomersall August 23, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Really useful vid! As a beginner to editing, it sounds like final cut is the way forward. Ease of use will be the priority for me, to keep me learning and creating……. It sounds like premier could become a frustration and something that could send a beginner the wrong way; i.e frustration and dispair, resulting in giving up!

    Thanks for the tips and we'll executed vid!

  • Reply jippalippa August 29, 2019 at 2:29 am

    You forgot an other reason PR is awesome. The insane Plugin support

  • Reply JESSI September 2, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Are adjustment layers or LUTS available on FCP?

  • Reply JESSI September 2, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Also, looking to do the line outlines, is this avail on FCP?

  • Reply อังสุแมน โกกอย September 7, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I first started video editing with ShotCut, Filmora, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro and currently using DaVinci Resolve.

    I don't have iMac or Macbook so have not used Final Cut ever.

  • Reply Pathum Kavinda September 11, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    final cut getting better and better. and I must say the final cut pro is way easy and way faster than premier pro. everyone looking for an easy and fast way to do that work. even in the final cut pro interface also much easier than premier. I recommend as an editor to use final cut and DaVinci. but the problem is everyone cant buys iMac or mac pro.if we can use final cut in windows also everyone can do some good jobs.

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  • Reply Bryan Ocampo October 22, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I’m leaning more towards final cut as the days go by! Thanks for the info!

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