Adobe Premiere Pro CC or Avid Media Composer, which editing software is better in 2020?

See this ultimate Avid Media Composer vs. Adobe Premiere Pro comparison to make a smart decision.

Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro share more similarities than differences. These two programs are the leaders in the post-production industry.

To differentiate these two systems, we will have to look at how they function at a deep level. Avid Media Composer works in a very organized way by changing all of the incoming codecs to the codec and format of the project. This allows for seamless workflow when toggling between different media and efficient project sharing. Premiere Pro, on the other hand, takes in whatever codec is the file and uses this in the timeline. This creates a fast work environment but can create problems in the long run.

Because of this difference, Avid Media Composer is generally used for feature-length films and big car commercials. And because Premiere Pro can quickly churn out different codecs and formats, it is often used for social media campaigns and projects that require a diverse delivery.

Of course, if you’re looking to be a true video-editing wizard, you must master the use of both of these programs as employers will limit which editing program they will be working with. This potentially isolates you if you only edit on one platform.

Avid Media Composer vs Adobe Premiere Pro: Comparison at a Glance

These two programs are both the leading video and film-editing software on the market for professionals. Although Avid Media Composer has long occupied this market, Premiere Pro has made recent gains in the video-editing world in the past ten years as the rise in digital and low budget filmmaking has taken this industry by storm.

1. Interface
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro’s interface is designed for anyone from a beginner to an expert. With its wide variety of preset options, learning which panels and organization fit your style will take a few days and will expedite your editing in ways that are unmatched by any other editing platform.

2. Color Correction
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. he color correction tools in both Avid and Premiere are top-of-the-line. However, Premiere Pro allows you to really isolate and fine-tune colors to create a mood and tone for each individual shot, while also matching other shots to create a cohesive and beautiful image through a neat layout of color wheels, curves and waveforms.

3. Text/Graphics
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. The titles and graphics in Premiere are unmatched in the industry. With easy linking to the compositing platform After Effects, professional titles, masking, keying and compositing can be implemented seamlessly between the platforms.

4. Audio
Winner: Avid Media Composer. Avid’s audio engineering tools push the limits of what a video-editing platform is capable of. Because this program is designed for an editor to send the audio to a final mixer, the tools offered allow you to engineer audio just like a sound designer.

5. Project Sharing
Winner: Avid Media Composer. Avid Media Composer is often used on high budget productions, requiring several editors to work on the same project. Because of this, Avid established an efficient project sharing capability that allows editors to quickly transfer files, bins within projects and even each individual change you make.

6. Effects
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro’s features and tools make adding effects a breeze. There is also a wide array of built-in effects that are simple and easy to place on clips in the timeline. There are many effects you can implement in Avid, as well, but Premiere’s community of users online gives you access to many people seeking the same thing as you: an endless amount of online tutorials.

7. Workflow
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere’s workflow is unparalleled to that of Avid’s. Because the program is capable of hosting beginners, as well as experts, Premiere’s workflow is fit to your editing style.

8. Pricing
Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro costs $19.99 per month. But with the fee of $49.99 per month, you get access to all of Adobe’s Creative Suite, which offers the best media software in each industry.

Short Verdict

The short story is that Premiere Pro is the best program to use for video editing. Premiere’s learning curve is significantly less than Avid while resulting in equal quality of use. Premiere gives you the ability to edit, apply motion graphics, use basic compositing tools, color correct, and create a professional finished project.

This does not go without saying that Avid Media Composer has long been the industry standard for professionals, however. Avid’s project sharing is unparalleled within the industry. This aids in bigger productions that require multiple editors. It is also preferred by many big production projects, therefore a priority for long-standing professionals to use.

1. Interface

Upon first glance for a new editor, both of these programs might look foreign. However, Adobe’s sleek design might make a bit more sense to the newcomer. That being said, the steep learning curve of Avid can be justified by its more complex interface. This also means that it is a very powerful software. But the power of these two softwares are similar.

Avid’s preset interface includes a project folder in the upper left, a playback panel in the upper right, and the timeline running across the bottom. The tools are on the far right. However, most of these will be accessed via the keyboard shortcuts. All of these panels, and more, can be customized to fit your personal editing style.

Avid Media Composer Interface

Premiere’s preset interface is very similar to Avid’s. Here you’ll see the project panel in the bottom left which also holds the effects and all media imported to the project. The upper left panel is the source panel where you can view media by double-clicking it. You can also manipulate the effects here. The bottom right panel is the timeline, which holds the tools next to it which are generally accessed by keyboard shortcuts. Finally, the upper right panel holds the playback panel where edits in the timeline can be viewed. On the top, you can quickly toggle between different interfaces, including those customized to your personal editing style.

Adobe Premiere Pro Interface

When comparing these two interfaces, you’ll notice that Avid’s timeline is much bigger. This is because Premiere focuses on it’s source panel equally, aiding in its quick and easy use of effects on media in the timeline. 

Similarly, between Avid and Premiere, you can easily toggle between different interfaces, which makes specific editing techniques efficient to switch between, aiding in a faster workflow.

An editing platform is tethered to how the brain functions, as it is a tool at its root. This means that what appears in front of you may be the most important aspect of the tool. This would be the interface. And Adobe’s commitment to monitoring how the brain evolves when editing through the years is one-of-a-kind in reference to their constant updates and improvements. This can be noticed by Premiere’s constantly evolving interface, while seemingly not changing too drastically.

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

2. Color Correction

While both Premiere Pro and Avid contain highly effective color correction features and tools to truly achieve a top-of-the-line product, you will need to use a color correction platform. That being said, both of these programs are capable of color correction that is a small step down from the best.

Let’s start with Premiere Pro’s color correction capabilities. Within Premiere, you have access to multiple different curves and wheels to manipulate the overall image, as well as each individual hue, contrast, exposure, saturation and much more. Isolating colors is a breeze with its eye-dropper color-picking tool.

On top of that, Premiere allows you to dynamically link your footage to After Effects for even more powerful tools. The changes you make in After Effects will automatically update onto your Premiere timeline, aiding to completely seamless effect use.

Adobe Premiere Pro Color Correction

Avid’s color correction tools and features are similar to those of Premiere’s. With Avid you have access to waveform, color wheels and curves, as well. However, what you can’t do in Avid is seamlessly transfer your footage to a compositing platform with a wider array of color effects. 

Avid Media Composer Color Correction

One tricky aspect of Avid’s color correction capabilities is that the interface is hidden a bit. But once you find it, the interface is set up specifically for coloring. The HSL and curves tabs essentially do the same things but in different ways. And, for fast coloring, Avid has an auto contrast, auto balance, and auto color correction effect.

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

3. Text/Graphics

Inside of Premiere Pro and Avid, there lies powerful text and graphic features that allow you to create custom titles and graphics for a professional project. 

Avid contains many title options for custom text. With Avid’s Marquee tool, you can add titles simply, adjust the font, styling, size, motion and effects. There are also many plugins that support additional title effects to use within Avid.

Premiere Pro, however, has much more power behind its titling and graphics. To start, Premiere can do all of what Avid can do by adding custom titles with custom font, styling, motion, sizing, and effects. But in Premiere, you can also utilize keyframes. This means that you can animate the styling, sizing, effects and motion. 

On top of Premiere’s extensive titling, its graphics features are also superior to Avid’s. With the in platform compositing, you can even do simple animations that take your project to the next level. 

Adobe Premiere Pro text

On top of its actual features, the community surrounding Premiere is what makes it better than Avid. Because Premiere has many users that are also filmmakers themselves, a community has emerged online that helps one another. If you’re looking to create a specific text effect, you can bet that there is a tutorial online somewhere. This also means that many people and companies have created plugins for free and for a small charge, where you can simply place it on top of the media in the timeline and have the effect implemented.

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

4. Audio

Audio is often thought of as more important than video, as effective audio with non-effective video is more powerful than an effective video with non-effective audio. That being said, Avid has better audio engineering tools within its platform than Premiere Pro. 

Firstly, we must explain that Avid Media Composer is often used on high budget, large productions. Because of this, Avid has features that allow the audio to be passed off to a professional mixer or sound designer for top-quality finishing. However, that also means that the audio engineering capabilities within Avid are one-of-a-kind.

Premiere Pro has its fair share of audio engineering capabilities, as well, with multiple methods of accomplishing the same effect for a variety of users. However, the sheer force of Avid’s audio features are unmatched. 

Adobe Premiere Pro Audio

Winner: Avid Media Composer

5. Project Sharing

Both Avid and Premiere Pro offer project sharing features. However, because Avid is designed for and used for bigger budget projects, generally there are more editors involved. Therefore, Avid has better project sharing settings.

After creating a project and ingesting footage, the lead or first editor on the project just needs to log this footage and it’s capable of being shared. As long as each editor also has access to the raw files on an external drive or via the cloud, the sharing will be seamless from here.

Premiere Pro also allows for collaboration and team sharing. There are a few ways to do this, but the newest method is via creative cloud account sharing.

The most simple and effective way of project sharing would be to create multiple different external drives that won’t be changed and share the project file back and forth. This method works for both Avid and Premiere. 

Winner: Avid Media Composer

6. Effects

The effects offered in Premiere Pro far outweigh those offered in Avid Media Composer. We could list off all of the amazon effects offered in Premiere like the warp stabilizer, and masking and keying capabilities, but we’re better spent talking about the community of editors that can help you create any effect you desire. Premiere’s program attracts many editors that are also filmmakers with an entrepreneurial spirit. This same spirit also seeks to share information.

Adobe Premiere Pro effects

Premiere users have a desire to share the tricks that make their videos popular. You can simply search for any desired effects and there will most likely be a post, thread or tutorial explaining exactly how to mimic that effect within Premiere. 

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

7. Workflow

The workflow in Premiere Pro is superior to that of Avid. Based on many customer reviews, Avid users encounter many issues with bugs that renders their work useless for potentially days. Premiere Pro has similar issues, albeit less often. The difference is that Premiere Pro users unite when there is an issue. Premiere users will immediately post potential fixes or detours to not encounter the issue. 

On top of that, the learning curve to the Avid workflow is much steeper than that of Premiere. Because the footage is loaded into Avid and conformed to the project codec, the project can appear and load in a confusing manner. This also leads to more potential problems. But, the footage will playback seamlessly as it is the same codec and format within the project.

In terms of actual workflow, Avid Media Composer is top of the line. As everything within the platform is customizable, your workflow is also customizable and there are many ways to accomplish the same thing. This aids in creativity and time spent on each task.

Avid Media Composer Workflow

The workflow in Premiere is similar to Avid’s in that everything is customizable. Beginning with the interface and keyboard shortcuts, there are many ways to accomplish the same task. However, what is different about Premiere is the community built around the platform. When comparing Avid’s manual stacks that you must sort through when hoping to implement a new effect or style, Premiere’s online posts, threads and tutorials are unmatched in terms of the amount of help.

Adobe Premiere Pro Workflow

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

8. Pricing

There are multiple different pricing options for both Premiere and Avid. However, both software require a monthly or yearly subscription charge. This may seem like a money pit, but it’s good for continuing to get recent updates that fix bugs and evolve the product for you to progress in your video-editing career.

Premiere Pro costs $19.99 per month. The full Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99 per month. The Creative Cloud also gives you access to many other industry-standard media platforms like Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, After Effects and more. There are also student and teacher pricing that offers a significant price cut.

Adobe Pricing

Avid has three options for its editing platform, all of which are monthly charges. The free Avid program doesn’t offer much for a long-term editing platform. However, Avid’s $19.99 per month option has what you need. If you are a professional editor, it might be in your best interest to get the full version for $49.99 per month. This, however, does not give you access to a full array like the Creative Cloud Suite does.

Both Premiere and Avid offer free 7-day trials.

Winner: Adobe Premiere Pro

Final Thoughts

The video-editing tool you choose will depend on what kind of person you are and what kind of videos you’re hoping to create. If you’re an experienced individual in the film industry hoping to edit feature-length films or high budget productions, Avid Media Composer may be the program for you. If you’re a do-it-yourself filmmaker, a newcomer to editing seeking a community of online tools to help you learn and grow with a program that is ever-changing, then Premiere Pro is the program for you. 

Therefore, as it has a wider array of capabilities, Adobe’s Premiere Pro is the best video editing platform to use in 2020 when compared to Avid Media Composer.

Frequently Asked Questions FAQS

  1. Is Avid Media Composer better than Adobe Premiere Pro?
    Premiere is often times the recommended video-editing program among media professionals but Avid Media Composer is generally better at media organization. Each program has its benefits and downsides.
  1. Which editing software do Youtubers use?
    The top three editing platforms used by Youtubers are iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. Each of these is unique in its own way and benefit Youtubers differently.
  1. Is Adobe Premiere Pro free?
    While there is a free 7-day trial, Adobe Premiere Pro is not free. Adobe charges a subscription for the use of its products.
  1. How many computers can I install Avid Media Composer on?
    You can install Avid Media Composer on an infinite number of computers but only one computer can be actively using the program at a time.

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