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Adobe Premiere Pro
Developer(s)Adobe Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 23, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-09-23)
Stable release
22.5[1] Edit this on Wikidata / June 2022
Preview release15.4.1 (August 17, 2021; 19 months ago (2021-08-17)) [±]
Operating systemCC 2018
Windows (64-bit)
Windows 7 or later[2]
Mac OS X
10.11 El Capitan or later[2]
CC 2019
Windows 10 (64-bit)
version 1703 or later[3]
10.12 Sierra or later[3]
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseTrialware Edit this on Wikidata

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based and non-linear video editing software application (NLE) developed by Adobe Inc. and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. First launched in 2003, Adobe Premiere Pro is a successor of Adobe Premiere (first launched in 1991). It is geared towards professional video editing, while its sibling, Adobe Premiere Elements, targets the consumer market.

CNN was an early adopter of Adobe Premiere Pro.[4] Also, in 2007, certain BBC departments adopted Premiere Pro.[5] It has been used to edit feature films, such as Deadpool, Gone Girl,[6] Captain Abu Raed, Terminator: Dark Fate,[7] Monsters,[8] and the 2022 Academy Award Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere All At Once,[9] and other venues such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[10]


Original Adobe Premiere[edit]

Adobe Premiere
Developer(s)Adobe Systems
SuperMac Technology
Initial releaseDecember 1991; 31 years ago (1991-12)
Final release
6.5 / August 2002; 20 years ago (2002-08)
Preview release15.4.1 (August 17, 2021; 19 months ago (2021-08-17)) [±]
Operating systemClassic Mac OS
Microsoft Windows
SuccessorAdobe Premiere Pro
TypeVideo editing software Edit this on Wikidata

The original version of Adobe Premiere was developed by Adobe Systems. It was first launched in 1991, and its final version was released in 2002.

Premiere was one of the first computer non-linear editing systems.[11] The first version for Mac released in 1991, and the first version for Microsoft Windows was released in September 1993.[12] The project began at SuperMac Technology as ReelTime, a QuickTime-based video editor for its VideoSpigot video capture card.[13] SuperMac engineer Randy Ubillos created a working demo of ReelTime in about 10 weeks while QuickTime was still in beta.[14] The software project was acquired by Adobe Systems in August 1991 and was renamed Adobe Premiere.[13] Ubillos also left SuperMac to join Adobe.[14]

Premiere was one of the first QuickTime-based video editors on the market.[15] As a result, its ability to import new video formats could also be upgraded by updating to a newer compatible version of Quicktime. However, it was limited to processing video and images that were 1024 pixels wide, or less.[16]

Premiere included 24 transition effects and a plug-in architecture that was compatible with some Photoshop filters.[15]

Release of Adobe Premiere Pro[edit]

It was replaced by Adobe Premiere Pro (introduced in 2003), a rewritten version of Adobe Premiere. Premiere Pro is the successor to Adobe Premiere and was launched in 2003. Premiere Pro refers to versions released in 2003 and later, whereas Premiere refers to the earlier releases. Premiere was based on ReelTime, a product acquired from SuperMac Technologies Inc. and was one of the first computer-based NLEs (non-linear editing system), with its first release on Mac in 1991. Adobe briefly abandoned the Mac platform after version 6 of Premiere. Up until version Premiere Pro 2.0 (CS2), the software packaging featured a galloping horse, in a nod to Eadweard Muybridge's work, "Sallie Gardner at a Gallop".


Premiere Pro supports high resolution video editing at up to 10,240 × 8,192[17] resolution, at up to 32 bits per channel color, in both RGB and YUV. Audio sample-level editing, VST audio plug-in support, and 5.1 surround sound mixing are available. Premiere Pro's plug-in architecture enables it to import and export formats beyond those supported by QuickTime or DirectShow, supporting a wide variety of video and audio file formats and codecs on both MacOS and Windows. When used with CineForm's Neo line of plug-ins, it supports 3D editing with the ability to view 3D material using 2D monitors, while making individual left and right eye adjustments.

Premiere Pro can be used for all common video editing tasks necessary for producing broadcast-quality, high-definition video. It can be used to import video, audio and graphics, and is used to create new, edited versions of video which can be exported to the medium and format necessary for the distribution. When creating videos using Premiere Pro, various videos, still images and audio files can be edited together. Titles and motion graphics can be added to videos and filters can be applied along with other effects.

Premiere Pro was very well received at launch in the film and video industry,[citation needed] seeing use in films such as Superman Returns, Dust to Glory[18] (for video capture processing), and also in places such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[10]

Workflow integration[edit]

  • After Effects
Through Adobe Dynamic Link, compositions from Adobe After Effects may be imported and played back directly on the Premiere Pro timeline. The After Effects composition can be modified, and after switching back to Premiere Pro, the clip will update with the changes. Likewise, Premiere Pro projects can be imported into After Effects. Clips can be copied between the two applications while preserving most clip attributes. Premiere Pro also supports many After Effects plug-ins.
  • Premiere Rush
Video projects in Premiere Rush can be opened in Premiere Pro to add more complex edits[19] and views.
  • Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop files can be opened directly from Premiere Pro to be edited in Photoshop. Any changes will immediately be updated when the Photoshop file is saved and focus returns to Premiere Pro.
  • Illustrator
Adobe Illustrator files can also be opened directly in Premiere Pro. These files are generally vector files, which means that they are mathematical paths that can expand or decrease with any zoom level.
  • Adobe Story, OnLocation and Prelude
The Premiere Pro workflow takes advantage of metadata in the script of video production. The script is created in or brought into Adobe Story, then passed to Adobe OnLocation to capture footage and attach any relevant metadata from the script to that footage. Finally, in Premiere Pro, speech recognition can match the audio to the dialogue from the script in the metadata. Clips can be searched based on their dialogue in Premiere Pro, and can be sent to Adobe Encore to make searchable web DVDs. Encore was discontinued with the release of Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Prelude replaces OnLocation in CS6 and above.[20]
  • Others
There are other integration functions, such as Edit in Adobe Audition, Dynamic Link to Encore, and Reveal in Adobe Bridge. In June 2020, Adobe launched a stock audio offering for Premiere Pro users.[21]
  • Extensions download free the premiere

Various extensions are available for Premiere Pro, provided by third parties. These include music libraries and graphic elements. Extensions open in their own panel within the Premiere Pro interface.

Adobe Premiere family[edit]

The Adobe Premiere family is a group of applications and services made by Adobe Inc. for the use of professional non-linear video editing. Several features of the Adobe Premiere family are non-linear video editing, metadata and ingest logging, media output encoding, and more.

Current applications[edit]

Discontinued applications[edit]

  • Encore (previously called Encore DVD) was a specialized DVD authoring app, which converts the output of Premiere Pro and After Effects to a format suitable for DVD and Blu-ray players. Files are automatically transcoded to MPEG-2 or H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video and Dolby Digital audio. It was discontinued along with Fireworks on CS6.
  • OnLocation was a direct-to-disk recording and monitoring software. It was soon replaced by Prelude in Adobe Creative Suite 6.
  • Premiere was a former video editing software developed by Adobe Systems. It was first launched in 1991, and its final version was released in 2002. It was replaced by Premiere Pro, a rewritten version of Adobe Premiere.
  • Premiere Clip was a timeline based video editing software on mobile platform. It is no longer supported for new and upcoming users since September 17, 2019. Extended support for all active customers lasted until March 17, 2020.
  • Premiere Express was a rich Internet application for simple editing of digital video files. The release was announced on February 21, 2007.[25] The program itself is served as a free tool for users of YouTube, Photobucket, and[26][27] As Adobe Systems allowed websites to contact them to request Express, YouTube received it on their website as a way of remixing videos on a member's YouTube account. Known as YouTube's Video Remixer, it was found on TestTube at[26] It was later taken down.
  • Premiere Limited Edition (LE) was a video editor for novice video editors and hobbyists. It contains most of the features of the professional version but with fewer and simpler options. It was instead replaced by Premiere Elements in September 2004.
  • SpeedGrade is a tool for performing color corrections and developing looks for Premiere projects. SpeedGrade was discontinued on August 22, 2017, but can still be used by subscribers at the time. Features from SpeedGrade are now found in the Lumetri Color Correction feature in Premiere Pro.
  • Story was a screenwriting and film/TV pre-production online application which integrates with the Premiere family. It allows users to create scripts for movies and TV shows.
  • Ultra is a discontinued chroma key compositing app, which removes the background of video usually recorded on a blue or green screen and combines it with another video background. Ultra was only available in the CS3 package. It was later incorporated into Premiere Elements and Visual Communicator. Later versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects have had built-in chroma key compositing features.
  • Version Cue was a revision control system for maintaining multiple revisions of works among teams. It was removed from the Creative Suite after CS4.

Release history[edit]

Version Release date Icon Platform Significant changes Codename
Premiere Pro 1.0

(Premiere Pro CS, Adobe Premiere 7.0)

August 21, 2003 Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0 Icon.png Windows and Mac
  • Full rewrite of code
  • Deep nest of timelines
  • New Color Correctors
  • Sample level audio editing
  • Audio effects on tracks
  • 5.1 Audio
  • VST Audio
  • Initial Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) support
  • Editable keyboard shortcuts
  • Adobe Media Encoder
Premiere 7.5 / Premiere Pro 1.5 / CS1 April 2004 Starsky
Premiere 8.0 / Premiere Pro 2.0 / CS2 2005 Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 Icon.png Stingray
Premiere Pro CS3 2007 Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 icon.png Windows and Mac Buffy
Premiere Pro CS4 2008 Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 icon.png Windows and Mac Ironside
Premiere Pro CS5 2010 Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 icon (2).png Windows and Mac
  • Initial support of Nvidia CUDA accelerated effects
Premiere Pro CS5.5 2011
  • Expanded RED support
Premiere Pro CS6 2012 Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Icon.png Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2013 2013 Adobe Premiere Pro CC Icon.png Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2014 2014 Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2015 2015 Adobe Premiere Pro Logo.svg Windows and Mac
  • Icon change
Premiere Pro CC 2017 (11.0) 2016 Windows and Mac
  • Removal of Title Menu and Title Templates; replaced with Legacy Title function[30]
  • "Essential Graphics" introduced[30]
Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0) October 19, 2017

[31][better source needed]

Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.0) October 15, 2018[32] Windows and Mac
  • Selective color grading
  • Display color management
  • Intelligent audio cleanup
  • Add, rename, and edit Lumetri instances
  • Premiere Rush files editable in Premiere Pro
  • Edit and transform vector graphics
  • Essential Graphics and Motion Graphics template enhancements
  • Better integration with other Adobe programs and functions
  • Performance enhancement and new file format support, including Australian closed-captioning standard
  • New home screen
  • Auto-save improvements
  • Quick timecode entry[32]
Eraldicon[33][better source needed]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1) April 3, 2019 Windows and Mac Magician
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.1) April 17, 2019 Windows and Mac
  • This release of Premiere Pro fixes a number of issues that caused Premiere Pro to crash.[34]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.2) April 23, 2019 Windows and Mac
  • The 13.1.2 update for Premiere Pro includes two audio effects (DeNoise and DeReverb) that were missing in the Premiere Pro version 13.1.1 installer.[34]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.3) July 12, 2019 Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.4) July 28, 2019 Windows and Mac
  • Premiere Pro 13.1.4 includes all of the improvements from 13.1.3 with an additional bug fix that addresses a launch issue for some Windows systems with outdated drivers.[34]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.5) September 18, 2019 Windows and Mac
  • Premiere Pro 13.1.5 provides important fixes and is recommended for all users.[34]
Premiere Pro CC 2020 (14.0) November 4, 2019[35] Windows and Mac
  • Auto Reframe – Uses Artificial Intelligence to intelligently reframe videos for square or vertical aspect ratios
  • Time remapping's maximum is increased to 20,000% without the need for nesting sequences
  • Ability to export HDR content with HDR10 metadata[36]
Premiere Pro CC 2020 (14.3) June 2020 Adobe Premiere Pro CC icon.svg Windows and Mac
  • Icon change
Premiere Pro CC 2021 (15.0) March 10, 2021[37] Windows and Mac Tokneneng
Premiere Pro CC 2022 (22.0) October 26, 2021[39] Windows and Mac
Premiere Pro CC 2023 (23.2) February 2023 Windows and Mac
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 23.2 update includes important fixes, optimizations, and user-requested improvements, like automatic tone mapping for HDR media.[40]

Notable films edited on Adobe Premiere Pro[edit]

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