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Adobe Premiere Pro
Initial releaseSeptember 23, 2003; 20 years ago (2003-09-23)
Stable release
24.2[1] Edit this on Wikidata / February 2024
Preview release24.4 (February 29, 2024; 4 months ago (2024-02-29)) [±]
Operating systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
version 20H2 or later[2]
macOS 12 or later[2]
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseTrialware, SaaS
Websiteadobe.com/products/premiere Edit this on Wikidata

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based and non-linear video editing software application (NLE) developed by Adobe 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.[3] Also, in 2007, certain BBC departments adopted Premiere Pro.[4] It has been used to edit feature films, such as Deadpool, Gone Girl,[5] Captain Abu Raed, Terminator: Dark Fate,[6] Monsters,[7] and the 2022 Academy Award Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere All At Once,[8] and other venues such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[9]


Original Adobe Premiere[edit]

Adobe Premiere
Developer(s)Adobe Systems
SuperMac Technology
Initial releaseDecember 1991; 32 years ago (1991-12)
Final release
6.5 / August 2002; 21 years ago (2002-08)
Operating systemClassic Mac OS
Microsoft Windows
SuccessorAdobe Premiere Pro
TypeVideo editing software
Websiteadobe.com/products/premiere Edit this on Wikidata

The original version of Adobe Premiere was developed by Adobe Systems. It was first launched in 1991. Premiere was one of the first computer non-linear editing systems.[10] The first version for Mac was released in 1991, and the first version for Microsoft Windows was released in September 1993.[11] Its final version was released in 2002.

The project began at SuperMac Technology as ReelTime, a QuickTime-based video editor for its VideoSpigot video capture card.[12] SuperMac engineer Randy Ubillos created a working demo of ReelTime in about 10 weeks while QuickTime was still in beta.[13] The software project was acquired by Adobe Systems in August 1991 and was renamed Adobe Premiere.[12] Ubillos also left SuperMac to join Adobe.[13]

Premiere was the second of many QuickTime-based video editors on the market.[14] 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.[15]

Premiere included 24 transition effects and a plug-in architecture that was compatible with some Photoshop filters.[14]

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".

Release of Adobe Premiere Pro[edit]

Adobe Premiere Pro was launched in 2003. It was a re-written version of Premiere. Premiere Pro refers to versions released in 2003 and later, whereas Premiere refers to the earlier releases.


Premiere Pro supports high-resolution video editing at up to 10,240 × 8,192[16] resolution, 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. The plug-in architecture enables it to import and export formats, supporting a wide variety of video and audio file formats and codecs on both MacOS and Windows. When used with CineForm Neo, 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 to import video, audio and graphics, and to create new, edited versions of video that can be exported to the medium and format necessary for 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 used in films such as Superman Returns, Dust to Glory[17] (for video capture processing), and also in places such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[9]

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 make edits[18] and open windows that are more complex.
  • 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.[19]
  • 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.[20]

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

Plug-ins can be created for Premiere Pro to add additional functionality.[21] Plug-ins can serve several purposes, such as video and audio effects and adding additional codec and hardware support. They can be created specifically for Premiere Pro, or they can be created for After Effects and still run on Premiere Pro. Popular plug-in suites include Red Giant, BorisFX, and NewBlue.

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.
  • Prelude was an ingest and logging tool for tagging media with metadata for searching, post-production workflows, and footage lifecycle management. Adobe Prelude was also made to work closely with Premiere Pro. It was announced that it would discontinued on September 8, 2021.
  • 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 MTV.com.[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 youtube.com/testtube.[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.

Notable films edited on Adobe Premiere Pro[edit]

See also[edit]


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