Adobe Premiere Pro

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Adobe Premiere Pro
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC running on OS X El Capitan
Developer(s)Adobe Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 23, 2003; 18 years ago (2003-09-23)
Stable release
2021 (15.4.1[1]) / August 17, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-08-17)[2]
Preview release15.4.1 (August 17, 2021; 2 months ago (2021-08-17)) [±]
Operating systemCC 2018
Windows (64-bit)
Windows 7 or later[3]
Mac OS X
10.11 El Capitan or later[3]
CC 2019
Windows 10 (64-bit)
version 1703 or later[4]
10.12 Sierra or later[4]
TypeVideo editing software
LicenseTrialware Edit this on Wikidata

Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application 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.[5] Also, in 2007, certain BBC departments adopted Premiere Pro.[6] It has been used to edit feature films, such as Deadpool, Gone Girl,[7] Captain Abu Raed, Terminator: Dark Fate[8] and Monsters,[9] and other venues such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[10]


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[11] 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 and still images can be edited together. Titles 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, seeing use in films such as Superman Returns, Dust to Glory[12] (for video capture processing), and also in places such as Madonna's Confessions Tour.[13]

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[14] 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.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • Extensions

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]

  • Dynamic Link is a workflow that integrates After Effects with Premiere Pro and with the discontinued Encore, allowing files to be transferred between the two without re-rendering.
  • Elements Organizer is the digital asset management app for Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements.[17] It is able to organize all your photos and video projects all in one place.
  • Media Encoder is a tool to output video files in order support more audiences and to lessen the file size.
  • Prelude is an ingest and logging tool for tagging media with metadata for searching, post-production workflows, and footage lifecycle management. Adobe Prelude is also made to work closely with Premiere Pro.
  • Premiere Elements is a video editing software application published by Adobe Systems. It is a scaled-down version of Premiere Pro and is tailored to novice editors and consumers. The entry screen offers clip organization, editing and auto-movie generation options. Premiere Pro project files are not compatible with Premiere Elements projects files.
  • Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software application 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).
  • Premiere Rush is a simplified pro-quality video app for mobile devices, developed by Adobe and available through Creative Cloud. It replaced Premiere Clip as the mobile video editing application by Adobe Inc. today.

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.
  • 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 Platform Release date Significant changes Codename
Premiere Pro 1.0

(Premiere Pro CS, Adobe Premiere 7.0)

Windows and Mac August 21, 2003
  • 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 Stingray
Premiere Pro CS3 Windows and Mac 2007 Buffy
Premiere Pro CS4 Windows and Mac 2008 Ironside
Premiere Pro CS5 Windows and Mac 2010
  • Initial support of Nvidia CUDA accelerated effects
Premiere Pro CS5.5 Windows and Mac 2011 Mulder
Premiere Pro CS6 Windows and Mac 2012
Premiere Pro CC 2013 Windows and Mac 2013
Premiere Pro CC 2014 Windows and Mac 2014
Premiere Pro CC 2015 Windows and Mac 2015
Premiere Pro CC 2017 (11.0) Windows and Mac 2016
  • Removal of Title Menu and Title Templates; replaced with Legacy Title function[20]
  • "Essential Graphics" introduced[20]
Premiere Pro CC 2018 (12.0) Windows and Mac October 19, 2017[21][better source needed]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.0) Windows and Mac October 15, 2018[22]
  • 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[22]
Eraldicon[23][better source needed]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1) Windows and Mac April 3, 2019 Magician
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.1) Windows and Mac April 17, 2019
  • This release of Premiere Pro fixes a number of issues that caused Premiere Pro to crash.[24]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.2) Windows and Mac April 23, 2019
  • 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.[24]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.3) Windows and Mac July 12, 2019
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.4) Windows and Mac July 28, 2019
  • 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.[24]
Premiere Pro CC 2019 (13.1.5) Windows and Mac September 18, 2019
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 13.1.5 provides important fixes and is recommended for all users.[24]
Premiere Pro CC 2020 (14.0) Windows and Mac November 4, 2019[25]
  • 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[26]
Premiere Pro CC 2021 (15.0) Windows and Mac March 10, 2021[27] Tokneneng

Notable films edited on Adobe Premiere Pro[edit]

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