Adobe Premiere Pro Alternatives 2016 for Windows and Mac
Adobe Premiere Pro is an industry standardoffering everything needed for video/movie editing. It has even been used in many super hit movies, including Dust to Glory, Superman Returns, Avatar, Deadpool and more. However, it may not be a cup of tea for everyone due to many reasons. Many people cannot afford the $19.99/month subscription, and the industry level editing tools may not be required by many video editors.
Getting the best tool in the market makes sense, but only for people who can afford it and are actually going to use the advanced features. For example, why would anyone need multi-camera editing support for editing a short film made for a college project? There are many video editing software like Adobe Premier Pro that are much cheaper (even free) and offer amazing video editing features. In this article, we are listing down the top 7 Adobe Premiere Pro alternatives that should offer everything you will need to edit videos:
Blender might well be the best free alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro, considering it offers some amazing video editing features. It is a professionalopen-source video editing software that will let you edit videos, create animations, create games, add simulations and all of this with amazing processing speed. Its Cycles rendering engine enables it to offer realistic rendering, including both GPU & CPU rendering along with HDR lighting support.
Some of Blender’s notable features include realistic rendering, Node support, OSL support, smooth rigging with automatic skinning, automatic pose and walk editor, multi-res sculpting support. You can also add simulations like smoke/fluid/hair, code game logic, open multiple slots for video editing, transitions, filter, plus it supports OpenGL and brings a lot more features. On top of these amazing features, it has hundreds of extensions to add more features, such as 3D Navigation, Boolean Operators, Camera Switcher and more.
Platforms: Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista; (Mac OS X 10.6 and above) and Linux (Suits most recent GNU/Linux distributions)
Lightworks is a light video editing software that is small and very light on resources when compared to many professional video editing software. However, this doesn’t mean it lacks any important features. In fact, Lightworks has the most extensive support for both export and import formats, even more than Adobe Premiere Pro. Also, it brings speedy rendering speed while offering smooth processing without stutters.
Its features include multi-camera editing support, real-time editing, GPU rendering, Boris FX, 2D & 3D tile animations, hundreds of presets and filters, real-time collaboration tools, extremely customizable interface and much more. Lightworks has both free and paid versions, with the free version offering most of the features with limited import support. You will have to go for the Pro version if you are looking to use some advanced features like hardware I/O support, collaboration tools, real-time rendering, Boris Graffiti and FX and complete format support.
Download (Free version and Premium version costing $437.99 or $174.99/year)
Platforms: Windows, macOS and Linux
3. Sony Vegas Pro
Sony Vegas Pro goes head-to-head with Adobe Premiere when it comes to features. It comes with 4K video editing support that can be done in 2D or 3D via simple drag-and-drop functionality. Similar to Lightworks, its interface is quite customizable and gives you full control over how you would like to edit and chances are, you may prefer its interface over Adobe Premiere Pro. Thanks to OpenFX base, it works flawlessly with almost all types of video effects. Additionally, Sony Vegas Pro imports the project file and automatically converts it to its native format, allowing you to save time and storage.
Similar to other video editing software, it also comes with powerful and some unique features. Its features include GPU acceleration, multi-camera editing, separate edit windows, masking tools, color matching, plugin support, 3D preview, stereoscopic 3D adjustments, auto-correct alignments, Dolby Digital surround sound, Multi-administrator support, native XAVC Support, Blu-ray authoring support and more. Overall, Sony Vegas Pro is a great Adobe Premiere Pro alternative that offers similar powerful features in an arguably better interface.
Download: (Free 30-day trial with the paid version costing $599.95)
4. Apple Final Cut Pro X
Another head-to-head competitor to Adobe Premiere Pro that offers the same editing features but at a cheaper price. If you are a Mac user, then you should definitely give Final Cut Pro a shot (it has a free-trial). It has one of the best interfaces, that is simple, interactive and professional. It uses a magnetic timeline that is very different from Adobe Premiere Pro and other video editors. Instead of separating all the clips, it adds secondary clips behind the main track for individual editing. If you have used any of the other video editing software, magnetic timeline will be the first unique thing you will notice.
Apart from the unique magnetic timeline, Final Cut Pro X also packs in many other advanced editing features including; group clips, individually manage clips & see effects, multi-camera support with up to 64 angles, automatically read metadata and manage projects, assign keywords, GPU support, effects and transitions, edit audio in timeline, adjust colors, 4K support and much more. Apple Final Cut Pro X is the best for you if you are looking for something different than Adobe’s offering and you are a Mac user.
Download: (Free Trial with the full version available for $299.99)
OpenShot is another great open-source software that is powerful while being easy to use. It may not be as feature rich as Blender or Adobe Premiere Pro, but its complete focus is on editing a video, which makes it a really good option if you are not into creating games or animation. If you look at OpenShot simply as a video editor, then you will see how powerful yet simple the software is. When it comes to solely editing a video, its features bypass many of the professional video editors.
It’s video editing features include unlimited layers, real-time video transitions, title templates, animated titles, Rotoscoping, frame stepping, time-mapping, audio mixing, dozens of video effects, support for HDV and AVCHD and many filters & presets to make your videos awesome. Also, it uses FFmpeg for video encoding and video, audio and image format support. In my experience, OpenShot, which is still in beta, is much easier to use as compared to other tools here (perfect for novice) and does its job of “video editing” perfectly. Having said that, it may not be the best option at industry level editing unlike Adobe Premiere Pro.
Platforms: Windows, macOS and Linux
Edit Your Videos Like A Pro Even Without Adobe Premier Pro
Now that you know these Adobe Premier Pro alternatives, you can edit your video like a pro even when you don’t have Adobe’s software. If you are a professional video editor and looking for a free Adobe Premiere Pro alternative, then Blender is your best bet. However, I will recommend novice users to try out OpenShot or VideoPad if they are looking for a good video editor. Sometimes the most powerful option isn’t the best option for your need, so choose your video editing software carefully.
Do you know any other alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro? Do share with us in the comments section below and share your experience with it.