WHY I SWITCHED FROM ADOBE PREMIERE TO APPLE’S FINAL CUT PRO X

For the last few years, I had a custom PC that I used for editing videos. Whether it was for one of my clients, or for my own promotional material, my main bread and butter program for editing video was one of the industries standards, Adobe Premiere. With it’s built in integration to the rest of the Adobe Creative Cloud, edits in Photoshop or Illustrator are updated across programs. It’s one of the programs strengths and something I love about it. And then tragedy struck.

Perhaps due to a bug in a certain streaming service, my PC died. After just spending money to upgrade the hard drive and RAM, my main editing machine just went kaput. I still had work I needed to do. I still had clients who needed their videos edited. It was around this time that I was beginning to travel more for work as well.

So the question became, do I get a Windows based PC and continue using Premiere or do I get a MacBook Pro and switch to Final Cut Pro X?

A few factors came into my decision;

  1. I’m deep into both the Windows and Apple ecosystems, but I had begun relying more on iCloud services in the past few months.

  2. I needed power. I wanted to future proof myself for when I began editing video in 4k. Whatever laptop I ended up getting needed to be light enough for me to carry through airport terminals without feeling like I’m carrying an airport terminal — this wrote off gaming laptops like ASUS wonderful Republic of Gaming machines but kept machines like Razer’s Switchblade (with an eGPU down the line) as an option.

But what really drove the decision was this: I’m a one-man studio. Whatever content I produce, I have to produce at the speed of a full-fledged crew with the quality of one as well. After researching, a few of my favorite YouTuber’s, MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) and TLDToday (Johnathan Morrison), Final Cut Pro X users, talked about the speed comparisons exporting video compared to Premiere. It was at that point I decided it would better to use FCPX for what I’m doing vs sticking with Premiere and got the 2016 MacBook Pro with a dedicated GPU as well as FCPX.

Recently, MKBHD did a collaboration video with fellow YouTuber Sara Dietschy that reinforced this point. On the new MacBook Pros, they used 2min worth of 4k video as an export test.

As they both point out, if you’re a heavy user in the Adobe CC, it makes perfect sense to use Premiere. But for someone who shoots and edits mostly by themselves, FCPX makes more sense. MKBHD explains it best here (Starting at 2:55):

Editing, exporting, seeing errors, being able to correct and being able to reexport and upload before Premiere finishes? It works for me, and in an industry where speed matters as much as quality, it makes sense to use the tools that work best for my job.