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NLE System Comparison

May 10, 2018

Meeting technical specifications more quickly and more efficiently

Non-linear editing has come a long way since its beginning in 1970, and on its journey has spawned a multitude of softwares and programs all geared towards helping us as editors achieve our deadlines or to meet technical specifications more quickly and more efficiently. 6 years ago marked the start of my move to professional editing software with FCP 7 and since then I have used both Media Composer and Premiere Pro. 

In today's blog I'm going to be lightly addressing my personal preferences on which NLE software I choose to use, and my reasoning behind why other software may lack in what I see as the perfect creative video platform.

So... to lay the cards out on the table:

Avid Media Composer
, currently ranked as the most widely used software particularly in broadcast scenarios and blockbuster film editing due to its history and deep roots in NLE since the transition from splicing. 

Final Cut Pro X, formerly a strong contender for Avid with its predecessor FCP7, however Apple took the software through a risky rework in 2011, and now compete more closely with the freelance and professional video production market. Which brings us to..

Adobe Premiere Pro, my personal software of choice along with the team here at High Viz, and the closest contender to Media Composer within feature film editing. With its first release in 2013, it has predominantly dominated the freelance video market and caters hugely towards companies akin to ourselves with its integration of partnering software.

Being creative and adventurous is what defines me and the way I work. At High Viz having a software that is dynamic allows me to easily compile sequences and make instant changes, which in turn helps me to work quicker and with more efficiency to meet client deadlines. Unlike Media Composer and FCP X, Premiere Pro has a dynamic free flowing timeline that allows complete control over your media in bins and sequences. This is particularly helpful when dealing with large amounts of media, as I can easily separate rushes into particular bins and have multiple sequences open at the same time allowing quicker organisation of footage.

Another invaluable feature Adobe has introduced in the last few years is dynamic linking. This allows us to seamlessly take our premiere pro projects and transfer them back and forth in real time to another partner software like After Effects or Speedgrade. This is a huge benefit for our team at High Viz and greatly increases the workflow as you don't need to be opening and closing multiple softwares and there is no need to export assets or graphics that could otherwise take up more valuable time.

Media Composer and FCP X both have their benefits in certain areas of editing, but for me and the rest of the team at High Viz, Premiere Pro offers the most dynamic timeline and integrated tools for quick, efficient and creative media production. For any freelancers or creative professionals out there looking for a NLE software solution we couldn't rank it any higher! 

Adobe offer a free 7 day no sign up trial for anyone wanting to give it a go

Rob Glass

Rob is an editor and camera op whose passion for video stems from cinematic filmmaking and music videos. Whether it be sat behind software or stood behind a camera, Rob thrives off creative potential.

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