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Adobe After Effects vs. Premiere Pro – Which Program Should You Use?

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July 3, 2019

Adobe After Effects vs. Premiere Pro – Which Program Should You Use?


Having the right tool for the job is essential when you need to maximize productivity and keep your creative flow copasetic—after all, you wouldn’t try to hammer a nail with a screwdriver (well, we hope you wouldn’t). So you wouldn’t want to use the wrong Adobe program for your project.

Knowing the specific use cases for Adobe After Effects versus Premiere Pro can help you determine which program you should focus on learning or where to go first. While there are some tasks you can tackle through both programs, one of them will likely have a simpler process than the other or produce a better result. For example, you can create motion in text in Premiere Pro, but you’ll achieve a more polished effect by doing it in After Effects. And while you can edit together video clips in After Effects, that would be overkill—so you should stick to Premiere for that.

In this video, Tobias from Surfaced Studio goes over a common question—What are the differences between After Effects and Premiere Pro? To put it simply, After Effects is best for motion graphics, making title sequences, and adding effects to your footage, and Premiere Pro is best for editing video and audio clips together into a sequence. Here are some of the key advantages of each program —

What are the advantages of Premiere Pro?

  • Premiere Pro is one of the best tools out there for video editing. If you have footage and audio clips that you want to splice together, then Premiere Pro is your best bet.
  • You can place multiple video clips on the same video track
  • Ideal for trimming and arranging clips
  • It’s easy to create transitions between clips
  • You can even create simple text layers

What are the advantages of After Effects?

  • Adobe After Effects is primarily used for motion graphics, visual effects, and composition. Between these two Adobe programs, After Effects is more robust.
  • You can layer multiple audio and visual clips on top of each other and use the software’s many tools to blend them all together.
  • Best for adding visual effects
  • Easy to make title and 2D animations

To determine which program you need to use, start by defining what you want to create. Each program has its advantages, which is why you might consider learning how to use both to some degree. Maybe you start by mastering Premiere Pro, then graduate to learning more advanced skills in After Effects.

The great thing about Premiere Pro and After Effects being part of Adobe Creative Cloud is a feature called Dynamic Link. By opting to use this feature, you enable Premiere Pro and After Effects to talk to each other. You could start cutting your video in Premiere Pro and select to add an effect to one of the clips in After Effects. Once the After Effects work is complete, the clip will update in Premiere Pro. Working with both programs becomes seamless.

To learn more about how to use Premiere Pro and After Effects, explore all of our Premiere Pro and AE tutorials. Once you know the basics, test out your new skills on our After Effects Templates.

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