Adobe Premiere is one of the longest established editing applications - we were using Premiere at DVC when we first started editing in 1995. It can handle many formats natively (i.e. without converting to a different format) and has a huge range of realtime effects if you use it with the right kind of graphic card.
Adobe Creative Cloud
The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro is only available via the Creative Cloud subscription service. This is where you rent the software by paying a fixed amount per month, or a year's subscription in advance, to use the software. If you stop paying then you can no longer use the software.
The subscription service has several advantages to buying the software:
♦ Price: assuming you were to upgrade a permanent licence version of the software every year, when a new version arrived, then the subscription works out cheaper than buying the software.
♦ Updates included: All updates to the program are included and you get updates to programs as soon as they are ready rather than when the next version arrives.
♦ Subscribers get some web storage space on the Adobe Cloud.
The disadvantages are:
♦ If you stop paying you can no longer use the program.
♦ Your computer needs to be connected to the Internet periodically to validate the licence.
Currently Adobe are also running and offer where by if you have a CS3/CS4 version of the software you can get the first years Creative Cloud membership at a discount.
Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams
There are two variations of Creative Cloud - the regular Creative Cloud which you can only buy direct from Adobe and Creative Cloud for Teams, which is designed for business users and has a couple of advantages over the regular Creative Cloud:
♦ The main advantage is that the licenses are assigned by a central controller at your company and can be re-assigned easily. Regular Creative Cloud is assigned to an Adobe ID and if the person with that ID leaves the company the software licence goes with them. With Creative Cloud for teams this is not the case which makes it easy for the company to reassign licenses when people join and leave the company. ♦ Creative Cloud for teams gives you 100GB on-line disc storage space, with regular Creative Cloud you get 20GB.
♦ You get access to two "high level" support calls per licence - which means you get to a more experienced support person at Adobe than with the regular Creative Cloud. Of course, if you buy Creative Cloud for Teams from us at DVC you get access to our experienced support team as many times as you like.
Creative Cloud is not very "cloudy"
A common misconception about Creative Cloud is that you are editing in the Cloud and the software is not installed on your computer. This is not the case. You download the software and install it on your computer and then use it from your machine. You only need to go on the internet once a month to validate the licence. You do not have to install any of the updates that Adobe offers if you don't want to either - although as you are paying for regular updates we cannot think why you would not do this. There are some ways in which the Adobe software uses the Internet which are very useful BUT you do not have to use them if you don't want to.
Click here to read more about the ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD & CREATIVE CLOUD FOR TEAMS
Adobe CS6 permanent licences
Adobe have now stopped selling permanent licences of CS6. CS6 is nearly 3 years old and Adobe were not adapting it for new operating systems - so. for example, it has not been tested to work properly on Windows 10 or the latest Apple O/s. It seems to work OK on Windows 10, although not on Apple's El Capitan O/S. Adobe are never going to update it either which meant they really needed to stop selling it - quite apart from the fact that they would prefer you to rent instead.
The downside is that the rental version needs to connect to the Internet once a month to validate the licence. Some users cannot connect their editing machines to the Internet for security reasons so Adobe have introduced an CC for Teams option for some of these users (the option is only available to large production companies and some corporate establishments). Please contact us for more details.