Adobe Premiere Pro is awful.

Community Beginner ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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I got this product, and am paying absolutely way too much to have this app not work correctly. All I'm trying to do is make my videos in compliance with Youtube's stupid compression system. Not only can I not export the videos as anything, but it will work for the first 5% of the process, and then either freeze the whole application, or will just do nothing past that 5%. It's stupid that this "top of the line" editing software is actually the worst editing software I've ever used, and I used to use iMovie.

To be fair though, I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, I'm just too frustrated to troubleshoot. So here I am. I just want to have a presentable upload for my youtube channel. Is that too much to ask for, Adobe?

I guess so.

(I had to censor out all of my cuss words, and pure unfiltered anger toward this terrible program. Despicable.)

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019
This is a very simple and straightforward process. From the Export menu, select H.264, then from the preset dropdown select the Youtube preset that matches your frame size:The software is fine, and performs very well on a professional level for many users. The problem here is your lack of knowledge on how to use it. That's not a slam, and please don't be offended. The learning curve for Premiere is a bit steep, and there are many preferences, settings, and hidden tweaks that can trip up new user...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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This is a program of pro complexity ... designed for primarily manual use by folks who know how. I have only been using it heavily for ... six years now? ... and ... would consider myself a relative noob to those I watch and go ... oh ... my ... wow.

Getting started is hard.

I very strongly recommend getting at least a couple months of a subscription learning service like lynda.com/Linkd-In Learning so you get vetted material ... go completely through two or three different programs on learning how to edit with Pr ... and then start working on your own. It will get you to where you can do something, predictably, in a decent amount of time SO much faster than just banging at the app on your own.

As any complex pro-level app, it hath it's quirks and foibles, some just annoying, others ... a bit past.

Feel free to ask about specific things here though ... that's what we fellow users can help with.

For exporting, you need plenty of free space on the drive you are exporting to ... 4-5 times the expected final file size. Exporting to a file on local disc then manually uploading it works a lot smoother for many people than trying the auto-upload from Pr. And you can also upload in a couple other formats that often hold better image quality after YouTube finishes re-smashing the pixels.

Neil

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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I'm running the export as a H.264 which is the primary format for youtube. Bitrate of 11, as that is the rate of my capture card. I tried uploading the video to youtube before putting it through premiere, and the quality of the video was abysmal to say the least. I've never had any issue exporting videos over 40 minutes before, as I originally subscribed because I also do a video intensive podcast. The last episode of which was published months ago. So between when that video was published and now, there seems to have been a few updates that have now broken this feature for me. Y'know, the most important feature of this whole program. Pretty terrible, honestly. I think the fault of this program, and really any other Adobe program, is that it's a bit too complex for it to be functional. I don't want to have to read a whole book just to understand one feature, you feel me?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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This is a very simple and straightforward process. From the Export menu, select H.264, then from the preset dropdown select the Youtube preset that matches your frame size:

Screenshot 2019-02-12 21.50.33.png

The software is fine, and performs very well on a professional level for many users. The problem here is your lack of knowledge on how to use it. That's not a slam, and please don't be offended. The learning curve for Premiere is a bit steep, and there are many preferences, settings, and hidden tweaks that can trip up new users who don't know where to look. If you're going to spend the money on the software then you owe it to yourself to get the training to make the full use of your investment. There are many mini tutorials on the Adobe site, some good lessons on Youtube and really great courses on Lynda.com. It's not perfect, but no editing software is. Once you understand what the software is doing and why, you can appreciate what it can do.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 12, 2019 Feb 12, 2019

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I understand  ... but even for the one area, I'd still say go through the relevant parts of 2-3 different lynda.com tutorials series. Realistically it will save you time.

There are those here who recommend uploading to YouTube in DNxHD/R I think it is.

Jim Simon  ... I think you have thoughts on this?

Neil

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Enthusiast ,
Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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I have edited with Adobe Premiere since 1991.  I always take advantage of the numerous tutorials found on the Internet.  The Forum is a great source for help.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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The problem was the version of Adobe that I was using. 12.2.2 I installed version 12.0.0, and that went fine. The update broke that functionality, so I'll never update this application ever again. I had all of the settings set just fine. H.264, Youtube 1080p. I knew how to do that already. The actual program wasn't working.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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Ahh. I'm on 13.0. ... something. And working fine. But some rigs haven't loved it too much.

Neil

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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DarkAsylan  wrote

The problem was the version of Adobe that I was using. 12.2.2 I installed version 12.0.0, and that went fine. The update broke that functionality, so I'll never update this application ever again. I had all of the settings set just fine. H.264, Youtube 1080p. I knew how to do that already. The actual program wasn't working.

There was no 12.2.2; CC18 stopped at 12.1.2. And I'm still trying to figure out what was "broken" -- is it just that you had export issues, or that your export presets are missing?

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LEGEND ,
Feb 13, 2019 Feb 13, 2019

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Take a look at the link below.  Use it as a guide to post up the details of your situation.

How To Ask For Help

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Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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I'm with you.  I'm no noob.  I've been editing for 20 years, the last 4 on PPro.  It's a truly horrible, buggy, unstable, unreliable program.  AVID has it's problems, but it had always hummed like a race-car for me.  Unfortunately due to work circumstances, I have to use PPro.  It is shortening my life and thinning my hair.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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And I started on avid at least 25 years ago, moved to fcp 1-7 and then moved to premiere and find it works great.    so, maybe your hardware's not up to snuff, or there are conflicts with other programs...  haven't had a crash in months.  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 21, 2020 Jul 21, 2020

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Premiere is used on by the largest number of users on the widest set of gear/media out there. Most are getting good performance.

 

But not for everyone. Naturally.

 

Each NLE has a very different look/feel/process also, and what works for one will NOT be happily appreciated by all. In the end, they are all tools ... fancy hammers.

 

I work in both Premiere (mostly) and Resolve (some). I like the Premiere UI, cannot stand the way Resolve is locked to a narrow set of user-changes for UI. I don't like the look/feel of the editing page.

 

And I also get very resentful that BlackMagic in all their wisdom and self-interest (which of course, they're as welcome to as anyone!) lock down any "outside" hardware like my full Elements panel while working in Resolve. At any one time, more than half of my Element's many knobs & buttons are 'blank', not assigned. And they do not allow the users to map anything.

 

Naturally, they want you to buy BlackMagic gear. But why would I want to buy their kit, which only works with Resolve, when I need kit that works in Premiere and AfterEffects also?

 

But I put up with it because at times I need the color tools in Resolve. Not very often anymore, with the recent changes in Lumetri and having added in a Red Giant Colorista panel color workspace in Premiere, so I have two full color workspace panel setups. With very different math and results. Yea, don't need Resolve so much now.

 

But again ... they're all just fancy hammers. Every video-post worker I've ever met whether editing, vfx, or color does their thing different than every other person I've met.

 

Use what works for your needs ... and get the job out to the nice customers that pay your bills.

 

And of course, feel free to rant every once in a while ... I certainly do!

 

Neil

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Yes, Adobe can do a much better job with providing learning resources and developing a better, more comprehensive manual...  but

 

You don't become a doctor by reading a manual or doing a "curated" set of comprehensive tutorials.  You need to spend years and money learning.    As I often say, nobody's life is in the balance in our jobs but the creative and technical sides of video postproduction are incredibly complex.   I went to NYU film school many years ago and frankly did not get the training I needed to get a job as a professional editor.  I had to start by working in an apprentice situation it and it took years to learn the skills I needed to be a good assistant.. and years to become a good editor...   and I'm still learning.   

 

Perhaps you can point us to another NLE that has the kind of comprehensive free training you're demanding... Certainly not DaVinci Resolve...  I've worked exetensively in Avid in it's early days and in FCP 1-7 and in Premiere and DaVinci Resolve.  With a professional background in Film and Video postproduction I was able to sit down and start working almost immediately.    And if I hit a wall, I figured it out, either digging in to the program, or doing online research or asking other professionals.  I also spent about 5 years in the 90's teaching avid editing on a college level to both continuing ed and matriculated students.  The most important skill to teach:  how to solve the kind of problems you're talking about..  

 

There are fantastic resources out there both with and without cost.  And anyone can learn an incredible amount just briefly reviewing new posts in the premiere forum.    And if you can't spend the time doing "due diligence"

hire someone to help you.   Had an intial meeting last week with a very experienced editor with a strong background in traditional film editing and on the avid platform.  He's now working in Premiere and having many problems.  His solution:  hiring me to provide support...    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 27, 2020 Jul 27, 2020

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Sande,

I've been editing even longer. Though I work here, I also edit all the time and have few stability or performance issues. That said, I have very good project management, mac maintenance, and am aware of Premiere Pro's reliance on certain hardware tech and work around anything I cannot handle natively, usually by optimizing my media to actual editing codecs or by creating proxies, much as other NLEs do. Avid, to my recollection, creates its own media files for editing. Linking to files is a feature, but is more bottlenecked unless you've got fast drives, isn't it?

If you are still editing with H.264 and expecting a highly responsive timeline, I think you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Transcode and all will be much better with your workflow, I'd bet.

 

Thanks,
Kevin

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2021 Dec 05, 2021

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Exactly! I have worked with Premiere Pro, Avid, and switching to Final Cut. Avid and FCP are by far less buggy, smoother in how they run, more efficient and provide better results. I’m no noob either. As a post-production editor and videographer/filmmaker since 2009, I have enough on my plate than to spend over 50% of my time trying to troubleshoot. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2021 Dec 05, 2021

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and I've been working with nle's since around 1990 after editing film and working in linear video editing for many years.  NLE's  all have pluses and minuses...  Started on Avid for about 10 years or so and then moved to fcp 1 and stayed there well past it's expiration date when apple pulled the plug and spent a fair amount of time in resolve and settled into premiere in about 2017 and I haven't had any serious issues with Premiere.     

 

Don't understand why you're still working with premiere if you're having serious issues that you're not having on the other platforms...  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 05, 2021 Dec 05, 2021

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They are all tools ... fancy hammers ... use what works on your rig with your media and deliverable needs.

 

I work with both Pr and Resolve. Daily. And communicate with a ton of colorists daily, most based in Resolve. They all have their long list of bugs that haven't been fixed. There are enough options in Resolve that sometimes actually when the app is behaving poorly, there's a way around it with settings. Been through a lot of discussions about that.

 

And new major releases ... are simply problematic. The most recent major Resolve release had very much the same user situation: most users working away, some doing so but needing annoying workarounds to do so, some totally hammered.

 

I think with any complex and complicated app, used for all sorts of different workflows on the array of gear these are used on, with all the different media, effects and such ... it's not possible to get total guaranteed stability.

 

The only apps that do that are like Baselight. You buy between a $10G and $20G custom computer running Linux from them, and the only app on the machine is Baselight. Yep, total stability.

 

Neil

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2022 Apr 17, 2022

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same and agree.  now Is HDR problem premire 2022. 

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Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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I'm no noob myself, and give a huge thumbs down unfortunately.  I only installed it (Beginner trial)  to create a standard mp4  20-min. video of our company holiday party, after pooping around with numerous other so-called Windows editors (that either froze midstream or whatnot).  But sadly discovered that there are just too many complexities to deal with, after painstakingly adding my clips, then trying to finalize.  I was simply looking for a good simple video editor after Microsoft dumped the former Movie Maker (which was awesome AND user friendly)  

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 08, 2022 Feb 08, 2022

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quote

  I was simply looking for a good simple video editor after Microsoft dumped the former Movie Maker (which was awesome AND user friendly)  


By @cugrad16

 

By all means Premiere is not a simple video editor. Steep learning curve.

Think you chose the wrong NLE. Premiere Elements might suite you better.

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Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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I believe I have used PE once before in the near past.  I will check it out again.  Thanks for sharing  🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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These frustated posts/behaviour of yours is imo a result of you not grasping this simple editor.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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I seriously do not understand all the bile I am reading in this forum. I honestly don't - and I can whine & complain with the best of them if necessary, I can assure you of that.

PPro works just fine - as long as you know what you are doing, and as long as you have a basic understanding of the file types you are working with then results are easily produced.

With YouTube, for example, the correct method has been stated already & this works. There is actually a YouTube preset.

Where I suspect a lot of people are going wrong is by trying to edit & work with heavily data reduced forms such as H264, mp4 (whatever the container form) and then expecting the recompressed output to have the same quality as you began with. This is simply never gonna happen. You start with heavily compressed footage you have already downloaded from the Interweb and then complain when it all goes to hell! There is a well known programmers saying 'GIGO'

 

Recently, someone we work with decided to do their own YouTube promo clip from an album we mastered for them as for various reasons they did not call us & ask us to do it for them but instead used Movie Maker, and ended up with a blocky, awful mess that had 'trial version' banners across the bottom of the footage to boot, so please don't tell me how much easier to use Movie Maker is - because it simply isn't.

 

The grass may look greener on the other side but when you ghet up close & personal it rarely is in reality. I still remember having to use tools like Edius, Canopus and the Windows 98 versions of Premiere Pro - they were unstable. What we have now basically works but you must put some time into learning what you are doing. This is a professional quality tool that is designed to run on as wide a range of systems as possible (admittedly with a heavy bias to Mac OS-X variants) and it has a steep learning curve. In just the same way you cannot possibly expect to install an Audio workstation & immediately produce commercial grade mixes - you must learn what you are doing & this takes time, patience & effort - all seemingly alien attributes in this modern world where there are a large number of folks who want everything, now, for free.

Welcome to reality.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Well stated.

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