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Is it possible to pay for Premiere Pro one time, and own a copy of the program with life?
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This is truly a thoughtful, excellent post – thank you.
And yes, folks do seem to sometimes forget that back in the "good ol' days" of CS6, you used to have to pay $800 up front for a static copy of the software with no upgrades! Not very affordable for many people, and there was much griping about it at the time.
I always quietly laugh a little when I read the "rip off " topics. Premiere Pro at $20 a month is an expense. How much did it cost to get 20 or 30 minutes of film and get it processed? Could it be that one of the reasons that Adobe is doing so well is because, in reality, digital video making is so cheap!
While I'm on the subject (and after this I'm ready to get off)... I think the only NLEs that don't do subscriptions at all nowadays (aside from Resolve and FCPX, stay tuned) are the open source ones: Shotcut, Kden, etc.
Premiere Pro isn't the only one. Avid Media Composer is also SaaS. Even the lower tier ones: Vegas and Hitfilm have subscription versions. Maybe Filmora is the only one in that "bracket" I can think of that isn't (? don't quote me).
My point: most, or at least LOTS, of people who edit video pay a subscription to one company or another. And the more serious/ professional your work becomes, the more likely it is that you do pay a subscription. Adobe is not an "unusually evil" company. I don't think evil at all, really.
About Resolve being free: I've heard it's amazing and high caliber and I believe it. I have it on my computer, but no time or interest in learning it yet. But I read an article once explaining that DaVinci Resolve is itself a fantastic marketing strategy. Blackmagic (who makes Resolve) makes their money selling hardware: expensive cameras and editing consoles. They give away the paid version of their great editing/ color grading app with every camera PURCHASE. And they will let the world download and use their app for free because enough of those free users will eventually decide to buy an editing console for it. So the software is free and supposedly great, but rest assured, they are still making money, just a different way. It's not as if Blackmagic gives away software out of the goodness of their hearts while Adobe charges a subscription because they are greedy villains. Um, no.
Similar situation with Final Cut: not free, but a one time payment. But remember, it only works on Apple computers, and Apple makes its money primarily selling its propietary hardware. It is a shrewd move for them to sell a comparable software for a (relatively) low price that only works on THEIR MACHINE. So if you want to use that app, looks like you'll be buying computers from them! (Same true for iMovie too... why not cover all the bases?)
Bottom line... all these companies need to make money. They all sell SOMETHING. If you notice, the ones who charge subscriptions are the ones who ONLY sell software. Their apps are it... bread and butter, and the only products they pour all their focus into. They don't make anything else. The ones who don't charge subscriptions are using their app to sell you something else. Nothing wrong with either of those models, just different.
Just pointing out that Adobe is not evil or unique for subscriptions or making money in general.
And as I stated in my previous post, if you don't want to pay for Creative Cloud, there are plenty of other free/ one time payment options. Several are named here. The people who choose Creative Cloud do so because they prefer it for their particular needs and it's worth it to them.
K, I'm done with this topic now.