Is it possible to pay for Premiere Pro one time, and own a copy of the program with life?
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Nope, subscription only.
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thats so stupid! like wath about film makers who dont have that budget to pay for such exspensive softweare!!
Adobe is not the only software company on the planet.
That filmaker should look for other options which are easily found if such a filmaker were to look - example: free software like DaVinci Resolve:
Actually, a perpetual license would have cost you even more money than a full year's subscription - and then, you would have been limited to one major version, period. And in today's world, if the perpetual license were to have continued, getting a newer major version would have cost you full price again. Last time I checked, Premiere Pro by itself cost $900 just for a single-version "perpetual" license. The entire Creative Suite Master Version, when it was still available, cost $3,000 just for the single version. (Upgrade discounts were available, but at the discounts that were provided back then, it would have required more than four to five years worth of upgrades just to bring the total cost down to the level of an equal-length subscription.) By contrast, you'd be paying only about $250 per year (after taxes) for the Creative Cloud version of Premiere Pro, and about $700 per year (after taxes) for the standard Creative Cloud suite - and you will get to update major versions every year.
These prices assume that you're in the US. If you're in another country, prices will vary.
And again, Adobe is not alone. Even Blackmagic has begun neutering the free versions of its software by now requiring a full paid version just to use an increasing number of features that were formerly free.
and let's bring up the reason this model is so popular. Many, Many people were stealing the software. I provided support for many people using fcp7 (and earlier versions of fcp). Many people had no qualms about "borrowing" someone else's install disks and serial number. In particular, I was postproduction supervisor on a documentary being funded by an extremely wealthy woman, The original editor who taught at a very prestigious university in NY.... had installed her academic version of fcp. Premiere allows you to work with the program for a short time to see if it works well on your sysstem and you think it's worth your money.
They have essentially screwed over the hobby users so that they can make more money on a recurring basis. As they lose regular users they just increase the price on businesses and other professionals who have no choice but to pay it. This just further pushes out people using their software for fun. I'm sure they don't care though because at the end of the day they are making more and more money.
I don't think that's fair. Do you realize how many people were ripping off the software? The subscription model was a response to that.
That's why many people going for the cracked version...
As noted above, the "one time" Price for Premiere Pro alone was around $900 a decade back.
So, you wanna go one-time price ... ready to shell out a thousand bucks US for one program? With no upgrade coming until you shell out another grand?
And as a small business person, who lives by my craft, I have no respect whatever for those using "cracked" software. There are other cheaper options without needing to steal.
Actually, the upgrade to the next major version was $150 back then after discounts. That still made three years' worth of "perpetual-license" upgrades more expensive than four years' worth of Creative Cloud single-app subscriptions for that program.
And there was a limit to how many major version upgrades at the $150-per-year cost that Adobe allowed. Generally speaking, one was allowed only two major upgrades for $150 on that original $900 license. After the third upgrade, then one must have spent another $900 just to get the next new version. And then, the cycle started all over again. And this was part of the reason why Adobe transitioned from the "perpetual license" model to the subscription model, because in the past Adobe intentionally made the perpetual-license model expensive even in the long term.
When we went CC, for our business, it was a great blessing.
We had two Photoshop licenses, and two Lightroom. And we'd been upgrading Photoshop only every other year.
For slightly less than we had been spending over a two-year cycle for those two apps, I was running Illustrator, Premiere Pro, AfterEffects, SpeedGrade, InDesign, Photoshop, and Lightroom ... oh, and Acrobat also.
Nope ... ain't interested in going back. Not hardly.
I'm using video editing prgrams like 5-10 times a year, so yes, I know I'm not exactly your target business customer...
Yet I would love to be able to use good quality software and I'm willing to pay for it, but I'm not that rich to pay 40 euro every month just to be able to join some video files that I can do anyways for free with many open source programs. Try to place yourself in the position of the regular user. Do you remember the times when your software was for everybody ? My daugther learned to draw in Photoshop CS3 when she was 4 years old - I'm still using that old version that I bought many years ago, just because I simply cannot afford now your new "cloud" pricing. Everything is subscription based and I'm already paying over 100 Euro a month of subscriptions. I don't need your software THAT much to pay for a subscription.
Please find a way to better safeguard your software against pirates and offer us, your old customers, a way to make one time purchase of your software (I'd pay 100 Euro for a good video encoder, joiner and editor like Premiere - some home, single user basic license not added "Pro" useless garbage just to fill the ranks and be on pair with every other software out there). I don't need all the fancy stuff inside the Premiere Pro (actually nobody does I guess) and you should make some paid plugins that are adding functionalities to your software, so if you need more, just buy more. I would buy new codecs for better video encoding, etc. - I would even pay a new version after 4-5 years.
Sitting there and waiting for subscriptions is just lazy of you guys. Are you waiting for someone to come and buy your company at 100.000 subscriptions ? You should always create new plugins, video effects and transitions, everything for sale, as packages. Work and get paid - this is my motto.
You've created some of the best software ever but you have some of the worst business model ever. BTW, did you notice that the torrents are full with your software anyways ?! - I just checked today out of curiosity, just to understand if your business model is effective... Nop. It's not. you're just losing the old customers, who are used to make a single licence purchase. Let poor countries enjoy and learn your software, as piracy or as you wish - some freeware ultra light version, but give us, your regular users, a way to pay without subscriptions.
Thanks for reading. And no, this topic is NOT solved. Adobe is still selling only cloud subscriptions.
As i own my PC I like to own my software, not just buying the right to use it for as long as a company wants to offer it to me. This is i don't like any Cloud service / software. You own nothing and you're just wasting money, every month for a service that could stop at any given time an you're forced to go find something else. Waste of time and energy.
There are many alternatives out there for less money. There's even davinci resolve which has a free version and a very reasonably priced "studio" version.
Hi Emilian, this is primarily a user-to-user Forum – so we don't really have the power to help you here, unfortunately...
If you have feedback for Adobe, you can send it to them directly at:
However, it seems unlikely they would change the business model. That ship sailed a long time ago... And in actual fact, Creative Cloud has arguably been very successful with now an estimated 22 million subscribers.
Adobe overhauled the business in 2012 in part because they couldn't iterate & release their products as frequently with the old model to respond to new technological developments, and it seems to have worked out.
For more details, see this explainer post:
Sorry, Emilian98A2, but I completely disagree with you. I am very happy with my subscription. As you stated in your first sentence, "you know you're not the target customer". And that's the thing that every successful company must understand: who is their target market? You must understand... you're probably not the person Adobe is trying to sell a CC/Premiere Pro subscription to, and that's okay! You don't have to be.
Premiere Pro and its CC littermates are marketed primarily toward people who make their living with the products, or at least do some paid work, or who are serious hobbyists. People for whom it's a business expense, or perhaps it's just that passion they're willing to pour money into (lots of people have a passion like this). If you only use PR a few times a year, and you just want to join a few video files, then aren't those free/open source softwares you mentioned perfect for you? Why even bother with Premiere Pro?
You said "try placing yourself in the position of the regular user"... by which I assume you mean people like yourself? ... but earlier you said that you're not the "target business customer". Truth is, PR's "regular user" actually isn't anything like you. And again, totally okay... you don't have to be that person. The target user is prepared to spend money on this video creation endeavor... editors sometimes need to replace their computer every 3-5 years ($2000 - $5000), they purchase stock assets regularly (buying one 30 second clip can cost $70 - $300, and they needs lots), and plugins plugins plugins. Honestly, the actual CC subscription is potentially the cheapest part for some folks.
You said "you guess" no one needs all those features. You must assume that because you don't use those features. Adobe collects data on what is being used in its apps, and professionals do use all the crazy stuff.
Would you walk onto the lot of a space shuttle dealer (if there was such a thing) and say, why are these so expensive??? And don't you guys know that most people don't need all these features??? I'm not paying all that just to drive around town! They would smile politely and say, Toyota is down the street, sir. There's nothing wrong with their product, or their price... or with Toyotas or their price either! Just go get whatever it is *you* need. The problem is just that you're shopping in the wrong place. Space travellers should head to the shuttle dealer, and city slickers should go to the car dealer. Silly example but I can't think of a better one, sorry.
Ironically, I'm a whole lot more like you than most Premiere Pro users. I'm not a professional video editor... and I don't even create very much. I'm just a self employed music teacher who creates video for my students. One could argue to me that I'm WAY overpaying for what I'm getting. But I so appreciate the subscription model. When I first decided to get into editing, I was expecting to be asked to pay a LARGE figure for software of this caliber. (I tried all the open source stuff first... got sick of headaches/lack of documentation/lack of features/lack of support and decided, if I'm doing this, I'm getting the good stuff because I do not need more stress in my life.) Imagine my shock when I discovered I could download and start using Premiere Pro for TWENTY BUCKS. What??? I was on it within minutes. And I upgraded to the entire cloud when I was offered a promotional price.
Your declaration that Adobe is not making money is also false. Have you read about them in the news last few years, or did you just make that assumption by checking the torrents?
I don't like pirated software. I like constant updates. I like that I didn't have to pay a gigantic sum once and then I'm stuck with only those features forever. I like the way the apps all work together. I like getting support. I think subscriptions make it easy, not hard, to get started. I see it as win win, for company and customer.
I do feel your pain on "everything is a subscription now and I can't afford it all". Good thing... I think that this is making us all very choosy about what we subscribe to... only what is valuable to us, and for each of us it will be different. Rather than subscriptions making companies lazy, I think it makes them work harder. Because we are all now much more cautious about what we subscribe to. And they must compete harder to earn my subscription, which I'm not agreeing to easily or often. One time impulse purchases are easy for a company to score, even with substandard products. But you're right, I'm not about to subscribe to everything that's offered to me. If a company wins my rare subscription, it's because I've thought it through and I really believe that product is valuable to me. And I suspect that you subscribe to things that I never would. That's okay. We have different needs. I will happily subscribe to Creative Cloud and forgo 50 other things that are advertised to me daily. I encourage you to only subscribe to things you feel merit it, and forgo Creative Cloud. I don't think you really need it, honestly... nothing wrong with that.
I do sincerely wish you success in choosing the product that is right for your needs! Have a great day. 🙂
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.