What is the difference between Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere?

In this blog, I will attempt to explain a few differences between Adobe After Effects and Premiere. This will be a combination of fact and personal opinion. I will try my best to remain as unbiased as possible because I am primarily an after effects user. It will be explaining what is easier to use for different scenarios. Here at Blue Whale Media, we have multiple people who use both of the programmes and it is a regular topic of question as to why we use different pieces of software to do similar things.

What Is After Effects?

After Effects is a software used for digital visual effects, motion graphics and compositing application developed by Adobe Systems and used in the production process of film making and television production. Among other things, After Effects can be used for keying, tracking, compositing and animation. It is a programme that I use on a daily basis and it is the programme that I prefer to use in most instances. It has also been joined recently by Cinema 4D in a way that it now has an internal 3D software built-in.

What Is Premiere?

Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing programme. First launched in 2003, Premiere Pro is a successor of Premiere. This is a programme that we use at Blue Whale Media, it is a programme that Sam uses primarily and something that I use rarely. It is primarily used for film editing and television production rather than being useful in post-production.

Why Do I Prefer After Effects?

I have used After Effects for many years and the reason that I prefer it is that I feel like I can do everything that I can do in Premiere in After Effects, however, in After Effects you can do more, for example, you could do Motion Graphics work or keyframing in Premiere, however you can in After Effects. The only thing that I find you can do better in Premiere is work with sound to a higher ability, although there are other Adobe software’s available to edit sound better such as Adobe Audition. Therefore, the reason I use After Effects is fairly blunt, I feel as though I can do everything in one programme, so I have no need to try and make them co-operate with each other.

What Type of Work Do We Do?

In After Effects, we do a lot of Motion Graphics work as well as a fair bit of the videography and drone work if I’m doing it and if Sam or Ben are working on videography work, drone work and Mevo camera work they will more than likely use Premiere, I think this is just down to personal preference as I was brought up with After Effects and Sam was brought up with Premiere, Ben, however, is learning both at the moment.

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