As a longtime Mac-based Premiere editor, I switched to Final Cut Pro 1 only because Premiere 5— the latest version when FCP debuted— was a lethargic editor with a new and unwelcome user interface. If I had to learn a new program from scratch, I figured I’d give Final Cut Pro a try, and I’ve never looked back.
Now, with the Intel-only Mac version of Premiere Pro CS3, we can be assured that there’s no legacy Mac code holding this version of Premiere back; it’s a ported-to-Mac version of the software that was redesigned from the ground up as Premiere Pro after Adobe abandoned the Mac platform. Also, Adobe has seen fit to offer FCP users a keyboard preset so they can make the transition to Premiere Pro a little easier by keeping keyboard commands and hot keys the same.
There’s a five page review in the September issue of EventDV. I’ve noticed that the camcorder articles here get a lot of clicks, but once you shoot the footage with your new camcorder, you have to edit it somewhere. Premiere Pro proved itself to be a good tool. Now, I’m not allowed to reprint my review here, (contracts) but there’s no subscription required to go and read it over at EventDV.net. You can also subscribe to the magazine and get more photos than appear online. Odd, but true.