OK, while I am also transitioning some projects to Avid Media Composer (that I know fairly well, having used it for 10 years before I switched to FCP), I am also transitioning to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 as well. Because in playing with it, I find it VERY similar to Final Cut Pro in many ways. And how I can manipulate media on the timeline is very FCP-like, how to composite graphics and layer footage, add titles and a whole list of other thing, is more natural to me. That’s a big bonus because that’s how my brain works. I have always been more comfortable (and faster) with basic editing in FCP opposed to Avid Media Composer.
Anyway…while there are many many similarities, there are enough differences to make one get a little frustrated with PPro, and swear at it. Those differences will just take a little getting used to…you always have to learn how the other NLE does things, as it isn’t EXACTLY like FCP does things. So it will take a little time.
What are these differences? Well, Walter Biscardi seems to be leading the charge (from FCP to Premiere) and has started a list of things that are slightly different, in his quest to change NLEs. And he has been kind enough to provide not only pointers about these differences, but has done so in video form.
Here’s part one of his “gotchas” video series.
(If you want to see other videos he has done, such as how to configure PPro to work with an AJA capture card, go here)