Transition 2: FCP Workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro

As we transition from Final Cut Pro to another NLE, I’m running a series of tests to determine which NLE will best suit our needs.

I got such a response from the first of our Transition series that I’m really glad to be able to bring you part 2.  The biggest question I’m getting is “how will my Final Cut Pro workflow translate if I go to another NLE?”    For many of you, there are many years of workflow development, keystroke memorization, etc… that you just don’t want to have to be forced to give up.

As in the part 1 of Transitioning, we’re looking at Adobe Premiere Pro. Do we have to re-train ourselves completely or develop an entirely new workflow to use Premiere? I take a look at the basic layout of the two applications and some of the basic features used in FCP to see how they translate over.

This is not a tutorial by any means, but more of a walkthrough to help those of you who are considering whether to stay with Final Cut Pro or transition to something else.

UPDATE: I accidentally edited out one small section of interest. Premiere Pro includes the ability to switch the Keyboard Shortcuts to match those of Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro. Nice touch for those switching from either.


  1. Nice job. I’ve been looking at doing the same thing, I have one problem however, I work for an animation studio and up until now we’ve been rendering to the Pros Res 422(hq) codec. This has worked great but moving forward I don’t want to be stuck on a non updated/supported platform (FCS). Is there an equivalent codec to ProRes that runs on Windows/Premiere? I’m saying windows because I prefer these boxes (more customisable) in fact the only reason for buying a mac pro was FCS, with FCPX they’ve been very short sighted.

  2. Cineform has its own Codec. Very comparable to ProRes.

    Decoder is free and cross platform.

    Some of their tools can do ProRes if installed, but to the best of my knowledge there is no PR encoder for PC that is publicly available (though it is in the works I hear)

  3. Walter, if you twirl down the little arrow on the left in the audio mixer you will see the place to put effects on the whole tracks, and below to make sends to subtracks that you also can create. This multitrack functionality in Premiere is for me one of its greatest features. The program also uses VST plugins, so you can expand it with the tools of your choice.

  4. Read a post of someone quoting you on the COW…

    Spanned clips work via the Media Browser – avoid the File>Import and do everything in the media browser. Much more capable.

    • Thanks Jeff! I’m still learning this deal and that’s a great tip. Also a reminder to everyone, pick up An Editor’s Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro by Jeff, Robbie Carmen and Richard Harrington. It’s a great resource for me.

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