What you see on screen is the finalized production that millions of people pay to watch in theatres; however, there is a lot more to a movie than what you see on screen. The key events, from my experience that take place in a film, are storyboarding, shooting, and editing. Taking those key events and comparing them to an essay is saying that storyboarding is considered the outline of a movie. Where drafting a storyboard is regarded as putting your film into chronological order. The shooting is putting those ideas from your storyboarding into visuals. Editing is the most challenging part because of the many hours that go into this process. It is taking all the clips from the shooting, inserting them into your video editing software of preference; Afterwards, you then splice, cut, organize, add special effects and many more.
The video editing software that I would recommend is Adobe Premiere Pro.
I recommend this program because it is affordable, beginner-friendly, computer-friendly, and professional.
If those four points were on a ten-point-scale, affordability would be an eight, beginner-friendliness would be a seven, computer-friendliness would be a five and professionality would be a ten. Its average would be a 7.5 (out of ten).
Adobe Premiere Pro’s price for the single application, if you’re not a student, is $20.99/m for an annual plan. If you intend to purchase the software for the entire year, the cost would be $239.88. For students, you can buy all the Adobe applications for 239.88/y. In comparison to Apple’s Final Cut Pro X one-time price tag of $299.99, the main differences between the two are aesthetics, usability, and compatibility. Regarding aesthetics, Final Cut Pro X is more simplistic. Its simplicity is what probably attracts the attention of introductory users; however, Adobe Premiere Pro’s complicated structure allows for more learning potential. Premiere Pro is to allow for extensive editing; the extensiveness of the program reaches in regards to its usability. The usability for Premiere Pro is dramatically different in comparison to Final Cut Pro X. The difference is because Final Cut Pro X utilizes a single-track timeline and Premiere Pro follows a multi-track timeline system. Another difference is the compatibility issue, unlike Premiere Pro, Apple’s Final Cut X can only be on Apple devices. As a result, Final Cut Pro X is not well-suited for large-scale production companies that utilize multiple devices for editing. More than likely you might not be making a 95-minute movie, so Final Cut Pro X could be used for more lightweight projects. Personally, I’ll be sticking with Premiere Pro because its affordability is what draws me to continue to use it and is the reason why it got an eight out of ten.
Realistically speaking, everyone should learn the basics of editing through Apple’s iMovie. I claim that iMovie is the best application for those who want to produce videos because that might be all you need. The reason being is because most people are editing something that is between 3-5 minutes with minimal edits. In high school, I was forced to use iMovie for all the four years of video production that I took, and I can sadly agree that iMovie is suitable for those who wish to make small videos. Additionally, in my junior year, we used Premiere Pro for my school’s Every 15 Minutes film. Referencing to The Grind’s timeline above, it is common for movies to look like a trainwreck; however, that trainwreck is easy to understand when handled by different standpoints. In that image, there are 41 unique audio tracks. Each audio track can have different purposes: actors’ microphones, special effects, ambiance, music, director commentary, and the list goes on. The way Premiere Pro looks at first is similar to looking at the controls of an airplane; however, if you tackle each window attentively, it is a more suited version of iMovie with more features. The application has many functions that it utilizes such as multi-track editing, integration with other Adobe applications, a preview, a rendered output, and other features. This the type of application is worthwhile to invest time into to master; because if you wish to enter the movie industry as an editor, claiming to have expert knowledge on a program such as this can catch the attention of managers. Overall, I recommend Premiere Pro for introductory editors that plan to produce videos frequently because it is capable of getting what you want to be completed while taking advantage of features that may not be available others video editing software. As a result of the program being beginner-friendly, it received a seven out of ten.
A significant difference would be that iMovie is far more computer-friendly. iMovie can be run on just about any Apple device; in fact, it would be a surprise if your $1,000+ computer can’t run the application. For Premiere Pro, the computer requirements are not demanding, but they do require a minimum for the software to run smoothly. From first-hand experience, my friends and I installed Premiere Pro on an Apple computer that was weak specifications-wise. At the very least, that computer is no longer of use for editing and is an audio-engineering computer. However, realistically speaking, most pcs that were produced in the previous two years should be more than capable of running Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro is a demanding application for computers because it is designed for computers with a strong processor and graphics driver. The processor and graphics driver is what drives the cost of a computer up; therefore, to run Premiere Pro, you need to have a reasonably powerful computer to run the software. However, due to the advancements in technology in the last few years, Premiere Pro is not only limited to computers; it can also be installed on mobile devices for on the go editing. As a result of the broad spectrum of electronic devices that Premiere Pro can be installed on, but its demands for computer resources affects its grade for computer-friendliness. It receives a five out of ten.
Deadpool. Everyone knows what that movie is, right? Director Tim Miller’s Deadpool was created using Premiere Pro. (Adobe Creative Cloud) Miller states in his interview with Adobe that he “wants to work in the future” and “not in the past…” (Adobe Creative Cloud) Miller decided on Premiere Pro because it was the perfect choice for his team because he was kept up with modern applications and avoided outdated editors. Speaking in regards to professionality, a movie as high-profile as Deadpool and a film as low-profile as Citrus Valley Highschool’s Every 15 Minutes, Premiere Pro can be used by novices and professionals. It is the perfect application for those who want to get into editing because Premiere Pro solidifies the fundamentals of editing if you wish to learn. If professionals are willing to use Premiere Pro, why won’t you? It is why Premiere Pro received a ten out of ten regarding professionality.
Rounding everything off, Premiere Pro is affordable to student and non-students alike; it is a friendly application for amateurs to learn if they plan to consistent create videos; it is made for modern computers and its presence during the production stage of a movie that won 28 awards. It is clear to say that Premiere Pro is the perfect application for both novices and professionals, and it deserves the 7.5 rating it got.
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