Premiere Pro and Premiere Rush are two apps from Adobe Creative Cloud. They are both video editing applications but they have different purposes. Which one you choose will depend on what you need to do.

What Can Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Rush Do For You?

Premiere Pro is a powerful editing program that lets you create professional and polished videos. Premiere Pro makes it easy to:

  • Import footage, move clips around, trim, and snap them together.
  • Add a title sequence and insert some graphics. 
  • Set the video to music or adjust the sound and color. 

Premiere Pro will convert footage to a format or size that works with different social media platforms and devices. Not only is Premiere Pro powerful in its own right with its many presets and easy-use-keystrokes, but it also works well with other Adobe programs like Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator, Audition, and other applications that are included in Adobe Creative Cloud.

Premiere Rush is a product created specifically for people who post videos to social media. Its features are much simpler and less powerful, but it produces high-quality videos quickly.

What is Adobe Premiere Pro?

Premiere Pro is a video editing tool used in the post-production phase of all kinds of videos from YouTube and social media ads, to documentaries and feature films. Premiere Pro allows you to go from raw video footage to finished product. It is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes more than twenty applications to let you focus on particular aspects of the video editing process.

Video footage is imported into Premiere Pro and the best portions are put together into a file. Then you can open other Adobe programs inside of Premiere Pro to fix, change, or add to the video:

  • Adobe Audition to correct audio levels, adjust dialog, or add a musical soundtrack. 
  • Lumetri Color to grade or change color levels. 
  • After Effects to add graphics for title sequences, insert animation, and remove elements from the video. 
  • When you are finished, Media Encoder processes the video into forms that can be uploaded wherever you choose.

Premiere Pro is capable of turning out professional-quality videos and has been used to produce television shows and movies, including the Netflix original series, Mindhunter and films such as Deadpool, Gone Girl, and Hail Caesar

What is Adobe Premiere Rush?

Premiere Rush is a mobile editing app that lets you create videos and upload them to social media platforms. With Rush, you can film, edit, and share to your channels all from your phone or tablet, but you can also move files easily to a laptop or desktop to finish the videos in Premiere Pro. Rush lets you create good-looking videos that include transitions, audio, titles, and color correction, then export your content to your channel.

Premiere Rush is nowhere near as powerful as Pro. It offers a bare-bones editing ability for videos under 20 minutes long. It is designed for social media posting and it offers a free version.

Essential Features of Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro is a video editing program that can combine video, audio, and images together and then export them as a video file. The user interfaces on Adobe programs look and function similarly, so if you are familiar with another Adobe product like Photoshop or Illustrator, the Premiere Pro workspace may be easier to learn. 

You can run Premiere Pro on a Mac or PC with at least 8GB of RAM, though 16GB or more is recommended. A dedicated video card works better than integrated graphics. This program is for people who want to produce video and need a program with professional-level tools and functions. One of the advantages of Premiere Pro is the ability to edit video from a wide variety of cameras and formats. 

Another plus for Premiere Pro is that it integrates smoothly with other Adobe apps such as After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, and Media Encoder. Also, there is no need to transcode files before editing. Another popular feature is scene edit detect, which finds all of the cuts in a pre-edited video file.

Premiere Pro is highly customizable. You can set up your workspace to your own specifications and set your own keyboard shortcuts, although there are plenty of those in Pro to start with. With the customization and the way the different Adobe apps work together, one of the best things about Premiere Pro is how efficient the workflow is. 

Essential Features of Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe Premiere Rush is meant to produce attractive videos and share them on social media quickly. It runs on desktops and laptops, but it is really meant for iOS and Android systems. It lets you take a video and edit it right on your phone or tablet. Just open a new file on Rush and choose clips, and Rush will connect them into a sequence. Unlike Premiere Pro, Rush uses a magnetic timeline that continually adjusts clips to fit around the ones you choose as you edit. 

Once you have trimmed the footage, you can add some transitions and titles and adjust the audio and color. Rush includes auto-ducking for voiceovers, and also lets you crop and rotate clips and change the opacity. One plus of Rush is that it is easy to adjust the video speed, which is useful for social media content. If you need to do more to the video than Rush can do, the file can be easily transferred to Premiere Pro for further editing. Once you have finished editing, it is easy to share your video to social media by clicking the share button and choosing a destination such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Behance. 

Compared to Premiere Pro, Rush is limited but it does what it was designed to do and does it well. The features are much simpler and less powerful than the ones in Premiere Pro, but they get the job done quickly and if you want to do more, you can move the video to Pro. You can’t choose the codec or export file type, but Rush was designed to work with social media, and that it does.

History of Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe released Premiere in 1991 for the Apple Mac. It was one of the first digital, non-linear editing programs. Premiere Pro came out in 2003. It was known as Premiere Pro CS, with a version number (1-7), which stood for Creative Suite until 2013 when Adobe changed the name from Creative Suite to Creative Cloud. The current version is officially known as Adobe Premiere Pro. 

History of Adobe Premiere Rush

Originally called Project Rush, Adobe Premiere Rush was launched in October of 2018. The original version was only for desktop and iOS, but an Android version was added in 2019. The current version is called Adobe Premiere Rush 2.1 and was released in October of 2021.

How to Purchase Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Rush

Adobe offers a monthly subscription to Premiere Pro with a 7-day free trial available before purchase. This allows you to edit some videos before deciding if you want to pay for it. For a few dollars more a month, you can get the full Creative Cloud, which includes Rush and many other applications, plus storage as well. The cost of a monthly subscription to Premiere Pro is $20.99. A monthly subscription to Creative Cloud is $52.99. 

You can get a free starter version of Premiere Rush. This is not a free trial like with Pro, but the catch is that you are limited to three exports and you only get 2GB of cloud storage. A subscription to Premiere Rush alone is $9.99 a month and it comes with unlimited exports and 100Gb of cloud storage, which you can upgrade to 10TB if you want.

How to Learn Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Rush

If you are looking for an app that allows you to shoot and edit video on your phone and quickly post it to social media, Rush is your choice. There are many tutorials available from Adobe and others to get you started. If you are planning to switch careers and become a Video Editor, learn to use Premiere Pro. There are many tutorials out there to get you started, but editing software is complex and many people find it easier to learn technical information through classes.

You can choose classes that meet in-person or online to learn Premiere Pro. Some people prefer to attend brick-and-mortar sessions when learning new information, but that isn’t always available. Live online classes have a similar set-up with a real-time, remote instructor who can answer questions and take control of your monitor—with permission—to show you how to do things. Training is part or full-time and available weekdays, weeknights, or weekends.

The best way to prepare for a career shift to a technical field like video editing is to enroll in a bootcamp or certificate program. These are intensive training courses that run for a few weeks to a few months and will cover video editing in much more depth than tutorials can. Another plus of training is that you will leave class with a professional-quality sample video portfolio that you can show to prospective employers.

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