What is Premiere Pro?

Premiere Pro is a powerful, customizable, nonlinear video editor that lets you edit your way. Import and combine virtually any type of media, from video shot on a phone to raw 5K and higher resolution footage, and then edit it in its native format without wasting time transcoding. The app offers a sleek, highly intuitive user interface, a customizable timeline, numerous editing shortcuts, and robust media management options. And because real-time performance is critical for rich, complex sequences, Premiere Pro delivers the fastest solution in the industry. The Adobe Mercury Playback Engine supports most formats, and you can use multiple GPU cards to accelerate render and export times.

Premiere Pro is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, so you can keep your favorite settings, keyboard shortcuts, and workspace layouts in sync, on any machine, in any edit bay in the world. Plus, you get access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they’re available. Learn more about Creative Cloud.

Where can I learn more about new features?

See the What’s New page for details. Also see these videos for a general overview and a deep-dive walkthrough of the new features. 

How does Premiere Pro compare with earlier versions?

Check out the Premiere Pro version comparison.

Technical Questions

What are the minimum system requirements to run Premiere Pro?

See the system requirements for information.

Does Premiere Pro support high-resolution Retina display?

Yes, Premiere Pro offers HiDPI support for Mac and Windows computers with Retina display.

Do I need a specific graphics card to get faster performance when using the GPU-accelerated features?

Yes, the Mercury Playback Engine brings performance gains to all the graphics cards listed in the Premiere Pro system requirements. GPU acceleration makes the creative process more fluid and speeds up rendering for faster output. Adobe continually evaluates new cards for support. Learn more ›

What hardware makes Premiere Pro run even better?

Premiere Pro has a scalable architecture, so performance scales with the speed of your system. The minimum system requirements for your workflow depend on the type of content you plan to work with. With native 64-bit support, Premiere Pro can take advantage of all the available RAM on your system. For multicore systems, Adobe recommends 4GB or more of RAM per core. On any system, you can see substantial performance gains as you add more RAM. 16GB of RAM is a good baseline if you plan to run multiple applications simultaneously. Plus, the Adobe Mercury Transmit plug-in enables tighter integration with third-party I/O hardware.

Does Premiere Pro support the hardware, camera, and other software I use?

Premiere Pro supports a broad range of hardware and software for Mac OS and Windows, so you can choose from a range of workstations and capture cards to build the editing system that meets your needs and budget. Enhance your system with more plug-ins, including many from Adobe After Effects. Premiere Pro works with a variety of third-party hardware, including capture cards and decks. Check third-party hardware compatibility for the most current listing of supported hardware.

With comprehensive video format compatibility, you can work with the formats you want, including natively editing files from the latest tapeless formats without transcoding or rewrapping. Edit all standard- or high-definition formats, from DV and HDV to HD and beyond. Some formats could require extra hardware.

Free trials

Where can I get a trial version of Premiere Pro?

With a free Creative Cloud membership, you can download a trial version of Premiere Pro — and other applications in Creative Cloud. When you upgrade to an All Apps plan, you’ll be able to download the full version of every Creative Cloud application.

Can I convert my trial version to a paid membership?

If you were prompted to enter your payment details before downloading Premiere Pro, the trial automatically converts to a paid plan after the trial period ends. Otherwise, you can purchase a plan directly from the Creative Cloud website.

What happens if I have downloaded a trial in the past and not bought the Premiere Pro product? Can I download a trial version again?

Yes, you can download a trial version of Premiere Pro again. If you download a trial version of Premiere Pro by May 15, 2018, you will get the full 7-day trial period.


In Germany, the trial period is for 14 days (which is the standard trial period).

Cross-product Workflows

Do I require After Effects if I want to use After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro?

Yes. If you don't have After Effects installed, you see an error message saying, 'This Motion Graphics
template was created in After Effects. To use this template in Premiere Pro, please install After Effects (trial or license) and retry. Learn more at

Using After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro
Using After Effects created Motion Graphics templates in Premiere Pro

To use Motion Graphics templates created in After Effects, you need a trial or licensed version of After Effects installed on your computer. If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, you already have a license of After Effects. Download it from your Creative Cloud application. If you have a Single-App license of Premiere Pro, a paid license of After Effects is not required, you can install the trial version of After Effects. After your trial has expired, your After Effects Motion Graphics template still works as long as you leave the expired trial installed or install a paid version of After Effects.  Do not uninstall the expired trial. For more information, see Motion Graphics templates/Common Questions.

Purchasing Options

How can I purchase Premiere Pro?

Learn more about purchasing options on the Creative Cloud plans page.

Learning Premiere Pro

How can I get started with Premiere Pro?

Check out Premiere Pro Learn & Support to get started, with video and step-by-step-tutorials as well as comprehensive product support from Adobe and our knowledgeable community.

Where can I find the manual?

You can find web and PDF versions of the Premiere Pro manual on the Premiere Pro Help page.