My film students often ask me to recommend a video editing system. “Which is better, Final Cut or Adobe Premiere?” they ask hungry for a decisive enlightenment. Here is a summary of the main differentiating points... and the non-differentiating points.
I have been using Adobe Premiere as my main editing system for years, occasionally switching to Final Cut Pro when clients ask me to. My personal preference goes to Adobe Premiere, although practically speaking, in the Silicon Valley, it might be more useful for an editor to get experience with Final Cut. The question often comes down to this: are you a Mac or a PC person? Or, more specifically, does your prospective employer work on Mac or PC?
I find that local companies generally require experience editing with Final Cut Pro, not necessarily for the right reasons. The Mac cult is interfering with people's perception of which editing system is better, and although Final Cut Pro has some advantages, I cannot recommend it over Adobe Premiere.
Here is why...