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Avid Vs Premiere, Which One is Better

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Aug 30, 2022• Proven solutions

When you wish to buy a product or rather use a product, it is very important to compare the similar range available in the market. Which is better for editing videos between Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composure? Avid and Adobe Premiere is two professional video editors in NLE field. If you are about to enter the professional video editing field, it is very important to choose the right software. In this article, we will give you an overall review of Avid vs Premiere.

Part 1: Overview of Avid and Premiere


Although, Premiere Pro is often a preferred choice, Avid’s dominance cannot be ignored. There was a time when Avid was considered more than an NLE for Elite Hollywood video edits and it gave tough competition to other high priced NLEs.

But, one fatal mistake from Avid made the video editors turn to Premiere Pro CC and Final Cut Pro X. Some of the examples cut in Premiere Pro are Gone Girl, Deadpool, Hail, Caesar! etc.

But, that doesn’t mean Avid is not used by editors as The Martian, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant are all cut in Avid. More info about Avid.


Why more and more video editors turning to Premiere Pro? From supporting high-resolution video editing in both YUV and RGB to offering VST audio plug-in support and audio, Premiere Pro is high-end software for both beginners and professionals.

It has a plug-in architecture that makes exporting and importing easier. Premiere Pro allows 3D edit and lets you view 3D material with the 2D monitor. 

You can use Premiere to produce high definition and broadcast quality video. With this software you edit both video and image together, add titles, filters, and other effects.

Part 2: System Requirement


For the Windows computer, Avid Media Composer System requirements are Enterprise and Professional Windows 10, Professional and Enterprise Windows 8.1 or Professional Windows 7 Service Pack 1. It also needs minimum 8GB RAM but, 16GB or more is recommended. To work in a collaborative atmosphere, large projects or with UHD, 24GB or more is recommended.

For MAC, the Avid Media Composer System requirements are MAC OS X 10.10.x, 10.11.x, 10.12.x. It also needs minimum 8GB RAM but, 16GB or more is recommended. To work in the multi-workstation atmosphere, large projects or with UHD, 24GB or more is recommended.

Avid system requirement


For Premiere, Windows system requirements are-

  • Intel® 7thGen or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent Processor
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1703 or later
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media and 32 GB for 4K media or higher
  • 4 GB of GPU VRAM
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
  • Monitor resolution 1920 x 1080 or greater
  • ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model Sound card
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet for 4K shared network workflow
  • Internet connection and registration

premiere system requirements windows

MAC system requirements are-

  • Intel® 6thGen or newer CPU Processor
  • MACOS v10.13 or later OS
  • 16 GB of RAM for HD media and 32 GB for 4K media or higher
  • 4 GB of GPU VRAM
  • Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache
  • Additional high-speed drive(s) for media
  • 1920 x 1080 or greater monitor resolution
  • 10 Gigabit Ethernet for 4K shared network workflow

premiere system requirements mac

Part 3: Price Model


It uses traditional software ownership model where you need to purchase the software first and then download, install, and activate the license. It comes with a PDF to help you understand its price model. In $999 for 1-year subscription, you receive several Avid utilities, Media Composer, Avid FX from BorisFX, Sorenson Squeeze, and AvidDVD by Sonic. Avid software can be installed in several Computers and MACs but activate only one at a time. Your system can be expanded with 3 extra software options

  • Symphony (advanced color correction) which includes Boris Continuum Complete filters
  • ScriptSync (automated audio-to-script alignment)
  • PhraseFind (a dialogue search tool)


For yearly subscription of Premiere Pro price plan, you need to pay $20.99 per month and if you plan to just try out on a monthly basis, the amount is $31.49. If you are a beginner then it might be a pain on your pocket but if you are pro and professionally editing videos then you cannot get a better deal than Premiere Pro.

If you are not serious about it, then payment is meaningless. You also get additional benefits like access to Adobe Portfolio, 100GB of cloud storage, Adobe Spark with premium features, Adobe fonts, and more.

Part 4: Audio Editing


If you need power-packed music for your video production, Avid software offers advanced recording, editing, and automation tools. It comes with full surround sound support for creating large-scale mixes with up to 384 audio and 1,024 MIDI tracks or up to 768 audio tracks. It is easy to edit audio with detailed materials.

Avid Cloud Collaboration allows you to work in a team with other collaborators being in different places. It is priced at just $4.99 per month.


Synchronizing different audio track recordings along with the video are one of the most difficult tasks and highly time-consuming too. Premiere Pro offers audio video synchronizing option. It collects the videos and audios from varied sources and makes one media clip in the bin where you can find the audios and videos aligned.

This helps you to create or record video and audio separately and keep it organized. While working, the organized folders help you to pick the right file easily.


This review for Avid Vs Premiere can assist you in choosing the right software or app for your video project and help you with excellent video editing. Understand the features, pricing, audio detail and make the perfect selection to create an amazing video.

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Benjamin Arango
Benjamin Arango is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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