Which Adobe Audiovisual Program Do I Need? The Simplified Guide

Choosing between Premiere, After Effects, and Audition.

Do you have video footage to edit? Looking to do color correction? Developing a podcast, a soundtrack, or a DVD? There are many tools for each of these jobs, and fortunately they can all be found within the Adobe Creative Cloud once you know where to look.

This is the second part to our January post exploring which Adobe design program you need to use for specific tasks, and we’re now digging into the excellent applications available for video and audio production within the Creative Cloud and older editions of the Creative Suite.

As you may know, we offer world class Adobe training video courses presented by certified experts, which you can access individually or get all at once through our subscription program. But if you’re still deciding which program you want to use and learn, this guide is for you.



Adobe Premiere Pro


Adobe Premiere is the leading platform for professional video editing, more widely used than Apple’s Final Cut and Avid’s Media Composer systems. If you’re looking to import video footage from video cameras or DSLRs, arrange and cut them with professional looking transitions and then transcode them for release on the web or forward for post processing, this is the tool. While you may want to look at Premiere Elements for shorter, lighter projects, there is no job that’s too big for Premiere Pro. Our Premiere Pro CC course by Jeff Sengstack has everything needed to get you started.

USE Premiere if you want to:

– Import and tag video footage from video cameras, DSLRs, or tapes.
– Import high quality images and audio tracks to be used in a video project.
– Create complex sequences and scenes from multiple shots using professional transitions.
– Work with titles and credits.
– Perform basic to moderately advanced audio editing tasks for video projects.
– Accomplish basic green screen / chroma keying, color correction, and specialized effects.

Adobe After Effects

AeAdobe After Effects is a special effects system with integrated toolsets for compositing, animation, color correction, onscreen text, lighting, 3D and more. If you are looking to radically alter your video footage for restorative or creative purposes, After Effects is the first place you should look. It is best used in conjunction with Premiere, Photoshop, and 3D tools such as Cinema 4D. Check out our After Effects CC training for hands-on guidance.

USE After Effects if you want to:

– Merge multiple layers of footage and assets into seamless scenes.
– Create animated objects and overlays for a video project.
– Achieve more advanced green screen and chroma effects than possible in Premiere.
– Track motion onscreen or stabilize shaky video
– Work with a wide variety of templates and plugins to push the limits of special effects.

Adobe Audition

AuAdobe Audition is the dedicated audio editing and recording tool within the Creative Cloud. It can handle a multitude of audio-only projects such as podcasts or music tracks or recording restoration, but it is also especially well suited for sound design and working with audio that accompanies video. See our Audition CC Training for more.

USE Audition if you want to:

– Record voice or musical performance tracks.
– Clean up background noise and edit existing audio recordings.
– Perform sound design and work with audio for video projects.
– Add filters to audio to enhance clarity or achieve special effects.
– Mix and master complex audio projects with multiple tracks.


This is just a beginner’s guide to hopefully get you pointed in the right direction. Naturally, all of these tools can be used for workflows well beyond the limits of what we’ve listed here.

And it’s not an either/or proposition, either. Most of these programs work best when you use them together. In fact, that’s what makes the Creative Cloud and Creative Suites such tremendous values.



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