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Adobe Premiere Pro vs Premiere Elements – What’s the Difference?

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I have both Adobe Premiere Pro and Premiere Elements, and I’ve used both. As you (probably) know, I’m all about teaching you how to create and edit videos… so I like to explore and learn what video editing options are out there. So, Premiere Pro vs Premiere Elements – what’s the difference?

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As the name suggests, Premiere Pro is a professional-level video editor. Premiere Elements is a consumer-level video editor. But what does that even matter to you? I have both programs, so let’s check it out.

If you are completely new to editing videos, I can send you my guide to getting started with Premiere Elements. Just let me know by using the form below:

Premiere Pro vs. Premiere Elements

Premiere Pro Workspace

Here’s what a typical workspace layout looks like in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro’s workspace is customizable, but I have mine set up like this which is pretty typical. So the timeline runs across the bottom, and any media “stuff” is on the left. That’s pretty much the same as Premiere Elements as well.

Premiere Elements Workspace

Premiere Elements has a ton of editing capabilities that should satisfy your need to edit family videos, GoPro videos, vacation videos, photo montage videos for birthdays, anniversaries or funerals, videos for your blog, your business, or even your YouTube channel.

Premiere Pro has a ton of video editing capabilities, of course, but it’s geared more for professional-level video editors. The functions and features available, the effects, the workflow between multiple people working on one video project–these are professional-grade features. And they’re great! I love Premiere Pro and I edit my YouTube videos with it, but I also really really like video editing, and learning new things.

Premiere Elements has this really neat thing where you have different views and it’s kind of like training wheels. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

I didn’t just jump right into video editing with Premiere Pro–I learned the basics on consumer-level editors first. Once I discovered that I really like video editing, I made the leap to Premiere Pro.

There is a pretty steep price difference between Premiere Pro and Premiere Elements. Elements will run you around $90. Premiere Pro CC (that’s Adobe’s Create Cloud suite) will run $20 a month for just Premiere Pro or $50 a month for the entire suite.

What’s the Difference?

So the difference is really your own preference and what you’re trying to achieve with the videos you are editing. If you’ve used other consumer-level editors before and you think you’re ready to graduate to a more pro-level platform, then I highly recommend Premiere Pro. I love editing with it!

If you are brand new to video editing, Premiere Pro might be too big of a leap to start out with. Premiere Elements is a great platform to learn to edit on and I put together a quick guide of 5 tips for getting started with Premiere Elements–including the “training wheels” feature that I mentioned earlier. Just let me know through the form below and I’ll send it right to your inbox!

Premiere Elements Cheat Sheet Png

I would be happy to answer any questions in the comments, so hit me up there and also throw a little love to this video by giving it a thumbs up. This post contains affiliate links.

Vasilios Ladas

Thursday 5th of April 2018

Hi Meridith, I'm just getting started with video editing. Mainly sports and travel videos using a combination of GoPro, Phantom 3 drone and smartphone. Could you please send me your beginners guide for Premiere Elements?

Michael Jaeger

Sunday 14th of January 2018

Hi Meredith, is it possible to open a project started in Premiere Pro in Premiere Elements, to continue editing it in Premiere Elements? My son has Premiere Pro at school and he wants to continue editing it at home. Premiere Pro is so expensive, hence my question about compatibility. Thanks!

Meredith Marsh

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Hi Michael, I don't think that is possible, unfortunately. Try googling and see if it's possible to convert them or something maybe?


Thursday 12th of October 2017

Hi Meredith

Thank you for this helpful article! I was looking into buying a good desktop for video editing at a reasonable price. Would you have any suggestions please? If not, what specifications should I look out for?


Friday 13th of October 2017

Hi Aditi, here's a post and video on that exact topic. Good luck!!

Dave King

Saturday 24th of June 2017


Is the GUI pretty much the same for both programs or do they have very different layouts?



Thursday 29th of June 2017

They have different layouts -- Premiere Pro has a completely customizable layout though, which is awesome.

Kai Tretlas

Wednesday 21st of June 2017

Thanks so much for the help can i get the tips please that would be great you are awesome by the way.

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