Review by Kim Alessi, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2018
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Adobe Premiere Clip

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Decent on-the-go video editor shines when using other Adobe tools

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  • Arts

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity
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Pros: An intuitive toolset for quick edits; export to Premiere Pro for deeper edits.

Cons: No layout templates or rotation option, and few transition and music choices; Automatic mode needs work.

Bottom Line: It's a good tool that gets better when using other Creative Cloud apps, but the limited features make this a hard sell for anything other than introductory editing.

Adobe Premiere Clip can be used as a basic video editing tool. It'll introduce students to the sequencing of video clips, photos, and other images into video projects. Students can import video and images from their camera roll, Adobe Lightroom, or Creative Cloud, or shoot live video or photos in with the in-app camera. They then edit clips by trimming length, adjusting exposure, and adding titles and Looks (aka filters). Premiere Clip has two editing modes: Automatic clips video to the beat of your soundtrack and has limited customization. Freeform gives full control to trim, sequence, and edit manually. Students can create custom videos to share learning or as a twist on a traditional presentation. Since Premiere Clip is pretty basic, it'd work well in classes not focused explicitly on video creation.

For digital media design classes, educators might want to check out the full Creative Cloud for Education suite as well as the Adobe Education Exchange. The former will offer students more creative flexibility (at a premium price) and the latter provides a host of supporting resources for teaching.

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Adobe Premiere Clip is a mobile app version (iOS and Android) of the popular Adobe Premiere Pro CC video editing software. With the Premiere Clip app, students can shoot live video or import clips from their device's camera roll. Then there are two ways to edit: Automatic mode and Freeform mode. Automatic mode auto-trims video and synchs to music, based on tempo. Students can add titles and adjust exposure, speed, transitions, etc., but there's little room to adjust clips, so resulting videos are choppy. There are only 10 onboard musical choices, so the automatic soundtrack may not match the video's mood. Luckily, students can also source music from their device's library. Freeform mode allows custom titles as well as finer detailed editing like adjusting exposure and speed as well as full control over clip-trimming. While there's more work involved, Freeform makes a more pro looking video presentation and has far more learning value. As a bonus, Automatic mode-generated projects can be converted to Freeform projects in-app. Since it's part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite, library assets can be added to Clip creations, and they can be uploaded to Adobe Premiere Pro for deep editing.

Premiere Clip is a good choice for free, mobile video editing. It's easy to use, takes up significantly less space than iMovie, and is part of the incredibly powerful Adobe Creative Cloud suite. If your classroom is already using Creative Cloud apps, then it's really a no-brainer, since students can take their assets from Photoshop Express, Photoshop Mix, Capture, and more and import them into Clip. Plus, students can export Clip creations to Adobe Premiere Pro for professional-level editing.

On its own, though, Clip has significant limitations to consider as the main tool to teach video editing. Onboarding features go only so far, and Automatic mode yields so-so video presentations. Students who are interested in video editing beyond just casual, one-off projects will quickly outgrow Clip as-is and want more functionality. While it's at a higher price point, iMovie outshines Clip as a stand-alone video editor with more headroom and a more friendly user interface. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Overall, it's easy to use and offers satisfying results with minimal effort. While quicker, Automatic mode is more frustrating, yielding choppy cuts. Freeform mode yields better results and is worth the extra effort.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Students will learn most in Freeform vs. Automatic mode, although options are limited. Students can trim clips and tweak exposure, brightness, shadows, and filters/effects (called Looks).

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Real-time editing provides immediate feedback, but there's no dedicated in-app support. The Adobe Creative Cloud Learn and Support Community, however, is vast and offers tutorials, forums, and user guides.

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Kim Alessi Educational Technology Specialist

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