I'm in commercial editing and work as offline editor, assistant editor and compositor. I've been using Premiere Pro ever since FCPX came out, but not in the workplace as an offline tool because of certain major missing features:
- a good EDL exporter (absolutely essential in a commercial pipeline where we're bouncing sequences to grading suites and Flame all the time)
- dupe detection (essential for prepping sequences for grading)
- timecode overlays in the monitors
- colored markers
- marker overlays (to quickly see what the content of a marker is when scrubbing in the timeline)
- searchable markers (great when needing to find one line you know you had marked)
- a visual keyboard settings editor (FCP and Avid got it right, Premiere is a mess, although improved from CS5 which didn't have the ability to search for commands)
- the ability to rename clips to match file names (can't tell you how many times I use this in FCP)
- use of CMD X, C and V for cutting, copying and pasting marked selections in the timeline without adding in/out points
- match frame edit indicators
- heal match frame edit function
- timeline to timeline editing. Not expecting what Avid offers, which is enhanced by the ability to toggle your timeline between source and record, but to be able to do what FCP7 does by letting you edit with clip data, i.e. edit your track layout and edit points from a sequence in the viewer into the timeline.
I'm super disappointed that not a single one of the above features has been addressed in Premiere Pro CS6. I think the dupe detection, timecode overlays, and EDL export are the biggest disappointments.
For a little clarity on the EDL issue, every editor and assistant I know renames clips after they're imported into the project. They don't use the "Scene" and "Take" metadata tags, because they want the clip name on the far left of the project window. This isn't so much of an issue in Avid, but that software is on a different level. Anyways, in Premiere, once you rename a clip, that's the way the clip name is going to come out out in the EDL. This is a massive problem for Alexa and RED jobs, which is most of what I work with, because timecode isn't going to be unique to a clip on a multi-day, multi-cam shoot. In FCP7, you have the option to export your EDL with either clip or file names. Alternatively, you can select all the clips from your edit and choose "Rename Clip to Match File Name." Premiere has none of these options. The only workaround is to go through every clip in your edit, reveal in project, bring up the properties, copy the file name that's there, then paste into the clip name. This is not a workable solution for a 60 second commercial with an edit every 12-48 frames.
While Speedgrade is lovely, no one is going to convince Company 3, The Mill, MPC, Light Iron, or New Hat to switch from Resolve, Scratch, Baselight or Pablo. And to get stuff into those systems, EDLs are still the preferred method when you talk to the assistants who are loading the projects.
On the good side, it's great to see improved playback stability and scrubbing, the new audio meters are great, adjustment layers are a big help, the marker tab in the project pane has a lot of potential (why not make it searchable?), and the new trim tool is GREAT and right on par with Avid.
With the exception of the playback control, though, I would trade all of the above improvements to have the hit list above taken care of. Adobe seems to have added some very good big picture, high profile improvements. It's the little things that you encounter every day in a long edit that really need some attention now. PLEASE give a look to this stuff.
I had really hoped I'd be able to use PP CS6 as an offline tool in my pipeline, but that's not going to happen. Nor do I know any editors or assistants in commercial post in LA who will want to work without the above features.
If anyone has some insights into the above features and maybe making these things work in CS6 as currently released, I'm open to hearing them and hopeful that there are workarounds.
Thanks and have a blessed day!