This has been argued back and forth in multiple threads ever since Adobe made their announcement.
The Adobe suits have made a marketing decision which they believe is best for their company. That is their right.
As customers, it appears that we shall have to put up with that decision. We have three options, board the passing Cloud, stay with whatever version of Premiere we are using (possibly update to CS6 if still on an earlier version), or look for an alternative video editing programme.
- Board the Cloud: No way. No life-long rental. Over my dead-body. One can only hope all that subscribe die young and have some inheritance left at that moment.
- Get CS6 if you don't have already and keep using it for the next couple of years, till you have found an alternative.
- Avid Symphony 6.5 with a free upgrade to 7.0 and which includes Boris Continuum, looks like a great alternative. They only need to come forward with an attractive offer for former Adobe clients.
Too many people do not realize that renting is a life-long expenditure. Same with a house or a car. If you no longer pay rent you get evicted or the car gets repo'ed and you are left with nothing. If you live a long (and 'happy') Adobe-paying renters live, your inheritors are left with nothing.
I'll be spending the next 30 days trying this:
Forgetting the relative technical merits of Symphony vs. Premiere Pro for the moment:
Maybe I don't understand the math, but it looks like Symphony costs $2500 which equates to over 4 years of CC subscription for the entire suite of Adobe products. Granted Adobe can increase the subscription fee each year, but Avid could also charge for updates when improvements are made. Is there some kind of competitive cross-grade available from Avid?
And what is the cost to me in time to learn a new product. And how about all the plug-ins I have for Premiere and AE. Are these supported in Symphony?
Maybe I don't understand the math, but it looks like Symphony costs $2500 which equates to over 4 years of CC subscription for the entire suite of Adobe products
In Europe that equates to less than 31 months if you still rent, only 2.5 years. If you stop renting after 25 months, you are still out of $ 2500 with Adobe. And with Avid you have a life-long working license, with Adobe you have nothing.
After 4 years you have paid Adobe $ 3900 if they never increase prices, which is extremely unlikely and you have nothing. An earn-back period of around two years with Avid plus some salvage value is much more attractive.
Is there some kind of competitive cross-grade available from Avid?
Not yet. This is their opportunity.
Everyone has to plug these numbers into their own equation. My equation includes heavy use of Premiere Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop, After Effects, Audition, etc. At the end of the day or month or year, for me it is far more about the body of work I have been able to create than which tools I own for doing future work.
And for this equation to work for me, Adobe needs to use subscription revenue to innovate products that make me a better content creator. If next year someone comes out with something far better than Premiere Pro, I may very well be able to make the jump to it while you have life-long rights to something inferior.
I'm taking the ride on the cloud for now, but will always be keeping keeping track of other options. Time will tell.
Adobe's demand that I subsidize the development and maintenance of a whole bunch of software that I don't need and don't want doesn't mean jack to me. Just because they demand it doesn't mean I'm going to pay it; I'm not going to pay this new Adobe Tax.
On-going updates sounds great, but when you see that bugs from CS5 still have not been solved in CS5.5, CS6, CC and are being deferred to CC xx, that does not inspire confidence. Most taxes are just an easy way to let the customer pay, and Adobe Tax is no different.
Adobe's demand that I subsidize the development and maintenance of a whole bunch of software that I don't need and don't want doesn't mean jack to me.
I totally agree with you that paying for products you don't need makes no sense. You should be able to subscribe to only what you will be using.
You can. But it get's more expensive than the full suite real quick.
I think the argument against the subscription becomes somewhat valid when we are paying the full monthly fee and one of major programs (Premiere) that many people rely on is basically broken to the point, with new bugs that CS6 doesn't have, where at least I'm going to have to go back to using Premiere CS6 to complete projects properly until an update comes out that fixes these problems. Imagine if you are one of the people that just signed up for just Premiere CC on a monthly basis and had to deal with a useless Multicam.
I am in the UK, we have HD TVchannels but still a mass of SD ones.
4k or whatever will be a long time coming and it will be on satelite first but that is very far off
That said my camcorders/DSLR's all handle AVCHD HD so no expense there for qute a while
My PC is fast enough and I have three cloned boot drives so apart from upgrades due to MOBO/CPU failures no expense likely here
So with all the above I reckon that as long as I do not have any problems that require re-installing the Adobe software then I am good for the next 10 years
10 years of not buying Adobe products
10 years of updating Edius, Hitfilm, or even subscribing to Lightworks (10 years at $60 per year, you do the math)
That is just me not buying
Oh to have so much money, I may even go to the F1 GP next year with all I will save unless they make that subscription only