Top 4 Best Adobe Premiere Pro Alternatives – Free & Paid

Premiere Pro is decent and powerful when it comes to editing videos. It offers everything you need to make videos, whether you’re a solo editor, or a team. Adobe Premiere Pro has been used, and recommended by many famous YouTubers and filmmakers all over the world.

Honestly speaking, Adobe Premiere Pro is the first name I thought about when I wanted to make videos. However, Adobe Premiere Pro has crucial problems (pricey subscription plan, difficult to use, high system requirement, or terrible video rendering speed (especially when you’re working on laptops), which I experienced myself when editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro. That’s the reason why you may want to search for an alternative to fix these issues.

In this article, I am going to share with you my favorite list of 4 best Adobe Premiere Pro alternatives for Windows, Mac and Linux. Selecting a video editor that’s easy-to-use and affordable to replace Adobe Premiere Pro can be challenging if you don’t know where to start. Keep on reading, I promise that you’ll get what you need here.

1. Davinci Resolve

Davinci Resolve is one of the best alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro when it comes to editing videos, color grading and audio adjustment. Many professionals chose Davinci Resolve to replace Adobe Premiere Pro over the past few years. Why? Check out this!

Black Magic Design– “DaVinci Resolve 16 is the world’s only solution that combines professional 8K editing, color correction, visual effects and audio post production all in one software tool! You can instantly move between editing, color, effects, and audio with a single click. DaVinci Resolve Studio is also the only solution designed for multi user collaboration so editors, assistants, colorists, VFX artists and sound designers can all work live on the same project at the same time! Whether you’re an individual artist, or part of a large collaborative team, it’s easy to see why DaVinci Resolve is the standard for high end post production and finishing on more Hollywood feature films, television shows and commercials than any other software.”

All in all, if you decide to switch to Davinci Resolve from Adobe Premiere Pro because of its pricey subscription plan, you’re making the right choice. You’ll not regret about your decision. If you’re new to making videos, don’t forget to read my detail review about it to make sure it’s good for you.


  • Powerful video editing suite at no cost.
  • Decent color grading tools.


  • High system requirement.
  • Stiff learning curve for beginners.

2. Filmora9

Filmora video editor, (formally Wondershare Filmora), is the one that I am currently using on my Windows 10 computer. I believe that many Mac users are also using Filmora 9 to make video for YouTube, especially those who come from developing countries like India, Indonesia or Vietnam. The advantages of using Filmora is the ease of use, user friendly interface, and a large number of video effect, transitions and presets the program offers.

Honestly speaking, Filmora can’t compare with Premiere Pro as it lacks some advance editing features such as motion tracking tool, free hand masking tool, keyframe, and so on. But, these missing features are acceptable as the license price is very affordable ($59.99 for lifetime), compare to the price Premiere Pro offers.

Use this 20% off discount coupon code to save you $12 when you buy Filmora9 at Wondershare.

I’ve been using Filmora9 to make videos all the time. Watch below my completed free training videos if you’re going to download and install Filmora9 on your computer. It’s a 15 minutes long video where I cover the most important parts of Filmora9.


  • Simple to use and lightweight.
  • Loads of presets, transitions and video effect.
  • Fast video rendering speed.


  • Color grading tool is not as powerful as Lumitri panel in Premiere Pro.
  • Lacks of video keyframe, motion tracking tool, free hand masking tool.
  • Possible to edit 60fps only.

3. Cyberlink PowerDirector

If you’re not going to take Davinci Resolve, or Filmora9 as a replacement of Adobe Premiere Pro, great! Take a look at Cyberlink PowerDirector video editing suite. This programs has everything you need to make videos, though it is available for Windows 64 bit only. Cyberlink PowerDirector has countless professional video editing features such as frame by frame motion tracking, multi cam editor, auto beat detection tool, ProDAD plugin, 240fps editing timeline, 360 degree video editing, multiple chroma key, color match and more,  at much more affordable license price ($99 for Ultra version, and $139 for Ultimate version), than Adobe Premiere Pro subscription plan.

From my experience, Cyberlink PowerDirector is no doubt one of the best alternatives to Adobe Premiere Pro now. It’s especially suitable for those of you who want to make travel videos, vlogs, YouTube videos on laptops, or low end computers as the system requirement of the program is not as high as Premiere Pro. Check out my quick overview of PowerDirector 17 in below video to see how it looks:


  • Lightweight and simple to use.
  • Intuitive user interface and short learning curve.
  • Various options for editing video including: Timeline mode, Storyboard mode, Slideshow creator or 360 video editor.
  • Feature-rich video editing program with basic and advanced tools: Chroma key, motion tracking, color grading tools, audio mixer, and lots of effects.
  • Has built-in music tracks, and sound effect for video creators.
  • Various output formats and sharing options are available.
  • Great video rendering speed.
  • Affordable license price and subscription plan.


  • Steep learning curve.

4. VSDC Free Video Editor

VSDC free video editor is a decent no watermark free video editing software you can use as a great alternative of Adobe Premiere Pro. The program offers a wide array of advance video, audio features completely free of charge. If you’re about to start a YouTube channel, or learn editing videos, VSDC free video editor is no doubt a better solution, compare to Adobe Premiere Pro. Read my review to learn more about VSDC free video editor here.

Watch my tutorial about VSDC to learn more about the program at below video.


  • It provides full array of video editing features, lots of video effects and transitions.
  • Completely free to use without any restriction.
  • Simple to use enough for novices and casual users.
  • There is a screen recorder you can use to make how-to tutorials for YouTube.
  • Export video up to 4K.
  • Great video rendering speed.
  • No watermark on the output.


  • The interface and the workflow are slightly different compare to other classic timeline video editors on the market.
  • Poor technical support from developers.
  • Not compatible to macOS or Linux. It’s for Windows only.

Bottom Line

I hope you get what you need in this post. If you have any question about these programs, don’t hesitate to contact me any time!

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