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Sony Vegas VS Adobe Premiere: Which One to Choose

Karolina Miller
Karolina Miller

Karolina Miller is an editor for VC Studio. From video/audio downloading to DVD creating and converting, she knows them all. And she likes sharing her thought and solution about multimedia.

If you are ready to purchase a video editing software, both Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere are the good choice we have to mention. They are the most popular pieces of software on the video editing market all the time. Sometimes, you may feel confusing about which one is better and which one to choose. And when you start searching on Google, you will find a lot of topics about Sony Vegas VS Adobe Premiere that have made over the last few years. However, these comparison are either subjective personal opinions or complex video tutorial, so it is hard to draw a definitive conclusion. To help you get the difference between them, here we will talk about the effects on workflow, output and usability of each product and shows you're their pros and cons to help you make decision better.

Part 1 Basic Information about Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere

Sony Vegas

Adobe Premiere




Pricing Model

Single Purchase


Platform Support


Mac, Windows,   Mobile

From the tablet above, we can know the Adobe Premiere is a flexible video editing software which runs on both Windows and Mac. This is a strong point for users that need to switch back and forth between platforms. But Sony Vegas is only available on Windows. Therefore, there is no choice for Mac uses. Now we will come to the point – price. Indeed, if a direct look at the price, Adobe Premiere is cheaper than Sony Vegas. But in the long term, Sony Vegas might be better than Adobe Premiere.

Part 2 Some Examples for Conversion Speed

Utilities and Tools

Sony Vegas

Adobe Premiere

Auto Save

Changeable Aspect   Ratios


Multiple Boards   & Sequences

Storyboard Display

Timeline Display


Regarding to the basic tools and utilities, we can find Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere looks very similar. Sony Vegas is a full-fledged video editing software developed by Sony, but it was taken over by Magix.com recently. The big feature of Sony Vegas is that it managed to find a balance between aesthetics and functionality. Although its interface looks intuitive and simple, yet all the functionality you would expect to find is there.

Main Interface of Sony Vegas

But for Adobe Premiere, this program itself is powerful enough on its own. And it can be taken even further by its seamless integration with other applications from the Adobe family, such as Photoshop or After Effects. So, you can make your video more stunning and creative. However, it seems too complex and crowed to use. So newbies will need spend some time to find and learn the functions.

Main Interface of Adobe Premiere

Part 3 Sony Vegas VS Adobe Premiere: Editing Features

Editing Features

Sony Vegas

Adobe Premiere

3D Editing

Animation Tools

Audio Transitions

Color Correction

Direct Camcorder Capture

Drag and Drop

DVD Burning

Green Screen (Chroma Keying)

HD Support

Speed Change


Video Transitions

Visual Effects

Multi-Cam Support

As a professional video editor, both Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier feature various editing functions. But due to distill into the bare bones of a list of editing features, the differences are not so obvious. In fact, Adobe Premiere does have more ability within the editing department. But there are few things that Sony Vegas does better in some aspect such as the 3D manipulation.

If you need more motion effects, animation and other composite effects within your work, here is where Adobe Premiere shining point. The various products of Adobe family work together extremely well, and in the case of video effects, Premiere and after Effects together offers a good workflow and high output quality. But Sony Vegas wins the performance race, being better optimized and thus getting the job done faster than Premiere.

Part 4 Sony Vegas VS Adobe Premiere: Making the Choice

The Sony Vegas is an intuitive software which enables you to do your editing works quick and hassle-free. And Adobe Premiere, is a more professional and multi-platform program that offers you more creative freedom via allowing you to make use of additional features of external programs, but it will harder to master. We can't say which program is the best, but you can know which one is the best for you.

In the end, if you are a newcomer or amateur, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere may too complicated for you. These complex abilities will lead to a more complex interface structure and harder learning process. To get start easily, you can consider Filmora Video Editor. This is an easy-to-use yet powerful video editing tool, which features a clear interface and various advanced functions. Though it is not professional enough like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere, it is really a good choice for users just starting out.

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