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Is there an ideal *student* alternative to Adobe Premier Pro?


Kids student license through the school got cancelled for some reason ?

Disappointing because they’ve been doing more and more video work.  Considering buying it, this isn’t a question of price, but rather being kids, are there other tools they should learn and use too?

Paul O'Brien Changed status to publish February 21, 2022

I’ve used OpenShot for video editing.  Free and open source.

I’m using the professional version of Kapwing and Canva for video editing.  Both are web-based and great for short video formats.   Each has a free version of the tool.

Paul O'Brien Posted new comment December 30, 2021

Forgot to mention, CapCut for mobile video editing …. assuming your kids use their phones for productivity. Has a ton of features, is slightly buggy, but can make video editing fun.

Brilliant Rob, thank you!


DaVinci Resolve has become a great video editor. While some of the fancy color correction and other tools are only available via the paid version ($295) for most edit tasks the free community version it is great. https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/

The best audio tool I would look at is Audacity, which is also free and open source. https://www.audacityteam.org/

The best software to replace photoshop (and I think is even better) is Gimp. https://www.gimp.org/  It is free and open source.

Each of these can run on windows, mac, and Linux (with Linux being what I would suggest 🙂 )

Paul O'Brien Posted new comment December 30, 2021

You rock Tim, thank you!
Familiar with Gimp and Audacity (great recommendations though I’m hoping someone comes along with some more design thinking and recreates those as much more user friendly), but DaVinci Resolve is new to me!


I would strongly recommend Aftereffects, as AfterEffects and Premiere Pro go hand and hand along with Photoshop. Adobe has a creative cloud suite for students that has 20+ apps for roughly $20 bucks/mo.

Ricky Shepherd II Posted new comment November 2, 2021

Thanks, this was helpful to compare it with Adobe Premiere Pro: Adobe Premiere Pro VS After Effects CC: What’s the difference

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