Adobe Premiere, released in 1991, was part of that revolution. Instead of a traditional video editing system comprised of expensive hardware, Premiere was software-only and could run on an affordable computer. With Adobe Premiere the user could place clips on the timeline, add effects, transitions, and a soundtrack. It looks simple by today’s standards, but it opened the door to anyone who wanted to learn the art of visual storytelling.
“I remember lying on my living room floor, editing video on my Powerbook laptop, something that was previously impossible. Premiere was the first affordable non-linear editor available to anyone,” recalled Dave Helmly, an early Adobe employee who is still part of the Adobe video team today.
Take a look down memory lane at the moments that have made Premiere Pro history.