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March 14, 2017 /Video Editing /

Make the Cut: Do You Have What It Takes?

Are you the next up-and-coming music video editing visionary?

Today, Adobe is launching our “Make the Cut” contest in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Premiere Pro. We’re offering you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cut a video for “Believer,” the new hit single by mega-band Imagine Dragons. In an industry first, Imagine Dragons is offering fans full access to their creative license so you can edit your version of the music video using Premiere Pro CC. The Grand Prize winner of the contest will receive $25,000.

The internet has changed the music landscape significantly over the past 20 years. Downloads and streaming services have increased access to music, with millions of songs right at our fingertips. But there is a downside, as evident by the royalty battles and piracy issues that abound, and musicians are rightfully protective of their intellectual property.

This makes our “Make the Cut” contest with Imagine Dragons all the more unprecedented. Imagine Dragons is giving their fans access to uncut footage from a leading music video director to cut and craft as they see fit, supporting and nurturing the creative community with the opportunity to create their own music video and, importantly, be recognized for their work.

Additionally, this is an opportunity for Adobe to celebrate the amazing work that our fans and budding video enthusiasts are creating. We understand that it’s not just about the tools; it’s about the 25-year relationship that we have built with our community. It’s our hope that over the next 25 years, we’ll continue to provide the resources and opportunities, like this contest, that challenge you to create and show what you do best.

Now, about the prizes. Submissions to the “Make the Cut” contest will be evaluated by a panel of luminary judges, who will select one ultimate winner to receive the $25,000 Grand Prize. Judges include members of the band, Academy Award winner Angus Wall, who edited films like Fight Club and Vinnie Hobbs, a music video editor who works with Kendrick Lamar and Kanye. We’ll also award bonus prizes of $1,000 each and a year-long Creative Cloud subscription for four special categories: Fan Favorite, Most Unexpected, Best Young Creator and Best Short Form. And one special bonus prize of $2,500, a year-long subscription to Creative Cloud and 25 Adobe Stock credits will go to the cut with the best use of supplied Adobe Stock clips.

Do you have what it takes to “Make the Cut”? Your chance to prove it starts now. (If you’re not a Creative Cloud member, download a free trial of Premiere Pro CC to begin).

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  • By Robert A Hickey - 7:03 PM on March 14, 2017  

    I am a graduating college student, who wants to become a professional video editor. This would make for great exposer and work to do.

    • By The Great Throtor - 7:27 AM on March 15, 2017  

      Nope. You’re not allowed to enter.

      • By mrcrozier - 4:45 AM on March 18, 2017  

        I fail to see in the rules where it says graduating college students do not meet the eligibility requirements…

    • By C E Hall - 11:43 AM on April 10, 2017  

      So I posted my video and had a hard time getting a video to post. So I ended up having to upload a low quality SD video instead of my HD video. I prey this has no outcome on this contest.I have a better copy and just could not get it to Adobe. I made sure it was under 200mb and even under 125mb just in case and it would still not upload. I tried all file types and the only thing that would upload was a low res mp4 copy. Can you make sure that all judging know that most entries have better copies to help show of our cool effects that are hard to see in SD. Thanks for your time CEH

  • By Jacob Edwards - 12:54 PM on March 15, 2017  

    Hello. I’m a 15-year-old and a freshman in High School. I’ve been a video editing fanatic since the age of 11, and have had plenty of experience with multiple software, including AVS, Sony Vegas, and of course, Adobe Premiere. I’m asking if I am old enough to be a part of this contest. I ask because I don’t see an age restriction for the contest, and I’m afraid I don’t meet an age requirement.

    Thank you.

    • By mrcrozier - 4:49 AM on March 18, 2017  

      Hey Jacob. Yeah the rules say “age of majority in their jurisdiction.” I think that means whatever the legal age is in your country. So, yeah I’m not sure you’re old enough 🙁

      • By Alision - 4:11 PM on March 21, 2017  

        When you read sweepstakes rules that state you have to be above the age of majority to enter, it means that you have to be considered an adult where you live.

        Why? For one thing, minors cannot legally enter into contracts, so they cannot agree to be bound by the rules.

        For another, many countries (including both Canada and the United States) has special laws governing advertisements for children.

        kind of sucks cause im the same age as you, and I seriously want to enter why turn down an opportunity.

  • By SomeGuy - 5:30 PM on March 15, 2017  

    Can you use assets you own in After Effects like explosions?

    • By mrcrozier - 4:57 AM on March 18, 2017  

      No, “Entry must not contain any content that is not included in the Sponsor Files.”

  • By wbrenner - 8:41 PM on March 15, 2017  

    this is awesome… But I can’t download the assets for some reason? It tries to start for about an hour, then fails. This happens in both Firefox and chrome. Also nothing happens when I click “click for support” on the “Make the Cut” page. Where can I get support?

  • By Matt - 10:14 PM on March 15, 2017  

    Hey Meagan, Is editing limited strictly to Adobe Premiere, or may we use After Effects and Photoshop to alter the provided assets?


    • By Protheus - 9:38 AM on March 16, 2017  

      I have the same question…..

      • By Matthew - 3:17 PM on March 16, 2017  

        I also have the same question

    • By Ben Patrick - 6:18 AM on March 29, 2017  

      When I entered my project it asked what programs you used, and it included most of the popular programs in the CC. So yes, not only are you allowed to use them, but you are actually encouraged to use them. In my opinion After Effects and Lightroom would be great for this because a lot of the footage is dark and could use some touching up.

  • By Diana - 5:44 AM on March 16, 2017  

    Hey Meagan, this all looks awesome i can’t wait to start working on it, i have a question that’s been asked before but not answered (as far as i know) can we use AE or/and PS as well as Premier ?

    Thank you 🙂

  • By Geoff McGee - 11:58 AM on March 16, 2017  

    A question I have is, can we use plug-ins for Premiere from companies such as Luca VFX or Jarle’s Deadpool Camera Shake Presets?

  • By Matthew - 3:19 PM on March 16, 2017  

    What is the deal on program usage? Can i use after effects?

  • By Brendon Porter - 5:34 PM on March 16, 2017  

    From the official rules page…

    Any product in the Adobe Creative Cloud may also be used to enhance your music video.

    So not clear on plug-ins yet.

    • By Diana - 9:59 AM on March 17, 2017  

      Hey, can you please link me to the rules page ? i can’t find it

      • By mrcrozier - 4:59 AM on March 18, 2017  

        There’s not really a direct link to it…but if you scroll down to the bottom of the official page ( and click on Official Rules below the Share option, they will pop up.

        Hope that’s helpful.

    • By Eric - 8:59 AM on April 9, 2017  

      Argh I wish I had read more carefully. I pulled off most of the effects I wanted to do just in Premiere, but the masking was a little hard. AE is much more intuitive with masks to me. However I finally figured out how to do bezier moves in Premiere, something I always relied on AE to do, so it was a nice learning exercise to save a step from jumping between apps.

      Good luck everyone!

  • By pedro - 12:48 AM on March 17, 2017  

    Hi, why residents in Portugal, Italy and Greece are not elegible for the contest?

    • By pedro - 4:37 PM on March 22, 2017  

      is there a list of countries allowed to participate?

      • By pedro - 4:27 PM on March 26, 2017  


  • By pedro - 9:18 AM on March 17, 2017  

    there is another contest for the rest of the world? many caountries are missed. part of europe, central and south america, africa, australia….

  • By mrcrozier - 4:54 AM on March 18, 2017  

    I know this is a ways out yet, I have a question on submission, if anyone can answer it for me.

    The rules say we must also upload our Premier Pro project file to prove we used Premier to do the editing. Not that I’ve tried to upload anything, but the uploader says the only acceptable formats are video formats. I see no clear way to upload the project file at this time.

    Probably overthinking that part, but just curious. And for if anybody else is curious too.

    • By mrcrozier - 5:38 AM on March 26, 2017  

      As theguywhowritesthispost suggested, I emailed adobe at and got a response to my question.

      For anyone else looking for this answer, adobe will only ask for the premier pro project file if you are a finalist. We do not (and cannot) upload the file just to submit for the contest.

      Best of luck to everyone!

      • By Rodrigo - 10:41 AM on April 3, 2017  

        thanks mate!
        success to you as well

  • By camdogfall - 5:21 PM on March 18, 2017  

    You guys should do this every two weeks or somethings, it could be like a subscription thing.

  • By Protheus - 11:45 AM on March 19, 2017  

    Are third party plugins allowed???

  • By Jay - 11:36 AM on March 20, 2017  

    The lack of responses to key questions – especially plugins – is really hard to understand, it should not take 5 days to work out a simple yes or no?

    • By Scott - 3:18 PM on March 28, 2017  

      Agreed Jay, There is a lot of unclear information.
      My question is are we aloud to use fonts?

      It would be great if there was a support team or something in place.

  • By Filippo - 12:06 PM on March 20, 2017  

    Hi, I would like to join the contest but I’m Italian and I hadn’t see my country in the list. Why shouldn’t I join?

  • By theguywhowritesthispost - 3:43 PM on March 20, 2017  

    fyi I just used the contact mail adress
    I didn’t know there was a posting-feature implemented on this site but as I can see response time is not very quick here.
    I hope the support team is faster via mail.

    happy editing

    PS I am not trying to lure you into fake mail, down where the official rules are there is also a contact link

    • By mrcrozier - 4:01 PM on March 20, 2017  

      Might give that a try and see what happens. Thanks!

  • By Maria Camila Segura Sevillano - 11:22 AM on March 21, 2017  

    I’m a Colombian undergraduate student in the USA trying to become a Digital Media Artist, is there any restriction for me in order to participate in this contest?

  • By Eliana - 2:15 PM on March 22, 2017  

    Hi, so if I’m from argentina that means y can’t participate? I would really like to have a chance. Thanks

    • By Rodrigo - 11:10 AM on April 3, 2017  

      go for it, me encantaria ver que produces – éxito!

  • By Eric - 5:57 AM on March 23, 2017  

    My 16 year old son want to study as movie director but we are living in Quebec, he didn’t read that Quebec is excluded from the contest, and unfortunately he done a great video that will never seen by the group. It’s really sad 🙁

    • By Jorge - 11:21 AM on March 23, 2017  

      It’s a shame leaving some countries out of the contest 🙁 Portugal is also not elegible for the contest. Don’t understand.

    • By pedro - 4:26 PM on March 26, 2017  

      well, maybe all the country out of the contest should stop to use premiere

  • By Jacob - 7:34 AM on March 23, 2017  

    Why in India Tamil Nadu is Excluded ? We Need a Valid Reason.

  • By Jack - 1:08 PM on March 25, 2017  

    Hi, I read in the official rules we must submit our project file as well to prove we edited the footage in Premiere, however after already submitting my video I do not see any button or outlet that leads me to entering my project file as well. Where do I find that?

    • By mrcrozier - 5:41 AM on March 26, 2017  

      Hey Jack, yeah I emailed adobe about that cuz I was curious too. Adobe will only ask for the premier pro project file if you are a finalist. We do not (and cannot) upload the file just to submit for the contest right now.

      Hope that helps.

      • By Rodrigo - 11:08 AM on April 3, 2017  


  • By Eva - 11:51 AM on March 26, 2017  

    Hey, I was trying to import my audio file, but the sound’s way too fast and not that great quality, anyone else having trouble with the audiofile?

  • By Clement - 6:48 PM on March 26, 2017  

    I send my video but i didn’t have any reply on my in-box.
    How can i be sure that they received it and that my informations are good ?

  • By Sajan Gohil - 1:44 AM on March 27, 2017  

    What is inside the project files that is with the assets?I am unable to open them. Can anyone tell me what dies iy contain?

    • By Clement - 7:14 AM on March 27, 2017  

      Just the music, nothing more

    • By Ben Patrick - 6:21 AM on March 29, 2017  

      Clement is wrong. The files include music, plus all the footage from the shoot as well as some Adobe stock footage.

  • By MGS - 5:10 PM on March 27, 2017  

    I had to compress the file size in order to submit it, and it slightly affected the video quality. Will this affect the judging, even though it’s not my fault?

  • By Scott - 11:10 PM on March 27, 2017  


    Is it clear anywhere that we can use fonts? It doesn’t say we can’t?

  • By Trevor Stanley - 4:38 PM on March 28, 2017  

    Hey I submitted my video I think…Is there a way to check if it sent, and if it got the right video? I might have messed it up by sending the wrong file. But it wont let me change it because i have already entered. Thank you.

  • By Trevor Stanley - 4:38 PM on March 28, 2017  

    Hey I submitted my video I think…Is there a way to check if it sent, and if it got the right video? I might have messed it up by sending the wrong file. But it wont let me change it because i have already entered.

  • By Ben Patrick - 6:20 AM on March 29, 2017  

    So once you enter your project, I remember it said you can check in on how you and the competition are doing. Now I can’t find that, where do I do that at?

    • By Trevor Stanley - 12:35 PM on March 29, 2017  

      I’m having the same issue.

  • By AlfredJaison - 11:46 AM on March 31, 2017  

    When I try to upload my video, It tell me that there is an error…My file is .wmv and the file size is exactly 200mb..then whats the matter…

  • By Denis Merten - 11:47 AM on April 2, 2017  

    After clicking ‘Upload Video’ the button turned yellow and the circling arrows just kept spinning forever… What you could be the issue here on the upload?

    • By Denis Merten - 11:48 AM on April 2, 2017  

      AHhh had to enter the date like MM/DD/YYYY

    • By shantanu - 10:59 AM on April 3, 2017  

      How much time it took to upload, cause mine is struck at yellow button circling arrows just kept spinning forever…

    • By shantanu - 10:59 AM on April 3, 2017  

      How much time it took to upload, cause mine is struck at yellow button circling forever!!!!!

      • By Rodrigo - 11:07 AM on April 3, 2017  

        It took mine (h264 inside of an mp4 @ 190mb) 20 minutes to upload

        • By Falecia Woods - 7:01 PM on April 3, 2017  

          I’m having the same issue. I uploaded my file and it spins and I’m not sure if it was received/uploaded. Do they send a confirmation email? I don’t want to get disqualified for sending in multiple submissions.

  • By Rodrigo - 11:06 AM on April 3, 2017  

    Submitted! I hope it made it up well, not sure what to call the final render, so I added my initials at the end. Success to us all 🙂

  • By Ihab - 1:50 PM on April 3, 2017  


    I downloaded the assets and opened the project file, but Premiere tells me that some files can’t be imported as the original link refers to files that contain audio but that the available files don’t contain audio, which is not true, when I check them via my browser, I hear the audio track and audio is also listed in the file description under “details”. Even when I import these files manually into Premiere, they don’t contain audio. Can someone help out? Thank you in advance! Cheers

    • By Ihab - 1:59 PM on April 3, 2017  

      It seems to affect every file that contains audio. But I can import other videos that contain audio that are not part of the assets, so it’s not a hardware issue.

  • By RP - 6:28 AM on April 4, 2017  

    I’m stuck at yellow circling upload button. I tried twice and it’s the same. Anybody have the solution for this?

  • By Sam - 11:49 AM on April 4, 2017  

    I uploaded the video and the site accepted it, but it never asked for my project files. I want to make sure that my entry is considered. Is there something I’m missing?

    • By gern Blanston - 12:40 PM on April 4, 2017  

      The will ask for you project file ONLY if you’re a finalist.

      • By Sam - 1:22 PM on April 4, 2017  

        thank you

  • By McKenna - 1:38 PM on April 4, 2017  

    The Adobe Premier Pro trial expired after 7 days. The contest indicated that there would be a free 25 day trial. Therefore, I’m unable to finish the video. Any tricks to extend the trial for the 25 total days?

  • By Jochen - 12:51 PM on April 5, 2017  

    Hey, is it allowed to submit a long version AND a short one (30-60 sec for “best short form”) or just one version?

  • By Sergio - 4:37 PM on April 5, 2017  

    my file is mp4 at 188mb. Entered all required fields and still Stuck uploading on yellow circle. Do we get a confirmation email? or upload complete notice??

    • By Sergio - 6:40 PM on April 5, 2017  

      To answer my own question. I got a submission confirmation notice on the same page, dnt know how long it took to upload. I checked 2 hrs later

  • By Markus - 6:08 PM on April 6, 2017  

    When is the contest going to name a winner?
    When will the finalists be chosen and announced?

    • By Mary McKeogh - 5:01 AM on April 7, 2017  

      It says on the official rules that the final 25 will be put on a playlist 17th April. Read the rules for the link

  • By Mary McKeogh - 5:00 AM on April 7, 2017  

    Hey does anyone know if you have to submit your edit with the same email you used to download the assets with? I just submitted my video with a different email and as I’ve not had a confirmation email yet I’m a bit worried it’s not counted.

  • By Park - 12:00 PM on April 7, 2017  

    I sent an email to, but they don’t reply yet. Hmm, I just wondered when they reply to me.

  • By Andrea Kohn - 4:42 PM on April 7, 2017  

    Are multiple entries allowed?

  • By Yasemin - 11:46 PM on April 7, 2017  

    My video isn’t uploading, it might have already been uploaded but how am I supposed to know? HELP

  • By Yasemin - 11:50 PM on April 7, 2017  

    It now says that I have already submitted mine but I don’t think I have

  • By Karina - 10:19 AM on April 8, 2017  

    Why Argentina can not participate? I have already made the video. Can I upload it to my YouTube channel at least?

  • By yohann - 12:15 PM on April 8, 2017  

    I’m trying to submit my clip but after filling the informations nothing happens.
    How could I know that it has already been upload or not ?
    Thank you for your help !!!

  • By Deborah Svoboda - 8:45 PM on April 8, 2017  


    I also tried to submit my video and I just get an orange button with refresh symbol on it…but nothing else. Is the site backed up, or how do we know if it is submitted?

    Thank you!!

  • By Caesar - 9:27 PM on April 8, 2017  

    Hi! Guys I am also having the same problem, I tried to upload my video by Saturday’s night and idk it got kinda stuck with an orange refresh button and nothing happens, then I refreshed the website and it appeared “The period contest has ended” I emailed them tho asking them if my video was submitted or not, because I haven’t receive any confirmation email either. help plz :'( I am desperate lol