Want to download Premiere Pro but not sure where to start? This guide sums up everything you need to know about how to download Premiere Pro for free (to try it out), and how to take the leap into a Creative Cloud subscription. This can be a standalone subscription for the one app or you can go for Adobe's whole range of apps. Whichever you want, we'll talk you through what to do. As a bonus, we've included a mountain of tips and tricks to help you to elevate your use of the software.
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How to download Premiere Pro for free
You can download Premiere Pro for free, and trial it for seven days to find out if you like it or not. Premiere Pro is a paid-for video editing program, but if you go direct to Adobe, you can get the week-long version that will give you full access to this incredibly powerful software. That includes all the latest features and updates, and you don't have to provide any credit card details in the first instance.
We have to stress that downloading any Adobe software in any other way is illegal, and not a good idea – not only is it piracy, but you're opening up yourself to potential viruses and malware.
Download Premiere Pro as part of Creative Cloud
To download Premiere Pro as part of a subscription, you'll need to head over to the Adobe site and choose one of the options they offer. You can choose a single-app plan, which will give you Premiere Pro alone, or you can choose a plan that includes more of Adobe's creative apps.
You can currently buy Premiere Pro as a standalone app for under £20 a month, but you can add additional apps, such as the audio recording, mixing and restoration app Audition, for an additional fee. Buying single apps may start adding up in cost, so some users might think it best to get all 20+ apps in the creative suite for just under £50 (that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Premier Pro and more).
There are options for individual users and businesses, and if you’re a student or teacher you save up to 65 per cent on your first year of use if you buy Premiere Pro as part of the full suite. Keep an eye on our best Adobe deals page for more offers when they appear.
How much does Premiere Pro cost?
Right now, the cheapest way to buy Premiere Pro is as a standalone app, which costs $20.99 / £19.97 / €23.99 per month. This will be taken as a monthly payment for a year, and it includes access to the latest features and updates the moment they're released. Also included is 100GB of cloud storage, Premiere Rush, Adobe Portfolio, Adobe Fonts and Adobe Spark (where you can quickly create your own branded graphics, web pages and videos).
Alternatively, you can pay for the year upfront at a cost of $240 / £238 / €287; or on a month-by-month fee of $31.49 / £30.34 / €35.99, including the previously detailed additions.
Then there's the Creative Cloud All Apps option, which gives you access to Adobe’s entire collection of creative desktop and mobile apps – including of course Premiere Pro – for $52.99 / £49.94 / €59.99 per month.
Be sure to keep an eye on Adobe's Special Offers page, as that will be the first place that you'll find any discounts or bundle deals on apps from the Creative Cloud suite.
Premiere Pro discounts for students and teachers
If you’re a student or teacher, you can buy Premiere Pro as part of a discounted All Apps plan at a much lower rate than the individual option. You'll get the entire collection of creative desktop and mobile apps, plus 100GB cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio and more – for just $19.99 / £16.24 / €19.50 per month for the first year, $29.99 / £25.28 / €29.99 after that.
This is a great saving, whether you're picking the monthly payment for a year, or the month-by-month option – a massive saving of up to 65 per cent!
Getting started in Premiere Pro
Once you've downloaded the version of Premiere Pro that suits you, there are several tutorials on best practice in video editing around the internet – if you want some key tips, head over to our article on how to edit videos.
Of course, if you want something a little easier to navigate for mobile, you can always explore Adobe's free mobile app Premiere Rush (voted top in our best video editing apps round up). It's designed to be super easy to use, and it will be perfect for those more interested in editing video for YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram Stories than high-end video footage.