The tittle says it all...Please comment. :)
It really depends what sort of editing you are doing. Avid is amazing for longform and series work, not so flexible for short form. Premiere is pretty awesome for short form, but has some missing functionality around long form. What are you mostly cutting.
You can buy Premiere CS6 for $800 on its own. $1800 is for the Production Premium package that includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Speedgrade, Prelude, Encore, Adobe Media Encoder, Bridge.
Premiere is file agnostic, you can work with any resolution, frame rate and codec all on the same timeline. I've just used it for little projects in the past and it's been really easy to use. I'm starting to try and round-trip to/from Resolve and relinking media seems to be a bit of a pain (seems like you manually have to click every clip you want it to link to). Adobe Media Encoder is an awesome tool and comes bundled with Premiere.
As far as price, to compare apples to apples the $800 stand-alone is still a deal. Most people need Photoshop and After Effects as well (I do) so the Production Package was what I went with. Once you make your initial purchase the upgrade costs are minimal (the 'cloud' upgrade licence covers 2 machines for $30/month).
Also, the $1K Symphony was a crossgrade promotion from FCP7 that is now over.
Instead of buying it why don't you do the paid subscription? $49 per month (yearly contract required) and you get ALL of CS6 programs, including Premier, AE and PS.
No brainer if you've never used any of the options.
Get the CS package itll do you well :)
We use Avid for post but have over a dozen CS across the Macs and PCs here.
I personally dont use Premiere anymore but when the time comes, its there ready for me ;)
Other than the expensive and bulky Mac dongle you require, FCP-X as another option at 299$.
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