Adobe Prelude

Adobe Prelude is a video ingest and logging software. It is a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Prelude also helps us to tag and transcode raw footage from cameras. As an open platform, it supports customized integration with third-party technologies.

In a simple word, it is a video management software. Professionals use it for the post-production purposes of film creation. Adobe Prelude is a great tool for managing and organizing various kinds of videos. It also converts the videos in a default file format for further uses.

What is the Use of Adobe Prelude?

We can perform many functions with the Adobe Prelude. It allows us to create video projects and edit the raw clip. We can also manage and organize a large number of videos and media files with Adobe Prelude.

We can create rough cuts and markers in the basic editing sequence in Adobe Prelude. Then we can export them into other video editing software. The special Logging feature helps us to create subdivisions of the clip. We can also add temporary markers with this feature. This feature allows us to import and export data files. We can upload them in the Creative Cloud later. For managing videos for our post-production works, Adobe Prelude is the best.

What are the Advantages of Adobe Prelude?

Adobe Prelude is highly compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro. We can transfer videos to this best video editing software without any complexity. It also saves time. Prelude also has a great user-friendly interface that is more efficient and easier to use. It allows creating hyperlinks and convert media files into various formats. 

Editing and organizing video files in the same software take much time and effort. But the user can save time and give less effort if they use Adobe Prelude. Isn’t it a great advantage to review and manage video files in such great software? With this excellent video management software, you can speed up your post-production process.

Let’s see the workflows of Adobe Prelude and other features to learn how it works.

Adobe Prelude Workflows

  • Creating a Project

You can create a project (.plproj) file in Adobe Prelude. The project file contains references to your media. A project file stores only reference to the source files. Remember, Prelude cannot locate moved files. When you open Adobe Prelude, you can see the option for creating a project.

  • Ingesting and Raw Footage

You can ingest full movie clips or only a part of a clip in Adobe Prelude. File-size and byte-level ensure you identify if the File ingested or not. 

You can find the Ingest option on the top bar or choose it from the file menu. You can also use shortcut Ctrl+I for ingesting files.

  • Logging Video Clips

You can use the logging option from the interface. Also, use keyboard shortcuts to add temporal metadata to the clips. The markers and other metadata will help you organize and find the clips. You can use the metadata information when you export to other software.

  • Creating Rough Cuts

A rough-cut use for a basic editing process. It is a timeline-based sequence of video and audio clips. This editing process includes trimming, clips selection, and sorting various clips. You have to create rough cuts from clips before sending them to other software. 

To create a rough cut, you have to choose the rough-cut option by selecting the File in the source monitor. After saving the rough cut, you can open it in the Timeline by double-clicking on it. You can also create a copy of the rough cut by selecting File>Save Rough Cut As option.

You can also add markers and voice-overs to the rough cuts. To record voice-overs for a rough cut, select Rough-cut, then Create A Rough-cut and open it on Timeline. In the Timeline, right-click to add an audio track. You can choose various audio formats such as Mono, Stereo, etc.

  • Exporting in Adobe Premiere Pro

You can export a rough cut in other software such as Adobe Premiere Pro.  You will find the metadata information even after exporting in other software. Select the rough cut and other clips from the project panel that you want to export. Then select File > Export > Project. To save the exported project on your computer, select Local Disk. After that, enter a name for the exported project.

System Requirements for Adobe Prelude

If you are a Windows user, then you must have the following technical specifications.


  • Intel 6th Gen or newer Processor
  • Windows version 10 (64-bit) or later
  • 16 GB of RAM. Our recommendation is 32GB.
  • 4 GB of GPU
  • SSD Hard Drive
  • Display Resolution must be 1920 x 1080 or greater.

If you are a macOS user, the specifications are almost the same. You will need macOS X v10.12 or later version operating system to run Adobe Prelude.

Skills for Using Adobe Prelude

Adobe Prelude is easy for beginners. It doesn’t need any specific skills. If you have a basic understanding of video editing and file formats, you can use it. Knowing about metadata is an advantage to learn Adobe Prelude.

How to download Adobe Prelude?

You can download Prelude for a 7-day free trial version from the Adobe website. To download, you have to sign in with your email first. Follow the link to download

For purchasing this software, you must have an Adobe Creative Cloud account. Adobe offers you to get the latest features in Prelude and Premiere Pro for just $20.99 per month.


Adobe Prelude is the most useful software with an extensive toolset and functions. Users mainly use it for managing raw video clips. Prelude also helps and makes our work easier and fun. 

Adobe released a new version of Prelude, which is Adobe Prelude 2020 (version 9.0.1). The latest version of Prelude offers an update of the product icon and a host of general stability. Adobe also fixed the security bugs.

You can manage your video post-production process with this excellent tool. But if you need any Photography post-production service as well, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is the Adobe cloud?

Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of software from Adobe Inc. All are great for graphic designing, video editing, web development, and photography.

What is Adobe Media Encoder?

Adobe Media Encoder is also a product of Adobe Creative Cloud. With Media Encoder, you can export video files to any video sharing platform.

What does Raw Footage mean?

Raw footage is another name for source footage. Raw footage is the unprocessed camera output file.