The 10.0.6 has made Final Cut Pro X noticeably faster at everyday tasks.
Given that, I was interested in seeing how it now compare with Premiere CS6.
This video times two everyday tasks in Adobe Premiere CS6 6.0.0 and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.6:
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The source clip is a 1 minute 1080p25 ProRes 422(HQ) movie.
The first task is to render a Gaussian Blur effect on the timeline. The second task is to export a timeline without rendering first.
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This was on an 3.4 GHz i7 iMac with 16GB of RAM and 2MB Radeon 6970M. The apps were running from an SSD, the files were on a 7200rpm drive. If you have a very different kind of Mac (or a PC), you’ll get different results. Also the brand of video card makes a difference. However, if you have the same kind of Mac as this, you’ll probably get similar results.
Perhaps others can do the same test on their computers to see the difference, it’s a matter of exporting 1500 frames (1 minute at 25fps, 50 seconds at 30 fps) of 1080p ProRes 422(HQ) movie and importing it into Final Cut Pro or Premiere. Maybe alternate video card architectures will make a big difference.
Premiere 6.0.2 update
After making the video I updated my copy of Adobe Premiere to 6.0.2 and redid the tests three times. The update seemed to make a difference.
Timeline render: The times were 80, 61 and 62 seconds (compared with 75 seconds in the video)
Export: The times were 109, 100 and 101 seconds (compared with 117 in the video)