Adobe Premiere Elements Review

Recently I did a review on Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 and I gave it a shining review and I said that this week would be Adobe’s shot at Video Editing supremacy and I have to say it right off the bat Adobe gives Corel a big run for their money.  Some things are different in terms of layout and content but overall they each put up a good fight for your video editing dollar.  Now let’s get to the meat and the potatoes of this review.

Adobe has been the top dog in a lot of computers users lists in terms of software whether it be Photoshop, which in itself is used in daily lexicon as to whether a photo has been “photoshopped”, it’s Flash player software is a staple in internet movies, Adobe Acrobat makes PDF files a very useful tool in text documents, and Dreamweaver helps make web pages more rich in content.  So you see Adobe has its footprint in so many different areas of computing it is hard not to take notice when they release a brand new product.

Adobe’s Premiere Elements 9 is a fantastic addition to the Adobe software lineup.  This video editing software boasts ease of use and very useful and helpful guides that help you along your way.  I found that importing media was very simple and easy to do.  The layouts of the controls are right there you don’t need to search or look around for the basic utilities to edit your movie.  Everything is right in front of you which will make editing your movie even simplified for me to understand.  Not only that they also bundled it with

Once again I took the original microwave video, which was used in the Corel review, and this time instead of doing my own cut of the movie I chose a different option.  Adobe has installed in its software an option to let Premiere Elements “make” your movie for you.  You select the clips and then select the theme of the movie and then you let the software do the rest.

In my movie I chose a comic book style because the movie was full of action shots and I thought it would be very fun and a unique perspective.  Now this is where some of my gripes come in.  I am not sure if it is because of the speed of my computer how my graphics card but the rendering process of the movie was estimated at 13 HOURS!  For a 4min 30sec clip this software would require 13 hours of editing and transitions and titles and whatever else needed to be done before I could see the end result.  Allrighty let’s let the software do its thing.  So I went to bed and arose to see my film had been transformed and prepared for me.

So with great anticipation I watched my movie and was highly impressed with the results.  The transitions were great the soundtrack worked out perfectly and sure they had to repeat a few scenes but in the end the result was astounding.  It took the movie into a direction I hadn’t done and then made me upset I didn’t make the journey myself.  Showing me some great effects along the way for use in future movies.

Adobe much like Corel has lots of effects to choose from and you can customize your movie accordingly.  Titles, transitions, picture quality effects, and unlike Corel these are already installed ready to go however you can purchase an all access pass to even more effects for $40 bucks more.  You are also enrolled, if you choose to, into Adobe’s family of software where you have online storage of your files and movies and pictures called the Elements Organizer which also gives you 2GB worth of storage and can share with their online community.  Which I thought was a fantastic idea.

The Elements Organizer act likes an online storage holder where you can share you media between all your Element software easily editing them with whichever software tickles your fancy. Elements Organizer is integral to using both Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The shared data makes the two applications work seamlessly together. Nonetheless, it can be a bit confusing in that some functions that seem to belong in the Premiere Elements application are actually part of Organizer and the two must be run simultaneously.

One of the great things I noticed about the software was how easy it was to insert, import, and transition and add effects on the fly.  Corel’s software wasn’t very difficult to do either but Adobe found a way to improve upon the method.  That isn’t to say Corel is inept in any way it is just Adobe has a little more experience in the software of video editing.

Everything in Premiere Elements 9 didn’t make the task of editing home movies seem like a daunting job.  With the simplistic style and very easy to use interface Adobe’s Premiere Elements 9 is a fantastic edition to add to your collection and definitely one of my top choices for home video editing.  Not only that one of the best features is the ability to create your own DVD with unique menu options as well and you can share your video online with your friends and upload the video to YouTube as well.

Features

Ease of Use

Ease of Use: 9 out of 10

What Adobe has done is brought the great tools that the pros have and brought it to a level we can all use.  While it may take some mastering and some tinkering you can and will be proficient in all aspects of this software.

Like I said my favorite feature is Adobe’s InstantMovie. InstantMovie can place clips in the correct order based on your script and eliminate clips that don’t meet the quality you’ve specified. This program does all the hard work for you including titles, effects, transitions and music and provides a wonderful foundation for you to build upon with video editing.

Video Capture/Playback: 8 out of 10

You can import a ton of media from different places whether it be from a portable camera, usb stick, Flip Camera, or even your cellphone and Premiere Elements will clean it up and make it look nice and pretty.  However much like Corel for me the playback at times was jumpy.  I didn’t have a lot going on in the background of my computer and only a few filters were applied but that is just a minor drawback.

Editing Tools: 9 out of 10

The best thing about the video editing is the very simple drag and drop feature to the software.  Anything you want to add just drop it right in and it is easily added to the movie or applied to the movie.  Much like Corel the video you import can be seen in Storyboard or Timeline mode you choose whichever one makes you more comfortable.

Beyond that, there are automatic options to fix imperfections. Camera shake, lighting and color problems can all be remedied with the SmartFix feature.   Which comes in handy when you are using the small portable cameras and you have some action you are trying to keep focused on in your movie.

Export/Production: 7 out of 10

This is where Adobe has a bit of a mix up with things.  Corel allows you to just share away and with any service allowed.  Adobe you can directly upload to YouTube however if you want to share on Facebook you have to do it through the organizer.  The other problem I had was trying to produce my movie into a file that was transferrable to YouTube estimated at 6 hours and if I wanted to make it into a simple file to email to someone was around 4 hours.

Again not sure why it takes so long to do so Corel’s estimated time was mere minutes.  Hopefully in the future the wait time won’t be as bad.

Editing Effects/Transitions: 10 out of 10

Premiere Elements comes loaded with effects and transitions for you to add to your movie and make it your own.  You can even highlight a person’s head and add digital butterflies and the software will recognize the subject and have the butterflies follow them.  You can do this with clouds and other effects as well.

Much like Corel, Premiere Elements supports Green Screen or Chroma Key, however Adobe calls it VideoMerge, or just about any color background so long as it isn’t flesh tone or close to the subjects own skin town.  Adobe also added in a cartoon element so you can make your video appear to be cartoonish in nature.

Audio and Photo Editing: 9 out of 10

Adobe Premiere Elements 9 has six new functions for fixing audio problems. They include audio polish, auto mute, cleaner, hum remover, noise fader and noise reducer.  Each one having its own default setting you might find better luck tweaking each one to your own level.

Wrap Up

Now it is time to bring out my very highly calibrated very scientific and almost Nobel Award winning Kyle’s Scientific Scale-o-Rama and grade the Adobe Premiere Elements 9.  On a scale of 10 with 10 being “Who cares about Rebecca Black and whether it’s Friday I need this now” and 0 being “I really want to see Charlie Sheen’s Live Show”…I give this a solid 8.5 out of 10 on the Kyle Scientific Scale-o-Rama.

Pros:

Very easy to learn video editing and very easy drag and drop features.  Lots of great transitions and effects to add to your video

Cons:

Minor playback issues, some applications which can be confusing

Overall:

FANTASTIC

It is great software to start you out on learning video editing there are some minor tweaks and adjustments I would like to see however I still say go out and get this as soon as ya can.  This sells for $99.99 and can be bought online at Adobe.com or through other online retail markets or even at your local Best Buy.

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