Adobe Premiere Elements software helps you create stunning movies with easy-to-use video Make your videos look great with intelligent editing options. Adobe's Premiere Elements 12's is another release designed to tempt Review Price: £; New Guided editing mode; Auto Smart Tone. 6 days ago Note that Premiere Elements is not a part of Adobe's Creative Cloud service. If you're upgrading from a previous version, those prices drop to $ which picks the best still images from your video clips; Smart Trim, which.
Quick Edit is useful when you need to just quickly trim a video or join a few clips together. If you click on the transition in the timeline, you can change the style. You can also select each clip in turn to make some simple edits. You can also intervene if you want to include other areas, but I can be a useful starting point. Premiere Elements adds some new Guided Edits over those on offer with the version. However, the Guided Edits work like a wizard within the Expert Edit area. So once you select the Guide you want to use, it takes you into the Expert editing mode and highlights the controls you need to use or the features you need to access.
And that continues this year. New additions to Premiere Elements, such as the intelligent smart trim and animated social-networking features, promise to keep Adobe's program securely on that pedestal, despite some nagging issues that emerged in the new version. Versions Adobe Premiere Elements ships with the identical features and interface for Macs and PCs, though it adds touch capability to the Windows version for all-in-one laptops. The Organizer, the program's free asset-manager companion app, ships with the program.
With this version, Adobe has abandoned software version numbers in favor of naming each new upgrade with the prospective year, a move that HitFilm and Corel VideoStudio have also made. Adobe doesn't mess around with its simple, easy-to-understand interface.
Adobe's machine learning framework boosts the program's organizational and editing smarts for functions like search and tagging.
It also powers the new Candid Moments and Smart Trim features, which automatically select the best parts of your videos without the need for boring, time-consuming scrubbing and snipping. While the Organizer's Auto Curate concept is solid, its execution in Premiere Elements sometimes left something to be desired. The Elements Organizer asset manager has seen some smart technical advances over the past couple of years, mostly in searching and tagging images, and now in the the kind of wall-to-wall image catalog popularized by Apple Photos, Flickr and Google Photos.
The version of Elements debuts Auto Curate, an AI-derived machine learning feature, which analyzes photos for composition, exposure, focus and faces, selecting only a small number of the best images. A slider gives you control over how many photos to include in the results, for use in both slideshows and videos. The app's Smart Tag feature from last year now helps Auto Curate analyze image content. While the concept is solid, the execution sometimes left something to be desired.
A number of Auto Curate selections were uneven, as some overexposed and underexposed photos appeared among the best results. Unfortunately, there's no way to "teach" the Organizer which images you want and which you don't. The new Auto Curate function uses machine learning to automatically choose the best images.
While the Organizer provides a visual view of all photos and videos, with automated sorting and tagging to make them easier to find, auto tagging does not work specifically with videos.
New Slideshows Does anyone do slideshows anymore? With video and increasingly sophisticated collage utilities, it seems like traditional slideshows have taken a back seat to other presentation formats. The Organizer's updated slideshow tool may just reignite interest in slideshows, though, with its elegant one-click mix of video and stills for stylish, animated presentations that you can easily customize with an assortment of photos, clips, themes and music.
Set up your slideshow with the Organizer using the built-in themes. You can rely entirely on the Organizer's AI smarts to auto curate the photos and videos included in your slideshow, but I don't recommend it. I found the curation function imperfect: It sometimes chose blurry photos over sharp ones that were otherwise similar; it also chose severely underexposed photos and those with obvious red eye.
You can add captions, text slides, and original music to your slideshows. The built-in themes were engaging, and I hope more will be added. The Organizer offers six generic musical tracks to accompany your slideshow, but you'll want to use your own music, which you can easily import from iTunes or from your hard drive.
Candid Moments Did you miss out on snapping a great photo of something because you were recording video? Premiere Elements' Candid Moments feature can pick out still images from your video so you don't have to manually scrub through your footage to find them. Use the Extracted Moments slider to order additional images. This is a somewhat-mechanical process that involves analyzing your video for people's faces, the best light and objects in focus. Using this information, Premiere Elements initially chooses the six best images.
If the original six don't rock your world, you can use a slider to expand the number. Each point where the app automatically captures a still is marked on the timeline. While the concept is great, I was sometimes disappointed with the results, because often, I found stills manually that I liked better than the ones chosen by the tool. Fortunately, Elements lets you scrub and manually capture any still you want, also marking the spot on the timeline. Elements searches for specific criteria when choosing the best photos, but I sometimes disagreed with its choices.
Smart Trim Another intelligent automation feature is Smart Trim, which analyzes your videos to help you trim unwanted parts while preserving the core image. This extremely cool feature lets you concentrate on people, action or a mix of both, as the app automatically plows through your footage to suggest which parts to keep or cut. You can choose to apply simple fade transitions between the cropped parts, and you can manually apply the blade to your footage yourself, tweaking the app's suggestions.
Premiere Elements scrubs through your video to extract the boring parts, but you can tweak those results. Within the timeline, the app automatically dims the suggested trims and lets you preview its handiwork before you make the final cut. As with the Candid Moments feature, Premiere Elements sometimes had a different take on what was important in my videos, but it was not far off from what I'd pick.
I found the feature quick and easy to use, saving me from a lot of futzing around to find just the right composition. This tool works best on videos without a specific soundtrack, as opposed to voice narratives, demos or musical performances in which, despite the transitions, cuts did not sound as natural. Guided Edits Since the dawn of Elements, guided edits — easy-to-follow recipes for amateurs to achieve professional-looking results — have been a hallmark of the app.
This year's new guided edits are targeted to enhance social media entries. Freeze frames with motion titles: This guided edit walks you through the steps to create a freeze frame of the action and then adds an eye-catching motion-graphic title to the frame.
This works great for silent videos. Motion titles can inject a visual polish on your video. Bounce-back effects: Like the feature in the iPhone's Photos app or Instagram's Boomerang, Elements has added a bounce-back effect, and lets you can speed up and loop the effect forever.
You can loop endlessly with a bit of acceleration to make sure this pedestrian never reaches her intended destination. Fix action-cam footage: Movies shot with GoPro or other action cameras often need adjustments to correct color and lens distortion. A Premiere Elements guided edit, similar to the feature in Corel VideoStudio, is specifically designed for this footage.
This guided edit was a little slow, and a spinning pinwheel appeared most of the time when the edit was just getting started. The video view typically lagged behind the scrubber. While this advice is not in the guided edit, Adobe recommended that we render the movie in the timeline first, and then apply the lens-distortion correction for improved performance.
The Lens Distortion filter lets you make several kinds of corrections to your action-cam footage, but its performance was not as uniformly smooth. Animated social posts: Another social media-inspired guided edit lets you adorn a video clip with static or animated text.
Elements offers an assortment of customizable animated-text templates, letting you change background color, opacity, typeface and size. Titles fly through the scene, twist and turn, and then settle down.
Missing Features Adobe has drawn a line between its consumer- and pro-level software, so that users of the increasingly popular degree cameras and Apple's new H. Thus, despite its limitations, Elements is still the best overall choice for most users. Sharing Sharing features are unchanged from the previous version. You can also burn movies to DVD and Blu-ray. I combined five clips into a 2. I timed rendering at both 60 fps and 30 fps. Adobe Premiere Elements