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Adobe Premiere Elements
Tired of the dumbed-down video-editing software available within your price range? Premiere Elements goes to the opposite extreme: it offers tons of the higher-quality tools from its more expensive sibling, with some cursory assistance for newbies.
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It's worth reading through the manual to learn useful tricks, such as how to easily create J-cuts and L-cuts, which let you start or end the audio a little before or after the scene, respectively. Those are the sort of professional capabilities that set Premiere Elements apart. Drag a line on the timeline's video tracks to adjust the opacity of a clip. We wish the timeline also offered simple rubber-band audio-level adjusting, as in Apple iMovie.