Pros Great for video editing. Love the flexibility! It was pretty easy to learn too.
Cons Tried to make a DVD with video and still images. The still images were such horrible quality that I just gave up all together. It is sluggish and freezes up everything else on my computer. Sometimes if I minimize the program I can't get it back up
Summary Great for video editing but not for slideshows that incorporate still photos.
"Video Editing"on by midearth1047
Pros Easy to learn
Cons Slow, slow, slow! Shuts itself down.
Summary This program is ridiculosly slow, but if you have A LOT of patience, it will work. It shuts itself down periodically (but it always recovers the work that you would've lost when it shut itself down). If you want to watch the video in the program while you're editing it, a lot of the time it skips and does not flow smoothly like the original video would. It's extremely irritating. But anyways, very very slow.
Pros Nice interface and a complete feature set
Cons Slow, easily crashes, makes simple tasks extremely complicated
Summary In my line of work, I have a need for software that allows me to create a full DVD (from video capture, editing, menu creation, to burning) in less than 4 hours. Having used Premiere in the past, I thought for sure that Premiere Elements 2.0 would be the one. Boy was I wrong!!
First of all, let me say that my system configuration is up to par (Compaq DC6000, 4Gb Mem, PATA System drive RAIDed 10, SATA 2 drives for capture RAIDed 10, HPDVD840 DVD Writer, Turtle Beach VideoAdvantage PCI for capturing video) I don't have much need for the audio track so I usually delete it from my movie productions. I maintain my drives fully defragmented at all times, as well as make sure that I always the latest system drivers.
Capturing video through PrE2 was slow, and cumbersome. The resulting video yielded many dropped frames.
Video editing was fairly easy, with the exception of the placement of DVD and Chapter markers. After you place the markers, if you add or remove any video footage prior to the position of the last marker, you have to individually move all markers out of the way.
Effects and Transitions (once you figure out how to use them) are quite extensive. The problem is that unless you render the video, the editing is impacted due to the effects being applied everytime the cue bar moves.
The worst feature is probably with the titles and DVD menu structure interfaces. Both are atrociously designed (especially for a company who created Photoshop). Once you customize the DVD menu structure layout, there is no way to save it as a template, or to edit that design in PE4. Also, even though the relationship between PrE2 and PE4 are beiong touted as one of the strong selling points, there is almost no iformation on how to create your own DVD menu template in PE4.
Finally, after a week of attempting to burn a DVD layout which I had created with PrE2, all attempts failed (some with a cryptic message " A seriuos error has occured and Premiere needs to close", or with memory allocation errors). At one point, the program was using nearly 100% of the CPU time, and 1.5Gb of Memory. I was able to retrieve the encoded movie it had created, but although the beginning of the movie looked quite nice, as I proceeded further along, the video started to show signof corruption which go worse as it went along.
I stumbled on Nero 7 at that time, and in no time flat, was able to edit, create a menu structure (whcih I saved as a template), and burnt the movie in what seemed no time at all. As a matter of fact, I was able to produce 4 movies that same day.
Premiere does have some cool features, but it's definitely lacking in the stability, ease of use, and speed departments. I just bought the PrE3 upgrade and I hope that it fixes some of those issues.
Pros Customizable workspaces, powerful video and audio effects, very user friendly, extremely easy to use, and very efficient for a program that runs on Windows
Cons Not very good for professional DVD menus, Dose not export to MPEG-4
Summary This is the best video editor I have found. I tried Vegas 6 and other popular editors, and none compared to Adobe Premier Elements 2.0. I have used this program since adobe came out with it and have yet to encounter any real cons with it. I have made dozens of professional looking videos for my church and family, sometimes within as little as 3 days. This program is perfect for anyone that wants to make awesome looking videos.
Pros Dont Know cant install it
Cons only runs on recent CPUs
Summary I was really sick when unable to install this program, it only runs on CPUs that support sse2, I was unable to check the spec as it was shrink wrapped with photoshop elements 4, obscuring the spec panel on the box. I assumed that my AMD XP3200 18 moths old would be suitable. Sadly not. its probably very nice , but check the spec on the web and DONT impulse buy!!