"Spectacular Editor and the price makes it even better!"4.5 starson by mjs3790225
Pros: 99 a/v tracks, nice arry of filters and effects for audio and video, wireframe ability, keyframe ability, a form of scene-detection when capturing, runs fast and stable and is easy to operate
Cons: Limited to DVD templents when makeing a DVD,
Summary: I have been using this program for several months and am a quick learner so I know a good deal about what is going on here.
This program rocks! When I first used it I couldn't believe that I got it for only $100! Amazing! I recently did a documentary about an organization that I belong to and it went without a hitch and had awesome crowd results (which was a big plus for me and I knew it wouldn't have been possible if I was still using my old Pinnacle software).
But now to the important stuff:
The fact that it supported 99 a/v tracks was the biggest reason for me to buy this software (and it was well worth it). You don't know how important A/V tracks are untill you see what you can do with them.
The video filters and effects that come with the program are pretty darn nice. The color correction works pretty good for the areas I used it in and the extreme custumability of effects and the ability to save effects as presets is an awesome feature that I use on a regualar basis.
The audio effects and filters that come with the program also rock. You don't see what this program gives you in many other cheap consumer editior products.
Keyframing to create motion is quite easy and striaght forward (and if you need help the manual is pretty good).
The program also supports a wide variety of formats (beyond the basic .avi and .jpg) that you can import (If you are a Pinnacle 9 switch over user like me though, don't expect your MPEG2 files to work. That really stinks for me).
There are some things that bother me alot though. One is the Pinnacle MPEG2 import problem I allready stated.
Another is that sometimes the video and audio gradually become out of snyc. Like in the beginning it is fine, but towards the end it can be way off.
Tech support. To my knowledge there is none. Well, there is, but you have to pay for a year subscription or something stupid like that if you want it. The best you will get for tech support is the user forums (which aren't half bad) but if you have a techy program glitchy type issue thing that the common man can't understand, you are pretty much out. They do have this one area on their website though that allows you to report bugs in the software. However, last time I checked, the submit button is a broken link (which I think they may have done on purpose) and it was really annoying because I spent like a half hour typing all the tech issues out and then lost them.
The last main issue I have is that the DVD creating part of the program lacks the custumability and freedom that the editing part of the program shines in. In the DVD part you are limited to premade templates that you stick text in, in fixed areas on the screen. Major let down to an otherwise insanely good program.
Video capture is pretty darn easy. I had no problems at all though my camcorders firewire port. The program says it can't capture anolog (a/v though your composite red, white, and yellow cables) but I don't know if there is a way around that or not. So until then, its only digital footage you will be working with unless you capture your anolog somewhere else.
I am so happy with this program that I am taking my projects that I had done allready in Pinnacle and redoing them again in Elements!
So here is the bottom line on Adobe Premiere Elements:
Excellent editor that gives you alot of features that I used to only be able to find in really expensive programs. This program also seems to be quite stable in running which was a major problem I had with Pinnacle.
However, a newbie user may be a little intimidated by its workspace. It is set up the way a professional program would look. This can be quite confusing to a someone who has never edited before (I was okay though because I have been using pro programs like Final Cut Pro for quite some time). It will be well worth the time learning the interface though because your results will be amazing.
A+ Product that I have yet seen beat in this price range. Buy it, you will be happy you did. This program is cheap, but not cheap.