Adobe Premiere Elements 10

3/26/2012 9:03:26 AM

Adobe Premiere Elements 10

3 stars

$99.99, including VAT

Used to be the video adjustment champion of users, but Adobe Premiere Elements did spend a few years at desolate place. Good looking effects and time-saving features that an adjustment has are not too important if the basic ability of video adjustment is harmed by unusual preview and slow controls.

With version 10, Premiere Elements is available under the form of 64-byte app, and preview performance is much improved. Version 9 can only manage a few streams at the same time, or only one clip of Canon EOS 550D on our Core i7 test PC before the preview pauses, which make you unable to adjust more. Version 10, running on Windows 7 (64 bytes) and similar hardware, can at once play 7 AVCHD streams và 4 EOS 600D streams, which helps it be elevated to be equal to the best consuming adjustment packs. It does well for those who want to create complex heading and photo animation series as well as those who adjust HD footage slowly on PC.

However, adjusting timeline and many different tab-tables is usually terribly slow, even on our quite quick test PC. Even with an only stream video, replaying is not smooth as it should be, with unusual replay of photo frame causing plodding moves at preview. Adobe at least solves one bug in which 1,080i scene is not alternated when exported in 720p, which causes serrated forms. This has happened for a long time – we first reported this problem in the judgement of version 8.

Usually, Adobe’s effort appears to focus on dependent features. Having new topics for InstantMovie feature and larger output control, but it still leads to bulky related to the original footage. The topics are attractive but rather specific with names such as Doggie Days, and Outdoor Wedding. The more popular topics are preferred.

New Pan and Zoom Tool detects face in photo and is deserved with its name as shifting from a face to another. It is a good idea but carried out badly. Face detection brings much affected sanguineness. In our first test, it zoomed in a teen-aged girl’s bust. It shifted to the face, but zooming in so large that the photo appeared to be cubic while lines and bluff started and ended similarly to Crimewatch’s report.

It is easy to change position and size of each point in photo in photo animation, but the only way to create curve and light speed-up move is through keyframe tools that are not easy to find. They are worth mastering, but once you do so, you can also design photo animation at first. Discordant relationship between function for newbies and the one for Premiere Elements’s fans makes it difficult for newbies to go up to more advanced technology.

New color adjustment effects are so great. AutoTone and Vibrance make colors diversified and lively, and there is manual control if auto process does not work. Three-Way Color Corrector allows complex adjustments, removes or applies colors for highlight, midtone and shadow by using three colored wheels. It will be better if its controls match with the screen without scrolling.

Output options include AVCHD disk putting video in Blu-ray quality to DVD disk playing in most Blu-ray disks. You can upload to Facebook as well as Youtube, but video is changed to 30fps, which harms move smooth ratio. There are templates for points to other outputs, but its frame speed is not suitable for the origin. iPad templates use low resolution (640x360).

It is too difficult for us to support Premiere Elements. It is the only user adjustment app equipped to create complex photo animation, but for family video, we prefer refined Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum.


Verdict. Preview performance and color adjustment are much improved, but we cannot skip dull controls and annoying crashes.

Video adjustment software. Windows XP SP2/Vista/7, 2GHz processor with SSE2 support (requiring dual core to adjust HD), 2GB RAM, 9GB disk space.

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