Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Review


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I purchased and installed Adobe Premiere Elements 11 yesterday. Needed it for teaching basic video editing techniques to beginners in my 2-day Basic Videography Course. After using it for a full day together with my students, I have discovered its pros and cons. Here's my honest review…

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Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Review

  1. 1. VideoLane Discover Web Videography http://videolane.comAdobe Premiere Elements 11 Review I purchased and installed Adobe Premiere Elements 11 yesterday. Needed it for teachingbasic video editing techniques to beginners in my 2-day Basic Videography Course. After usingit for a full day together with my students, I have discovered its pros and cons. Heres my honestreview... What is Adobe Premiere Elements 11? Adobe Premiere Elements 11 is a software that helps you do the task of video editing easyand quick. I like to call it the baby version of Adobe Premiere Pro. Where the "Pro" has lots ofbuttons and features, the "Elements" is simplified yet powerful. I chose this software to teachbeginners because it is intuitive, so newbies can start making videos immediately after theclass. What makes Adobe Premiere Elements 11 so special? The first reason I want to use this software to teach is its compatibility with both the Mac andthe PC. Half the students in my workshop come with the Mac and the other half PC. Somestudents also ask to learn a software that works on both the Mac and the PC, so that their newknowledge and skill is transferable. Speaking of knowledge transferability, learning the"Elements" version is stepping stone into the industry-standard "Pro" version. Does it edit better than alternative brands? 1/4
  2. 2. VideoLane Discover Web Videography http://videolane.comBefore narrowing down on Adobe Premiere Elements as my choice of video editing software toteach, I have reviewed other alternatives like the Corel VideoStudio, Cyberlink PowerDirectorand the Pinnacle Studio. They all have their own unique features. Corel was a close fight until Idiscovered some very useful automated tools in Adobe Premiere Elements, like the Smart Trim,Smart Mix and Smart Fix. These tools automatically perform tasks that we professional videoeditors take lots of time to do manually. Does it produce better quality videos?I would rather say it "improves" your video quality. 3 features stood out which I find helpful fornew Videographers to "repair" footage from their first shots. There is the "Video stabilizer" forshaky shots. Then there is the "Noise Reducer" for interviews with a noisy background. Thethird feature surprised me, the Three-Way Colour Corrector! This is not an automated tool but afull fledge Colour Correction tool which professionals use. This makes me wonder if this really isa baby version of the "Pro" or a "Pro" version in disguise with a friendly user interface. 2/4
  3. 3. VideoLane Discover Web Videography Does it save time or money? At US$79.99, you dont have to think twice. I purchased it together with Adobe PhotoshopElements as a discounted bundle. If you want to get started making videos quickly with all theautomated tools without spending ten times more for the "Pro" version, then consider AdobePremiere Elements 11. Talking about saving time, version 11 works faster than the earlierversion. I hesitated to buy when I was trying out Adobe Premiere Elements 10, because it wassluggish. That changed with the responsive version 11. Who needs Adobe Premiere Elements 11? Adobe promotes this software for the home users to edit family events, vacation and kidsvideos. HOWEVER, after testing and reviewing Adobe Premiere Elements 11, I feel this is theperfect solution for Small Business Owners, Trainers, Human Resource Managers, CorporateCommunications Executives and any vocation whose core role is not video production. From myVideography workshops, I detected a rising trend. Companies are sending their staff to learnVideography. Staff whose jobs are not the least bit related to video production, but need tomake video reports, make social media videos and send messages with videos. They simplyhave no time to meddle with the "Pro" video editing software to get the video out quickly. What do you need to use Adobe Premiere Elements 11? Although this video editing software is easy to use, you must first be computer literate. I oncemade a mistake by accepting students who rarely use computers. I had to teach them all aboutdrag, drop and folders. At the end of the day, they had a hard time figuring out video editingeven on the simplest Windows MovieMaker. Other than computer literacy, you need acomputer. A Mac or a PC will do. For the PC, an old computer running on Intel Core 2 Duo willstill work. Are there downsides in Adobe Premiere Elements 11?I hate the 30-day trial version. I do not hate the 30-day limitation. Its the annoying hugewatermark positioned right smack in the middle of every video clip, title and image. If Adobewants us to try only for 30 days, then let us try it in its full glory. When I teach using thissoftware, I dont expect my students to buy the software yet. I am introducing a software that 3/4
  4. 4. VideoLane Discover Web Videography may be useful for them as an evaluation before they buy. The huge watermark hinders some of my training topics where we need to see the middle of the screen. Adobe could have made the watermark smaller and place it in a corner. Are there any downsides in the paid version? Exporting in WMV files is limited to the standard formats without HD. WMV is a popular video format amongst PC users and I wonder why it is limited. Furthermore, there is no customisation feature for me to tweak the exact output I want, like changing the bit rate and video size. At least there are still Quicktime HD and MP4 H.264 which are the other 2 popular video formats. I have not figured out how to turn off ripple mode. Ripple mode is great for beginners to prevent unintentional gaps between clips. However, when you start building up layers of clips and want to insert some more, the thing starts to mess up. Maybe I missed something, but I can undo and rework. Final words... If you are new to video editing and want to make videos easily, quickly and professionally without spending big budget, then I recommend the Adobe Premiere Elements 11. I used it yesterday for the first time to train newbies and they loved it! The box version of Adobe Premiere Elements 11 was released in October 2012. You can buy it direct from Adobes website. Please feel free to leave your comment below. Adrian Lee Discover Web Videography PS: I have created a free online videography course. Discover Video Camera Skills and Video Editing Techniques. Get Your FREE 5-day Videography e-Course now... PPS: Heres a video of me Downloading Adobe Premiere Elements 11 Trial ... PPPS: Get started with Adobe Premiere Elements 11 on the fast lane… 4/4Powered by TCPDF (