Premiere Elements



Motivation: Use Adobe Premiere Elements for Video Screenshows
Features: Demos using Video Capture for Screenshows are becoming more popular

Adobe Premiere Elements is one of the the better bargains in multimedia development tools as we have seen. There are a number of reasons to like Premiere Elements.

Many Views of Media

Premiere Elements provides many different views and ways to get at media assets. This is important as projects get larger with lots of images, video clips, and voiceover clips that have to be integrated together in a video documentation project. Premiere Elements provides two views of media in the its Media Window - icon view and list view (the latter seen in the screenshot at the left). The list view can be very helpful because it gives the number of usages of the clip and its duration in the timeline. This is very useful information not supplied by other tools. In addition, with the control buttons/icons at the lower left of the Media Window it is easy to toggle between the two views of assets - list or icon view.

Also with the search button (see the binoculars icon) it is easy to find the one clip among hundreds in the Media Window.
Currently you can search on name, label, Media type, Video duration, Video usage, Comment, Description and about a dozen other field/clip properties. For medium to large projects this is very useful as are the the running totals of clip usage in the timeline. And the ability to Edit Original with a simple mouse right click of a clip. Premiere Elements is full of professional touches like this drawn from its Premiere Pro edition. Thus it helps to know that as you learn Premiere Elements, you are getting to know the basics of Premiere Pro,.

But for capturing and editing video demo movies of application programs, Premiere Elements does not match up well to the task. First, for the capture phase Premiere Elements does not have a built in module to capture an app - it relies on third party tools like Camtasia Studio, Snagit, or TurboDemo. Second, Premiere Elements does not have a built in voiceover record mode - users have to import voiceovers and narrations into Premiere Elements. Again, there are any number of third party tools to do this; but it is much more of an inconvenience because sometimes voiceovers can be a hotspot with clients asking for several redoes until they hear exactly what they want - built in is easier in those circumstances.

Finally video capture is often confronted with the ability to deliver very compressed files for over the Web transmission. Unfortunately the trial version of Premiere Elements does not allow users to see the full array of output options. But even if it did, we are not certain that Adobe would cater to these specialized requirements. So for video demo screen captures, Camtasia Studio is clearly a better tool.

That being said, we believe that Premiere Elements is the tiger in the midrange field of multimedia tools. It is packed with video and audio processing features. So stay tuned as we embark on a third set of reviews examining Premiere Elements , Final Cut, Sony Vegas plus Camtasia and UV8 for down and dirty multimedia editing.

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