Adobe Premiere Elements 8
Adobe Premiere Elements 8 makes significant strides over its predecessor, Premiere Elements 7.
- Organiser has comprehensive and easy keywording, Smart Tags, Smart Trim, Smart Fix simplify editing
- Most tutorials, new content only for Plus members, Instant Movie doesn't always order clips logically
Adobe Premiere Elements 8 is an appealing upgrade for anyone interested in organising videos, editing them, and compiling them into attractive, fun movies. With its underlying power and its significantly improved ease of use, it's a good value.
Price$ 159.00 (AUD)
Premiere Elements 8 adds file organising and keywording, plus greater integration with Photoshop Elements, while making it much easier to edit and use videos in style.
The most obvious (and most welcome) addition to Adobe Premiere Elements 8 is the Organizer. Adopted from Photoshop Elements, the Organizer allows you to view, keyword-tag, and organise videos and photos; and when you have the two Elements programs installed, it acts as a conduit to both programs via a single interface.
It automates keywording through Auto Analysis of image content (including face recognition) and Smart Tagging (of video quality), starting instantly when you import files. In addition, you can drag and drop tags on to a video while it previews, which can be quite useful since the most important content of a movie might not be in the first frame.
The Adobe Premiere Elements 8 interface provides two ways to create movies from your video: Instant Movie and manual creation. However, the two aren't divided processes so much as they are a workflow continuum.
Instant Movie can use the new Smart Tags to create a movie, with music and transitions, based on your selected Flash template. Smart Tags attempt to guide the Instant Movie function away from using boring, blurred, or otherwise
In addition, Adobe Premiere Elements 8 offers more customisation tools for Instant Movie, such as sliders to adjust the clip speed and/or the number of effects that will apply automatically. Like any automatic tool, Instant Movie doesn't always produce great movies. The results do tend to be pleasant, though sometimes rough, with the clip order not always logical or smooth. You may prefer to use Premiere Elements 8's manual tools to edit the Instant Movie, or to start your own from scratch.
Other automatic tools include Smart Fix, Smart Trim, and Smart Mix. Smart Fix attempts to automatically correct the imperfections - such as an underexposed clip - that Smart Tags has flagged. Smart Trim uses SmartTags to determine which portions of a video should remain and which should go, as well as to weigh the interest of various sections. You can set Smart Trim either to work automatically or to mark the areas of video it recommends for trimming; if you select the latter, you can then manually trim, adjust, or retain pieces, all in an easy-to-use timeline.
Smart Mix balances different sound sources so that the background music doesn't drown out narration or dialogue. Again, you can override Smart Mix's choices. In our tests, both Smart Trim and Smart Mix worked seamlessly, taking the drudgery out of critical video editing processes. Smart Fix tended to do a good job on the most obvious fixable problems.
In Adobe Premiere Elements 8, you can now add still photos to movies, even if you don't have Photoshop Elements installed. The library of templates, effects, transitions, and graphics has expanded, and now includes animated clip art that you can drag and drop into a film clip. Afterward you can add the new Motion Tracking to move objects within the video, making an animated butterfly flit around the head of a skipping child, for instance.
A nice selection of Flash and Acrobat tutorials, categorised by the level of difficulty and the type of activity, is accessible within the interface, though the tutorials are not context-sensitive. However, only a few are available to the general user.
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