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For any users of Premiere Elements 7 (PE7) on Windows 7 64-bit - PE9 works much better and seems to utilise all four of my CPU cores properly when rendering final output(PE7 was a mixed bag in this regard, depending on which output formats were selected).In-editor previews tend to play better as well even with several animations / sequences / overlays active at once (without having to pre-render before playback).Not a huge number of new features even over PE7, but at least PE9 feels much more at home on Windows 7 now.
I think the adobe Elements apps have a very high learning curve, the interface is very complex. I had to do some video work recently, and i tested this and the corel app. I ended up using the free windows live movie maker http://explore.live.com/window...For basic stuff its great. So the moral is if you want to do video check out the free options first, you might be surprised.
Amazon customer reviews slate this software (1 star average from seven reviews). Who is correct?
I find it a little strange that TR have given this a Recommendation and 9/10 when nearly all the reviews thus far on Amazon.co.uk are 1 star only. Most users there seem to cite the fact that this software is tricky to use.
I'm curious about the amazon reviews as well. Reminds me of TrustedReviews PowerDirector 8 review. Read the comments on that. I'm not saying TR are wrong I just find it strange there is such a difference of opinion.
I need a new video editor, but I'm confused now. Amazon reviews say nay TR say yay.
I tried Premiere and corel video studio, they are both clunky as hell. As far as i can see there is no decent video editors for the pc that don't require a very steep learning curve.
It's probably more a case of what you're prepared to get to know... Premiere Elements is fast for making edits if you learn the keyboard shortcuts, e.g. For splitting footage (Ctrl + k), playhead transport ( space bar, cursor keys with and without shift), etc, etc.Takes some getting used to, but there's a lot of power just under the surface if you persevere... such as keyframing of almost every effect, rotation, alpha transparency, scaling - with ease-in & ease-out.Certainly possible to build decent projects and the best tool for quickly assembling impressively smooth 'Ken Burns' style video slideshows, with superb control over every aspect of the pan, rotation and scaling.
We've erred on the side of power with our video reviews. Video editing is never going to be easy, and with its Premiere heritage Premiere Elements is taking pro-grade tools and trying to make them more friendly for the beginner. They don't entirely succeed. But if you want an app you can grow into, rather than one which limits you once you get the hang of it, we still stand by our recommendation of Premiere Elements.
@James MorrisI agree 100% - several years into my Premiere Elements 'adventure' and prefer it to the other 'consumer-level' alternatives.Maybe next year we'll be treated to a slightly scaled back version of the Mercury engine... that would really shake things up, especially given how powerful the average PC workstation is these days.
Trial version showed sluggish performance with H.264 clips from a Canon 5D Mark II, this 9 version not much better than PE4 which is still very good.
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