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Adobe Premiere Elements 10 review



Our Score



  • Smooth HD scrubbing and editing (64-bit version)
  • Comprehensive multi-layer editing
  • AVCHD DVD output


  • 64-bit version Windows 7 only
  • No support for 3D
  • Still compex for beginners

Review Price £61.60

Key Features: New 64-bit editing engine; Additional image enhancement filters; YouTube and Facebook video upload from Organiser; AVCHD DVD burning; Easy photo pan-and-scan effects

Manufacturer: Adobe

Video editing is one area which can potentially gain quite a bit from 64-bit computing. However, Adobe's consumer-oriented Premiere Elements has remained 32-bit, despite the company's professional-grade Premiere Pro switching over very successfully with the CS5 iteration, which hit the market more than a year ago. In the interim, CyberLink beat Adobe to the punch, with its PowerDirector 9 Ultra64. Now Adobe is catching up, with Premiere Elements 10 making the leap to 64-bit at long last.

A 32-bit operating system can address a maximum of 4GB of RAM, and in reality just half of that is available for applications most of the time. With a 64-bit operating system, terabytes of RAM can be addressed. If you're working with HD video, multiple high resolution frames need to be loaded into memory at a time, so they can be mixed and effects applied. So the more memory you can use, the more smoothly your video editing will be.

To test this facility, we loaded over an hour of HD footage onto the timeline, and although scrubbing and moving around the timeline wasn't exactly lag-free, it was decidedly usable - and much more so than the previous iteration. Similarly, we found most filters could be applied in real time, and fivex layers of AVCHD played as picture in picture. Our test rig was a reasonably sprightly 3GHz Intel Core 2 X9650 with 8GB of RAM. This is the most fundamental new capability of version 10 but unfortunately it's not available to all 64-bit users, and obviously not if you're running a 32-bit operating system. In fact, only Windows 7 is supported in 64-bit, with users of 64-bit Windows XP or Vista, or MacOS, forced to stick with the 32-bit engine.

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November 23, 2011, 2:24 pm

Good review.

Any thoughts on whether the 64-bit engine makes any discernible difference to rendering times, when you finally come to output your masterpiece?

One minor point worth clarifying...

Premiere 9 did already include quite a wide range of YouTube export presets, through the 'Share' tab in it's UI.

These options even include Full HD, which actually had Adobe quite close to the cutting edge when Version 9 shipped. Suspect Adobe might have made the YouTube export features more prominent in the UI in V10, hence the feeling of freshness you guys picked up on!


November 29, 2011, 8:19 am

Very disappointed that there's no CUDA support! It really does make a big difference! Looks like I'll be getting CyberLink PowerDirector 10 Ultra then...

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