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Output Options and Verdict
A smattering of additional options are available at the output stage, too. Adobe has added facilities to upload video to YouTube and Facebook from within the Organiser. However, whilst a wide range of file types can be sent to YouTube, including AVCHD, Facebook choices are far more limited. WMVs are supported, but QuickTime MOVs and raw AVCHD files aren't.
Within the main app itself, the main changes to output revolve around AVCHD. It's now possible to burn AVCHD DVDs. These are compatible with lots of Blu-ray players, allowing you to create HD video media you can view at the highest quality, without the still considerable expense of recordable Blu-ray discs. The only downside is that a single-layer DVD only has enough space for about 20 minutes of footage - more than enough for holiday or wedding highlights, but not your breakthrough independent feature film.
You can also now output raw AVCHD files, which you could conceivably copy back to your camcorder to use as a playback device when attached to your TV, or put on removable SD or USB flash memory for use with disc players or TVs that support content in this form. In fact, AVCHD output covers all manner of H.264, including 720p, MP4 files, YouTube and Vimeo presets for SD and HD, and even TiVo Series3 files.
Adobe has been quite conservative in moving its consumer video editor to new formats, and one current innovation you will see nothing of in Premiere Elements 10 is 3D. Sony's Vegas Movie Studio HD 11 has reasonable support for 3D, and CyberLink's latest PowerDirector 10 has extensive capabilities. But we will have to await a future Adobe release for this. Although we found Premiere Elements 10 can import MVC files, it only sees half the frames, missing the 3D stereoscopy entirely.
Adobe Premiere Elements has always had a lead inherited from its professional origins. It's still the most flexible option when it comes to complex, multi-layer editing, and the 64-bit engine makes this noticeably more fluid with HD - as long as you are running Windows 7 64-bit. But 3D early adopters will be sorely disappointed, and there's not a lot here for newcomers or upgraders beyond the rendering engine overhaul. So whilst the latter is very welcome, and worth the upgrade on its own if your operating system is compatible, Adobe will need to bring more to version 11 if it wants to regain its dominance.
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