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The incredibly powerful time remapping feature from Adobe Premiere Pro has now made its way to Elements, although it's operated in a rather different way. First, you create time zones within your clip, and adjust their length using handles. You can then apply a speed change just to this region, either faster playback or slow motion, and only this section will be affected. There is less detailed control here than the Premiere Pro version, but conversely the latter could take a few attempts to get right, whereas the more limited options in Premiere Elements render it much easier to use overall, making you more likely to use it in the first place.
Getting back to the Organizer, this now has new categories along the top of the interface. These are for Media, People, Places and Events. People mode will detect faces in your footage and give you the option to label them with the correct names, allowing you to find clips with specific family members or friends within them. The Places category allows you to drag groups of videos to a spot on Google Maps and assign them to a location, meaning you can then find clips with specific location characteristics. You can also tag your clips by event, so they will be grouped in this way within the Events category. These categories are particularly useful for grouping clips and photos from different devices. The various possible tasks available within the Organizer are now represented by bigger, clearer icons – a minor but welcome enhancement. At the output stage you can now share your videos directly to Vimeo, as well as YouTube and Facebook, either from the Organizer or straight from the editing timeline.
As with the last version of Premiere Elements, the application is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions on Windows. However, to get the most fluid editing you need the 64-bit version, as the underlying Mercury Playback Engine borrowed from Adobe Premiere Pro is 64-bit only. Mac users only have the 64-bit option, but this is not such an issue as MacOS versions 10.6 onwards are supported, so long as your Mac has a multi-core 64-bit Intel chip.
Existing users of Premiere Elements will find the new interface a bit of a shock, although all the same powerful features are still available underneath. However, support for 3D is still conspicuous by its absence and some competitors have caught up in many areas. In particular, CyberLink's PowerDirector 11 has similarly powerful layering and effect keyframing abilities, plus the video compositing and audio features of its new helper applications. So while Adobe Premiere Elements 11 remains a very capable video-editing application, and its revamped interface will make it easier for newcomers to get to grips with, the clear lead it once had over the competition has been noticeably eroded.
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