Adobe Systems Premiere Elements 7
Adobe Premiere Elements 7 is the update to Adobe's Premiere Elements 4 consumer movie-making tool. Obviously.
- Web integration
- Not a particularly compelling upgrade, interface issues
The upgrades to Adobe Premiere Elements 7 didn't strike us as very compelling. We like the addition of downloadable walkthroughs and templates, the Smart Tags, and the ability to sync files without thinking about it. But the interface needs some housecleaning, Elements' integration with Photoshop.com is pretty thin, and its integration with third-party services even thinner. More Webbiness is fine, but what we really want is more YouTubiness.
Price$ 129.00 (AUD)
Wewere more impressed with Adobe Premiere Elements 7's Inspiration Browser, which provides web-based tutorial videos in a floating window. When we first looked at the beta version of Elements, most of the tutorials available had been produced by Adobe and other professional outfits such as Lynda.com, but Adobe says that it will add more content over time; the company also offers a mechanism for users to submit their own tutorials (which must be approved by Adobe).
Adobe Premiere Elements 7 now recognises AVCHD content from high-definition camcorders, though it will burn Blu-ray Discs only in H.264 or MPEG-2 format (not in AVCHD) and with a maximum resolution of 1920 by 1080 interlaced (not progressive). Nevertheless, those are pretty good options for a consumer video-editing application.
You can still upload videos to YouTube, of course, and Adobe Premiere Elements 7 has a new higher-quality setting for uploading content to that site. But you can't, for example, see which videos you've uploaded to Photoshop.com from within Elements, so it's strictly a one-way link. And despite Adobe's claim last year that it would add other video-sharing services, it remains limited to YouTube.
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