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First Look: Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0

Version 2 adds interface refinements, more video device support, DVD authoring enhancements By John Virata

Adobe Systems' Premiere Elements has been given an upgrade and now sits at version 2.0. The application has amazing power for a consumer level application due in part to its core engine, which is based on Adobe's professional level video editor. In addition to support for multiple tracks of video and audio, professional level effects and transitions, and a refined interface, Premiere Elements 2.0 has added quite a few enhancements as well as some new features that are designed to enhance the editing process.

Within the scope of this review, we'll take a look at some of the new features in Premiere Elements starting with the new video transfer features. We'll look at some of the enhanced features as we build more projects with the application.

Since Premiere Elements was released several years ago, more devices have been introduced that have enhanced capability to capture video. These include such devices as mobile phones, digital still cameras, mobile phones and other video hybrid type devices. Premiere Elements helps you transfer video from these devices with the addition of a new tool called the Media Downloader. In addition to the usual FierWire support, Premiere Elements also supports the capability to transfer DV video via USB 2.0 for those who have camcorders with USB 2.0 connections. A list is available on the Adobe website detailing specific camcorder support. Premiere Elements can import and export to MPEG-1, MPEG-2,MPEG-4, DV, AVI, Windows Media, and QuickTime. It can import JVC Everio MOD, 3GP, ASF, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital stereo, PSD, JPEG, and PNG.

Interface improvements
When working within Premiere Elements 2.0, you can further adjust the size of the varying panels (media, monitor, How to/history, Properties, Effects and Transitions, and Timeline) in the workspace. When you do so, the other panels collapse or expand accordingly. You can make any of the panels larger or smaller depending on your work style. For example, if you wish to enlarge the Timeline, the Monitor window as well as the Effects and Transitions and Properties windows will contract to make room for the larger Timeline.

Panels adjust on the fly.


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