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Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0

Brand spanking new interface highlights this release By John Virata

Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 is consumer video editing application that is designed to make it fairly easy to edit digital video for playback on the web, video tape, or on your computer. The application has been updated with a new interface and some new enhancements as well. Within the scope of this first look, some of the new features to this editing tool will be discussed as well as the workflow for those who are not familiar with this consumer level NLE.

Interface-The Edit Tab
What is the big news with version 4.0? The interface has been spruced up. It is totally new and gives Premiere Elements a more professional look to it. It carries a gray color scheme with orange, purple, and green tabs for the application's Edit, Create Menus, and Share Tabs, respectively. The idea behind these tabs, or workspaces, is to help you finish your projects more efficiently. For example, when in the Edit tab, you have access to all the tools in the editor workspace.

From the Edit tab, you can preview your clips by double clicking them, add effects to video clips by dragging the effects right onto the clip in the preview window or onto the SceneLine, add transitions between clips, and even add titles to your clips. You can trim the unwanted portions of your video in this window as well as delete any videos that you don't need in your project. You can also change the view of the Edit tab as well, switching from list view to icon view, with the difference being what type of information that you want to be viewable.

In the Edit view, there are three tabs, the Project Tab, Organizer, and Get Media. These are fairly self explanatory. From Get Media, you can import video from DVD, digital camera, Mobile phone, hard drive camcorder, card reader, DV camcorder, HDV camcorder, existing media on your computer hard drive, and the Internet. One format not supported, is AVCHD, a new format that doesn't really have a set standard yet, at least when it comes to consumer video editing tools.

Create Menus
This tab gives you the capability to create simple menus for DVD playback. You can choose from a variety of templates, drag them to the preview window and edit them. You can select a video or still image for the menu background, select your own audio files to playback when the menu is called, and even add narration. The menu templates are varied, ranging from entertainment, New Baby, movie Genre, and holidays and events, to sports, travel, seasons, slideshows, and memories. They run the gamut and there should be a menu design that is appropriate for virtually any family activity.

Share enables you to share your finished video in a variety of ways. You can share via the traditional way such as via DVD or sending your movie back out to videotape (DV and HDV), or via computer file, and you can share them in the newer ways that have matured over the last year or so, including online via YouTube and other video sharing websites, and via mobile phones and personal media players. With the advent of small form factor personal media players and the web, it only makes sense to add new features to address these broadcasting avenues.

With Premiere Elements 4.0 and its mobile phones and players sharing capability, you can now export your finished projects out to these devices. Supported devices include Apple's iPod and iPhone, Creative's Zen, Microsoft Zune, Pocket PC, SmartPhone, Sony PSP, and Mobile Phone. Each preset has its own setting specification. For example, if you choose to save to Mobile Phone, your settings choices include 3GP in various file sizes and formats, ranging from 352x288 H.263, to 176x144 H.263. One causes to wonder why H.264 is not supported in this setting.   

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